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IP streaming robotic PTZ camera

JVC has launched its first robotic PTZ camera, the KY-PZ100, which can be used in-studio or on location. When connected to a WiFi adapter or 4G modem via USB (or directly connected to a LAN), its IP-based communications engine streams up to 1080 50/60p video with two-channel audio.

It can be used as a standalone remote camera, part of a multi-camera production or as a conventional PTZ camera.

John Kelly, general manager, JVC Kenwood UK, said, “It is fully IP controllable, with 3G SDI and HDMI output, and good low light performance, with a 30x optical zoom. It will be shipping after IBC, with a street price of about £3,000.”

It uses a 1/2.3-inch sensor, has built-in recording to SD memory at up to 50Mbps, and a LoLux mode that delivers images in darkness as low as 0.01 lux. The camera offers low latency streaming at various bit rates (up to 12Mbps).

It has integrated Zixi technology, which is claimed to deliver reliable streaming performance with forward error correction and automatic repeat request as well as adaptive bit rate control.

There is also a robust new RM-IP100 remote control panel, although users can also control the camera via a web browser, or use remote units that support the VISCA protocol. The RM-IP100 can memorise more than 100 preset settings and positions.

The camera is available in black or white housings and can be mounted upside-down.