Earth TV buys 70 Ikegami cameras16 September 2013
Germany’s Earth TV is buying 70 of Ikegami’s new HDL-23 miniature PoV 1080p cameras to fit in new outdoor robotic and augmented reality systems.
“We transmit via IP and broadcast from our Munich office,” explained joint-managing director Nikolaus Lohmann. Customers include ARD (for weather), SVT Sweden, N24 Germany, RTL 7, The Weather Channel, Bloomberg and Al Jazeera. “We’ve just had our 150,000th show [after a decade in operation]. We think we are the most successful TV format ever,” he added. Although most broadcasts are short, used either for weather or before news programmes.
The HDL-23 will be built into Earth TV’s new full, remote motion-controlled weatherproof camera housing, which can survive hurricanes and freezing temperatures. The cameras also do motion-controlled time lapses.
Pictures need to look good at night, and the camera delivers low-noise images from its three 1/3-inch CMOS sensors. It will get the first cameras later this year, which will be used in new and existing locations. The two companies have also entered a development partnership and are planning a range of Broadcast Robotic Systems especially for broadcast customers.