Panasonic has premiered a new camera at IBC, the AJ-SDC905. The AJ-SDC905 is a DVCPRO camcorder developed for ENG (electronic news gathering) arenas. The camera features three 2/3" 600,000-pixel IT CCDs for SDI format capturing and integrated IEEE 1394 ports for 50Mbps importing/exporting. According to Panasonic:
Panasonic has introduced the AJ-SDC905, its first dual-mode DVCPRO50 camcorder with an IEEE 1394 input/output to assure the rapid, lossless transfer of 50Mbps digital video for nonlinear editing. The DVCPRO50 VTR with IEEE1394 is part of Panasonic?s strategy of lowering the cost of 50Mbps production to make it a key broadcast platform and stepping stone to HD. IEEE1394 is a key part of the strategy providing a cost effective digital transfer with no generation loss between VTRs and NLE workstations.
The AJ-SDC905 offers operator-controllable selection of EFP-quality 4:2:2 sampled DVCPRO50 or classic 4:1:1 sampled DVCPRO recording, and at native 16:9 wide-screen or 4:3 aspect ratios.
The AJ-SDC905 features three 2/3" 600,000-pixel IT CCDs that guarantee superb standard-definition image quality at a high sensitivity of F13 at 2000 lux, and low-light shooting down to 0.09 lux. The camcorder is equipped with 12-bit A/D DSP circuits that provide improved picture quality, colour reproduction and luminance gradation, and an advanced 12-axis matrix colour correction system to permit very specific colours to be adjusted without affecting overall colour tone.
You can find more information about the AJ-SDC905 at the Panasonic Web site. The AJ-SDC905 is slated to ship at the end of September.