Hitachi Kokusai introduces the new SK-HD1800 Studio and EFP Camera

CMOS technology, HDR specifications including HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and HPQ, and a four-position filter wheel for remote operation are just three of the features of the brand-new SK-HD1800 HDTV studio and field production camera of Hitachi Kokusai.

The technology of this device adapts to different LED lightning conditions, allowing its use in places such as TV studios, sporting arenas or concert venues, where large LED displays are used. It also includes 1080p sensors and a low-noise circuit technology. According to Hitachi, the SK-HD1800 is able to deliver “pristine visual quality with superior sensitivity, excellent color fidelity and a remarkable 62dB signal-to-noise ratio”. In addition, the new camera supports SMPTE fiber and digital triax connectivity and can be combined with a dedicated fiber or triax CCU or with the dual-cable CU-HD1300FT.

The CU-HD1300 provides the SK-HD1800 compatibility with Ultra HD workflows through an optional 4K output module, and with next-generation IP-based production via its SMPTE ST 2110 option.

John J. Humphrey, Vice President of Business Development at Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd., talks about the family of live productions systems of the company: “The use of LED lighting and displays in live production environments continues to expand rapidly, and our Z-HD5500 camera has proven extremely popular for its ability to capture high-quality, rock-solid video in these often-challenging settings. At the same time, features like remotely-operated, motorized filter wheel support have made our SK series of cameras a preferred choice for remote and mobile productions. The new SK-HD1800 offers customers the best of both worlds, and combines with the CU-HD1300 family of camera control units (CCUs) to flexibly support evolving industry trends including High Dynamic Range (HDR), 4K and IP-based workflows.”