Broadcast camera-maker Ikegami plans on introducing the HC-HD300 camera this week, at IBC in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The HD300 is a compact high-def camera designed for broadcast television.
The HD300 is equipped with a 1/3 inch bayonet lens mount and employs three 1/3-inch CMOS progressive-scan sensors, each with 2.2 million pixels, in RGB prism formation. It delivers high quality pictures in all commonly used HD video formats: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 1920 x 1080/50i, 1280 x 720/59.94p, 1280 x 720/50p and 7ø 20 x 480/59.94i (NTSC), 720 x 576/50i (PAL).
Typical performance characteristics of the camera in 1080/59.94i output mode are 1,000 television lines horizontal resolution, 58 dB signal-to-noise ratio and 2,000 lux sensitivity (89.9 per cent white reflection) at F10 aperture. Equivalent aperture in 1080/50i mode for this light level is F11.
Camera gain be attenuated from mid level to -3 or -6 dB, or increased by +3, +6, +9, +12 or + 18 dB. Integral neutral density filters (100 per cent, 25 per cent, 6.2 per cent and 1.6 per cent) can be switched in as required, plus operator-selectable 3,200, 4,300, 6,300 and 8,000 kelvin electronic colour conversion. An electric shutter can be set to 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1,000 or 1/2,000 second speed.
The camera weighs 4.5 kg including FA-300 fibre adapter and measures 139 x 270 x 337 mm (width x depth x height). Operating voltage range is 11 to 16 volts and power consumption (excluding FA-300) is 19 watts. The camera is designed for use within an ambient temperature range of -20 to +45 Celsius and 30 per cent to 90 per cent non-condensing operating humidity.
Available options include the newly-developed FA-300 fibre adaptor and BSF-300 base station. The HC-HD300’s output cable is fitted with a Neutrik opticalCon Duo connector to provide efficient protection against dust. Up to 250 metres of cable can be connected direct to the camera and is extendable to 10 kilometres by using external power.
Supporting features of the HD300 include the focus assist and lens aberration correction functions employed in Ikegami’s established UnicamHD range of cameras.
Ikegami plans to showcase the HC-HD300, along with HDK-97ARRI 4K, HD UNICAM LINE, Ultra High-Sensitivity cameras, OLED Monitors and more at IBC 2014 on stand 11.A31, RAI Amsterdam, September 12-16. Company representatives will include Masanori Kondo (President, Ikegami Europe), Peter Grimm (General Manager, Broadcast Business Development) and Michael Lätzsch (Broadcast and Professional Video Division Manager).
Pricing and Availability
Ikegami have told us that the HD300 will begin shipping from December 2014. There’s no word as yet on price, but Ikegami have stated the camera will be “aggressively-priced” to attract independent studios, church-based broadcasting and cable TV productions.
Excerpts from Press Release