|AJ-SPC700 DVCPRO P2 Camcorder|
|Panasonic Broadcast introduces the cost-effective, shoulder-mounted AJ-SPC700 camcorder. This further re-enforces Panasonics commitment to P2 by adding to the line up of Camcorders covering all levels of cost and usability. The AJ-SPC700 becomes the entry level, standard definition P2 camera ideal for ENG as well as a host of other applications where cost is an issue.
By eliminating all moving parts from the camera recording path, Panasonic has ensured the AJ-SPC700 is extremely reliable and resistant to environmental hazards, such as the shock, vibration, cold, heat and humidity that threaten camcorders based on mechanical recording transports. AJ-SPC700 images are stored on a P2 card using MXF file format to ensure IT compatibility for file transfer.
Since becoming available last spring, Panasonic's DVCPRO P2 products have offered the extensive benefits of solid-state memory recording and IT integration, and have elevated digital video acquisition to a new level of speed and cost efficiency
The AJ-SPC700 combines a high-performance 2/3" 520,000-pixel, IT 3-CCD camera with 60 fields interlace recording in 25Mbps DVCPRO/DV and 50Mbps 4:2:2 DVCPRO50 format on a P2 card. Switchable between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, the camcorder delivers broadcast-level performance, with low smear, 750-line resolution, an S/N ratio of 61dB, a high sensitivity of F11 at 2000 lux, and minimum illumination of 0.5 lux (at +36dB). With its newly-developed DSP, the AJ-SPC700 has a very low power consumption of about 20 watts, which minimizes the number of batteries needed for field work. It is equipped with an advanced 12-axis matrix colour correction system, and a news gamma curve specially optimized for the demands of field news acquisition. The news gamma curve helps to preserve image quality by suppressing over-saturation in highlight areas during sudden changes in contrast.
The AJ-SPC700 features five P2 card slots, providing up to 160 minutes record capacity at DVCPRO and 80 minutes in DVCPRO50 with 8GB P2 cards. A sixth PC card slot is provided to accept a range of options, such as a MPEG-4 Proxy Video Encoder. Proxy video, in three quality choices, may be recorded to P2 cards and SD Memory cards, and subsequently viewed on a journalist's PC or PDA.
Its superb audio performance supports two audio input channels which will be recorded onto four audio channels of 48kHz/16-bit PCM audio in DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV. The AJ-SPC700 comes equipped with a USB 2.0 interface for file transfers, and users can add an IEEE-1394 interface (optional AJ-YAD800G board) for a real-time stream and for connection to laptop computers running a range of popular NLE applications, thereby providing a self-contained field editing solution.
The AJ-SPC700 starts recording from the moment it's switched on, so users can feel confident that they won't miss an important shot. Its hot swap function assures non-stop recording, because it allows a user to replace any P2 card (except the one being recorded on) on the move.
Regarding its flexibility in the IT domain, the AJ-SPC700 offers many innovative functions:
The camcorder is highly customisable with features like four user scene files, three user setup buttons, and camera setup memory (up to eight camera setups can be saved to a SD Memory card).