• For studio and field applications
  • 16-bit A/D converter
  • 38-bit Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
  • Enhanced DTL Signal Processing
  • New generation HD studio camera
SKU: AK-HC3800 Category: Tag:

The AK-HC3800 is an HD studio camera equipped with three high-sensitivity, high-quality 2/3-type 2.2-megapixel CCDs, a high-precision 16 bit A/D image processing circuit, and the latest generation 38-bit Digital Signal Processor (DSP). Compact and lightweight at only 8 lbs, it offers chromatic aberration compensation (CAC), scene file settings, and a sophisticated implementation of Panasonic’s exclusive dynamic range stretch (DRS).

The HC3800 achieves a high sensitivity of F11 at 59.94Hz (2,000 lx) and an S/N ratio of 60dB. High definition formats can be switched to allow worldwide use at 1080/59.94i and 1080/50i. Output of 720/59.94p video will also be supported via a pre-NAB no-charge firmware upgrade. The newly-developed 16-bit A/D and 38-bit DSP utilize Spatial Offset Technology, and an advanced single transfer system to provide a high resolution picture (1,100 lines) with less moiré and a vertical smear level less than -130dB.

The HC3800’s DRS function simultaneously reduces blocked detail in shadow areas and blown highlights in scenes where extremely bright and dark objects coexist, and its CAC function can compensate for chromatic aberration at the lens periphery. The low-profile head and low main body design are ergonomically designed for comfortable operation and provide an unobstructed view to the camera operator’s right-hand side. The HC3800 is also equipped with a Film Rec Gamma function adapted from Panasonic’s renowned VariCam models, and a Scan Reverse function for cinema lens adaptors.

Adding the AK-HCU200 camera control unit (CCU), and the AK-HRP200G remote operation panel (ROP) to the HC3800 creates a low cost, high quality studio camera system that delivers world-class uncompressed video and system control via optical fiber transmission. The new AK-HVF70G compact and lightweight 7″ LCD viewfinder completes the basic studio camera system.

The AK-HCU200 CCU, rack-mountable, lightweight and measuring 2U in height, has two HD/SD-SDI output channels and two additional HD/SD-SDI output channels that can be used in conjunction with the picture monitor outs. For return video inputs, the CCU is equipped with two HD/SDSDI channels and one VBS (analog composite video) channel. A down converter is also incorporated and an aspect ratio of an HD/SD-SDI out can be selected from Letterbox, Crop or Squeeze. Embedded audio is supported for HD/SD-SDI output and prompter input is provided.

The HCU200 and the AK-HC3800 can be connected with SMPTE 311 hybrid fiber cables over a distance of approximately 1,000 meters for transmission of uncompressed video, power, control, and other functions. The compact, 2.9-pound AK-HRP200 remote operation panel provides precise, rapid, and comprehensive control of the HC3800’s powerful capabilities. Currently, the HRP200 and HCU200 connect via optional serial cables (e.g. ROP-50M) at a distance of up to 50 meters. The free system firmware upgrade available before NAB 2013 will add IP control communication between ROP and HCU, and will also permit the ROP to set-up and control Panasonic PTZ cameras such as the AW-HE120 via IP. Scene files, user files and lens files can be stored on and retrieved from SD-HC memory cards at both the HCU and HRP control panel.

The AK-HVF70 seven-inch color LCD serves as an electronic viewfinder (EVF) and provides superb picture quality with SWVGA (1,024 x 600 pixels) resolution. It includes as contrast, brightness and peaking adjustments, and is equipped with three user assignable function switches. The compact EVF features a “Focus in Red” function, which highlights the edges of an object in red, and a “Pixel-to-Pixel” function, which allows the inputted video to be displayed without resizing. Additional EVF options for the HC3800 include the two-inch HD monochrome, model AJ-HVF21KG, and the one-inch, color LCD, model AJ-CVF100G.



  • 12-axis color correction, detail, skin tone detail and matrix adjustment
  • An SD Memory Card can be used for firmware version updates
  • S/N ratio: 60 dB
  • Power Consumption: 25W (Head)
  • Optical filters: ND x4
  • Multi camera control
  • Horizontal Modulation: More than 50%
  • Vertical smear level less than -130dB
  • Switchable between 1080/59.94i and 1080/50i HD formats for worldwide use
  • Digital Extender x2 magnification
Power Supply:  12 V DC (during external power supply operation)
190 V DC (when CCU is connected)
Power Consumption:  25 W (during external power supply operation, camera only)
53 W (maximum power during external power supply operation when maximum power supplied for each output connector while all accessories are connected)
60 W (maximum power when CCU is connected and maximum power supplied for each output connector while all accessories are connected)
Operating Temperature:  -10 °C to 45 °C
Preheating required at temperatures below 0°C
Storage Temperature:  -20 °C to 60 °C
Operating Humidity:  10 % to 85 % (no condensation)
Weight:  Approx. 3.7 kg
Dimensions (W x H x D):  135 mm x 260 mm x 367.5 mm
excluding protrusions
Pick-up Device::  2/3-type 2.2 million pixel IT, CCD x 3
System:  GBR pickup system
Color Separation Optical System:  f/1.4 prism
Optical Filter:  ND: Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Lens Mount:  Bayonet type
Output Standard:  SMPTE 292M
Sensitivity:  F12 (50 Hz)
Horizontal Resolution:  1100 TV lines
S/N:  60 dB or higher
Horizontal Frequency:  28.125 kHz, 1125 line frame (50 Hz)
Vertical Frequency:  59.94 Hz or 50 Hz, interlace
MIC Input:  -60 dBu to 4 dBu (XLR 3-pin female x 2)
Gain selected by camera menu
Intercom:  XLR 5-pin female x 1
Input: -60 dBu to -20 dBu
Output: 100 mW max.
HD SDI Output:  BNC x 2 (HD SDI 1/HD SDI 2)
HD signal = 0.8 V [p-p], 75 Ω
The HD SDI 2 signal output can be added to the regular images using the camera menu item setting and switched to the VF or RET image output.
Prompter Output:  BNC x 1, VBS signal = 1.0 V [p-p], 75 Ω
DC OUT:  12 V, MAX. 1A
RET CONTROL Terminal:  Round 6 pin x 1
VF:  Round 20 pin x 1, D-Sub 29 pin x 1
Power Switching:  CCU, OFF, EXT
USER 1/2/3:  Functions specified by menu items can be assigned to the switch.
RET A/B Selection:  For selecting the return signal
RET/PTT Switching:  RET, PPT
Gain Selection*1 LOW, MID, HIGH
Output Selection*1 CAM, BAR, TEST
White Balance Mode*1 A, B, preset
Shutter Speed Selection*1 1/100, 1/120, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/1/2000
Intercom:  MIC ON/OFF, receiving level, or PGM level
MIC Setting:  MIC power, MIC gain, MIC1 selection
Footnote:  *1When the CCU is connected, the selection functions cannot be used. Control is performed from the ROP.
* Weight and dimensions are approximate.
* Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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