Panasonic Debuts Three-MOS PTZ Camera

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NEWARK, N.J. — Panasonic has announced the new AW-HE130, a pan/tilt/zoom camera incorporating recently-developed high-sensitivity, low-noise 1/3-inch three-MOS imagers that produce sharp pictures, even in low-light conditions. New features include Power over Ethernet+ for easier integration, and multistream transmission of H.264 HD video and audio (up to 1080/60p at 25 Mbps).

The HE130 adds many features to Panasonic’s AW-HE120 PTZ camera, which has become a popular remote control camera for educational, government and house of worship use, and is likewise prevalent in news, staging, sports and reality television production. New features in the HE130 are a 3G-SDI output (up to 1080/60p); stereo mic/line-level inputs for embedded and streaming audio; a Night Mode for hi-res, near IR video acquisition (using an optional IR-illuminator in the 900nm range); an optical image stabilizer; and IP-live preview for remote control and management of up to 16 cameras via a browser.

With a signal-to-noise ratio of 60 dB (f8/2000lx, minimum illumination, 2.0 lx), 1,000 TV lines of resolution, and such features as 12-axis color correction and Panasonic’s dynamic range stretch) and hybrid digital noise reduction, the HE130 sets a high performance standard. The HE130 includes the same new three 2.4 megapixel MOS imagers and digital signal processor used in Panasonic’s latest broadcast camcorders, such as the AJ-PX270. Equipped with a fast f1.6 20x zoom lens plus a new high-res 1.4x digital extender, the compact HE130 is a good choice for applications in sports, rental/staging, news, and business and institutional video.

Standard professional interfaces include HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, and SD composite, as well as 3G-SDI for single cable delivery of high-quality content up to 1080/60p. In addition to continuing RS-422 serial compatibility, the HE130 supports both direct and web-based IP remote control. Direct IP or serial control is possible using Panasonic’s AW-RP50N and AW-RP120, as well as appropriately programmed systems from Crestron, AMX, Winnov and other manufacturers.


Other useful new features include: native 24p and 30p output for teleproduction; iPro support for synergy with Panasonic’s high-end security systems; digital access authentication; MAC/Android support for web monitoring; color adjustment by color temperature; and VISCA remote control support.

The HE130 can be set for a range of international HD and SD video signal formats including: 1080/59.94p, 1080/50p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/29.97psF, 1080/25psF, 1080/23.98psF, 1080/29.97p, 1080/25p/1080/23.98p, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 480/59.94p, 576/50p (HDMI), 480/59.94i and 576/50i. JPEG and H.264 video can be streamed over IP at up to 1080/60p.

The HE130’s optical zoom lens covers an extended range of shooting situations, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto, with 35mm equivalents of 32.1 mm at the wide-angle end to 642.5 mm at the telephoto. The built-in remote-controllable four-position ND filter (clear, 1/8, 1/64, IR thru) facilitates flexible exposure control in brightly lit shooting situations.

The camera’s integrated pan-tilt head covers a wide range of motion, with a pan of ±175 degrees, and a tilt of –30 to 210 degrees. The pan/tilt driver combines a level of responsiveness with static precision. A Noise Criteria level of 35 is maintained for shooting in noise-sensitive environments. Up to 100 preset positions and camera settings are stored in the camera, more than enough for the most demanding large venue installation. The camera weighs 6.8 lbs., and consumes just over 21 Watts at 12 VDC.