Hitachi Launches Multi-Format Box Camera

The DK-H200 multi-format, compact, HDTV box camera from Hitachi features native, full frame rate 1080p acquisition. Launching at NAB the new shooter houses 2.6 million pixels, 2/3-inch, progressive MOS sensors and weighs just 1.3kg making them ideal for robotic camera applications.

The DK-H200 offers selectable 1080p, 1080i and 720p outputs at 60Hz, 59.94Hz or 50Hz. It can simultaneously deliver a different format on each of the camera's dual, 3Gbps-capable HD-SDI outputs eliminating the need for external converters in mixed-format applications. Optional single-mode fiber interconnectivity is available, enabling video transmission from the camera over long distances.

“Customers across all markets are looking to capture 1080p at full frame rate because of its spatial and temporal fidelity, particularly for detailed, high-motion content,” said Sean Moran, COO, Hitachi Kokusai Electric Americas. “Bringing the proven attributes of our best progressive studio cameras to the compact box format, the DK-H200 delivers a price-performance ratio we believe is second to none. It is ideal for any market and use case where the superior quality of progressive acquisition at 1920x1080 resolution is desirable – from broadcast production and sports, to houses of worship, to government and military applications.”

The unit's direct TCP/IP networking enables the camera to be controlled on robotic systems from within a studio, across a campus or around the world through a TCP/IP network or the internet. Automatic features including the built-in Automatic Exposure System (AES), Automatic Gain Control (AGC), automatic iris, and Full-time Automatic White Balance (FAW) further bolster unmanned operation. This is achieved by maintaining a consistent video level and correcting for color temperature variations even under rapidly changing lighting conditions.

The DK-H200 also includes other popular image adjustment and user-friendly features from Hitachi’s SK Series cameras, including advanced color correction, skin tone detail processing, Ultra-Gamma response, focus assist, recallable scene and lens files, a motorized filter wheel and more.

The model utilizes the same remote control and setup control units as the SK Series, including the RU-1000VR and RU-1500JY panels and SU-1000 setup control unit. It supports 2/3” B4-mount, bayonet-style lenses, with Hitachi Real-time Lens Aberration Correction (RLAC) technology compensating for the optical distortions that can occur in even the best HDTV lenses.The DK-H200 is also compatible with all third-party pan-and-tilt systems.

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