Ikegami UHK-X700 4K-UHD HDR cameras chosen by Spanish public service broadcaster

Ikegami Electronics has delivered 27 UHK-X700 4K-UHD HDR camera systems to a prominent Spanish public service television network. The project was completed in three phases. The first two phases included 18 cameras designed for mobile production applications controlled from OB trucks. The third phase added nine more cameras for studio productions at the broadcaster’s headquarters.

According to Michael Laetzsch, Broadcast & Professional Video Division Manager at Ikegami Europe, “Ikegami UHK-X700 cameras were acknowledged by the network’s operational and technical team as offering the highest quality at the most competitive price of the various solutions evaluated.” Each of the 27 camera chains includes a VFL-701D 7-inch studio viewfinder, BSX-100U base station, and OCP-300 operation control panel. Additionally, eight VFL201D 2-inch monocular viewfinders and three Ikegami MCP master control panels were supplied.

Gisbert Hochguertel, Ikegami Europe Product Specialist, emphasized the importance of future-proof flexibility in production workflows, stating, “The UHK-X700 provides the freedom to operate at 4K-UHD, 1080p, or 1080i resolution in standard dynamic range or high dynamic range, standard or wide color gamut (ITU-R BT.709 and ITU-R BT.2020). Content can be mastered in full 4K-UHD to ensure a long commercial lifetime for high-budget productions. The cameras can also be operated in multi-format workflows.”

Designed for studio or outdoor applications, the Ikegami UHK-X700 incorporates three 2/3-inch CMOS 4K sensors with a global shutter, eliminating rolling-shutter distortion and flash-banding artifacts. At the core of the camera is an ASIC chip that encapsulates a wide range of high-grade video processing functions into ultra-compact components. High frame-rate shooting at up to 2x speed in 4K or up to 8x speed in HD is possible via the BSX-100 base station, making it suitable for capturing fast motion in sports or stage events.

Measuring 340 x 243 x 149 mm and weighing 5 kg, this development comes with a B4 lens mount and has an optical sensitivity of F11 when operating at 4K/50p. It is designed for use at temperatures ranging from -20 to +45 °C and humidity levels between 30% to 90% non-condensing. The camera is uniformly balanced with a low center of gravity, ensuring easy operation on a pedestal, tripod, or shoulder.

The UHK-X700/BSX-100 combination allows cameras to be securely linked up to 3,000 meters from their operating location, including power to the camera head. Simultaneous output in HD SDR and UHD HDR video formats is optionally supported, including mixed sources. 4K-UHD video is available as a 12G-SDI feed directly from the camera head, enabling the UHK-X700 to be integrated into a wireless system.

Ikegami’s OCP-300 controller supports Ikegami’s conventional one-by-one ICCP and Arcnet based control systems plus Ethernet-based control. It includes a touchscreen LCD with rotary encoders and a memory card slot for full camera setup and filing capability. The OCP-300 also supports PoE, powering over Ethernet, eliminating the need for separate power supplies.

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