January 26, 2011

Panasonic adds 1080/24p to HC1800

Panasonic has upgraded its multipurpose 2/3-inch 3CCD AK-HC1800 camera to make it more suitable for 3D and episodic production.

At CES, Panasonic demonstrated two HC1800 cameras delivering 1080/24p in a Bexel 3D rig.

The compact 1.5kg HC1800 has been deployed for a wide variety of uses in studios, sports and entertainment venues, and can now shoot 24p (where previously it was 50i or 60i only).

It incorporates an advanced single-channel transfer system and spatial offset processing to reduce aliasing and provide finer resolution, has a useful signal-to-noise ratio of 60dB and sensitivity of F10 (at 2000 lux).

Other features include: 14-bit A/D converter with a 38-bit digital signal processor; 12-axis colour correction; CineGamma; Dynamic Range Stretch; HD-SDI output; genlock; mini 15-pin connector for power and control, tally function, iris and zoom/focus controls; motor driven optical filters (Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, 1/64ND); DC 12v operation; and power consumption of 17W.

The AK-HC1800 with 24p output will be available soon at a list price of $29,900.

By David Fox

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