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In an expansion to its AK series studio and field camera line-up, Panasonic has announced the cost-effective AK-HC3900 1080p HDR studio camera system, which will be upgradable to native 4K 60p/50p. The new AK-HC3900 is ideal for broadcast, education and corporate markets. It follows in the footsteps of the company’s AK-HC3800, a model that has defined high-quality professional systems and cost-efficient production for close to a decade.
Improvements distinguishing the AK-HC3900 include a full simultaneous HDR/SDR feature set, expanded multi-format capability (1080: 59.94p, 50p, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97PsF, 25PsF, 23.98PsF; 720: 59.94p/50p) and a future upgrade option to 4K 60p/50p production with native 4K video and 2000TV horizontal resolution.
“The AK-HC3900 represents a cost effective and highly capable professional camera system for broadcast, education and corporate markets that has been future-proofed for long-term use,” said Stefan Hofmann Dipl.-Ing., Manager Sales Engineering , Panasonic Broadcast & ProAV. “The AK-HC3900GJ/GSJ captures its raw image from an internal 4K imaging system to deliver its stunning HD HDR images with ITU-R BT.2020 wide colour space. The Internal 4K capture also means that the future optional 4K system upgrade will yield a full 2000 TV lines horizontal resolution.”
The AK-HC3900 achieves a high sensitivity of F10 at 59.94Hz (2,000 lx) and a S/N ratio of 62 dB. The camera offers a built-in motorised ND filter.
The new cost effective AK-HCU250 camera control unit (CCU), in combination with the new AK-HRP250 remote operation panel (ROP), will connect the high-grade uncompressed video and control to the camera head via optical fibre or utilise SMPTE Hybrid cable to provide camera power as well.
The new CCU includes all the system features of the HC3800 along with simultaneous output of HDR/SDR, and the HC3900’s expanded multi-format capability and 4K upgrade path. New features include 3G trunk and 3G prompter functions. The new ROP now includes PoE power (no power supply required) for easy installation.
Both the CCU and the ROP are equipped with SD card slots, which can be used for storing various settings or upgrading firmware. Camera operators will have a choice of two electronic viewfinders, either the AK-HVF100GJ nine-type or AK-HVF75G seven-type LCD colour models.
The AK-HC3900, AK-HCU250 and AK-HRP250 will be available in the fourth quarter of CY2020, with pricing to be announced.
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