Panasonic to Ship the Compact AK-HC1800 2/3" 2.2M Multi-Purpose HD Camera This April


Last Updated: February 21, 2008 5:03 pm GMT
(SECAUCUS, New Jersey--February 21, 2008) Panasonic has announced plans to ship its compact AK-HC1800 HD multi-purpose camera this April. This new addition to Panasonic’s line of premium high definition cameras is equipped with 2.2-megapixel 3-CCDs that provide native 1080i video capture for high-level, high definition production.

The HC1800 is a high-end HD video solution for applications ranging from news studio use and weather forecasting to sports. It delivers high resolution HD output in 1080/59.94i and incorporates an advanced single-channel transfer system and spatial offset processing features that reduce aliasing and provide finer resolution. The camera has a high sensitivity of F10 (at 2000 lx) and a signal-to-noise ratio of 60dB, which ensures images are crisp and accurate.

The HC1800 incorporates a host of innovative technology signature to Panasonic’s multi-purpose camera line, including a 14-bit A/D converter with a 38-bit digital signal processor (DSP) for pristine high resolution images and a 12-axis color correction circuit that allows for fine adjustments of hue and saturation. It also offers professionals advanced color enhancing gamma functions including CineGamma™ curve, which reproduces images that match the look of film, as well as a Dynamic Range Stretching (DRS) function that greatly improves results when shooting high contrast scenes with varying degrees of illumination.

The camera also features an “intelligent” function that when enabled, automatically adjusts color temperature response and image settings - such as iris control, variable gain and ND filters - according to changes in the environment. This is a particularly important feature for tower camera applications, where the camera is mounted in distant locations often on high buildings or rooftops.

The remote controllable HC1800 is configurable with Panasonic’s comprehensive line of high performance indoor/outdoor pan-tilt systems, including the AW-PH400, AW-PH405, the AW-PH650 outdoor pan/tilt head, pan-tilt controllers and camera control units.

The compact, 3.3-pound camera unit comes equipped with a standard HD SDI output for flexible operation in remote studio production, sports and tower camera applications. It also features genlock, a mini 15-pin connector, tally function, iris and zoom/focus controls, motor driven optical filters (Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, 1/64ND), DC 12V operation and a low power consumption of 12 watts.

The HC1800 will ship in April at a suggested list price of $28,000.

About Panasonic Broadcast
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. is a leading supplier of broadcast and professional video products and systems. Panasonic Broadcast is a unit company of Panasonic Corporation of North America. The company is the North American headquarters of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC) of Japan, and the hub of its U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations For more information on Panasonic Broadcast products, access the company’s web site at


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