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Panasonic Unveils Latest Series of ‘AW-HE60’ Cameras

AW-HE60H and AW-HE60S provide pan/tilt/zoom features

Panasonic revealed its latest series of pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras for remote production, the AW-HE60 series which are full HD integrated cameras, including Internet protocol (IP) live video monitoring for remote preview and control, and a night mode using infrared (IR) illumination.

The AW-HE60 camera series will be available as the AW-HE60H (with HDMI and component outputs), as well as the AW-HE60S (with HD/SD-SDI and component outputs plus gunlock).

Both models feature smooth PTZ operation and integration for high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) production and video communications, Panasonic says. Utilizing full HD metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) sensors (effective resolution 1920 x1080) and dynamic range stretch (DRS) to compensate for lighting variations, the cameras also have hybrid 2D/3D noise reduction processing for HD video with 850 lines of horizontal resolution, the firm says. Both IP and RS-422 serial control interfaces are native.

IP monitoring is displayed in 16:9 at up to 30 frames per second (fps) in video graphics array (VGA) at 640 x 480 and quarter video graphics array (QVGA) at 320 x 240, using either motion join photographic experts group (M-JPEG) or H.264 encoding, but multi-view monitoring of 16 cameras in a single browser window is available in M-JPEG mode only, Panasonic says.Remote IP live video monitoring is also available for mobile devices, the company says.

The night mode feature makes it possible to shoot in virtual darkness with a 600nm IR illuminator, Panasonic says. The remote controllable IR cut filter combined with digital signal processing allows the user to switch between full HD color video and high-resolution, black-and-white night mode, the company adds.

Other improvements include V2.0 firmware as standard, including 16-axis color matrix control, R/B gain adjustment and 1080/59.94p output (H version only) and 1080/30p (S version only). Greater control of PTZ speeds with the AW-RM50 IR remote control has also been added, in addition to better focus control.

The HE60 line incorporates a pan-tilt head that offers movement in all directions without excessive vibration and bounce, with 18X HD optical zoom and 10X digital zoom.The cameras deliver video signal formats including: 1080/59.94p (H version only), 1080/59.94i, 1080/30p (S version only), 720/59.94p, 480/59.94p (H version only), 480/59.94i, 1080/50p (H version only), 1080/50i, 720/50p, 575/50p (H version only) and 576/50i.