What we think:
The HE-120 is a top of the range HDTV-standard PTZ camera with a 20x zoom. It's an integrated system with full remote control options over IP and HDMI and SDI video outputs. The HE-120 is great for fixed installations, live events and self-operated TV studios.
The camera is designed to be easy to install and is available in two colours, pearl white and black metallic, to match a variety of usage situations.
In addition to preserving compatibility with remote controllers designed for earlier remote camera systems, the AW-HE120 supports remote operation via an IP connection as well.
The AW-HE120 has a 20× zoom lens that covers an extended range of focal distances, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto– 32.1 mm at the wide-angle end to 642 mm at the telephoto end (both figures converted to 35 mm equivalents). This optical zoom lens is also supplemented by a 10× digital zoom function. The built-in four-position ND filter (clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64) allows adjustment of the exposure. The imaging elements, also used in Panasonic’s P2 HD series products, are 1/3-type 2.2-megapixel U.L.T. MOS sensors that enable Full HD superior picture quality. A 3-MOS configuration is used to ensure excellent colour fidelity. Multiple HD and SD video signal formats are supported: 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 480/60i and 576/50i. SDI (HD/SD, BNC), analogue component (D-SUB 15P) and HDMI outputs are provided. Selecting HDMI output enables the higher picture quality of 1080/59.94p and 1080/50p.
The AW-HE120 is equipped with a high-performance Digital Signal Processor (DSP) used in Panasonic broadcast camera recorder. It processes fine image rendering such as gamma and various detail enhancement functions with exceptional precision. It achieves a low power consumption of 21 W, approximately 48% less than the previous model. It also features a Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) function that minimizes blocked shadows and blown highlights in scene with mixed contrast. A gamma curve and knee slope are estimated to match the contrast of each pixel, and applied in real time. The images that result are enhanced by a visually wide dynamic range. .
In spite of the compact design, the pan-tilt head covers a wide range with a pan of ±175° and a tilt of –30° to 210°. The newly developed pan-tilt driver combines a high level of responsiveness with very exact static precision. An NC (Noise Criteria) 35 level of quietness is maintained. The AW-RP50 remote controller, available separately, allows the recording of up to 100 preset positions. The AW-RP50 can connect to one or more AW-HE120 units over an IP link using a LAN cable (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX, RJ45). A single AW-RP50 can control up to 100 AW-HE120 units. In addition, the AW-HE120 maintains compatibility with other optional devices employing serial and other pan-tilt systems manufactured by Panasonic. This makes the AW-HE120 an ideal choice as a replacement camera for existing systems.
It has a turn-lock mechanism that allows ceiling mounting in the same manner as a lighting fixture and its light weight means it can be installed easily by a single person. The control wiring consists of a standard LAN cable, greatly reducing the cost of installation.