Panasonic Connect Announces New Additions to PTZ, Studio Camera Lineup

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Panasonic Connect North America announced the expansion of its professional PTZ and studio camera lineup to support multicamera productions and enable studios looking to expand their connected workflows through SMPTE2110 support and IP/networked capabilities. The AW-UE160 PTZ camera and AK-PLV100 studio camera will enter the market amid a need for solutions in and around streaming with the hope to help production teams simplify.

  • The AW-UE160 PTZ Camera: Will join the Platinum series of high-end broadcast-quality PTZs. It features a newly developed 4K 1” MOS sensor that offers the “highest sensitivity of Panasonic Connect’s entire PTZ lineup” so production teams shooting in a concert venue or a church can easily capture clear images even in the most challenging lighting conditions. Meanwhile, the UE160’s new optical low-pass filter reduces the effect of moiré for clearer picture quality when shooting against an LED wall, which is especially important for rental and staging or worship environments. Its high-speed frame rate claims to help sports broadcasters capture slow-motion shots in HD for replays, while seamless integration with the robotic camera system brings live broadcast-style movements to the PTZ, resulting in a dynamic and highly engaging production.
  • AK-PLV100 35mm Cine Live Studio Camera: Panasonic Connect has been a “pioneer of cine live technology” and will bring this expertise to its AK studio camera lineup with the release of the AK-PLV100 studio camera. It is equipped with a large format, super 35mm Imager and PL Lens mount to accommodate cinema lenses for a shallow-depth look. The AK-PLV100 is a fully enabled system camera, and is compatible with the AK-HCU250 and AK-UCU600 camera control units, making it a companion to existing B4 mount camera systems. To capture cinematic video, simply swap the existing camera head with the AK-PLV100. The camera also leverages Panasonic Connect’s expertise in IP-based live production. It outputs 12G-SDI signals from the camera head and can interface with return, control and other communications directly, or through ST 2110 when used without a CCU. For multicamera productions, the AK-PLV100 can also be used simultaneously with the AW-UE160 – which has the toolset to create a more unified look — to capture a variety of angles & shots for a more interesting & compelling production. With this combination of features, the AK-PLV100 gives media and entertainment professionals flexibility & control, that doesn’t sacrifice production quality.
To support production studios moving towards more connected, IP-based workflows, both cameras will feature SMPTE2110 compatibility (AW-UE160 users can activate this through the AW-SFU60 software key, sold separately). This will enable more streamlined connection to the KAIROS IT/IP platform (released in May 2020), which gives professionals unlimited control to deliver rich content to multiple screens and streams.

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Panasonic Connect’s PTZs and studio cameras are here: