AK-UC400 mounted onto tripod

Panasonic has unveiled their newest studio camera, the AK-UC4000. The AK-UC4000 is in the same family line as the AK-UC3000 4K HDR capable-camera and the AK-HC5000 1080p 4x high-speed HDR capable-system, and it offers familiar features found in both of those cameras, while also featuring a future-proof infrastructure and will “[raise] the bar for 4K HDR performance,” according to Panasonic. Panasonic also annouced the AK-UCU600 CCU, a camera control unit which offers power up to 6,600 feet.

AK-UC400

The UC4000 is aiming for live sports productions and high-end event broadcast market with Large Single Sensor Internal Expansion Lens optics and Panasonic’s super 35mm image sensor capable of capturing 4.4K native resolution. It has the same broadcast lens compatibility and operation and has the same form factor as previous models in the line.

“The oversampling of the UC4000's new 4.4K imager helps sports production crews avoid potential moir issues caused by the ubiquitous LED screens," said Michael Bergeron, Studio/Systems Cameras Product Manager, Panasonic Media and Entertainment Company. “Also, the future 12G 4K output feature will enhance the capability of an integrated stadium wireless system—like the system Panasonic has developed with Wave Central—so even wireless cameras can feed 4K to the high-resolution scoreboards."

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The UC400 will be compatible with the same accessories as the UC3000 and HC5000, which includes the AK-HVF100 studio viewfinder; the AK-HRP1000, AK-HRP1005 and AK-MSU1000 camera controllers; the AK-HBU500 studio build-up kit; SHAN-HC5000 shipping case and all cabling.

AK-UCU600 CCU

Along with the UC4000, Panasonic has revealed that they will be releasing a new Camera Control Unit, the AK-UCU600. This CCU provides power up to 6,600 feet over hybrid fiber and has the same features as the AK-UCU5000. Those features include simultaneous multiple format output with simultaneous 4K, 1080p and HD outputs, simultaneous HDR and SDR output with HDR / SDR offset adjustment for SDR shading of HDR content, multiple data and video trunk lines and IP control and a compact 2U design.

Pricing and Availability

Both the AK-UC4000 and the AK-UCU600 CCU with be available this March. The UC4000 will be selling for 40,000 dollars while the UCU600 CCU will be priced at 20,000 dollars.

To learn more, head to Panasonic.com/broadcast.