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Panasonic Expand's Convertible Camera Line-Up With New 16:9 2/3" 3-CCD Model And Accessories (18/2/2005)

At NAB 2005, Panasonic will debut the AW-E860, a native 16:9 2/3" 3-CCD convertible camera, and complementary accessories to bolster its line-up of remotely-controllable, multi-purpose cameras. New accessories include the AW-PH400 high-speed pan-tilt head, AW-PH360 pan-tilt head, the AW-RP400 pan-tilt controller, AW-CB400 camera control unit and AW-RC400 cable compensation unit.

The AW-E860 is native 16:9 510,000-pixel 3-CCD bayonet mount camera for indoor shooting. The AW-E860 incorporates advanced IT CCDs that deliver an outstanding 850 lines of horizontal resolution; 63dB signal-to-noise ratio, a minimum illumination of 0.4 lux, a high sensitivity of F11 at 2000 lux, and variable shutter speeds, from 1/100 to 1/10,000/sec. with synchro scan and electronic light compensation. The camera offers 12-bit A/D Digital Signal Processing and 12-vector color matrix masking for fine color adjustment and a wide dynamic range of 600%. It includes Panasonic's exclusive Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) technology, as well as chroma detail and dark detail.

The AW-PH400 High-Speed Pan-Tilt Indoor Head has a pan speed of up to 90 degrees a sec., and stop accuracy of maximum 0.008 degrees. It has a pan range of 400 degrees, a tilt range of +/- 150 degrees and a load capacity of 17.6 pounds (8kg). The AW-PH400 features 10 trace memories, while retaining a memory of its last position. It operates at a distance of more than 1640 feet (500 meters). The unit offers SDI, component and composite outputs and will accept both broadcast and industrial motor-driven lenses. An AC adaptor, position encoder and teleprompter outputs are standard. A tally light is available

The AW-PH360 Pan-tilt Indoor Head offers a pan speed of up to 30 degrees a sec. and a stop accuracy of 0.05 degrees. The PH360 features a pan range of 300 degrees, a tilt range is +/-95 degrees, and a load capacity of 8.8 pounds (4Kg). It is also RS-232C controllable, offers 10 trace memories, and operates to a maximum distance of 3280 feet (1000 meters). The PH360 provides SDI, component and composite outputs and a tally light is available. The PH360 can be controlled by the Panasonic AW-RP301, AW-RP305, AW-RP501, AW-RP605 and AW-RP400 pan-tilt controllers.

Complementing the PH400 and PH360, the AW-RP400 Pan-tilt Controller offers a changeable zoom/focus controller (joystick/seesaw), 50 preset positions, five pan-tilt heads control, Zoom/Focus/Pan/Tilt speed control, a Tally/Intercom function, and 10 minutes of tracing memory. The AW-RP400 offers a SD memory card slot to save settings to a postage stamp-size SD memory card. It has a maximum control distance of more than 1640 feet (500 meters), and is also RS-232C controllable.

The AW-CB400 camera control unit offers full control of five cameras, a tally/intercom function and its maximum control distance is up to 3280 feet (1000 meters). The AW-RC400 cable compensation can compensate up to five analog video signals and has a maximum cable distance of more than 1640 feet (500 meters).

The AW-E860N will be available in April at a suggested list price of $11,000. The AW-PH400 will be available in March at a suggested list price of $12,460. The AW-PH-360 will be available in May at a suggested list price of $4,900. The AW-RP400 will be available in March at a suggested list price of $6,000; the AW-CB400 will be available in March at a suggested list price of $1,600; and AW-RC400 will be available in March.

Panasonic's convertible cameras are unique systems, configurable with special function cards to meet a variety of applications ranging from studio to surveillance to sports. System flexibility is additionally enhanced by indoor and outdoor pan/tilt heads, which are controlled by dedicated controllers and RS-232C or RS-422A interfaces. Simple control panels run up to five pan/tilt heads and lenses, and advanced controllers handle up to five systems, while controlling all camera operational and setup functions.

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