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The Panasonic AK-UB300 Box Camera for multipurpose needs

First teased during IBC this last September, the new 4K Panasonic AK-UB300 Box Camera has been announced for delivery at $24,995. Featuring UHD video at up to 59.94p as well as B4 mount that will work with 2/3-type bayonet lenses, including motorized zoom models, the Panasonic AK-UB300 Box Camera is much smaller than many other 4K systems. With a number of additional features that make it useful for remote placement like 4K focus assist function, IP streaming, automatic gain control, HD cropping from the frame and haze reduction, the AK-UB300 can also output full 4K signal via four 3G-SDI outputs with simultaneous HD-SDI for monitoring and other needs at up to 1080/59.94p.

Housing a large one-inch MOS sensor, high sensitivity (F10/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB) and wide dynamic range measured at 600% (-6dB~36dB), see more specs in the full press release below! For more information on Panasonic, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast. Follow them on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube.

Panasonic AK-UB300 Box Camera rear with simultaneous 3G-SDI and HD-SDI output
Panasonic AK-UB300 Box Camera rear with simultaneous 3G-SDI and HD-SDI output

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Panasonic AK-UB300 Box Camera with B4 lens mount for 2/3" lenses including motorized zooms
Panasonic AK-UB300 Box Camera with B4 lens mount for 2/3″ lenses including motorized zooms

Panasonic AK-UB300 Box Camera

Panasonic Announces Pricing/Availability of New AK-UB300
Multi-Purpose Camera with Simultaneous 4K and HD Output

NEWARK, NJ (December 1, 2016) — Panasonic today announced availability and pricing for its new AK-UB300 4K multi-purpose camera, designed for applications where a compact form-factor yet high-quality image is required. Ideal for broadcast and remote studios, weather and traffic reporting, remote live production, image magnification and sports, the UB300 is equipped with a one-inch MOS sensor that outputs a UHD signal up to 3840×2160/59.94p with the ability to simultaneously output HD up to 1080/59.94p.

The UB300 is available at a suggested list price of $24,995.00.

The camera’s new imager and lens design combines a one-inch large MOS sensor with a specially constructed integrated expansions lens, facilitating the use of standard 2/3-inch B4 lenses without the need for an external adapter. The UB300 features high sensitivity (F10/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB), wide dynamic range measured at 600% (-6dB~36dB), and horizontal resolution of 1800 TV lines (UHD)/1000 TV lines (HD). With its compact form factor, the UB300 is upwardly compatible with Panasonic’s comprehensive line of high-performance indoor/outdoor pan-tilt systems (select models), as well as several third party pan-tilt or robotic systems.

In addition to HD output, the UB300 is equipped with a simultaneous 4x3G-SDI output as standard. Output formats include (in HD) 3G-SDI: 1080/59.94p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/29.97PsF, 1080/23.98PsF, 1080/23.98p (over 59.94i), 1080/50p, 1080/50i, 1080/25PsF, 720/59.94p, 720/50p; and (in 4K) 3G-SDI x4: 3840 x 2160/59.94p, 3840 x 2160/29.97p/PsF*, 3840 x 2160/23.98p/PsF*, 3840 x 2160/50p, 3840 x 2160/25p/PsF*. (Note: Formats marked with “*” will be available at a later date via firmware update).

An HD Cropping feature allows an HD image to be cropped from the 4K picture, and the HD Cropping area can be controlled by a Panasonic AW-RP50 or AW-RP120 remote controller. The HD Cropping feature is especially useful as remote “Pan” or “Tilt” functionality can be accomplished electronically with a fixed POV type of camera without sacrificing image quality.

The Panasonic AK-UB300 Box Camera for multipurpose needs
The Panasonic AK-UB300 Box Camera for multipurpose needs

Streaming video outputs will be available from the UB300 in several forms and formats, and at a wide range of transmission speeds. For remote production and IP distribution, four simultaneous streams will be available in either H.264 or three streams in motion JPEG. Video resolutions of up to 1080/60p are available at rates of up to 24Mbps. For IP-Live remote monitoring and control, up to 16 cameras can be viewed simultaneously in a single browser window, with extensive on-screen camera controls available when a single camera is selected for monitoring. IP control enables system integration with Panasonic RP50/RP120 joysticks and AK series ROP panels (available later via firmware update).

In outdoor environments, brightness and color temperature change drastically from daytime to nighttime. An Intelligent Automatic Adjust function will automatically correct the image level and color temperature as the outdoor lighting conditions change. Intelligent Automatic Adjust

Functions include Auto tracing white balance, which automatically adjusts the white balance or color temperature, and automatic control of lens aperture or iris, gain and ND filter.

The UB300 boasts newly-developed haze-reduction technology–valuable for outdoor environments such as weather reporting–for ensuring optimal image reproduction. In certain situations, picture contrast may be low as result of environmental fog or haze conditions, and this Haze Reduction function will optimize camera image settings appropriately to assure that the subject of shooting is as clear as possible.

Other high-level features include a 2x digital extender zoom and four-position neutral density filter (Clear, ND4, ND16, ND64). The UB300 weighs approximately 3 1/2 pounds and measures 4.3-inches wide by 6.3-inches deep by 5.6-inches high. Additional video format and controller support will be available 1Q 2017.

For more information about Panasonic professional video products, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast or contact Panasonic at 877-803-8492.

About Panasonic Broadcast, Cinema and Professional Video Systems
Panasonic offers leading products to acquire, transmit and view high-quality video, over both video and IP networks.  Professional products include VariCam cinema cameras, P2 HD camcorders, 4K and HD handheld cameras, Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras, studio and box cameras, switchers and monitors.  These products serve customers in cinema, broadcast, professional sports, higher education, enterprise and other markets.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and solutions for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R+ACY-D operations. In Interbrand’s 2014 annual “Best Global Green Brands” report, Panasonic ranked number five overall and the top electronics brand in the report. As part of continuing sustainability efforts, Panasonic Corporation of North America relocated its headquarters to a new facility, adjacent to Newark Penn Station in Newark, NJ. It is the first newly constructed office tower in Newark to earn both LEED Platinum and Gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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