Panasonic cameras head for Utopia

The German version of Dutch reality TV show Utopia has selected the Panasonic AW-HE60 for the new series, which began broadcasting last month. A total of 37 PTZ cameras bought by Infostrada, the technical partner of Talpa Global, have been used for indoor shooting for the ProSiebenSat.1 production, airing successfully in Germany on SAT.1 and online, starting in February 2015.

“We have chosen the Panasonic AW-HE60 cameras thanks to the good picture quality with the light conditions we create (for indoor use) inside,” said Willem Roskam, Global Technical Consultant for Utopia. “The main reason is because they come with an IR option included, that gives us the opportunity to use all the cameras during the night when there is no light inside. We are very happy with the quality of the content that is shot with the Panasonic AW-HE60 cameras.”

Utopia is one the most recognised reality shows in the World. In The Netherlands, ‘Utopia’ airs daily on SBS6 and has nearly quadrupled the channel average in the extremely competitive early evening. The AW-HE60 has a 1/3 type FulI-HD MOS sensor, 18x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom, it is used extensively in reality TV, as well as in conference facilities and education.

Andre Meterian, Director for Europe, Russia and CIS at Panasonic Broadcast & Pro AV Solutions division, said “It’s a real coup to be involved in the Utopia franchise. Reality television is at its best when participants forget they are being filmed, the super quiet movement and IR capability of the AW-HE60 sets it apart in this genre.”

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