Panasonic Expands Studio Camera Line-up With 4K and High-Speed 1080P Models

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At NAB 2015, Panasonic has announced two new additions to its studio camera line-up: the AK-UC3000 4K system, and the AK-HC5000, with output of up to 1080p at 239.76p/200p.

Targeted at studios and productions requiring high-end functionality at an affordable price, the UC3000 is equipped with a sensor that outputs a UHD signal up to 3840/2160/60p, while also delivering superior picture quality in HD. The camera’s B4 mount accommodates the gamut of existing 2/3-inch lenses to maximize customers’ return on their investment in existing lenses, and allowing a wider and more economical choice of glass for sports, concerts and similar applications.  The UC3000 also enables shooting with high sensitivity (F10/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB), high resolution (1100 TV lines) and a wide dynamic range of 600%(-6dB~36dB).

The UC3000 boasts new and innovative functions that enhance the camera’s ease-of-use and flexibility.
These include shockless Gain (-6~36dB), a User Gamma setting, Black Gamma Correction tracking pedestal, and multi-step Digital Noise Reduction (DNR). The camera reduces skew and realizes flash-band compensation using a high-speed scan from the MOS sensor. Dynamic range stretch (DRS) reduces the blocked shadows and blown highlights in scenes where extremely bright and dark objects coexist, and CAC compensates for chromatic aberration at the lens periphery.

Output formats of the UC3000 include (in HD output from AK-UC3000) HD (3G-SDI): 1080/59.94p,50p,59.94i,50i, 25p,23.98p, 29.97psF,25psF,23.98psF, 720/59.94p,50p. In 4K (from the AK-UCU500) outputs include 4K (3G-SDI×4): 3840x2160/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p.

 A new Camera Control Unit, the AK-UCU500, provides power up to 6600 feet over hybrid fiber, and outputs 4K signals.  Two new remote operation panels, the AK-HRP1000 and AK-HRP1005, both with color LCD readout displays, provide IP controls. A new 9-inch, Full-HD LCD viewfinder will also be available.

The fast, high resolution AK-HC5000, capable of high-speed output up 1080/200p, will become Panasonic’s flagship studio model.  The camera incorporates new 2/3” 2.2M 3-CMOS sensors with high sensitivity (F11/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), and resolution measured at 1100 TV lines.

The HC5000 shares many characteristics with the UC3000 including shockless Gain (-3~36dB), a User Gamma setting, Black Gamma Correction tracking pedestal, multi-step Digital Noise Reduction (DNR), reduced skew, flash-band compensation, DRS and CAC.  

When used with the HC5000 camera, the AK-UCU500 CCU provides power up to 6600 feet, and outputs signals up to 1080/239.76p/200p.  The AK-HRP1000 and AK-HRP1005 remote panels provide IP controls. A new 9-inch, Full-HD LCD viewfinder will also work with theHC5000.

The AK-UC3000 camera, AK-UCU500 CCU, AK-HRP1000/1005 ROPs, and AK-HVF100 viewfinder will all be available in the Winter of 2015-2016. The AK-HC5000 camera and additional accessories, including the AK-HBU500 build-up kit and the AK-MSU1000 master set-up unit, will be available during the Winter of 2015-2016.  

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