At CES today, Panasonic unveiled three of the industry’s smallest and lightest 4K 60p camcorders. According to the company, “the HC-X1500, HCX2000 and AG-CX10 offer a high standard of on-site mobility and portability, as well as the high-quality 4K 60p recording capability demanded by professionals. The wide-angle 25mm Lens and 32x i.ZOOM (4K recording) achieve […]
The AG-CX350 4K handheld camcorder is a light 4K 10-bit fixed-lens camcorder that contains features including 4K 10-bit 60p capture, HDR recording and is equipped with the RTMP/RTSP/RTP protocol for live streaming and NDI | HX-ready IP connection. Firmware Upgrade Ver. 2.0 adds several professional features, including HEVC 100-Mbps and AVC-ULTRA formats, expanded audio capability, […]
Panasonic has unveiled the VariCam LT, representing what it calls the next generation of 4K cinema cameras. The VariCam LT camcorder inherits the same super 35mm sensor and imaging capabilities that distinguish the award-winning VariCam 35, but with significant reductions in size, weight and price. Incorporating this identical imaging “DNA” in a more compact rendition, […]
The camcorders will be used for field news acquisition for all NBC News shows as well as for use by MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo.
Sony introduced the PXW-X180 handheld camcorder with support for wireless LAN camera control and submission of proxy video at its 2014 NAB Show press conference on April 6. The new XDCAM camcorder creates images with three 1/3-inch HD Exmor CMOS sensors and comes with a 25x optical zoom Sony G lens. It records to solid […]
The TV station group has purchased an additional 165 JVC ProHD camcorders and plans to adopt the new ProHD Broadcaster server for managing live HD field reports. The group began purchasing the cameras last year and now has more than 300.
Aimed directly at the TV station ENG market, the new GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 ProHD camcorders used in tandem with a streaming video receiver/server will deliver more reliable live shots and file transfers than JVC’s previous generation of streaming news cameras, says JVC’s Dave Walton. “They continue the trend we have set by providing high-quality performance at a very affordable price.”
The group broadcaster is equipping 52 stations in 36 markets with the IP-capable cameras. The buy follows the station group’s earlier purchase of JVC cameras for studio use.
Available this fall, the GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 are just what TV stations need, JVC says. They are small, light and designed to speed delivery of raw video into the editing workflow. The GY-HM650 includes built-in WiFi connectivity that enables rapid transmission of footage relayed via smartphones, tablets or laptop computers.
As more and more stations adopt the one-man band approach to newsgathering, the camera manufacturers are turning out new units that are small enough and light enough to be managed easily, and big enough and heavy enough to be balanced for a steady shot. Plus, they’re inexpensive enough that any station’s budget can handle them, too. Among the options that will be featured at NAB 2012 are the Sony NX5, the JVC 150 and the Panasonic 250.
With an “arsenal” of three camcorders with solid-state media, the company is ready to compete with Sony, Panasonic and JVC for stations upgrading to high-def news. Says Canon’s Larry Thorpe: “We have jumped in … because we certainly have seen over recent years a very definitive move of broadcasters looking for lower-cost equipment for newsgathering … and we play down there in that lower-cost end.”
The Oklahoma-based group owner is rolling out local HD newscasts with the help of JVC’s GY-HM790U and GY-HM700U camcorders.
At a pre-NAB press conference in New York yesterday, the video vendor says to expect new ENG camcorders at NAB that will meet the demand of broadcasters for “smaller, lighter” gear. But it declines to give details. It also slashes the price on its P2 memory cards by 20% and offers new software and hardware aimed at taking some of the kinks out of the P2 workflow.