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Product comparison:SONY FCB-ER9500 and FCB-ES8230

In December 2023, Xuanzhan Technology , the launch center of SONY China’s FCB series products, released SONY’s first 4K60P zoom camera block, that is FCB-ER9500. What are the differences between it and the 4K30P FCB-ES8230? Today, I will show you check it out .


Product comparison:SONY FCB-ER9500 and FCB-ES8230 - Sony Camera Information - 1

4K60P and 4K30P refer to the video resolution and frame rate of the camera .


4K60P means that FCB-ER9500 can capture video at 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) and record at a frame rate of 60 frames per second . This means that 60 images will be displayed on the screen every second. When the FCB-ES8230 records video, only 30 images are displayed on the screen per second.


Therefore, FCB-ER9500 has a higher frame rate than the FCB-ES8230 and can provide smoother video images. This is useful for shooting fast-moving subjects or scenes that require higher detail. However, FCB-ER9500 generally requires higher processing power and storage space.


1/1.8 ” STARVIS2 VS 1/1 ” Exmor R

Both FCB-ER9500 STARVIS2 CMOS and FCB-ES8230 Exmor R CMOS sensors adopt a back-illuminated structure, which can improve the sensitivity of the sensor and the imaging quality in low-light environments .


Product comparison:SONY FCB-ER9500 and FCB-ES8230 - Sony Camera Information - 2


STARVIS2 is SONY’s latest low-light level image sensor technology, which has the characteristics of high sensitivity, high sensitivity, higher wide dynamic range, low illumination, and low noise. Compared with the Exmor R CMOS sensor of FCB-ES8230, FCB-ER9500 can capture brighter and clearer images in low-light environments, making it more suitable for night monitoring and capturing under low-light conditions.


The 1/1.8-inch sensor is smaller than the 1/1-inch sensor. This means that the larger sensor size of the FCB-ES8230 helps increase the physical area of a single pixel with the same number of pixels, thereby improving light reception and image quality.


On one hand, the 1/1.8-inch sensor of FCB-ER9500 may be slightly inferior to the 1/1-inch sensor of the FCB-ES8230 in terms of image quality and photosensitive area, especially in low-light conditions. However, the STARVIS2 CMOS of FCB-ER9500 is a low-light level image sensor and can output more realistic color images at lower illumination.


In general, FCB-ER9500 and FCB-ES8230 achieve excellent performance in low-light environments through different technologies.


Optical zoom 25X VS 12X

Users who have used FCB-ES8230 know that its optical zoom and digital zoom are both 12 times, while the optical zoom capability of FCB-ER9500 is 25 times, which means it has a more powerful zoom capability and can provide more Long-distance shooting capabilities. The advantage of optical zoom is that it does not lose image quality, and it keeps details sharp, and provides better magnification capabilities.


Comparison of other functions

Compared with FCB-ES8230, FCB-ER9500 has more advantages in the following aspects:


Wide Dynamic Range (WDR): FCB-ER9500 has better wide dynamic range and can handle images in high-contrast scenes, allowing better detail preservation in both dark and bright parts.


Image stabilization: FCB-ER9500 has more powerful image stabilization capability than FCB-ES8230, which can effectively reduce image blur and jitter caused by camera shake.


Optical axis consistency: FCB-ER9500 has better optical axis consistency, which can keep the focus and exposure of the image stable during the zoom process, making the image quality more consistent.


Infrared night vision function: FCB-ER9500 supports infrared night vision function, which can restore true color image output as much as possible in low light environments.


Three-area function: FCB-ER9500 has a three-area function, which can customize the image in different areas, such as area automatic exposure, area automatic focus, and area automatic white balance, to adapt to the needs of different scenes.


FCB-ES8230 FCB-ER9500
sensor 1/1 ” Exmor R CMOS 1/1.8” 4K STARVIS2 CMOS
output 4K30P 4K60P
wide dynamic range N/A 130dB
optical zoom 12X 25X
horizontal field of view 64.6 degrees Approximately 58.1 deg
Image stabilization OIS Super Stabilizer
Optical axis consistency —— better
Three area functions —— have
Infrared night vision function —— have
volume 65..0×70.0x135mm 56.0×64.0x125.0mm



FCB-ES8230, due to the use of 1/1-inch CMOS, has a large photosensitive area and can present smaller noise, more vivid colors and a more layered picture in low-light environments, making it suitable for video conferencing. , medical equipment and other industries.


FCB-ER9500 is the zoom camera that supports 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, with high image quality and smooth video capture capabilities, making it suitable for application scenarios with higher image quality and function requirements.



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