Ikegami Electronics Europe has introduced a 3G fibre base station offering a coherent upgrade path from SDI to IP, from standard dynamic range to HDR and from HD to a dual-format HD/UHD workflow. 


Ikegami: The new Ikegami UHL-F4000 multi-purpose two-piece camera

It has also released a new UHD/HD 3CMOS multi-purpose two-piece camera, the UHL-F4000, that can output UHD and cut-out HD images, while retaining the excellent low-light performance of its HDL-F3000.

The BSX-100 3G fibre base station is fully compatible with Ikegami’s Unicam HD system cameras, including the HDK-99 and HDK-73. It will also support Ikegami’s future UHD-native cameras. In its standard form, the BSX-100 provides 3G-SDI/HD-SDI HD output.

SMPTE ST 2110 media over IP interfacing is available as an option for use across 10GbE and 25GbE networks. A further option is a 4K output software key allowing use of HD cameras in a variety of configurations and includes simultaneous production in HD and UHD resolutions. Complementary 12G-SDI/3G-SDI quad link interfaces are also available. This approach should allow 3G camera systems to be integrated into UHD environments easily and cost-efficiently.

High dynamic range video with very high quality reproduction from dark to bright areas is possible as well as wide colour gamut. The BSX-100 offers full support for Hybrid Log Gamma (ITU-R BT.2100) and optionally includes HDR-to-SDR conversion. It can be operated in any desired combination of HD or UHD resolution and SDR or HDR simultaneously.

The 3U high half-rack-width unit is designed for easy integration into mobile production vehicles and other locations where space is limited. It is due to ship in Q3 2020.

The UHL-F4000 is a compact, 1.1kg, low power consuming camera head (optical block), that is particularly well-suited for helicopter camera applications. The successor to Ikegami’s HDL-F3000 multi-purpose compact camera, the F4000 is newly equipped with Global Shutter CMOS sensors, which capture images clear from geometric distortion during still frame analysis and free from flash band effects. It is designed for 2/3in lenses.

It offers superior low light performance (with a minimum illumination of 0.0015lux at f1.4), plus an Image Sharpening Function that boosts an object’s edge level when the image is zoomed in. Variable Contrast Control allows the operator to easily reproduce clear images with proper contrast even in situations of bad visibility, such as shooting through fog or smoke. The remote control panel also includes a variable control so operators can adapt the UHL-F4000 in real time for optimum noise reduction when shooting at night with high gain.

The UHL-F4000 uses a fibre connection between the camera head and CCU, allowing them to be separated by a distance up to 10km, making it useful for a wide range of applications including weather cameras, surveillance, or studio robotic camera systems.