Sony Japan Introduces 5G Transmitter for Alpha Cameras

Sony recently unveiled the PDT-FP1, a portable data transmitter designed for Alpha cameras in Japan. This innovative device utilizes 5G wireless communications to enable high-speed and low-latency video transmission. With the ability to transfer data directly from the camera to an FTP server, the PDT-FP1 significantly reduces the time required for data transfer, making various content workflows faster and more efficient.

According to Sony, the PDT-FP1 boasts a unique antenna structure and arrangement that enhances communication performance. It supports both domestic (Japanese) and international 5G millimeter wave bands, as well as standalone 5G communication and sub6 wireless communication. In addition to the built-in eSIM, users can insert a SIM card into the device for added convenience.

To provide users with essential information about their network connection, the PDT-FP1 comes with a pre-installed proprietary app. This app offers a visual representation of the current network, enabling users to monitor communication status, performance, and any potential interruptions during uploads or downloads.

To ensure optimal performance, even under heavy loads, the PDT-FP1 is equipped with a newly developed cooling fan and heat sink. Sony’s research shows that the device can effectively maintain cool temperatures in ambient conditions as warm as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Users have the option to adjust the cooling fan settings with priorities for cooling or silence, depending on their shooting requirements. Alternatively, they can rely on the auto mode for automatic adjustment.

When connected to a compatible Sony camera, the PDT-FP1 allows users to import their photos and videos and automatically transfer the data to a designated FTP server or Sony’s cloud service. This feature is especially convenient for event and sports photographers who need to quickly and efficiently send a large batch of media files directly from the field.

Although the presence of a 6.1-inch OLED display enhances the device’s monitoring and adjustment capabilities, it may make the overall setup with a camera less compact. Nonetheless, the PDT-FP1 includes useful connectivity options such as a LAN terminal, two USB Type-C ports, and a full-size HDMI Type-A port. One USB-C port can be used for data transmission or live streaming, while the other enables charging. The device also offers 256GB of built-in storage, expandable up to another 1TB using a microSD card. Running on Android 13 and powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform, the PDT-FP1 offers advanced features and performance.

In addition to cellular connectivity, the transmitter supports Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax), and GPS (A-GPS, A-GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, and QZSS). It can simultaneously connect with up to 10 devices through Wi-Fi.

Sony claims that the internal 5,000mAh lithium-ion battery enables approximately four hours of continuous transmission to an FTP server over LTE. When uploading videos via HDMI, the battery can last for about two hours. Moreover, the device has an impressive standby time of up to 600 hours.

At the moment, the Sony PDT-FP1 is not available for purchase, and its availability in the North American market remains uncertain. However, it will be open for pre-orders starting February 7 in Japan with a price tag of 159,500 Yen, equivalent to around $1,080.

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