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Panasonic used NAB 2016 to significantly expand its studio camera line-up, with the announcement of immediate availability for the AK-UC3000 4K system, and the AK-HC5000, which outputs 1080p at 240fps. 

The single MOS sensor AK-UC3000 outputs a UHD signal at up to 50p, while also delivering superior picture quality in HD. The camera’s B4 mount accommodates a full range of 2/3-inch lenses, to maximise return on investment in existing lenses. 

The UC3000 also enables shooting with high sensitivity (F10/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), high resolution (1800 TV lines/UHD) and a wide dynamic range of 600% (-6dB〜36dB).


In addition, the AK-HC5000 is set to become Panasonic’s flagship studio model. The camera, capable of high-speed output up 1080/240p, incorporates new 2/3-type, 2.2M, 3-CMOS sensors, with high sensitivity (F11/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), and resolution measured at 1,100 TV lines.


The HC5000 shares many functions with the UC3000 including advanced focus assist, shockless gain (-3~36dB), a user gamma setting, black gamma correction tracking pedestal, multi-step Digital Noise Reduction (DNR), reduced skew and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS). The HC5000’s flash band compensation corrects for the ‘flash band’ effect that can be experienced by most MOS-based imagers.

A new camera control unit, the AK-UCU500, provides power over 2000m using hybrid fibre, and outputs 4K signals and HD simultaneously. Two new remote operation panels, the AK-HRP1000 and AK-HRP1005, both with colour LCD readout displays, provide IP controls. A new 9-inch, Full-HD LCD viewfinder is also available.

Panasonic also announced a new expressP2 card. The B Series consists of two models, the
AU-XP0512BG (512GB) capable of 4K recording for 180 minutes1, and the AU-XP0256BG (256GB).

Available at the end of May 2016, it serves as recording media for the VariCam series and features an error correction capability equivalent to the RAID system, which restores sector/page error data that cannot be corrected with ordinary flash memory.

The B Series has the potential to transfer data at a maximum of 10 Gps2 which is about four times the speed of existing expressP2 cards. 


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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