Ikegami introduces two new HDTV cameras
Following on last year’s introduction of Ikegami’s popular HDK-77EX HDTV camera, comes the NAB 2009 debut of the affordable new HDK-77EC portable multi-format HD CMOS camera to meet the demands of an increasingly varied HD market, including stadium/arena scoreboards, houses of worship, education, and other production applications. Featuring CMOS sensors for 1080i/720p HD format flexibility, lower power consumption, and reduced operating temperature, the HDK-77EC is an economical docking-style camera that comes packaged with the new CCU-890T camera-control unit for triax connectivity. Also being introduced is the new CCU-890M with built-in triax and fiber for convenient, lightweight mobile-unit flexibility. Intended for use with the HDK-79EC, as well as Ikegami’s new HDK-77EC, the user’s choice of camera cable type is determined by a simple switch at the CCU, combined with mounting the docking TA Triax Adapter or FA Fiber Adapter to the camera head.
Ikegami’s innovations for the increasingly varied HDTV production market also include the new HDL-F25, a “separate optics” 1080i HD camera designed for aerial applications. The HDL-F25 features a compact optical block (80mm in physical depth) designed to mate with long telephoto lenses inside a gyro-stabilized mount (e.g., for helicopter or blimp applications).
Also on display at Ikegami’s NAB 2009 exhibit is the GFCam HDS-V10 tapeless camcorder, which this year features Bluetooth for instant export of thumbnail clips directly to a laptop application for fast logging, metadata insertion, and other workflow advantages. The GFCam HDS-V10 uses rugged high-capacity GFPak HD Flash-memory media; both are part of Ikegami’s revolutionary GFSeries product line, which was developed in cooperation with Toshiba, a world leader in Flash memory. The GFSeries, featuring HD 1080i/720p format support, an open-codec HD/SD architecture, proxy video, and metadata convenience, leverages the increasing integration of IT networking in the broadcast industry and delivers unprecedented file-based HD workflow efficiencies extending from digital video capture, to non-linear editing, to content delivery. GFSeries is designed for ENG and documentary production, as well as sports, commercials, episodics, multimedia, corporate television, and other HDTV production applications.