Panasonic Connect Europe is releasing its AK-PLV100GJ 4K studio camera in the first quarter of 2023, in response to demand for high quality video content for streaming platforms.

At the same time it is releasing the AW-UE160W/K, a next-generation 4K integrated PTZ camera for customers involved in the entertainment industry, including broadcasting, live events, and video production.

The AK-PLV100GJ 4K studio camera featres a Super 35mm 5.7K MOS sensor and PL mount, inherited from the VariCam camera. Panasonic is bringing its experience of cine live technology to its studio camera line-up – enabling video with a shallow depth of field to bring it closer to the director’s intention.

It provides simple IP-based live production without CCU.

To support production studios moving towards more connected, IP-based workflows, the camera features SMPTE ST 2110 compatibility. This enables more streamlined connection to the KAIROS IT/IP platform (released in May 2020), which gives professionals control to deliver content to multiple screens and streams.

SMPTE ST 2110 input/output will be possible directly from the AK-PLV100GJ camera head without connecting to a CCU, enabling IP-based live production with just the camera. It’s also possible to output 12G-SDI signals directly from the camera head.

The camera head can be switched anytime and is compatible with the accessories for Panasonic’s 2/3-inch studio-camera line-up. By replacing the existing camera head with the AK-PLV100GJ, cinematic video can be created with the existing CCU (AK-UCU600 or AK-HCU250).

“The AK-PLV100GJ gives media and entertainment professionals flexibility and control that doesn’t sacrifice production quality,” said Andre Meterian, director of Professional Video Systems for Panasonic Connect Europe. “It brings an innovative combination of the features and capabilities of a studio camera, while seamlessly integrating with the AK-UCU600 or AK-HCU250 for systemized camera control and cinematic quality. Moving forward, we will continue to enhance live video broadcasting of music and sporting events with innovative solutions for on-site production, including IP-based studio cameras for advanced production and flexible system construction.”

At the same time, Panasonic is releasing the AW-UE160W/K, a next-generation 4K integrated PTZ camera, the industry’s first product to combine system cameras and PTZ cameras.

This new flagship model combines the flexibility of a PTZ camera, that can be freely set in position and angled, with the functionality of a System Camera used in the broadcast industry. Along with the  high sensitivity of F14 / 2,000 LX and its High-Bandwidth NDI capability, the AW-UE160 is also the first compact PTZ camera to support SMPTE ST2110, available through a software option.

The AW-UE160W/K features a number of new functions to provide viewers with new experiences, including immersive images from new perspectives.


Pippa Considine

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