11.30.2012 12:20 PM
Panasonic Intros AW-HE60 Series Cameras
Also unveils AW-HE2 HD pan/tilt/zoom camera with no moving parts
WASHINGTON: Panasonic has revealed its new AW-HE60 series pan/tilt/zoom cameras for remote production.

The AW-HE60 is a full HD integrated camera, including IP live video monitoring for remote preview and control, and a night mode using infrared illumination. It will be available as the AW-HE60H (with HDMI and component outputs), as well as the AW-HE60S (with HD/SD-SDI and component outputs plus gunlock).

Both models feature smooth PTZ operation and integration for HD and SD production and video communications. Utilizing full HD MOS sensors (effective resolution 1920 x1080) and Dynamic Range Stretch to compensate for lighting variations, the cameras also have hybrid 2D/3D noise reduction processing for HD video with 850 lines of horizontal resolution. Both IP and RS-422 serial control interfaces are native.

IP monitoring is displayed in 16:9 at up to 30 frames per second (fps) in VGA at 640 x 480 and QVGA at 320 x 240, using either MJPEG or H.264 encoding, but multi-view monitoring of 16 cameras in a single browser window is available in MJPEG mode only. Remote IP live video monitoring is also available for mobile devices.

The Night Mode makes it possible to shoot in virtual darkness with a 600nm IR illuminator. The remote controllable IR cut filter combined with digital signal processing allows the user to switch between full HD color video and high-resolution, black-and-white Night Mode.

Other improvements include V2.0 firmware as standard, including 16-axis color matrix control, R/B gain adjustment and 1080/59.94p output (H version only) and 1080/30p (S only).  Greater control of PTZ speeds with the AW-RM50 IR remote control has also been added, in addition to better focus control.

The HE60 line incorporates a pan-tilt head that offers movement in all directions without excessive vibration and bounce, with 18X HD optical zoom and 10X digital zoom. The cameras deliver video signal formats including: 1080/59.94p (H version only), 1080/59.94i, 1080/30p (S version only), 720/59.94p, 480/59.94p (H version only), 480/59.94i, 1080/50p (H version only), 1080/50i, 720/50p, 575/50p (H version only) and 576/50i.

Other features include 54dB S/N, three-step gamma correction and seven-step chroma level adjustment,100 pre-set memories, an electronic shutter (1/100 to 1/10,000 a sec) with synchro scan and built-in tally light.

The cameras weigh 3.5-lb and includes ceiling mount with turn-lock mounting mechanism facilitate installations, as well as a ¼-20 mounting thread.

Panasonic has also introduced the AW-HE2, an HD camera with a nonmechanical, electronic PTZ function. The HE2 is intended for remote monitoring and has no moving parts.

Featuring a compact design and HDMI output, this camera combines high image quality, digital PTZ, IP control and easy system integration. It utilizes a full HD MOS sensor and Panasonic’s Super Resolution digital signal processing to deliver video with no moving parts. Horizontal resolution is 850 lines and minimum illumination is 20 lux.

The camera incorporates an all-digital pan-tilt function for fluid movement, and it has a horizontal field of view of 95 degrees. Video output formats via HDMI include 1080/60p/50p/59.94i/50i/30p/25p and 720/60p/50p, with stereo audio. IP-preview is also available as MJPEG video embedded in the camera’s browser control page, at resolutions of 640x480 and frame rates of up to 30fps.

The HE2 supports IR and direct and browser-based IP remote control, using Panasonic’s AW-RP50N, as well as systems from Crestron and AMX. IR remote control is achieved through the AW-RM50G handheld wireless remote control.

Other standard features include PIP, nine pre-sets, adjustable shutter speeds up to 1/12,000 sec., Auto Gain, back light compensation and a stereo microphone. The camera includes a small AC supply and has DC/USB power connectors.

The HE2 weighs less than 9 ounces, is less than 6 inches long and its diameter is about two inches. The HE2 includes an adjustable base for mounting on desktops, ceiling or walls and also incorporates a ¼-20 mounting thread.

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Posted by: Anonymous
Sat, 02-09-2013 09:57 PM Report Comment
/b/divpI purchased this PTZ wiselers internet camera so I could easily watch my home while away (see how our dog is doing in the kennel). It is satisfactory in this capacity. The Zoom is not what I expected. There is no optical zoom, only a 2x digital zoom. This only works inside of the browser plug-in that comes with the device. Doing a 2x zoom produces a very grainy image. In my opinion, this is not desirable. The pan/tilt functions work fine as do the 8 preset positions (note that zoom is not presetable). The unit has a fairly sensitive microphone but the squelch level is not adjustable so medium to soft sounds are full of audio dropouts. Color balance, in automatic mode, has a decidedly greenish tint. After several days of operation, the unit will stop streaming video. Fortunately, a reset function can be performed remotely which restores normal operation. Normally I use Internet Explorer to access the camera from the Internet (a special plug-in must be installed within IE). The application software (actually hosted by a computer inside the PTZ) is functional though a bit confusing at times. Presets are defined, modes selected, IP addresses configured, even overlaying date/time on the video feed are all settable. When away from a desktop, I use a program called IP Cam Viewer on a Google Nexus smartphone to view streaming images from this camera. No audio is supported on the IP Cam Viewer however I can flip among the pre-established presets. (When the camera pans and tilts, it is fairly noisy. This sound is easily heard by anyone in the room.) My setup consists of the CISCO PTZ camera with a wiselers connection to a Linksys wiselers router located about 40 away. The router is connected to a cable modem. I opened a port in the router to allow access to the PTZ from the general internet. This all works. One final comment, the stand that comes with the unit is non-adjustable and was a real pain. It is designed to hold the PTZ on a desktop so it is angled upwards. I wanted the camera to sit on top of a bookcase and look down into the room. The stand would not allow this position. So I finally had to build my own stand that holds the camera more vertical so I could achieve the downward angle wanted to image the room. Would I buy this again? Probably, but I would take a close look at the marketplace to see what else is there. The misleading claim of zoom capability, the color balance, and inability to preset-with-zoom are drawbacks in my opinion./pdiv style="padding-top: 10px; clear: both; width: 100%;"div style="float:left; padding-right:15px; border-right:1px solid #CCCCCC"div style="padding-bottom:5px;"b class="tiny" style="color:#666666;white-space:nowrap;"

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