Ikegami has brought the sensor used in the Alexa to the studio and OB market in “a new type of dock-cam style studio camera with an ARRI front end, using a single large super 35mm sensor. It is ideal for studio drama or music,” said Masanori Kondo, president, Ikegami Europe. The first delivery, of eight PL-mount cameras, went to MTV, which used them for its Video Music Awards.
“Although it is the same sensor as the Alexa, it is Ikegami’s digital signal processing and TV output,” said Stephan Shenk, ARRI’s general manager, camera division. “It’s a collaboration between ARRI and Ikegami to bring the aesthetics of the motion picture to the TV studio.”
“It gives all the camera features you want, like shallow depth of field, low noise, high dynamic range, very natural colour reproduction, very good skin tomes, and you can rack it like a normal studio or OB system camera,” added Mark Capstick, general manager Ikegami UK.
Several German TV stations are currently testing the camera, and “are very interested,” said Kondo. It can do 1080 50p, as well as 24 and 25p. It would normally be used with a fibre adaptor and will work with all of Ikegami’s existing Unicam HD accessories, so it can use the same base stations and control infrastructure.