Rentex is pleased to announce that it’s now offering the new Panasonic AK-UC4000GSJ 4K studio camera for rent from its 10 locations nationwide. The AK-UC4000GSJ is the newest product in Panasonic’s line of high-end 4K broadcast cameras, offering a series of improvements and upgrades over Panasonic’s popular AK-UC3000 and AK-HC5000 models, as well as leading 4K video cameras from other brands.
The most immediately noticeable improvement on the AK-UC4000GSJ is the outstanding image quality. The camera features what Panasonic is calling Large Single Sensor Internal Expansion Lens (LSSIEL) optics, allowing it to capture a full 35mm image with a standard B-4 lens. The 4.4k sensor in the AK-UC4000GSJ excels in low light conditions, provides a better dynamic range than virtually all competing 4K video cameras, and offers a very low signal to noise ratio of 62dB.
Another function that makes the AK-UC4000GSJ stand out from other 4K cameras is its ability to process both HDR and SDR feeds at the same time. Broadcasting HDR and SDR simultaneously has typically been a problem for production crews, as the downward conversion from HDR to SDR can creates artifacts, shadows, or other distortions in the picture. These problems are especially evident when shooting images with a dark foreground and brightly lit background. The AK-UC4000GSJ was built to solve this problem by allowing the operator to adjust the HDR and SDR feeds individually to ensure proper picture quality.
When asked about the AK-UC4000GSJ, Rentex National Video Coordinator, Jeff Gawronski, had the following to say, “It’s not every year that a camera as impressive as the AK-UC4000GSJ comes out. We feel it represents the state of the art, not only in terms of capturing production-quality UHD video, but in how it combines outstanding picture quality with exciting, next-generation technology like 12G-SDI output and support for Media Over IP (MoIP) connectivity. The result is a 4K camera that excels in a variety of broadcast settings, including large concert venues, houses of worship, and business conferences. We’re confident our clients across the country who need a versatile, high-end 4K camera will be excited by that mix of flexibility and power.”
The AK-UC4000GSJ offers three modes of high-speed video capture, 1080p, 1080i and 720p. It’s ability to shoot 240 frame high-speed video will make the camera particularly attractive to audio visual teams that require a richly detailed slow motion, like in professional or collegiate sports broadcasts.
In terms of connectivity, the AK-UC4000GSJ offers many options. Using a light compression technology called TICO, the camera can send 4K video a long distance over 3G-SDI without losing video quality. It also provides two UHD 12G-SDI output, and support for the emerging MoIP (Media Over IP) standard.
The Panasonic AK-UC4000GSJ also provides strong backwards compatibility with existing Panasonic camera accessories, including viewfinders, remote control panels (RCP), and master control units, so AV professionals familiar with Panasonic equipment will have a shorter learning curve and can easily slot the camera into familiar workflows.
To learn more about the Panasonic AK-UC4000GSJ, or Rentex’s large inventory of audio-visual subrental products, visit the Rentex website at the link below:
Panasonic AK-UC4000GSJ: https://www.rentex.com/rental-products/panasonic-ak-uc4000gsj/
Founded in 1980, Rentex is one of the largest and most trusted wholesale providers of audio visual, production, and computer rental equipment in the nation. Rentex is a longtime leader in the cross-rental market, supplying many of the nation’s largest companies with complete audio visual rentals and 24/7 sales & technical supports. Rentex can deliver nationwide within 24 hours and offers same day delivery to most major cities. To view all available rental equipment and request a rental quote, visit www.rentex.com.
Sharp will exhibit at NAB Show 2019, the world’s largest broadcasting equipment exhibition held during April 6 to 11 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. Under the theme “8K World is Coming Here,” Sharp will introduce to the world 8K technology, the latest high resolution image technology, and related products and solutions.
At the NAB Show booth, Sharp will exhibit a small-type 8K video camera along with various 8K related equipment from image input to output such as 8K camcorder, 8K editing equipment, and 8K monitor etc. Also by utilizing such advanced devices, various scenes from 8K ecosystem such as 8K local broadcasting for stadium use, 8K YouTube distribution for bloggers, and 8K image transmission by IP for remote distribution of 8K live images will be demonstrated to showcase the 8K world is coming.
Sharp will continue its contribution to expand such applications on a global scale as a pioneer of 8K to innovate people’s living and society.
Location of Sharp Booth
Las Vegas Convention Center Central Hall (C3113)
Sharp booth exhibit: Monday, April 8 to Thursday, April 11
1. 8K local broadcasting: demonstrating 8K self broadcasting system for stadium and public facility use
2. 8K YouTube distribution: demonstrating the world of bloggers filming and editing 8K images and uploading to YouTube at ease
3. 8K IP transmission: IP distribution of 8K live images filmed at Astrodesign, Inc. (Head office: Ota, Tokyo; President and CEO: Shigeaki Suzuki) NAB booth
4. Equipment etc. on display: small-type 8K video camera, 8K camcorder, 8K editing equipment, 8K monitor, 8K video wall (16-screen), 8K 5G transmission and streaming
During an exclusive launch event today at the Paris Convention Center, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) unveiled the HUAWEI P30 and HUAWEI P30 Pro. The HUAWEI P30 Series builds on the HUAWEI P Series DNA in design and photography and is the company’s most advanced series of smartphone cameras. These devices feature the innovative HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor, an optical SuperZoom Lens, a new HUAWEI Time of Flight (ToF) Camera, and enhanced optical and AI image stabilization technology. With these revolutionary technologies, the HUAWEI P30 and HUAWEI P30 Pro capture incredible photos and videos in every scenario.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, said, “the HUAWEI P30 Series is a fundamental breakthrough after decades of digital camera technology development; it will rewrite the rules and reshape everyone’s perception of mobile photography. Innovations such as the HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor and SuperZoom Lens allow us to push the envelope of both photography and videography—a frontier long overdue for disruption. The HUAWEI P30 Series will set the pace for the next generation of smartphones by empowering people to capture the true beauty of the world around them through a device that fits in the palm of their hands.”
Rewriting the Rules of Photography for Stunning Professional-grade Pictures Every Time
Achieving a record-high overall DxOMark score of 112, the HUAWEI P30 Pro is equipped with a new Leica Quad Camera System, including a 40MP main camera with the HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor, a 20MP ultra-wide angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, the HUAWEI ToF Camera and a 32MP front camera that takes selfies to a new level.
The 1/1.7-inch HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor looks at light in a fundamentally new way. The RYYB HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor deviates from the traditional RGGB Bayer filter by replacing green pixels with yellow pixels, yielding a high maximum ISO rating of 409,600 on the HUAWEI P30 Pro and 204,800 on the HUAWEI P30. This fundamental shift in sensor technology, combined with HUAWEI AIS, OIS and the HUAWEI P30 Pro’s f/1.6 wide aperture, delivers extraordinary photography and videography experiences across a wide range of scenarios and lighting conditions—including extreme low light—producing images with enhanced detail, color and clarity.
Through a new periscope design, the SuperZoom Lens supports high fidelity magnification of 5 times optical zoom, 10 times hybrid zoom and 50 times digital zoom. A prism element in the telephoto camera bends light at a 90-degree angle to maximize focal length while minimizing camera height, without disrupting device design.
Unique to the HUAWEI P30 Pro is a HUAWEI ToF Camera that captures depth-of-field information to deliver accurate image segmentation. Precise distance measurement allows for the simulation of multiple levels of bokeh. The Super Portrait feature captures even the smallest details, such as individual strands of hair. It combines depth information and proprietary algorithms to produce outstanding images with defocused backgrounds and highlights the subject of the image in any scenario.
Redefining Smartphone Videography
The HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor enables spectacular low-light video capture so night scenes appear bright and highly detailed. HUAWEI AIS and OIS support stabilization for all video capture settings, resulting in a perfect, steady shot. Additionally, the SuperZoom Lens allows for crisp close-ups, while the AI Video Editor enables users to add background music and special effects to their videos, turning the HUAWEI P30 Series into a mobile production studio.
A Heritage of Stunning Design
The HUAWEI P30 Series design, created with a nine-layer nano optical color finish, is inspired by the unique color palette and pristine look of salt flats. The 6.47-inch HUAWEI P30 Pro and 6.1-inch HUAWEI P30 come in Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Aurora, Pearl White and Black. The FHD+ (2340×1080) Dewdrop Display features a tiny notch, providing maximum display area. The near bezel-less front glass houses an In-Screen Fingerprint sensor for quick and secure identity authentication. The HUAWEI P30 Pro also features HUAWEI Acoustic Display Technology that enables it to deliver high-quality audio through a sound emitting display.
The HUAWEI P30 and HUAWEI P30 Pro are packed with industry-leading features that set them apart in power, performance and efficiency:
The HUAWEI P30 Series is powered by the 7nm Kirin 980 processor, which delivers ultimate performance, top-class efficiency and faster image recognition through its Dual-NPU AI processing power.
The HUAWEI P30 Series features an Extendable Read-Only File System that improves system responsiveness. The latest EMUI 9.1 also supports HUAWEI Share OneHop for seamless file sharing between Huawei smartphones and Huawei laptops.
The HUAWEI P30 Pro features a 4200mAh battery (typical value) and 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge that charges a device from zero to 70 percent in 30 minutes, keeping the device powered for more than a full day of intensive work.
The HUAWEI P30 Pro features HUAWEI SuperCool technology to improve thermal performance, keeping the phone cool even during heavy use.
The HUAWEI P30 Series is equipped with a suite of advanced wireless communications capabilities supporting Dual SIM and Dual VoLTE connectivity1.
Pricing and Availability
Starting at EUR 799 and EUR 999 respectively, the new HUAWEI P30 and HUAWEI P30 Pro are immediately available globally.
About Huawei Consumer BG
Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population. Fifteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. Huawei’s global network is built on almost 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.
1 Specific features may vary depending on regional availability.
Sony Electronics Inc. today introduced an exciting new addition to its highly popular compact camera line-up with the launch of the world’s smallest and lightestvi premium compact camera, the RX0 II (model DSC-RX0M2). Building upon the waterproof/dustproofii, shockproof,vii crushproofviii and ultra-compact qualities of the original RX0, the new model now offers internal 4K recording, an adjustable LCD screen that tilts upward 180 degrees and downward 90 degrees and that even works underwaterix,ii and new image stabilization solutions for video recording.
– Superb image quality delivered by 1.0-type stacked 15.3MP[i] image sensor condensed into waterproof[ii], rugged, highly compact body
- Featuring ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mm[iii] F4 fixed wide-angle lens
Movie shooting with 4K[iv] internal recording and new image stabilization solutions
Advanced functionality for stills photography, including up to 1/32000 sec. Anti-distortion Shutter and up to 16fps[v] continuous shooting
Diverse range of shooting scenes enabled by waterproof 180-degree tiltable LCD panel and Clear Image Zoom
Perfect for selfie with enhanced color reproduction, new Soft Skin Effect mode and advanced Eye AF
Microphone jack and optional Shooting Grip (VCT-SGR1) delivers minimal and ideal Vlog shooting solution
Multi-camera solution that enables creative video expression from various viewpoints
At the heart of the RX0 II sits a 1.0-type stacked 15.3-megapixeli Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor and an advanced BIONZ X™ image processing engine that offer enhancedx color reproduction, including beautiful skin tones. This power packed combination has been optimized to deliver lightning fast performance and exquisite image quality for both stills and movie shooting across a wide sensitivity range of ISO 80xi-12800. The ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mmiii F4.0 fixed wide-angle lens has a shortened minimum focusing distance of 20cm, making it perfect for selfies or table-top photos.
A Camera for All Conditions
The RX0 II is truly a worry-free camera that can be taken into places that no other camera can go. Measuring just 59mm x 40.5mm x 35mmxii and weighing just 132g,xiii the RX0 II fits easily into a pocket and is ready for whatever the elements can throw at it. It is waterproofii up to 10 meters deep, dustproofii, shockproofvii up to 2 meters and crushproofviii up to 200KG force.
“With its 1.0 type sensor, Zeiss® lens and multi-camera capability all packed in a compact waterproof body, the original RX0 was designed to enable new forms of creative expression,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Services Americas at Sony Electronics. “By adding a 4K internal recording, 180 degree LCD and upgrading many of the still image capabilities on the new RX0 II, we have further built upon this concept, allowing many new and different types of creators – ranging from travel photographers to vloggers – to realize the benefits of such a unique, versatile form factor.”
Movies and More
The RX0 II offers 4K 30p internal movie recordingiv with full pixel readout and no pixel binning to collect approximately 1.7 times the amount of data required for 4K video. By oversampling this data, the appearance of moiré and jaggies is reduced to deliver smooth, high-quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. Using the recently introduced Sony “Imaging Edge™” mobile applications, this footage can be transferred to a smartphonexiv, edited and shared easily across social networks.
The RX0 II introduces in-body electronic stabilizationxv for steady footage, even when shot handheld. This can be enhanced even further when footage is exported to a smartphone or tablet running the “Movie Edit add-on”xvi application, where the additional information captured during filming can be processed to produce a video with gimbal-like smoothness.xvii An additional new feature that can be accessed via Sony “Movie Edit add-on” is Intelligent Framing, where the selected subject is kept in the center of the frame and image distortion is corrected in a final edit. Depending on where the video will be shared, a variety of aspect ratios can then be selected.
Additional movie features of the RX0 II include Super Slow Motion recording at up to 1,000 fpsxviii, uncompressed 4K HDMI output and simultaneous proxy movie recording. Users can utilize Picture Profile, S-Log2 and Time Code / User Bit functions to ensure a final result that exactly matches their creative vision.
The versatility of the RX0 II means that it offers a host of still photography features in addition to its video capabilities. It boasts an Anti-distortion Shutter of up to 1/32,000 sec. and can shoot at up to 16 fpsv to capture any fleeting moment of emotion that passes across the subject’s face. In an upgrade from the original RX0, color reproduction has been enhanced to reproduce natural and vivid color of human skin, and the optional Soft Skin Effect can be applied to cover minor blemishes and wrinkles. Rating and Protect functions can be applied in camera and a grouped display of continuously shot images can be viewed on the camera.
Sony’s Eye AF, which is proving hugely popular with portrait photographers across the world, has been upgraded on the RX0 II. The speed, accuracy and operation of the Eye AF has been improved to make it even easier to capture a stunning portrait; a simple half-press of the shutter button will lock-on to the eye of the subject. The focused eye can be selected (left / right / auto) in the menu or assigned to a custom button, allowing the user to concentrate on composition.
The camera can be set for interval shooting, the results of which can be edited with Sony’s “Imaging Edge” desktop application viewer into stunning time-lapse videosxix.
Up to five RX0 II cameras can be controlled wirelesslyxx using Sony “Imaging Edge Mobile”xxi application and between five to 50 cameras will be able to be controlled via an access point (scheduled for Summer 2019). The RX0 II is also compatible with the Camera Control Box CCB-WD1xxii, which enables up to 100 cameras to be connected and controlled in a wired multi-camera setup. These multi-camera solutions unlock a whole new world of shooting opportunities and free video expression from any viewpoint that the user wishes to pursue.
Pricing and Availability
The RX0 II camera will ship in April 2019 for approximately $700 US and $900 CA. The products will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.
A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new camera and Sony ‘s other imaging products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, a site created to educate and inspire all fans and customers of Sony’s Alpha™ brand.
The new content will also be posted directly at the Sony Photo Gallery and the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube. Detailed product information pages within Sony.com for the new camera can be found at:
About Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Corporation (Japan), one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K Ultra HD TVs. Visit www.sony.com/news for more information.
i Approximate effective megapixels
ii Depending on usage conditions and circumstances, no guarantee is made regarding damage to, malfunction of, or waterproof/dustproof performance of this camera. Water and dust resistance equivalent to JIS protection level IP68. Under water, the minimum focusing distance is increased, and angle of field is narrower. This camera sinks in water — please use a strap to prevent loss
iii Converted from angle of view (35mm equivalent)
iv Wi-Fi does not operate. QFHD:3840×2160. A Class 10 or higher micro SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) micro SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps recording
v In Speed Priority Continuous mode. Focus and exposure settings are fixed at first frame
vi Among fixed lens digital cameras with 1.0-type sensor and tiltable monitor. As of March 2019, based on Sony research
vii MIL-STD810G C1 Method 516.7 shock test onto 5cm plywood cleared. Applies when LCD monitor is retracted
viii Sony test condition. Applies when LCD monitor is retracted
ix Wireless functions cannot be used underwater
x When compared with DSC-RX0
xi ISO 80, 100: when expanded. For still shooting only
xii width x height x depth
xiii Approximate weight with battery and media included
xiv Availability of video transfer and playback varies depending on smartphone in use
xv For video shooting only
xvi Add-on mobile application for ‘Imaging Edge Mobile’
xvii Angle becomes narrower than actual shot. The frame area of the picture becomes narrower than the original image. The movie footage can be rendered to up to Full HD quality
xviii Sound cannot be recorded. A Class 10 or higher micro SDXC or SDHC memory card is required
xix Wi-Fi does not operate during interval shooting. The latest version of Imaging Edge ‘Viewer’ and PlayMemories Home desktop applications is required
xx Not available during 4K video, FHD 120p (NTSC)/100p (PAL) video or interval recording. DSC-RX0 and DSC-RX0M2 models cannot be used with radio control at the same time. Depending on the specifications of the access point, smartphone, and tablet to be used, and the radio wave environment of the installation location, the number of devices that can be connected may change.
xxi Refer to the following page for details of compatible Imaging Edge Mobile
xxii When using the CCB-WD1, please update your software to the latest version (Supported with ver. 2.00 or later.) Up to 100 pairs of DSC-RX0M2 and Camera Control Box can be connected, according to Sony’s internal testing
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