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Panasonic Expands Convertible Camera Line-UpAnnounces new 16:9 2/3? 3-CCD model and accessories (February 11, 2005)
At NAB 2005, Panasonic will debut the AW-E860, a native 16:9 2/3 3-CCD convertible camera, and complementary accessories to bolster its line-up of remotely-controllable, multi-purpose cameras. New accessories include the AW-PH400 high-speed pan-tilt head, AW-PH360 pan-tilt head, the AW-RP400 pan-tilt controller, AW-CB400 camera control unit and AW-RC400 cable compensation unit.
The AW-E860 is native 16:9 510,000-pixel 3-CCD bayonet mount camera for indoor shooting. The AW-E860 incorporates advanced IT CCDs that deliver an outstanding 850 lines of horizontal resolution; 63dB signal-to-noise ratio, a minimum illumination of 0.4 lux, a high sensitivity of F11 at 2000 lux, and variable shutter speeds, from 1/100 to 1/10,000/sec. with synchro scan and electronic light compensation. The camera offers 12-bit A/D Digital Signal Processing and 12-vector color matrix masking for fine color adjustment and a wide dynamic range of 600%. It includes Panasonics exclusive Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) technology, as well as chroma detail and dark detail.
The AW-PH400 High-Speed Pan-Tilt Indoor Head has a pan speed of up to 90 degrees a sec., and stop accuracy of maximum 0.008 degrees. It has a pan range of 400 degrees, a tilt range of +/- 150 degrees and a load capacity of 17.6 pounds (8kg). The AW-PH400 features 10 trace memories, while retaining a memory of its last position. It operates at a distance of more than 1640 feet (500 meters). The unit offers SDI, component and composite outputs and will accept both broadcast and industrial motor-driven lenses. An AC adaptor, position encoder and teleprompter outputs are standard. A tally light is available
The AW-PH360 Pan-tilt Indoor Head offers a pan speed of up to 30 degrees a sec. and a stop accuracy of 0.05 degrees. The PH360 features a pan range of 300 degrees, a tilt range is +/-95 degrees, and a load capacity of 8.8 pounds (4Kg). It is also RS-232C controllable, offers 10 trace memories, and operates to a maximum distance of 3280 feet (1000 meters). The PH360 provides SDI, component and composite outputs and a tally light is available. The PH360 can be controlled by the Panasonic AW-RP301, AW-RP305, AW-RP501, AW-RP605 and AW-RP400 pan-tilt controllers.
Complementing the PH400 and PH360, the AW-RP400 Pan-tilt Controller offers a changeable zoom/focus controller (joystick/seesaw), 50 preset positions, five pan-tilt heads control, Zoom/Focus/Pan/Tilt speed control, a Tally/Intercom function, and 10 minutes of tracing memory. The AW-RP400 offers a SD memory card slot to save settings to a postage stamp-size SD memory card. It has a maximum control distance of more than 1640 feet (500 meters), and is also RS-232C controllable.
The AW-CB400 camera control unit offers full control of five cameras, a tally/intercom function and its maximum control distance is up to 3280 feet (1000 meters). The AW-RC400 cable compensation can compensate up to five analog video signals and has a maximum cable distance of more than 1640 feet (500 meters).
The AW-E860N will be available in April at a suggested list price of $11,000. The AW-PH400 will be available in March at a suggested list price of $12,460. The AW-PH-360 will be available in May at a suggested list price of $4,900. The AW-RP400 will be available in March at a suggested list price of $6,000; the AW-CB400 will be available in March at a suggested list price of $1,600; and AW-RC400 will be available in March.
Panasonics convertible cameras are unique systems, configurable with special function cards to meet a variety of applications ranging from studio to surveillance to sports. System flexibility is additionally enhanced by indoor and outdoor pan/tilt heads, which are controlled by dedicated controllers and RS-232C or RS-422A interfaces. Simple control panels run up to five pan/tilt heads and lenses, and advanced controllers handle up to five systems, while controlling all camera operational and setup functions.
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 worlds 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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