Panasonic Intros Compact, Lightweight AW-HE120

Panasonic Solutions Company has unveiled the AW-HE120, a pan/tilt/zoom camera featuring a fast 20X zoom lens and a three 2.2 megapixel U.L.T. MOS imagers supporting Full HD video capture. The compact HE120 produces excellent video in a wide range of shooting conditions.

Ideally suited for such demanding applications as sports, staging, House of Worship, news, and government video, the HE120 is equipped with the same high-performance sensors and Digital Signal Processor (DSP) used in Panasonic broadcast camcorders such as the AG-HPX370. With a signal to noise ratio pushing 60dB, 1000 TV lines of resolution, and such advanced features as 16-axis color correction and Panasonic’s exclusive DRS (Dynamic Range Stretch), the HE120 sets a new performance standard for integrated pan-tilt cameras.

Both HD/SD-SDI and HDMI outputs are standard equipment with the HE120, as well as analog component and SD composite. It is a versatile multi-standard camera, delivering many international HD and SD video signal formats including: 1080/59.94p (HDMI only), 1080/59.94i, 720/59.94p, 480/59.94p (HDMI only), 480/59.94i, 1080/50p (HDMI only), 1080/50i, 720/50p, 575/50p (HDMI only) and 576/50i.

In addition to preserving RS-422 serial compatibility with controllers designed for use with the previous generation of Panasonic remote camera systems, the HE120 supports both direct and Web-based IP remote control. Direct IP control is possible using Panasonic’s innovative AW-RP50N, as well as appropriately programmed systems from Crestron, AMX, and other manufacturers. The camera’s built-in Web-server enables secure control and setup from browser-equipped PCs anywhere in the world.

The camera is designed to be easy to integrate, and is available in two colors (-W: pearl white; and -K: black matte metallic) to suit a range of applications. A twist-lock ceiling mount is included as a standard accessory, and the HE120 is also equipped with a ¼-20 tripod mounting screw receptacle and a safety lanyard for use with many mounting and grip systems.

Compared to Panasonic’s AW-HE100, the HE120 is much smaller and lighter, weighing in at just 6.6 lbs, and consumes nearly 50% less power—21 Watts at 12 VDC.

The AW-HE120’s 20X optical zoom lens covers an extended range of shooting situations, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto, with 35mm equivalents of  32.1 mm at the wide-angle end to 642.5 mm at the telephoto. The built-in remote-controllable four-position ND filter (clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64) facilitates flexible exposure control in brightly lit shooting situations.

The camera’s integrated pan-tilt head covers a wide range of motion, with a pan of ±175° and a tilt of –30° to 210°. The newly developed pan-tilt driver combines a high level of responsiveness with static precision. An NC (Noise Criteria) level of 35 is maintained for shooting in noise sensitive environments such as jazz clubs and boardrooms.  Up to 100 preset positions and camera settings are stored in the camera, more than enough for the most demanding large venue installation.

The HE120 will be available in December at a suggested list price of $8,900.00.

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