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Thursday, 06 January 2011 00:40

Panasonic's 3D Additions

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PANASONIC'S ADDITION OF 1080/24P PRODUCTION CAPABILITIES TO THE AK-HC1800 2/3-inch 2.2M 3-CCD CAMERA

Panasonic Solutions Company has made its premier compact, multipurpose camera, the AK-HC1800, a popular choice for 3D rigs and episodic production with the addition of 1080/24p recording. At the CES show, the company is demonstrating two HC1800 cameras delivering 1080/24p in a 3D rig supplied by Bexel, a provider of 3D production gear.

The HC1800 has been deployed in applications ranging from broadcast studios, sports and entertainment venues, and houses of worship. It delivers high-quality HD video available in a compact, multipurpose camera. With its new capabilities, the 2/3-inch 2.2-megapixel 3-CCD camera will deliver high resolution HD output in 1080/59.94i, 1080/24ps, and 1080/23.94psf. Incorporating an advanced single-channel transfer system and spatial offset processing features that reduce aliasing and provide finer resolution, the camera has an exceptional signal-to-noise ratio of 60dB and a high sensitivity of F10 (at 2000 lx).

The HC1800 incorporates a host of innovative Panasonic technologies, including a 14-bit A/D converter with a 38-bit digital signal processor (DSP) for pristine high resolution images, and a 12-axis color correction circuit that allows for fine adjustments of hue and saturation. It offers many advanced picture enhancing functions, including CineGamma™ curve to produce images that match the look of film, and Panasonic's exclusive Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) function to greatly improve results when shooting scenes with widely varying degrees of illumination.

The 3.3-pound camera unit comes equipped with a standard HD SDI output for flexible operation in remote studio production, sports and tower camera applications. It also features genlock, a mini 15-pin connector for power and control, tally function, iris and zoom/focus controls, motor driven optical filters (Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, 1/64ND), DC 12V operation and a low power consumption of 17 watts.

The AK-HC1800 with 1080/24p output will be available in Spring 2011 at a suggested list price of $29,900.

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