Sony’s FCB Series of colour block cameras offers excellent picture quality, superb flexibility, and easy operation in a variety of applications ranging from surveillance to traffic monitoring, and in many other visual communication environments. 

Sony’s FCB Series of colour block cameras are specifically designed to be integrated into security domes/cameras, police vehicles, photo booths, document stands, and low-vision systems. There are ten cameras in the FCB-EX Series line-up, and each incorporates a wide variety of optical zoom lenses ranging from 10x to 36x. With this breadth of choice, it’s never been easier to select the right camera for your specific monitoring applications.

High-sensitivity Images
All the cameras in the FCB-EX Series deliver exceptional picture quality thanks to Sony’s advanced CCD technology. They provide excellent sensitivity and low smear levels.
In particular, the FCB-EX20D/20DP incorporates the newly developed Super HAD CCD II that offers ultra-high sensitivity at 0.25 lx (F1.8, 50IRE).
Advanced Spherical Privacy Zone Masking
With these cameras, a maximum of eight masking areas can be displayed on the monitoring screen. Also, if these block cameras are incorporated into a Pan/Tilt/Zoom (P/T/Z) camera system, masked areas are interlocked with P/T/Z movement, regardless of the camera angle or camera movement. Up to 24 masking areas can be preset in the entire viewing range of a P/T/Z camera. Moreover, FCB-EX Series D version cameras can mask unwanted or prohibited areas within an image using a mosaic effect on top of the colour masking function.
Electronic Flip (e-Flip)
All the cameras in the FCB-EX Series 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 is inverted to maintain the correct orientation.
Slow AE Response Function
All of the cameras in the FCB-EX Series are equipped with a Slow AE response function to automatically slow the rate at which camera exposure levels change. The rate can be set up to 32 times slower than when Full-auto AE or Priority (shutter/ iris) modes are selected. This function is beneficial when monitoring areas in which lighting conditions change abruptly such as underground parking lots.
Picture Freeze
All of the cameras in the FCB-EX Series are equipped with a Picture Freeze function that allows for the output of a still image while the camera is panning, tilting, zooming, focusing, initializing the lens, or performing preset 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 that are currently being monitored. In this way, unnecessary images are not displayed.
SMART (Sony Modular Automatic Lens Reset Technology) Lens Control
All of the cameras in the FCB-EX Series feature this function. Each incorporates SMA RT Lens Control technology, which monitors the focus position of the lens while zooming, and automatically compensates for any mechanical misalignment that may occur over long periods of continuous usage. With this beneficial feature, periodic lens initialization is no longer required during continuous 24-hour operation.

Image sensor
1/4-type EXview HAD CCD

Signal system
NTSC (for FCB-EX48C)
PAL (for FCB-EX48CP)
Effective picture elements
Approx. 380,000 pixels
Approx. 440,000 pixels
Horizontal resolution
470 TV lines (for FCB-EX48C)
460 TV lines (for FCB-EX48CP)
18 x optical zoom, f=4.1 mm (wide) to 73.8 mm (tele), F1.4 to F3.0
Digital zoom
12 x (216 x with optical zoom)
Horizontal angle of view
48.0°(wide) to 2.8°(tele)
Minimum object distance
35 mm (wide) to 800 mm (tele)
Sync system
Internal/External (V-Lock)
Minimum illumination
0.7 lx (typical) (F1.4, 50 IRE)
Auto ICR
Image stabilizer
Video motion detection 
Multi-line OSD
Slow AE response
Picture freeze
Slow shutter
Video output
VBS: 1.0 Vp-p (sync negative), Y/C
Camera control interface
VISCA (TTL signal level), baud rate: 9.6 kb/s, 19.2 kb/s, 38.4 kb/s, 1 or 2 stop-bit selectable
S/N ratio
More than 50 dB (wieght ON)
Electronic shutter
1/1 to 1/10,000 s, 22 steps
White balance
AUTO , AT W, Indoor, Outdoor, One-push, Manual
Auto/Manual (-3 to 28 dB, 2 dB steps)
AE control
Auto, Manual, Priority mode (shutter priority & iris priority), Bright, EV compensation, Backlight compensation, Slow AE
Wide dynamic range
Backlight compensation
O (On/Off)
Privacy zone masking
On/Off (24 positions) (without mosaic effects)
Character generator
Mode display
Flicker cancel
O (Auto) (for FCB-EX48C)
–  (for FCB-EX48CP)
Focusing system
Auto (Sensitivity: normal, low), One-push AF, Maual, Infinity, Interval AF, Zoom Trigger AF
Picture effects
e-Flip, Nega Art, Black & White, Mirror Image
Zoom switch
Storage temperature
-20 to 60 °C (-4 to 140°F)
Operating temperature
0 to 50 °C (32 to 122°F)
Power requirements
6 to 12 V
Power consumption
1.6 W (motors inactive), 2.5 W (motors active)
230 g (8.1 oz)
52.0 x 57.5 x 88.5 mm (2 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 3 1/2 inches)
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 437
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 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
Auto ICR function No
Sensor Type 1/4 type IT CCD
Sensor Ref 0
Weight 230
Width 50 mm
Depth 88
Height 57 mm
Order Quantity 10
Overvoltage protections on I/O Yes




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