At InfoComm 2015, Panasonic has previewed the professional video industry's first integrated 4K pan/tilt/zoom camera, the AW-UE70. The AW-UE70 delivers UltraHD 3840 x 2160 resolution images at 29.97p/25p via HDMI, and is also capable of 4K IP streaming and in-camera 4K recording.
This is quote a significant announcement, not just for Panasonic, but for the broadcast industry overall, as now live event, studio, and broadcasters, can future proof their PTZ facilities for the upcoming 4K delivery (which will hopefully happen within the next couple of years and even sooner). Panasonic are looking to revolutionise the PTZ arena, just like they did with the higher-end cinema and broadcast drama world with their innovative and ground-breaking Varicam 35 4K flagship camera, with its unique dual-ISO feature, Super 35 CMOS sensor, dual recording facilities and advanced flexibility of recording 4K/2K/HD for a more smooth and faster workflow.
The UE70 also offers key production-oriented features such as genlock, Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S), and remote switchable ND filters. The camera's flexible 4K/HD capabilities make it a good choice for demanding installations in stadiums, conference rooms, lobbies, auditoriums and retail, where ultra-high resolution video and precise control are required.
The UE70, with 3G-SDI as well as HDMI video outputs, incorporates a 1/2.3"-type MOS sensor and advanced processing. The camera boasts direct-from-camera audio/video streaming up to 2160/30p. The camera's IP streaming—in combination with the UE70's standard IP-control, built-in AUDIO input and PoE+ (power over LAN cable) capabilities—enables innovative "single-cable" remote production applications. Additionally, the UE70 functions as a USB webcam for videoconferencing and collaboration--with a 20X zoom lens, preset functions, wide field of view (65.1°) as well as simultaneous IP and USB streaming and control.
The UE70 offers in-camera video and audio recording to a microSD card at 2160/29.97p or 1080/59.94p, which can be utilized for event capture or back-up. Recorded files can be delivered via networking, simplifying workflow and reducing peak network load. Because it is USB-Video enabled, the UE70 also presents a premium choice for PC-based videoconferencing and collaboration.
The UE70 features stereo MIC/LINE-level switchable audio input for embedding. Embedded audio may be used in conjunction with HDMI, 3G-SDI, streaming and recording functions.
The camera incorporates the versatile IP/Serial/Web control system and IP-Live Preview pioneered in Panasonic's AW-HE60, HE130, and HE40 series cameras. IP, RS-422, RS-232C in/out interfaces are included, and a built-in Web-server enables both browser control and IP-live preview and setup from PCs, Macs and mobile devices including iPhone, iPad, and Android and Toughpad devices. RS-422 Serial or IP control is available using Panasonic's AW-RP50N, AW-RP120G controllers, AK-HRP200G paintbox and the AW-HEA10 system, as well as appropriately programmed systems from Crestron, AMX, Winnov, and other manufacturers.
The UE70 includes many powerful features that expand the capabilities of professional video system users. In addition to Panasonic's Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) and advanced Digital Noise Reduction (DNR), an ingenious High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode helps produce very good video even in extreme contrast and lighting conditions. For shooting in virtually total darkness, the UE70'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.
A 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. With POE+, full IP remote control, and IP-live preview, the UE70 affords simpler integration, easier remote production and engineering, and lower cost for multiple location systems. Multi-view monitoring of up to 16 cameras in a single Browser window is available (in M-JPEG mode only).
The UE70 incorporates 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.
In addition to 4K 3840 x 2160 at 29.97p/25p, the camera delivers many international HD signal formats including: 1080/59.94p/50p, 1080/59.94i/50i, 1080/29.97p/25p, 1080/29.97PsF/25PsF and 720/59.94p/50p.
Other key features include direct color temperature adjustment, three-step gamma correction, and seven-step chroma level adjustment for exceptional creative control. Up to 100 pre-set memories for rapid and precise shot recall, an electronic shutter with synchro scan, and built-in tally light for remote studio use are also provided.
The camera's included ceiling mount attaches with a simple turn-lock mounting mechanism to facilitate quick and easy installation. The UE70 series cameras can also be used with Panasonic's cost-effective optional outdoor housings.
The AW-UE70, with a choice of black or white color, will be available October 2015, with pricing to be announced.