Panasonic’s New Studio Cameras: High-Speed 1080/240P & Affordable 4K

Panasonic ups it studio camera line-up with two new cameras. The HC5000 becomes Panasonic’s flagship studio model. The three 2/3” MOS sensor camera with B4 lens mount shoots 1080 P to 239.76 fps. The HC3000 is targeted at studios and productions requiring high-end functionality at an affordable price. The UC3000 is equipped with a large, full-UHD resolution single MOS sensor with an internal conversion lens and B4 mount.

HC5000

The Panasonic AK-HC5000 becomes Panasonic’s flagship studio model. The fast, high resolution camera is capable of high-speed output up 1080/239.76p. The camera incorporates new 2/3” 2.2M 3-CMOS sensors with high sensitivity (F11/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), and resolution measured at 1100 TV lines.

The HC5000 includes Advanced Focus Assist Functions, shockless Gain (-3~36dB), a User Gamma setting, Black Gamma Correction tracking pedestal, multi-step Digital Noise Reduction (DNR), reduced skew and, DRS and CAC. The HC5000’s Flash Band Compensation corrects for the “flash band” effect that can be experienced by most MOS-based imagers.

New slanted-line body shape of the HC5000 improves mobility and<br />operability, plus enhances visibility to the right side of the camera.

New slanted-line body shape of the HC5000 improves mobility and
operability, plus enhances visibility to the right side of the camera.

When used with the HC5000 camera, the AK-UCU500 CCU provides power up to 6600 feet, and outputs signals up to 1080/239.76p/200p. The AK-HRP1000 and AK-HRP1005 remote panels provide IP controls. The new 9-inch, Full-HD LCD viewfinder also works with the HC5000.

UC3000

The Panasonic AK-UC3000 is another in the growing number of B4-mount single sensor UHD cameras. Panasonic have opted to use a full-UHD resolution single MOS sensor, no doubt for better sensitivity, and to incorporate an internal relay lens between the B4 mount and the sensor. 

Output formats of the UC3000 (with UCU500) include HD (3G-SDI): 1080/59.94p,50p,59.94i,50i, 29.97psF, 25psF,23.98psF, 23.98p over 59.94i, 720/59.94p,50p, in 4K outputs include 4K (3G-SDI×4): 3840x2160/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p and 23.98P, and in SD, 480/59.94i and 576/50i.

Targeted at studios and productions requiring high-end functionality at an affordable price, the camera’s B4 mount accommodates the gamut of existing 2/3-inch lenses to maximize customers’ return on their investment in existing lenses, and allowing a wider and more economical choice of glass for sports, concerts and similar applications. The UC3000 also enables shooting with high sensitivity (F10/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), high resolution (1800 TV lines/UHD) and a wide dynamic range of 600%(-6dB~36dB).

The UC3000 boasts new and innovative functions that enhance the camera’s ease-of-use and flexibility. These include Advanced Focus Assist Functions, shockless Gain (-6~36dB), a User Gamma setting, Black Gamma Correction tracking pedestal, and multi-step Digital Noise Reduction (DNR). The camera reduces skew using a high-speed scan from the MOS sensor. Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS in HD Mode) reduces the blocked shadows and blown highlights in scenes where extremely bright and dark objects coexist, and CAC compensates for chromatic aberration at the lens periphery. High Dynamic Range (HDR) will be supported with a future firmware update.

A new Camera Control Unit, the AK-UCU500, provides power up to 6600 feet over hybrid fiber, and outputs 4K signals and HD simultaneously. Two new remote operation panels, the AK-HRP1000 and AK-HRP1005, both with color LCD readout displays, provide IP controls. A new 9-inch, Full-HD LCD viewfinder is also available.

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