IBC 2017: Sony update their monitor range

Sony have released updates for several monitors at IBC, including improved brightness and colour performance for many monitors.

PVM-X550 update

The X550 monitor is the first to get an update, with Sony adding a High Brightness Mode. The X550’s HDR Peak Luminance will be over 160% higher after the upgrade – that’s over 600 nits – and the accuracy of brightness and saturation will be controlled by Sony’s own 12-bit engine for OLED, already in use in its BVM series monitors.

Users can expect to see better black performance, too, and enjoy a new quad view display mode that allows for different ETOF and colour gamut settings in each quadrant.

PVM-A and LMD-A Series version 2.0

In answer to the rising demand for 4K content and associated workflows, Sony are upgrading their PVM-A and LMD-A series monitors to a wider colour gamut, for more accurate colour reproduction that more fully utilises the displays’ graphics capabilities. Post-update, the monitors will support the ITU-R BT.2020 colour space and be able to accept Quad-link 2SI 3G-SDI signals. It will also allow the monitors to offer DCI-P3, S-Gamut3/S-Gamut3.cine and Adobe RGB. They will have consistent colour reproduction to the BVM-X300 reference monitor.

The updates also adds new functions to support live event and shooting workflows, including audio muting, false colour for faster exposure checks, sync-free side-by-side (the ability to monitor two pictures at once without syncing) and flexible area markers that allow you to create unique screen layouts (for example, if you need to show footage of a product and its cmmercial data in footage for a shopping channel).


BVM-E171 users will have the option to buy a HDR licence for their monitor. Available now, with European pricing at €3400, the licence would give the BVM-E171 support for EOTF 2.2, 2.4, 2.6 CRT, S-Log3 (HDR), S-Log3 (Live HDR), S-Log2 (HDR), ITU-R BT.2100 (HLG), SMPTE ST2084 and 2.4 (HDR).

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