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Oct 19, 2022

  • Panasonic Connect Co., Ltd.

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Panasonic Connect Announces 4K PL-mount Studio Camera for Live Cinematic Video with Shallow Depth of Field

  • Media Entertainment

Tokyo, Japan - Panasonic Connect Co., Ltd. today announced that it will release its new AK-PLV100GSJ 4K studio camera with a 5.7K Super 35 mm sensor and PL mount in the first quarter of CY2023.

Audiences have grown accustomed to high quality video content from their streaming platforms, and their expectations of sports broadcasts, local news segments and streamed worship services will only grow. The AK-PLV100GSJ studio camera will enter the market amid this proliferation of streaming to help production teams across industries make their content more exciting and engaging.

Panasonic Connect has been a pioneer of cine live technology and will bring this expertise to its AK studio camera lineup with the release of the AK-PLV100GSJ studio camera. It is equipped with a large format, super 35 mm Imager and PL Lens mount to accommodate cinema lenses for a shallow-depth look. The AK-PLV100GSJ is a fully-enabled system camera, and is compatible with the AK-HCU250 and AK-UCU600 camera control units, making it a companion to existing B4 mount camera systems. To capture cinematic video, simply swap the existing camera head with the AK-PLV100GSJ. The camera also leverages Panasonic's expertise IP-based live production. It outputs 12G-SDI signals from the camera head and can interface with return, control and other communications directly, or through ST 2110 when used without a CCU. With this combination of features, the AK-PLV100GSJ gives media and entertainment professionals flexibility & control, that doesn't sacrifice production quality.

To support production studios moving towards more connected, IP-based workflows, this camera will feature SMPTE2110 compatibility. This will enable more streamlined connection to the KAIROS IT/IP platform, which gives professionals unlimited control to deliver rich content to multiple screens and streams.

Features

Large Format Sensor and PL Mount for Various Expression

This 4K studio camera from Panasonic is equipped with a 5.7K Super 35 mm sensor and PL mount, inheriting the design concept of our VariCam camera, allowing for powerfully expressive live cinematic video closer to creator's intention with a shallow depth of field.

Simple IP-based Live Production without CCU

SMPTE ST2110 input/output is possible directly from the AK-PLV100GSJ camera head without connecting to a CCU,* enabling IP-based live production with just the camera, doing away with the need for complicated systems. It is also possible to output 12G-SDI signals directly from the camera head, allowing for flexible system construction and wide-ranging operations.

*Future support planned

Camera Head Can be Switched Anytime to Capture What you Want

The camera head is fully compatible with equipment in Panasonic's 2/3-inch studio-camera system. By simply replacing the existing camera head with the AK-PLV100GSJ, cinematic video can be created with the existing CCU (AK-UCU600 or AK-HCU250).

Going forward, Panasonic Connect is committed to enhancing live video broadcasting of music and sporting events with innovative solutions for on-site production, including IP-based studio cameras for advanced production and flexible system construction.
For more information on Panasonic Connect's complete lineup of professional studio cameras, visit: https://pro-av.panasonic.net/en/products/system_cameras.html.

About Panasonic Connect

Panasonic Connect Co., Ltd. was established on April 1, 2022 as part of the Panasonic Group's switch to an operating company system. With roughly 28,500 employees worldwide and annual sales of JPY924.9 billion the company plays a central role in the growth of the Panasonic Group's B2B solutions business and provides new value to its customers by combining advanced hardware, intelligent software solutions, and a wealth of knowledge in industrial engineering accumulated in its over 100-year history. The company's purpose is to "Change Work, Advance Society, Connect to Tomorrow." By driving innovation in the supply chain, public services, infrastructure, and entertainment sectors, Panasonic Connect aims to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society and to ensure well-being for all.

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