Sony Announces 3D Camcorder for Operation Microscopes

Aug 11, 2012
Takuya Otani, Nikkei Electronics & Digital Health Online
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The "MCC-3000MT" attached to Mitaka Kohki Co Ltd's operation microscope
The "MCC-3000MT" attached to Mitaka Kohki Co Ltd's operation microscope
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Sony Corp will release an HD camcorder that can be attached to an operation microscope and record 3D video Sept 17, 2012.

It is the industry's first general-use 3D camcorder that can be attached to commonly-used operation microscopes, the company said. There is no manufacturer's suggested retail price, but the expected price of the camcorder, "MCC-3000MT," is ¥2.6 million (approx US$33,129).

"We will promote the use of our 3D technologies, which we have developed for the field of consumer electronics, in the medical field," Sony said. "We will establish a position so that everyone will say, 'Speaking of 3D in the medical field, it's Sony.'"

Use of broadcast/commercial 3D camera technologies

An operation microscope is a device that is used in a surgical operation on a micro region. Especially, it is used in the fields of neurosurgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, etc. While a surgeon who is looking into a microscope can see 3D video, the other staff members can see only 2D images on a monitor. The MCC-3000MT enables to record the same 3D video seen by a surgeon.

The camcorder consists of two (right and left) camera units and one control unit. It becomes possible to record 3D video by attaching the two camera units to an operation microscope. Each of the two camera units is equipped with a 1/2-inch three (red, green and blue)-plate CMOS sensor having a pixel count of 1,920 x 1,080.

The control unit automatically adjusts color shift, which is generated when 3D video is created from video signals coming from the right and left camera units, as well as white balance. This was realized by utilizing know-how that Sony accumulated in the field of broadcast/commercial 3D camcorders.

To record 3D video with an operation microscope, it is necessary to have two (right and left) cameras and manually adjust color. But the new camcorder eliminates the need for those operations.

Sony to offer 3D 'total solutions'

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