May 28, 2010

Tiny camera just what the Dr ordered

Ikegami has developed a tiny three-sensor HD camera for medical applications that it believes could be useful for broadcast too.

The new MKC-300HD measures just 34x40x40mm, weighs only 100g, and has three 2.1Megapixel 1920x1080 1/3-inch CMOS sensors, providing 1000 lines resolution, coupled with High Sensitivity performance of F10/2000 lux. It takes C-mount lenses and will output 720p, 1080i and 1080p.

The BBC has tested a prototype, which apparently worked well, but is waiting to test the production version before recommending it for broadcast use. Ikegami is hopeful that that this will happen in the next few weeks.

It will cost about Euros11,800 for the camera head and CCU, plus Euros1,000 for 5m of multicore camera cable.

It features: optimised signal processing circuitry with a Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 54dB, with video signal processing is done using the same signal processing ASIC as Ikegami's HDTV broadcast cameras.

By David Fox

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