Panasonic has announced the addition of the AK-UC4000

By Cary Welch

NEWARK, NJ (February 20, 2018) – Panasonic has announced the addition of the AK-UC4000 studio camera to its system camera line, joining the current AK-UC3000 4K HDR capable-camera and the AK-HC5000 1080p 4x high-speed HDR capable-system. It brings together the features of both and raises the bar for 4K HDR performance and future-proof infrastructure.

The current UC3000 utilizes Large Single Sensor Internal Expansion Lens (LSSIEL) optics to expand the standard image from broadcast 2/3” B-4 mount lenses to a 1” cine-style 4K sensor, enabling cinema camera performance with broadcast optical behavior and lenses. The UC4000 utilizes LSSIEL optics with Panasonic’s new, larger, advanced super 35mm imager, capturing 4.4K native resolution improving the UHD resolution (more than 2000 TV lines, both horizontal and vertical), dynamic range and S/N ratio (62dB) over the UC3000. It maintains the same broadcast lens compatibility and operation and keeps the same camera form factor–matching or surpassing the best performing 4K HDR B-4 mount cameras on the market.

The UC4000 is designed for live sports production and high-end event broadcasts, with potential customers including pro sports broadcasters and production rental companies, stadium and venue owners (pro sports teams) and collegiate sports video departments, as well as broadcast studios and call letter TV stations, houses of worship, high-end corporate video departments and eGaming broadcasters.

“The oversampling of the UC4000’s new 4.4K imager helps sports production crews avoid potential moiré issues caused by the ubiquitous LED screens,” said Michael Bergeron, Studio/Systems Cameras Product Manager, Panasonic Media and Entertainment Company. “Also, the future 12G 4K output feature will enhance the capability of an integrated stadium wireless system–like the system Panasonic has developed with Wave Central–so even wireless cameras can feed 4K to the high-resolution scoreboards.”

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