WASHINGTON — Panasonic has introduced the AW-HE40 line of cost- effective, integrated full HD PTZ cameras, with features including Power over Ethernet+ and IP-live video monitoring. These pan/tilt/zoom cameras incorporate newly-developed 1/2.3-type full HD MOS sensors and digital signal processors for high sensitivity and high-resolution video capture in a wide range of shooting conditions.
The HE40 will be available in two versions, the AW-HE40H with HDMI output, and the AW-HE40S with HD/SD-SDI output. Both versions will be available in black and white models. The AW-HE40H will be available in January 2015 with a suggested list price of $3,150; the AW-HE40S will be available in February 2015 with a suggested list price of $4,150.
The new cameras are designed to produce great results in a variety of applications that require high-quality video and precise control — such as conference video, event capture, staging, distance learning and houses-of-worship. Thanks to their 30x optical zoom lenses, wide field of view, smooth PTZ functions and clear image quality, HE40 cameras are good candidates for remote production and IMAG use. With IP-Preview transmission and control, and support for PoE+ (which allows power to be supplied via a LAN cable), the HE40S/H also offer the flexibility needed for easy installation and management.
In addition to a 30x optical zoom, the HE40S/H also feature a 1.4x digital extender to capture crisp close-ups even in large auditoriums and lecture halls. The HE40S/H deliver a signal-to-noise ratio of 54dB (f4/2000 lx, minimum illumination, 0.35 lx), 1,000 TV lines of resolution and 16-axis color matrix control for precise camera “painting” and matching. Audio input and embedding is also available via a switchable, stereo mic/line input.
An optional upgrade will be available in July 2015 that will add production-quality, full HD streaming, USB-video capabilities, and in-camera HD recording to the cameras’ range of capabilities.
For shooting in virtually total darkness, the HE40’s night mode makes it possible to automatically switch to the capture of high-quality, HD monochrome video with the use of an (optional) IR illuminator in the 850nm range, making the camera ideal for reality show production, sleep lab research and staging support. The HE40S/H incorporate the IP/Serial/Web control system and IP pioneered in Panasonic’s AW-HE60 series cameras. IP, RS-422, RSN/A232C in/out interfaces are included, and a built-in Web-server enables both browser control and IP-live preview and setup of up to 16 cameras. Serial and IP control is available using Panasonic’s AW-RP50N, AW-RP120G controllers and AK-HRP200G paintbox, as well as appropriately programmed systems from Crestron, AMX, Winnov, and other manufacturers. A new freeze-during-preset function can be enabled to store and display a video still-frame during preset recall and camera movement to improve the viewer experience during rapid on-air moves or in single camera use.
The HE40 cameras incorporate a highly-accurate pan-tilt head (with a pan of ±175° and a tilt of –30° to 90°) that offers precise, fast, fluid movement in all directions, enabling the capture of both slow and fast-moving objects without excessive vibration and bounce. The cameras deliver many international HD signal formats including: 1080/59.94p/50p (HE40H only), 1080/59.94i/50i, 1080/29.97p/25p, 1080/29.97PsF/25PsF, and 720/59.94p/50p.