Panasonic Upgrades AW-HE2

Facilitates HD video output with stereo audio, control via USB
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NEWARK, N.J. — Panasonic has announced an upgrade to its AW-HE2 HD camera that enables HD video and stereo audio output (plus control) via the camera’s USB connector. Panasonic says the free upgrade tailors the camera for lectures/event capture and a wide range of other USB-centric applications.

The HE2 is an HD camera with an electronic pan/tilt/zoom and a super-wide angle lens with more than 90 degrees field-of-view. The camera is intended for remote A/V monitoring or capture in athletics, conference rooms, reality show production, and in classrooms for lecture capture and distance learning.

The new upgrade will be available in October at no charge to all current HE2 owners. All new units shipped from October onwards will come already equipped with these new features. The HE2’s video and audio over USB output is compatible with Microsoft Lync and other common programs that support USB lecture/meeting capture, audio/video recording, and videoconferencing—including Skype, Adobe Connect, Microsoft Graphedit, and Panopto.

Full HD video is output via USB in MJPEG up to a maximum of 1080/30P. Video output formats via HDMI include 1080/60P, 1080/59.94i, and 720/60P, with stereo audio. Via a built-in LAN connection, the AWHE2 also provides video preview, setup and control using Panasonic’s browser-based IP-Live Preview, as well as full screen MJPEG video at resolutions up to 640x480 and frame rates up to 30fps.

The new firmware upgrade will also enable camera controls via USB, such as pan/tilt/zoom, brightness, and contrast. The HE2 supports IR and both direct and Browser-based IP remote control. The compact camera weighs less than 9 ounces, and is less than six inches long with a diameter of about two inches. The camera includes a small AC supply, and has DC/USB power connectors for system applications.

The AW-HE2 is available now at a suggested list price of $995.


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