Sony's new PTZ remote controller

Sony RM-IP500 remote controller
Neal Romanek
February 2nd 2017 at 9:31AM : By Neal Romanek

The new RM-IP500 remote controller works with most of Sony's PTZ cameras

Sony has released a PTZ remote controller aimed at a range of applications, including live events, enterprise video and broeadcast studios. The new RM-IP500 remote controller works with Sony's new BRC-H800, BRC-H900, BRC-X1000, and SRG-360SHE cameras as well as the new Sony MCX-500 all-in-one HD switcher, and supports SD card recording and IP streaming.

The RM-IP500 controller allows for one-handed PTZ joystick operation. Selectable zoom control gives users the option of seesaw (left hand) or joystick (right hand) operation. The controller allows for adjustment of PTZ speed, and direct buttons are available for frequently used functions. It also enables recall PTZ functions such as PTZ trace memory and preset at the push of a button (the BRC-H800/X1000 cameras will not support the function until summer 2017).

RM-IP500 remote controller

The RM-IP500 offers IP assignment for up to 100 cameras using the AUTO IP Setting. In addition, a user can program preset camera angles for easy maneuvering by a single person. The controller measures 306mm x 159.3mm x 224.1mm (12 1/8in x 6 3/8in x 8 7/8in) without projection and can mount on, or in, any console.

“The RM-IP500’s simple set up, portable size and powerful features let PTZ users create an efficient and cost-effective live production system,” said Norbert Paquet, Strategic Marketing Manager, Sony Professional Europe. “With flexible zoom patterns, speed control capabilities, preset recall and firmware upgrades that offer future support and new capabilities, this new remote controller will significantly boost efficiency. A single person can professionally control each angle across multiple PTZ cameras without any stress, which makes our customers’ operations much more efficient.”

The RM-IP500 supports many control formats including RS-422 and VISCA over IP as well as

  • VISCA RS-422 : RJ-45x 1
  • LAN : RJ-45x 1, 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX automatically detected
  • GPI I/O (Tally In/Contact Out) : D-Sub 15-pin type 

Sony says the RM-IP500 Remote Controller will be available in late spring 2017.

RM-IP500 remote controller rear view