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Panasonic Delivers IEEE 1394, 16:9/4:3 DVCPRO Camcorder

AJ-SDC615?s 12-bit DSP provides improved control, functionality (October 21, 2004)

Panasonic's AJ-SDC615

Panasonic's AJ-SDC615

Panasonic has announced the availability of the AJ-SDC615, a new DVCPRO camcorder that offers high-sensitivity 520,000 pixel, 2/3" 3-CCDs and a built-in IEEE 1394 interface for in-field direct transfer of digital component video to a laptop nonlinear editing system.

Switchable between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios, the AJ-SDC615s three 2/3 IT CCDs provide 750 lines of resolution, a high 63dB signal-to-noise ratio, a high sensitivity of F13 at 2000 lux, and low-light shooting down to 0.1 lux (at +48dB) with minimal smear. Its newly-developed 12-bit A/D DSP circuits provide improved picture quality, color reproduction and luminance gradation, and a 12-axis matrix color correction system allows very specific colors to be adjusted without affecting overall color tone.

?The AJ-SDC615 introduces 12-bit digital signal processing to the DVCPRO camera line, and with it, more control and capability, said Jan Crittenden, Product Line Business Manager, DVPRO50/DVCPRO products, Panasonic Broadcast. ?Incorporating the same 16:9 chip set as the popular AJ-SDX900, the AJ-SDC615 is engineered for broadcast news and mid-level production, and all recordings are captured on the dependable, robust DVCPRO format.
 

This high-performance camera is equipped with a Digital Super Gain function, allowing noise-free gain in various capture rates, such as 30P, 15P and 6P (adding 6dB, 12dB and 20dB of gain, respectively). The AJ-SDC615 delivers a maximum record time of 66 minutes, and incorporates two channels of 48kHz/16-bit digital audio. At just 11 pounds fully equipped, the AJ-SDC615 is lightweight and well balanced. It also provides an electronic shutter (speeds from 1/100 to 1/2000 sec), and synchro-scan capability (1/60.3 to 1/250 sec.).

The AJ-SDC615s shooter-friendly features include Shockless White Balance, allowing the camera operator to track moving subjects from inside to outside without changing the filter position; a built-in, two-second ?news pre-record mode that facilitates unattended video recording with the camera always recording two seconds ahead of the record button (and two seconds after the camera is paused); and a tape-saving ReTake function whereby the shooter can program the camera to back up and record over the previous, unusable takes.

Other versatile shooting-assist functions include: a four-position (3200K, 3200K+ 1/8ND, 5600K and 5600K+1/64ND) optical filter wheel; four built-in user scene files and three user-customizable function buttons; a marker selector function (for displaying a 4:3 marker); Super-Iris for one-button backlighting; multi-functional zebra pattern/display adjustment; SD memory card for storage of operational settings; built-in time code generator/reader with genlock; 48V phantom power for microphone inputs; low power consumption of 24W when recording; and color playback.


The AJ-SDC615 is available at a suggested list price of $14,995.


About Panasonic Broadcast
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. is a leading supplier of broadcast, professional video and presentation products and systems. Panasonic Broadcast is a unit company of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, the principal North America subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC), one of the world's leading producers of electronic and electric products for consumer, business and industrial use.

For more information on Panasonic Broadcast products, access the companys web site at www.panasonic.com/broadcast.

 


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