MAHWAH, New Jersey: Preparing for the launch of the ESPN-owned ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Network, the University of Louisville purchased 10 new Ikegami HDK-99 3G Full Digital 3-CMOS HDTV portable cameras.
"Camera selection was of paramount importance to us," said Jeremy Noe, director of television production, University of Louisville Athletics. "The imagery from the Ikegami HDK-99 is so clean and pure: It has a wide dynamic range that produces extreme clarity onscreen, and the colors really pop."
The successor to Ikegami's HDK-95C and the elite offering from the company's Unicam HD line, the HDK-99 utilizes three 2.6 megapixel high=performance CMOS image sensors capable of capturing full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. Along with a wide dynamic range of more than 600%, the HDK-99 captures HDTV video with its horizontal resolution of 1000TVL, SNR of 62dB or more, and high sensitivity of F11 (59.94Hz).
"The Ikegami HDK-99's 4K capabilities were what we were looking for," Noe said. "Now we have a clear expansion path to 4K, which will keep these cameras current for the next many years. When you see the 4K imagery of the HDK-99, it's amazing – it looks better on the monitor than in real life! We also take full advantage of the super slo-motion picture."
With dozens of sports to cover across 13 different venues at the University of Louisville, Noe acknowledged that "these cameras will take a beating. We're looking at 170 events over a 10-month period, and in Kentucky we get it all: snow, sun and even hurricanes. I fully expect these cameras to perform at their highest level for 10 years."
"Everything is at your fingertips with streaming, but people expect all content to look as good as a network broadcast," says Noe. "When the imagery you acquire is better going in, it's going to look better going out."