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Panasonic's UE150 is a 4K pan/tilt/zoom camera for various professional video productions

Panasonic’s announced its new pan/tilt/zoom camera: the AW-UE150. The camera can shoot 4K/60p video and can be controlled remotely.

This camera features UHD 60p output and a horizontal viewing angle if 75.1 degrees. Additionally, it offers a 20x optical zoom/32x zoom in HD mode. It sports a 1 inch MOS sensor and has various 4K interfaces. Those include 12G-SDI, HDMI, optical fiber and IP connectivity.

One of the camera’s most notable features is its pan and tilt capabilities. Pan and tilt operate from a minimum speed of 0.08 degrees per second to a maximum of 180 degrees per second in a high-speed mode. The system’s 75.1 degree horizontal wide-angle shooting captures the entire area, even when installation space is limited, according to Panasonic. Also, the system can be controlled by the AW-RP150 touchscreen camera controller.

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Panasonic UE150

“The UE150 is a step-up in resolution, lensing and interfacing, presenting a clear 4K upgrade path and a new workflow for such premium PTZ applications as high-end enterprise and broadcast/production applications,” said Michael Bergeron, Product Manager Studio/System Cameras, Panasonic System Solutions Company.

Here are some of the spec highlights of the camera:

Simultaneous 4K and HD output

The UE150 simultaneously outputs 4K and HD allowing for versatility for a number of production systems. It seems so versatile that video production in stadiums, lecture halls, churches and television could find use for the system. The 4K video can be downconverted to HD directly within the camera. Also, images that are shot in 4K can be output full frame while simultaneously outputting cropped parts of those images.

Back of Panasonic’s UE150
The camera offers simultaneous 4K and HD output

1-inch MOS sensor

With a large 1-inch MOS sensor, the camera should be able to handle high sensitivity shooting with low noise. The camera sensor has a light-capturing area that’s about four times larger than the 1/2.3-type sensor for a wide dynamic range.

And with the added “izoom” to the optical 20x zoom, the system maintains high resolution while enabling resolution 32x zoom in HD mode and 24x zoom in 4K mode. This should allow distant subjects to be captured clearly.

Supports HDR and features Optical Image Stabilization

The UE150 supports High Dynamic Range. This is good news because HDR prevents blown-out highlights and blocked-up shadows. The system also features an Optical Image Stabilizer that ensures “vibrations of the mounted surface caused by doors opening and closing, audio systems and other installed equipment are automatically corrected” according to Panasonic.

Pricing and Availability

The AW-UE150 is available now for $11,400. Also, the AW-RP150 remote is sold separately for $4,700. Go to panasonic.com to learn more about the system.