Ikegami advances further into 4K-native broadcast production

The Ikegami UHK-X600 4K-upgradeable HD portable broadcast camera takes center stage in the company’s ongoing push towards 4K-native broadcast production. This new development is a multi-format portable camera designed to address the increasing preference for 2160p 4K-UHD as the mastering format for linear broadcast transmission and online video-on-demand. Offering a path to upgrade from HD to UHD through a license-key based option, the camera provides a flexible solution.

“Customers at every level from freelance producers up to large scale media networks are demanding safeguards against what looks like a relentless transition to ever higher mastering and delivery standards,” says Alan Keil, Vice President and Director of Engineering at Ikegami Electronics (USA), Inc. “The license-key option provides the freedom to invest in solutions that most exactly match your current business model without risk of losing a production contract because your equipment is not future proof. 4K-UHD is the logical format for high-budget mastering especially in the USA where ATSC 3.0 offers a potential route for terrestrial and satellite-based 2160p direct-to-home transmission.”

As part of Ikegami’s Unicam XE product line, the UHK-X600 is compact and versatile, suitable for studio, outside broadcast (OB), and over-the-shoulder location production. Featuring three 2/3-inch CMOS global shutter imagers, the camera delivers 1000 TVL resolution, minimal aliasing, and high sensitivity. The camera offers compact design and compatibility with all B4 ENG/EFP-lenses.

Ikegami’s UHK-X700, an extension of the Unicam XE product line, includes standard UHD-frame rate operation and offers additional features such as 2x speed in 4K/UHD and up to 8x speed in Full HD format. Noteworthy sales of the UHK-X700 during 2023 include acquisitions by CERTV and RE:LIVE Productions.

Luis Aquino, CERTV’s Director of TV and Radio Technology, highlights the new camera’s reputation for high signal quality, durability, and excellent post-sale support. RE:LIVE Productions in Singapore, a long-time user of Ikegami HDK-55 camera systems, chose the UHK-X700 for its upgrade to 1080p 50/60 high definition.”

 

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