New York, NY—The Optical Devices Division of Fujifilm North America received a TV Technology Best of Show Award during the 2015 NAB Show for its 4K Ultra HD lens series. Canon USA also garnered a Best of Show Award for its XC10 4K camcorder.
“We’re thrilled to win this award for the first in our series of 4K zooms for 2/3-inch broadcast cameras,” said Thom Calabro, director of Marketing and Product Development for Fujifilm’s Optical division. “TV Technology is one of the most respected publications in the broadcast industry, and it means a lot to be recognized by them for these new lenses that we were so excited to unveil at NAB. These Ultra HD lenses were developed in response to the market demand for 4K optics that would work with 2/3-inch broadcast cameras. We’re looking forward to seeing them in use for a variety of sports and entertainment productions.”
The Fujinon UA80x9 4K field lens has an 80x zoom and optical image stabilization, making it suitable for coverage of large-scale events. The lens covers focal lengths ranging from 9mm in wide angle to 720mm in telephoto.
The Fujinon UA22x8 4K zoom lens features a compact, lightweight design, a 22× zoom ratio and a focal length from 8mm in wide angle to 176mm in telephoto. The UA22x8 is engineered for capture in a broad range of applications, including live sports, program production and news reporting.
Both lenses were designed using the latest proprietary optical simulation software, to offer 4K optical performance in the center of the image through to the corners of the frame. Fujifilm’s High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC) is applied to the lenses for enhanced transmission, contrast, dynamic range and color reproduction. The Fujinon lenses can be linked with other systems, such as a virtual studio system for combining CG images with live action. Both the Fujinon UA22X8 and UA80X9 lenses will be available by August 2015.
Canon USA also garnered a Best of Show Award for its XC10 4K digital camcorder. The XC10 4K features a lightweight, portable design for convenient 4K/Full HD video shooting and 12 megapixel still photography. The hybrid camcorder, which can also extract 8MP images from 4K video, can be used for a range of video and still production needs. The camcorder is marketed to everyone from advanced amateurs to professional 4K and HD videographers and filmmakers needing a cost-effective 4K/HD “B” or “C” camera, as well as multimedia journalists and news agencies.
The XC10’s 4K imaging system is built of proprietary components, including: a Canon 12MP, one-inch CMOS sensor that delivers 12 stops of exposure latitude; the Digic DV5 signal processor; and a compact Canon 10x wide-angle zoom lens with 2x digital teleconverter and optical image stabilization. The lens offers a zoom ratio of 27.3–273mm for movies and 24.1–241mm for photos. Other features include a vari-angle LCD monitor with a capacitive touch panel for intuitive control; a rotating hand grip to support movie and still shooting; a built-in ND filter; and built-in dual-band Wi-Fi.
Offering slow- and fast-motion recording, multiple custom picture settings, such as Canon log and Wide DR Gamma, and interval shooting for time-lapse still photography, the XC10 can record H.264, 4:2:2/8-bit, MXF 4K (QFHD) 3,840×2,160 movies to internal CFast cards or Full HD 1,920×1,080 video to SD cards at multiple frame and bit rates. It also provides 4K 30p movie playback via its HDMI 1.4 output.
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