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Hitachi Z-HD5000 Portable Cam Brings High Quality on a Budget

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. will unveil the new Hitachi Z-HD5000 portable, dockable HDTV studio and EFP (electronic field production) camera, with native scan in 1080/59.94i or 1080/50i, at the 2009 NAB show.

Hitachi HD5000

The Z-HD5000 is the first HDTV model camera in the company’s popular, affordable Z Series product line.

Delivery will begin in August 2009.

The two-piece dockable camera with the flexibility for multipurpose applications including studio, field, and mobile video production. It can be docked to an optical fiber, triax, or RF wireless adapter, or a P2 HD recorder for standalone recording.

The Z-HD5000’s three 2/3-inch native 1080i CCD sensors produce 800 TVL of resolution, with other specs comparing favorably with Hitachi’s high-end SK-HD1000’s 2/3-inch progressive CCDs, producing 1100 TVL resolution.

Lightweight for on-shoulder portability, the Z-HD5000 features: a versatile CCD shutter with five preset speeds; Automatic Exposure System (AES) that maintains the video level with a fixed lens F-stop; and the ability to lock-scan the camera video to images from asynchronous computer monitors, video walls or projectors without flicker.

“Leveraging the company’s extensive digital signal processing expertise, Hitachi developed the new Z-HD5000 to offer customers superior price performance—with uncompromised quality and functionality at a great value,” said Sean Moran, Hitachi’s national sales manager for Broadcast and Professional Products. “The Z-HD5000 offers a satisfying compromise between the superior performance and functionality of high-priced HDTV cameras and the limited functionality of inexpensive, low-end HD camcorders. It’s designed to appeal to Z Series customers who want to move up to HDTV without sacrificing quality and reliability or breaking the budget.”

Hitachi will be at NAB Booth C4310.