Hitachi Super Hi-Vision Camera Set for NAB Debut

Hitachi, in preparation for the 2016 UHD and Super Hi-Vision broadcast tests in Asia, will unveil a glimpse of its second-generation Studio and Field production Super Hi-Vision cameras to the Americas at the NAB show in Las Vegas next week.

The Hitachi SK-UHD8060 is the latest collaboration with NHK STRL (Science and Technology Research Laboratories). In addition to working closely to develop UHD (4K) and SHV (8K) television cameras, the relationship has produced the world’s First Three-Sensor, Full Resolution Super Hi-Vision 60Hz and 120Hz progressive scan cameras in 2008. Hitachi can also be credited with exhibiting the world’s first hand-held Super-High Vision camera at the 2013 and 2014 NAB Shows.

In line with Japan’s plans to launch Super Hi-Vision broadcasts in 2020, Hitachi is poised to satisfy the demand for advanced digital television equipment that will convey ultra-realistic images for the utmost immersive TV viewing experience. Augmented 22.2 channel audio andSuper-High Vision broadcasting will greatly advance the sense of realism while watching TV.

“8K broadcasting is on the verge of becoming a reality, and it will undoubtedly become the mainstream past 2020,” says Sean Moran, the company’s COO and Vice President of Sales and Operations. “Broadcasters and production companies have differing agendas when it comes to acquiring imaging technology. Taking into account that the content distribution and profit opportunities are quickly changing, the new TV industry players will benefit from Hitachi’s advanced 4K and 8K production equipment, preparing our customers to deliver content with these new advanced imaging formats as they transition other elements of their production workflow.”

The SK-UHD8060 Series represents the second-generation of Super Hi-Vision cameras, delivers the form, features and functions needed for successful 8K television broadcast program production. The modular chassis camera concept simplifies and accelerates configuration for Studio (fixed) or portable (stabilized camera) applications, while a large 12-inch viewfinder as well as high-resolution portable is offered. Signal recording can be achieved with a coupled digital recorder, and a SMPTE304/311 type hybrid cable system is used to tether the camera head from its control unit.

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