Panasonic Expands PTZ & Studio Camera Lineup

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AK-PLV100 35mm Cine Live Studio Camera (Image credit: Panasonic Connect)

Newark, N.J.—Panasonic Connect North America has announced the expansion of its professional PTZ and studio camera lineup to support more dynamic, multi-camera productions and enable studios looking to expand their connected workflows through SMPTE2110 support and IP/networked capabilities.

“As more organizations look to increase their production quality to engage and immerse audiences in their content, it will be more important than ever for them to have high-quality, flexible camera technology at a reasonable price point,” says Carter Hoskins of Panasonic Connect. “We’re proud to expand our lineup with these solutions and help production crews across industries elevate their productions, enhance their content and ultimately reach new audiences.”

Panasonic said that the new AW-UE160 PTZ camera and AK-PLV100 studio camera are being launched at a time when more production is being aired on streaming platforms and that they are designed to help production teams make their content more exciting and engaging. 

As production crews engage in more multi-camera broadcasts, the cameras also allow crews to capture different angles and shots for more dynamic content. 

The AW-UE160 PTZ Camera joins 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, the company said.  

In addition, 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, Panasonic reported. 

Its high-speed frame rate will also 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 is equipped with a large format, super 35mm Imager and PL Lens mount to accommodate cinema lenses for a shallow-depth look, Panasonic said.

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 company said. 

The camera also leverages Panasonic Connect’s expertise in IP-based live production, the company said. 

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, the company said. 

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.

Both the AW-UE160 PTZ camera and AK-PLV100 studio camera are on display at NAB Show New York (booth #725) from October 19-20, 2022, where Panasonic Connect will demonstrate its portfolio of video & broadcast solutions. 

For more information on Panasonic Connect’s complete lineup of professional PTZs and studio cameras, visit here.     

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.