High Definition Cameras
Panasonic Varicam AD-HDC27H
The AJ-HDC27 VariCam HD Cinema Camera brings variable frame rate acquisition to the digital world. This is the first high definition production camera that is capable of variable frame rate at the touch of a button. Individual frame rates may be selected from: 4-fps to 60-fps in single frame increments. Frame rates may be changed during recording. Designed as a high quality production camera, this native 720p camcorder can be used for 60-fps or the film-like 24-fps acquisition. When acquiring for 24-fps projects, higher than 24-fps operation can be processed for slow motion effects while slower than 24-fps operation can be processed to speed up motion. Additionally, the variable frame rates and related variable shutter speeds create some very interesting ghost like motion blur effects, warp speed zoom effects, and long exposure still shots typical of what one might see in music videos, sci-fi dramas and dream sequences.
The camera has the capability to emulate film’s gradual transfer function performance (i.e. CineGammaTM). This function greatly increases the camera’s usable dynamic range, especially in traditionally limiting areas such as highlight handling, which until now was a serious limitation for most HD cameras. CineGamma provides the user with a much closer approximation of film’s renowned ability to maintain smooth image tonality even when gently compressing extreme highlights. Cinematographers are able through the CineGamma feature to control the camera’s gamma transfer function to best optimize control over tonality, from extreme highlights to the lowest of shadow areas.
The AJ-HDC27 VariCam serves a triple role: 1.) as a 24-fps camera, 2.) as a standard 25-fps video camera, and 3.) as a variable frame rate special effects camera.
Sony CineAlta HDW F900R
The HDWF900R CineAlta camcorder is capable of capturing images at 24/25/30 frame progressive or 50/60 interlace at 1080 resolution. The HDWF900R utilizes a 2.2 Mega Pixel FIT CCD and comes equipped with various gamma curves for superior imaging. The camcorder features dual filter wheels, comprehensive software adjustment parameters for superior image control. Memory Stick setup system saves and recalls various parameter settings.
The HVR-Z1P 1080i HDV camcorder can capture HDV, DVCAM and DV images at 60i, 50i, 30, 25 or 24 frames per second, in either SD or HD. This switchable 60/50 capability allows videographers to use just one camcorder to meet an array of client needs for both local and overseas markets. In addition to allowing Backward compatibility to the standard definition DV world, the 1080i recorded image can also be down-converted to SD output mode directly from the camcorder in the digital or analog domain.