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Ikegami UHK-X700 4K-UHD HDR Cameras chosen by Spanish Public Service Broadcaster

Feb 1, 2024

Ikegami Electronics announces the delivery of 27 UHK-X700 4K-UHD HDR camera systems to a leading Iberian public service television network. The project was completed in three groups. The first two, totalling 18 cameras, were provided for mobile production applications controlled from OB trucks. The third phase comprised nine additional cameras for studio productions at the broadcaster’s headquarters.

“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,” says Michael Laetzsch, broadcast & professional video division manager at Ikegami Europe. “Each of the 27 camera chains includes a VFL-701D 7 inch studio viewfinder, BSX-100U base station and OCP-300 operation control panel. We also supplied eight VFL201D 2-inch monocular viewfinders and three Ikegami MCP master control panels.”

“Media organisations around the world recognise the need to ensure future-proof flexibility in terms of production workflow,” adds Gisbert Hochguertel, Ikegami Europe product specialist. “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 colour 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 use in studio or outdoor applications, the Ikegami UHK-X700 incorporates three 2/3-inch CMOS 4K sensors with a global shutter which provides freedom from rolling-shutter distortion and flash-banding artifacts. Core of the UHK-X700 electronics is an ASIC chip which encapsulates a wide range of high-grade video processing functions into ultra-compact component dimensions. High frame-rate shooting at up to 2x speed in 4K or up to 8x speed in HD can be performed via the BSX-100 base station for applications such as capturing fast motion in sport or stage events.

Measuring 340 x 243 x 149 mm and weighing 5 kg, the UHK-X700 comes with a B4 lens mount and has an optical sensitivity of F11 when operating at 4K/50p. It is designed for use at -20 to +45 °C operating temperature and 30% to 90% non-condensing humidity. The camera is uniformly balanced and has a low centre of gravity to ensure easy operation on a pedestal, tripod or shoulder.

The UHK-X700/BSX-100 combination allows cameras to be securely linked up to 3,000 metres 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 plus a memory card slot for full camera setup and filing capability. The OCP-300 also supports PoE, powering over Ethernet, so separate power supplies are not necessary.

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