Posted in practice on November 3, 2015 2:13 pm EST

Sony Faith Fortifies the Church Setting

Versatility and strong customer support are key components of the manufacturer's latest offerings right for house-of-worship specification.

The Church of The Highlands in Birmingham, Ala., is one example of Sony solutions at work on a budget. Last year Sony provided its HDC-2400 series cameras for the church's main campus in Birmingham, and several small but powerful MCS-8M production switchers in various satellite campuses.











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By Carol Badaracco Padgett

Craig Harper, National Manager, Sony Faith, Park Ridge, NJ

Church Designer sought out Craig Harper, national manager of Sony Faith in Park Ridge, N.J., to learn what the company has in store for the church market leading into 2016. Harper, active at his own church, notes a year of strong product offerings ahead for specifiers of church gear—as well as robust support from Sony Faith in the form of ongoing education: “We’re continually training and educating our partners and our own people so they can better understand and respond to the needs of churches.”

Last time we talked we discussed several products that Sony offers that are right for the church market—AWS-750 Anycast Touch Live Content Producer, MCS8M Compact AV Mixing Switcher, and VPL-FHZ55 3LCD Laser Projector to name a few. What new Sony AVL products are most fitting for the church setting?

Harper: These products are all still widely in use, but we’ve also made some recent announcements and new additions to our product lineup that meet the needs of churches of any size and budget, including:

+ Remote PTZ Cameras:


The SRG-300SE is Sony’s first 3G-SDI and Live IP streaming PTZ camera. The camera combines full HD video and ease of use at an affordable price and is optimized for various applications, including churches and live events, for which it enables seamless performance, allowing for a hassle-free live stream. It can also record a service for on-demand viewing.


Sony Electronics’ new SRG-120DU is the latest member of its SRG high definition remote-operated camera line-up. The compact, lightweight camera is the first in Sony’s PTZ line to feature a USB 3.0 interface and is UVC video compatible. It combines high speed data transfer of uncompressed video signals resulting in full HD images with imaging advances to instantly adapt to the challenging lighting conditions often found during worship services.

+ Digital Imaging Cameras:


The FS5, our latest camera, was just announced and will be available in November of this year. It is a flexible, 4K, compact Super 35mm camcorder [that] is ergonomically designed for versatile, hand-held shooting. It is Sony’s first Super35 camcorder to feature built-in electronic variable ND filters, which expand the depth of field and enable easy exposure control. Another key feature of the camera is the E-mount lens system that works with Sony’s E-mount and A-mount lenses and allows the FS5 to be compatible with virtually any lens.

Announced last year, the FS7 is still one of the most talked about and widely used cameras on the market and in use by many of our faith customers. It is a complete camera system that delivers long-form recording capabilities with 4K resolution in a compact, hand-held design. The PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 camcorder combines the flexibility of native E-mount technology; the recording efficiency of the XAVC-L codec; the transfer speed and intelligence of XQD memory cards; and comfortable, handheld ergonomics, including a new “Smart Grip.”

+ Laser Projectors:


VPL-FHZ65 uses 3LCD imaging technology to achieve 6,000 lumens of color light output at WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), delivers a range of capabilities that eliminate many of the issues associated with conventional lamp-based projection, while still producing vivid color, and having a long lifespan. It is a good fit for worship centers and classrooms, since VPL-FHZ65 is quiet, easy to install, requires less cost and less upkeep, at about 20,000 hours maintenance-free—and the lack of lamps means fewer risky ladder climbs for bulb changes. The cost of ownership is low since there are no lamps to buy and, additionally, the low power consumption and energy efficiency help worship facilities reduce electricity bills.


The VPL-FHZ60 uses 3LCD imaging technology to achieve 5,000 lumens of color light output at WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200). The projector is virtually maintenance-free, extremely quiet and is compatible with a variety of optional lenses. It features HDBaseT input for single cable video/audio/IP/control input.  continued >>