Panasonic Launches SMPTE 2110 Capable PTZ Camera

​​Panasonic Connect Europe has announced the AW-UE160W/K, a next-generation 4K integrated PTZ camera that achieves both high-quality shooting and video production efficiency for customers involved in the entertainment industry, including broadcasting, live events, and video production.

This new flagship model enables more unique and new visual expression by combining the flexibility of a PTZ camera, that can be freely set in position and angled, with the functionality of a System Camera used in the broadcast industry. Along with an outstanding high sensitivity of F14 / 2,000 LX 4 and its High-Bandwidth NDI6 capability, the AW-UE160 is also the first ever compact PTZ camera to support SMPTE ST2110, available through a simple software option.

The AW-UE160W/K is the industry’s first product which combines the strengths of system cameras and PTZ cameras. It also has the industry's highest level of cinematography with unique video effects that can be expressed using a variety of shooting methods. A wealth of new functions provide viewers with new experiences, including immersive images from an unprecedented perspective.

Key Features

Uncompromising shooting performance and operability.  In addition to the high sensitivity of F14 / 2,000 LX 4, equivalent to that of a studio camera, and the generation1 image processing engine, the AW-UE160 is equipped with a newly developed phase detection autofocus (PDAF) that enables high-speed focusing and can be used to shoot fast-moving subjects. The new PTZ is equipped with a variety of features that enable high-precision video production, including a new PTZ mechanism, 20x optical zoom, and hybrid image stabilisation.

Realise next-generation video production with various shooting methods and functions.  The AW-UE160 is the first PTZ camera2 to support the SMPTE ST2110 3, an IP transmission standard for the broadcasting industry, and wireless transmission with a 5G mobile router (via USB tethering). It supports return input5 and a rear tally lamp that can also be lit in yellow, which are essential for combined operation with system cameras. In addition, it is equipped with a cropping zoom function that can output multiple angle video with a single camera and 2x high-speed output (HD) from SDI/HDMI.

Ease of use and versatility reduces stress of shooting on-site.  Support for a variety of interfaces and protocols (SMPTE ST2110, High-Bandwidth NDI6, NDI|HX6, SRT, FreeD, RTMP/RTMPS, etc.) reduces the burden of introducing the camera into existing systems. Even if the output is performed from multiple terminals at the same time, there is no restriction on video output, so simulcast operation in 4K is possible. Support for scene files, colour matrix control, Panasonic's free-to-download software options and Remote Operation Panel (ROP) for batch management of multiple cameras makes mixed operation with system cameras even easier. In addition, the waveform display function and the horizontal level gauge display function reduce the burden of setting up and adjusting the image.

  1. As of October 2022.
  2. As of October 2022. According to our research.
  3. To use the SMPTE ST2110 function, activation with the optional SMPTE ST2110 compatible software key AW-SFU60, which is sold separately, is required.
  4. When normal mode is selected, F11/2,000lx.
  5. To build a system using the return video display function, it is necessary to use the SMPTE ST2110 function.
  6. NDI is a new protocol developed by NewTek, Inc. that supports IP video production workflow. NDI is a registered trademark of NewTek, Inc. in the United States and other countries. In this instance, NDI is used to indicate low latency with high bandwidth NDI, NDI|HX is used to indicate high efficiency low bandwidth NDI|HX.  

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