Panasonic AK-HC3800: UK Debut of Cost-Effective Studio Camera System


Panasonic Professional Camera Solutions exhibited the December released AK-HC3800 studio EFP camera and exclusive studio system options on the Panasonic stand at BVE 2013  at the ExCeL London.

The AK-HC3800 studio EFP camera ensures high-quality images with a high-sensitivity 2/3 type 2.2-mega pixel IT 3CCD and a newly developed 38 bit DSP (internal video processing circuit) with 16 bit A/D converter. The camera incorporates various image quality adjustment functions, including image quality compensation functions such as a chromatic aberration compensation (CAC) and scene file settings in addition to the dynamic range stretch (DRS).

The AK-HC3800 can be combined with the AK-HCU200 Camera Control Unit and AK-HRP200 Compact Operation Panel to configure a cost-effective easy-to-use optical fibre transmission studio camera system. The camera and camera control unit can be connected for long-distance transmission of video signals over approximately 1,000 m when power is supplied from the camera control unit. The camera control unit and remote operation panel are connected by a dedicated cable and future support will allow a LAN cable to be used for an IP connection of these units.

The AK-HVF70, a small and lightweight 7 inch LCD viewfinder equipped with versatile assist functions, will also be exhibited. This simple and compact system supports high-end quality studio and EFP image recording.


AK-HC3800 Studio Camera
•    The 2/3-type 2.2-megapixel 3CCD camera system offers F12 (2000 lx) sensitivity, low smear, and an excellent S/N ratio of 60 dB (at 59.94 Hz).
•    Switchable between 1080/59.94i and 1080/50i HD formats for worldwide use
•    The newly developed 16 bit A/D converter and a 38 bit digital signal processing circuit ensure high-quality image processing.
•    The DRS (Dynamic Range Stretch) function suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights.
•    The Film Rec Gamma and Scan Reverse functions provide powerful support in digital cinema production.
•    Features an internal digital extender (x2 magnification)
•    12-axis colour correction, detail, skin tone detail and matrix adjustment
•    An SD Memory Card can be used for firmware version up.

AK-HC3800 Studio Camera


The newly developed AK-HC3800 Studio Handy Camera is equipped with a high-sensitivity, high-quality 2/3-type 2.2-megapixel 3CCD and a new high-precision 16 bit A/D image processing circuit. By using the AK-HC3800 together with the AK-HCU200 Camera Control Unit and AK-HRP200G Remote Operation Panel that are being released at the same time, an optical fibre transmission studio camera system can be configured at a low cost. The camera and camera control unit can be connected for long-distance transmission of video signals over approximately 1,000 m (1,094 yards) when power is supplied from the camera control unit. The camera control unit and remote operation panel are connected by a dedicated cable. A LAN cable can also be used in the future for an IP connection of these units.  Overall, the system is easy to use and operate, and offers excellent cost-performance.

The camera control unit AK-HCU200E allows a high-quality, long-distance optical fibre transmission camera system to be configured at low cost. The optical fibre transmission is supporting uncompressed video signals over a distance of approximately 1.000 m between the camera and camera control unit.  The compact, lightweight unit measures 2U in height and is rack-mountable. Additionally the AK-HCU200E has a built-in cross converter supporting 720p/59, 94 and 720p/50.


Key Features / Benefits:
•    Cost Effective
•    Optical Fibre Transmission
•    Small Size: Full size 2 Rack Unit
•    Format: 1080i/60(50), 720P/60(50)  (2013/04)
•    IP Protocol  (2013/04)
•    SD card slot (to store/recall settings, Version Up)
•    Distance 1.000m (Camera to CCU)
•    Prompter (one prompter input is provided as a standard feature)
•    Embedded Audio for HD SDI signal output
•    Web Setting - The web setting can be done by connecting CCU wit a PC for CCU setting, application and FPGA programming. Special jig tools and extender board are not necessary for the upgrade.
•    Output: SDI OUT x 2, SDI OUT (PM) x 2
•    RET input (SI: 2 channels, VBS: 1 channel)

The compact operation panel AK-HRP200E is capable to support IP control of the studio camera AK-HC3800. IP control can also be used for remote control of compatible Panasonic and PTZ cameras. The unit has a compact 6U size and is equipped with a joystick control lever which allows iris and pedestal operation.Scene file functions are also provided. In addition the AK-HRP200E remote operation panel is equipped with an SD Memory Card slot for saving user files and updating firmware version.

Key Features / Benefits:
•    Compact size
•    Joystick-type iris control
•    IP connection (spring 2013)
•    SD card for setting & version up
•    Maximum cable distance from ROP to CCU: 50m


The AK-HVF70E is a 17,8cm LCD colour viewfinder with light weight, low power consumption and a high resolution plus versatile assist functions like focus-in-red and pixel-to-pixel. By direct connect functionality no separate cable is necessary to connect the VF to the studio camera.

Key Features / Benefits:
•    Weight: 1,8kg
•    Resolution: 1024 x 600 (WSVGA)
•    Focus assist functions (focus-in-red, pixel-to-pixel)
•    Three assignable function keys
•    Contrast, brightness and peaking are adjustable
•    Tilt angle: 90° upward and 60° downward

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