Sony's new FCB-EX series of colour block cameras incorporate an advanced Spherical Privacy Zone Masking feature which allows the masking function to be interlocked with the camera's pan/tilt/zoom movements, regardless of the camera angle, ensuring the individual’s privacy.

In addition, the FCB-EX series incorporates high-performance Digital Signal Processing (DSP) which provides enhanced picture quality and operability compared to conventional block cameras.


The FCB-EX480C/EX48 series is equipped with a high-sensitivity CCD, allowing images to be captured at a minimum illumination of 0.7 lx. In addition to the features above, these cameras are conveniently equipped with a variety of functions such as E-Flip, Alarm, Picture Freeze, and Auto ICR*1, which have all been inherited from earlier FCB-EX series cameras. Moreover, the entire FCB-EX series uses lead-free solder and halogen-free printed-circuit boards, making these cameras environmentally friendly. Combining superb picture quality with a variety of unique and convenient features, the FCB-EX series cameras are the perfect match, both indoor and outdoor, for demanding security and monitoring applications.


Main Features


  • 1/4-type EXview HAD™ CCD
  • Minimum illumination of 0.7 lx (typical)
  • 216x zoom ratio (18x optical, 12x digital)
  • Advanced Spherical Privacy Zone Masking function
  • E-Flip function
  • Alarm function
  • Spot AE
  • Auto ICR (IR Cut Filter Removal) Mode
  • Picture Freeze function
  • Key switch connector (CN601) for camera control with external equipment
  • Electronic shutter/slow shutter
  • High-speed serial interface (maximum 38.4 Kb/s) with TTL signal-level control (VISCA protocol)
  • Internal/External sync



Advanced Dynamic Spherical Privacy Zone Masking

A newly developed Spherical Privacy Zone Masking feature allows unwanted or prohibited areas within an image to be masked precisely and appropriately. This technology allows masking areas to be interlocked with the camera's pan/tilt/zoom movements regardless of the camera angle. What is unique about this feature as compared to conventional masking, is that the masked areas remain covered even when the camera is circling.

In addition, when the zoom is engaged, the size of all masked areas adjusts in proportion to the zoom position. This feature is essential for dome cameras used in wide-area monitoring applications.

Users can easily set masking areas on the screen simply by positioning each area to be masked in the centre of the viewer (indicated by two intersecting lines), and executing the masking function. A maximum of 24 masking areas can be pre-set to any of 160 horizontal and 120 vertical masking blocks, and up to eight block positions with two colours can be selected together.


Electronic-Flip (E-Flip)

The FCB-EX cameras have an E-Flip function that electronically flips an image upside down so that it is displayed on the monitor accurately. In a dome application for example, if a tracked object moves beneath the camera dome, the image can be inverted to maintain the correct orientation.


Alarm Function

The FCB-EX series provides an Alarm function that detects changes in AF, AE, or both AF and AE levels of an image and outputs an alarm signal as required to external equipment via its control interface using VISCA protocol.

This feature is ideal for automatically performing functions such as sounding an audible alarm or triggering an electric door strike to lock or unlock a door when focus or luminance levels change.

These cameras are also equipped with a Spot AE function that allows them to detect changes in AE levels of designated areas of the images, and output an alarm signal. Users can designate multiple detecting areas from any of 16 vertical and 16 horizontal blocks.

In addition, these cameras feature a DAY/NIGHT mode that can output an alarm signal via the VISCA protocol in response to a change in the designated brightness/darkness level.


SMART Lens Control (Sony Modular Automatic Lens Reset Technology)

These FCB cameras incorporate a SMART lens control technology that monitors lens focus position during zooming and automatically compensates for mechanical misalignment which may occur over long periods of continuous use. With the introduction of SMART lens control, periodic lens initialisation is no longer required in continuous 24-hour operation.



Equipped with Sony EXview HAD CCD technology, these cameras provide excellent sensitivity, and low smear levels.


Auto ICR (IR Cut Filter Removal) Mode

For optimised sensitivity in both day and night-shooting applications, these cameras incorporate an Auto ICR function. With a set level of darkness, the IR Cut filter is automatically disabled (ICR ON) and the infrared sensitivity is increased. With a set level of brightness, the filter is automatically enabled (ICR OFF). The ICR automatically engages depending on the ambient light, allowing the cameras to be effective in a variety of lighting conditions.


Picture Freeze

The FCB-EX series is equipped with a Picture Freeze function that allows for the output of a still image while the camera is panning, tilting, zooming, focusing, initialising the lens, or performing pre-set operations. For example, the camera will output a still image before it begins to pan, tilt, or zoom, and once the operation is completed, the camera continues to display images. Unnecessary images are not displayed.


Environmentally-friendly lead-free design

FCB-EX series cameras use lead-free solder and halogen-free printed-circuit boards, making the camera environmentally friendly.




MTBF (excluding lens) 61
Power Voltage 6
Power Consumption 1
Operating temperature/ Humidity 0
Storage Temperature Humidity -20
Lens Diameter 34
Metal Frame Y
Connector 9 pin Harness, 4 pin Harness, 9-Pin FFC
Video Output VBS:1.0 Vp-p (Sync Negative) Y/C Output
Visca Model ID 435
External Key Switch Y
Serial Interface Stop bit 1/2 bit, 38.4 Kbps, 19.2 Kbps, VISCA protocol (TTL/CMOS), 9.6 Kbps
User Memory 16
Preset 1 custom/power on preset, 6 positions
Aperture Control 16 steps
Camera Operation Switch Zoom WIDE, Zoom TELE
Alarm function Yes
Interlock with pan, tilt and zoom Yes (Spherical interlocking)
Privacy Zone masking Detail (24 mask, 8 on screen, 160x120 matrix)
Privacy Zone Masking Yes (with Spherical Pan/tilt)
Grid/Cross Disaply Grid + cross
Picture Effects Mirror, E-Flip, Neg. Art, Black & White
Character Generator Yes
Spot AE Y
Focusing System Auto (Sensitivity :H-L), Interval, SMART lens control, Near Limit, Zoom Trigger AF, Manual, Infinity, One-push AF
Flicker Compensation No
AE Control Back Light Compensation, Slow Shutter - Auto/Manual, Exposure Compensation, Bright, Manual, Iris Priority, Full Auto, Shutter Priority
EV Compensation -10
White Balance Manual WB, WB, One-Push, Outdoor, Indoor, ATW, Auto
Gain 0
Electronic Shutter Speed 1
SN Ratio 0
Minimum Illumination 3 0
Minimum Illumination 2 0
Minimum Illumination 0
Recomended Illumination 100
Sync System Internal/External (V-Lock)
Min Working Distance (tele) 800
Min Working Distance (WIDE) 290
Angle of View H (WIDE) 0
Digital Zoom 0
Zoom Movement Speed 0
Lens - f stops 0
Lens - Detail 0
Lens x18 Zoom
Horizontal Resolution 460
Picture Elements 440000
Signal System PAL
Wide Dynamic Range No
Slow Shutter Function Y
Auto Slow Shutter Y
Freeze Y
ICR function Y
Auto ICR function Yes
Sensor Type 1/4 type IT CCD
Sensor Ref 0
Weight 230
Width 52 mm
Depth 88
Height 57 mm
Order Quantity 10
Overvoltage protections on I/O Yes



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