Panasonic is launching the new AW-HE50 series compact multi-format HD/SD cameras with integrated pan-tilt-zoom. Two models will be released, the AW-HE50H with HDMI and component outputs, and the AW-HE50S with HD/SD-SDI and component outputs plus genlock.
Panasonic’s AW-HE50 features Full HD CMOS image sensor and a 18x HD optical zoom lens. It includes the DRS (Dynamic Range Stretch) and Hybrid 2D/3D Noise Reduction processing to produce smooth, sharp HD video and 10 digital zoom. These cameras provide a wide range of motion (+/- 175° pan; -30° to +90° tilt) and support support 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 480/59.94i and 576/50i.
The Panasonic AW-HE50H is priced at $4500 and the AW-HE50S at $5500.
The HE50H is ideal for such applications including HD videoconferencing and distance learning; the HE50S (with HD/SD-SDI and genlock) is a great choice for multi-camera systems and demanding applications such as television and cable production, sports video, A/V and conference facilities, houses of worship, and professional staging applications.