Sony launches 5G portable data transmitter for still image and video transmission

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Sony PDT-FP1

Sony Electronics is launching a portable data transmitter, the PDT-FP1, with an antenna structure allowing high-speed still image and video data transport over 5G networks. With the PDT-FP1, Sony is leveraging 5G mobile technology to enhance professional workflow for broadcasting and news coverage. This wireless communication device allows for real-time transfer of photos and videos and seamless livestreaming via 5G, representing a significant boost in process efficiency for news agencies, photojournalists, corporate or event photographers, broadcast video production and more.

PDT-FP1 is expected to be available in the United States in early-Summer of 2024 for approximately $1,099.99 USD.

“The PDT-FP1 is a beneficial solution for many uses including live events and productions, newsgathering, sports, faith, weddings, and more. With the PDT-FP1, photographers and videographers can increase their efficiency and productivity on-the-go, without worrying about battery life or demanding environmental conditions,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “In an industry where speed and timeliness are critical, this device is a game changer to allow for an easier and quicker upload and transfer from the field or frontlines to an editor.”

Sony claims PDT-FP1 benefits include:

  • Capture and transmit from virtually anywhere: View and upload media directly from compatible Sony cameras using the PDT-FP1 as a 5G modem to transfer still and video media and deliver it to any file transfer protocol (FTP) destination. Additionally, using Sony Creators’ Cloud for enterprise app brings secure and reliable media transfer through the PDT-FP1 to Sony Cloud services such as Ci Media Cloud and C3 Portal’s cloud gateway.
  • Use in challenging environments: With optimized battery efficiency and a high threshold for temperatures, the PDT-FP1 can be used, at length, in some of the most demanding conditions.
  • Livestream wirelessly: Using 5G, wirelessly livestream video from a wide range of compatible cameras, when paired via HDMI or through Sony still and video cameras when using USB. Real-time messaging protocol (RTMP) streams can be broadcast to social media platforms, freeing operators of traditional constraints when in the field. Additionally, the External Monitor App can be used as an external monitor while streaming with many pro features.
  • Broadcast high-quality, low-latency video: The PDT-FP1’s 5G transmission can be used with Sony’s CBK-RPU7 new remote production unit, to transmit high-quality, low-latency (4k 60p/50p) HEVC video in Sports, Cinematic, Virtual Production, and News environments.
  • Monitor on-the-go: Visually monitor the network and communication conditions while shooting, using the dedicated Network Visualizer app. This ensures that the content is being delivered to those who need to see it.