Compact Video Camera Encoder Designed for Remote UAV Operations

A new compact H.265 video encoder system capable of supporting 4K and HD resolutions, suited for UAV, surveillance and industrial applications, has appeared from Z3 Technology.

The Z3-Q603-RPS offers  low-bandwidth compression technology, supports Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) and Wi-Fi, making it ideal for streaming and recording for embedded video applications. It can encode LVDS, HDMI or Composite video. The design allows simultaneous steaming and video recording. To enhance video quality and efficiency, users can utilize features like Region of Interest (ROI), live video preview in the web GUI and integrated Sony VISCA camera controls.

“This new camera system is unique with the high-quality video support powered by Sony, paired with the flexibility it provides our customers,” said Aaron Caldwell, CEO, Z3 Technology. “Whether they are integrating in ruggedized embedded video applications and need video with timestamp or GPS coordinates, or in a UAV setting where the camera needs to be remotely controlled via IP, the Z3-Q603-RPS has them covered.”

“Z3’s new encoder ideally makes use of Sony’s latest industrial zoom camera blocks, including the new FCB-EW9500H and FCB-EV9500M devices, offering up to 50x Enhanced Optical Zoom with sophisticated, multi-axis image stabilization,” commented John Monti, Director of Visual Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics. “The combination of Sony image capture with Z3’s flexible, small encoder solutions is ideally suited for today’s compact embedded imaging systems including unmanned vehicles designed for surface, water and flight navigation.”

Measuring 50x40x38mm and weighing 43g, the Z3-Q603-RPS is Z3’s most compact offering. On-board interfaces include Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Gigabit Ethernet, RS-232, and RS-485. The encoder offers several control options from the Web GUI, Serial/SSH, ONVIF or an API.