Hitachi Z-HD5000 (ZHD5000) Professional HDTV Camera System

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Economical digital HDTV / SDTV production camera                        

The Z-HD5000 is a high-performance dockable design portable HDTV studio and EFP camera. With its 1 million pixels 3-CCD & the Z-HD5000 provides outstanding performance.

The camera offers sharper and cleaner HD images due to its 14-bit A/D converters and Hitachi’s implementation of the latest digital processing technology. The camera achieves outstanding high sensitivity and a low vertical smear

Camera head available with:

New design camera control units:

The Z-HD5000 offers the ability of 1080i/50Hz HD-SDI and simultaniusly SD-SDI format video for studio and field HDTV and SDTV productions.

The RU-1000VR remote control unit is a new design of remote operation panels for the Hitachi Z-HD5000. Painstaking attention has been paid to making the most commonly used controls and functions directly and instantaneously accessible to the video control engineer.
It is an ideal production tool that enhances any HD studio or field production.

*Viewfinder shown with AT-550 adaptor instead of AT-500.

** Lens & tripod and other accessories not included.

    * HD-SDI output directly from camera head and CCU
    * SD-SDI output down-converted at CCU
    * Flawless signal transmission offered by use of digital optical fiber cable up to 3.000 meter with CCU power
    * Ability to operate self-contained (without CCU) with standard provision of HD-SDI from camera head
    * 5-inch high resolution B/W CRT (4:3) viewfinder VF-HD500 available for EFP use
    * 2-inch high resolution B/W CRT (16:9) viewfinder VF-402E available for ENG use
    * VF Focus assist (VF Area marker, Focus indicator and quage available for camera man easy shotting)

    * Cameraman VF video is always HD even if returns are SD digital
    * CCU Return signal inputs can be HD or SD,
    * Incorporates advanced video control functions: Full automatic setup using gray scale
    * Direct data transfer from memory cards
    * HD signal linear masking & 12-vector color painting separate from SD signal outputs
    * Ultra gamma (gama table: 7 different settings )
    * Black stretch
    * Preset masking (6 settings: DEFAULT, ITU-709, SMPTE-240M, SMPT-WIDE, NTSC, EBU)
    * Flesh-tone masking and multiple memories flesh-tone detail correction settings
    * Full detail signal parameter controls for HD signal separate from the SD signal outputs
    * Knee saturation and aperture function
    * Pre-gamma level controls for fine reproduction of dark areas
    * Real time and offline diagnostic system with character display superimposed on PIX video output
    * Analog genlock or HD tri-level sync capable

Premier user of 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion

Hitachi cameras were the first on the market to recognize and implement 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion. The Z-HD5000 takes full advantage of the increased dynamic range output of the NEW imagers by using 3 (Red, Green, Blue channel) 1 4 - b i t analog-to-digital converters.

These high speed ADCs are the bridge between the serial output of the CCDs and the advanced Hitachi processor. They assure that every nuance of the image captured and, converted to electrical energy by the sensors is interpreted in the digital domain resulting in faithful image reproduction.

Hitachi’s advanced digital signal processing

Each essential part of the Hitachi Z-HD5000 camera system has its own DSP processor. Different DSP ICs are used independently for the HDTV camera head processing, the transmission system and the Camera Control Unit (CCU) processing.

The new, power-efficient Digital Signal Processor LSI’ s are designed under the 65nm rule with dynamic processing capability in excess of 30-bits per pixel, per RGB channel. Hitachi’ s DSP processors are designed for and, can adopt to progressive readout HDTV sensors. The processing dynamic headroom of the Z-HD5000 in theory (14-bit), allow for signals in excess of 85dB to be faithfully reproduced. Additional digital encoding at the camera head and CCU provides low interference and high signal integrity for both digital and analog outputs.

An outstanding overall signal-to-noise ratio specification of 58dB is achieved by use of our own low-noise circuit technology. The standard sensitivity is rated at F10 with 2000 lx. Even at high gain, clear images are obtained with little noise.

Digital signal transmission via Hybrid Fiber Optical Cable

The Z-HD5000 camera system utilizes industry standard Hybrid Fiber-optic cable connectors made of high-strength stainless steel to insure durability and reliable performance under the most demanding TV Studio and Field production circumstances. All command audio and video signals to and from the camera are digitally transmitted hence, totally immune to EMI/ RFI interference. Camera power and cable condition supervision are also performed when using the Hybrid Fiber-Optic Cable (HFOC). Full Auxiliary (up to 4 analog or digital, HD or SD) video return and individual Teleprompter facilities are also available with the Z-HD5000 transmission system. The maximum HFOC length with applied camera power and fully operational facilities is 1,000 meters* (3,280 feet*) .

Unique to cameras in the Z-HD5000’ s price range are optical power meters at the camera head (via engineering menu) and on the front of the CU-HD5000 camera control unit. These meters indicate the optical condition of both the receive and, transmit signals independently to accurately depict the proximity to the “digital cliff”, maximum cable distance or provide basic HFOC diagnostics in the field.

*HFOC distance with applied CCU power differs depending on the system configuration. It is dependant on the type of lens used, viewfinder, studio Adaptor, teleprompter and other accessories that may be connected and thereby consuming power otherwise available for the camera head.

Luminance response tools

Black stretch
The Z-HD5000’ s Black stretch function allows for better reproduction of dark or underexposed areas by evenly raising the luminance response without changing the pedestal or white clip/knee settings. It is especially useful in high contrast image venues, outdoors or sports production.

A new and useful function implemented in the Z-HD5000 is the Ultra-Gamma function. It dramatically increases the exposure latitude of the camera in shooting conditions where lighting and scenery vary widely in intensity. Seven different ultra-gamma responses are pre-programmed to suit just about every possible adverse shooting condition.

Color reproduction excellence

Skin-tone masking
The Skin-tone masking function provides “fine Painting” (hue and saturation) of Skin tones without affecting other colors in the scene. This functions additional and independently from the linear and 12-vector-masking functions thereby adding an additional color-correction (Triple-masking) Channel to the overall image color control.

Chroma Saturation
In addition to the extensive colorimetry controls offered in the Z-HD5000, the overall color saturation can be varied to achieve “dramatic” or artistic “effects”.

Knee Saturation
The Knee Saturation function dynamically restores color saturation to scene highlights above the Knee point. Color-saturated highlights lost in overexposed scenes are now visible. This function provides excellent results in ; for example when imaging : high-contrast, sunny outdoor scenes, fireworks, concerts, theatre stage lighting, and colored night scenes.

Picture sharpness enhancement

Skin-tone Detail
The Skin-tone Detail functions allow a flesh color-based softening of the image to achieve the impression of more youthful TV personalities. 2 individual memories exist as well as a function to automatically detect the hue, saturation and luminance of the Skin-tone to be affected. This function is not limited to Skin-tones only ; it can increase or decrease the sharpness of any pair of colors in the image.

High-chroma detail
The High-chroma detail adjustments allow precise control of the detail level in highly color-saturated portions of the picture such as the petals of a rose or a colorful fabric.

Z-HD5000 Camera Head

Imaging Device: (3X - RGB) 2/3-inch, 16:9, 1M Pixel Super-Advanced,micro-lens IT-CCD
TV System: 1,920(H) X 1,080(V) / 59.94i or 50i
Optical system: F1.4 prism
Optical Filters: 1X manual filter wheel w/4 filter positions Clear, Cross, 1/16ND, 1/64ND ECC (Electronic Color Corrector) with 5 settings (3200K, 4300K, 5600K, 6300K, 8000K)
Sensitivity: F10 @2000lx, 3200K, 89.9% reflectance
Signal to Noise Ratio: 58dB
Horizontal resolution: >800 TVL (1080i)
Registration: Overall 0.05% (excluding lens limitations)
Lens mount: B4 bayonet-type
Gain selection:
L (low) -3, 0dB
M (medium) 0, +3, +6, +9, +12, +15, +18, +21dBH
H (high) +3, +6, +9, +12, +15, +18, +21, +24dB
Electronic Shutter: 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 (59.94i), 1/60, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 (50i), AES, CC Frame
Power consumption: Camera head 16 W Head only (without VF, lens)
Dimensions: 133 (W) x 191 (H) x 262 (D) mm
Mass: 2.2kg, 4.8lbs. Camera head
Operating temperature: -10ºC to +45ºC, 14ºF to 113ºF
Camera head: 1X BNC HD-SDI VF out (Character ON/OFF) or HD-SDI RET out
Input & Output:
4-pin Multi connector for remote control panel
20-pin Multi VF connector, 12-pin Multi LENS connector
3-pin XLR MIC-1 connector, SD Memory Card Slot

CA-HF1000 Camera Adaptor

CCU connector: 1X-type HFOC female connector ( LEMO/Tajimi Type ) SMPTE-304M-type
Video transmission system: Fully digital, bi-directional, 10-bit, 4 : 2 : 2 sampling, SMPTE-274M
Intercom: 2X channel, 5-pin each XLR, channel selection, MIC on/off, volume
Program audio: 2X, PGM audio level controls w/ Chnl1 & Chnl2 intercom mix
Teleprompter power output: 1X 5-pin, 230VAC, 60W~100W, external prompter Tally drive out ( depending on configuration accessories )
Microphones: Chnl1 & 2 Line or MIC level select ( MENU ), with phantom power on/off
Return/ Aux switcher: 2-channel, 4-input remote AUX/VF video select connector ( RET control )
Video Inputs & Outputs: 2X HD-SDI out, 1X SD analog teleprompter out switchable with, 1X Genlock in ( Tri-level )
Other I/O:
1X 29-pin ( for SA-1000 cable-less interface )
1X 4-pin script lamp +12VDC (1.0A max)
1X 5-pin VF AUX return
( for use in cranes or extended Head/VF configurations )
1X 4-pin XLR, 12VDC, power input
2.2kg, 4.8lbs

CU-HD500 Camera Control Unit

Genlock: BNC, B-BST 0.45Vp-p/75ohm (loop through), HDTV tri-level sync 0.60Vp-p/75 Q (loop through)
Digital Return 1/2: BNC, HD SDI or SD SDI
Prompt: BNC, VS or VBS 1.0Vp-p/75ohm (loop through)
Intercom ( Headset ): 5-pin XLR, -60dBm
Communication: 1x D-sub 25-pin
*Intercom: 0dBm, 600Ω/ 4Wire, 0dBu or -15dBu, 200Ω with 2-wires
*PGM: 0dBm, 600Ω
*R/G TALLY: Contact or DC supply
Digital Out:
2x BNC, HD-SDI (Embedded audio available)
4x BNC, HD-SDI or SD-SDI selectable (Embedded audio available)
HD-SDI or SD-SDI selectable PIX (Embedded audio available)
MIC OUT 1: 1x XLR, 3-pin, 0dBm/ 600Ω
MIC OUT 2: 1x XLR, 3-pin, 0dBm/ 600Ω
Intercom ( headset ): 1x XLR, 5-pin, 0dBu Max +15dB
Remote 1: 1x 4-pin, 1.5Vp-p
Remote 2: 1x 4-pin, 1.5Vp-p
RS-232C: 1x D-sub 9-pin 9600 band
MIC REMOTE: 1x D-sub 15-pin MIC1.2 GAIN
TALLY OUT (R/G Tally): 1x D-sub 9-pin, Contact 24V DC. 10mA
WFM control: 1x D-sub 15-pin WFM 0-7, 0/5V
Power supply voltage:
CU-HD500J AC100V @ 50/60Hz
CU-HD500U AC117V @ 60Hz
CU-HD500E AC230V @ 50Hz
HFOC maximum cable distance: 1,000 meters* (3,280 feet*) with CCU power
Operating temperature: 0°C to 40°C, 32°F to 104°F
Mass: 9kg, 15.4lbs
Power consumption: 300W approx. (AC operation, including Z-HD5000, VF-402 and AUX POWER OUT 100VA)

VF-HD500 B&W CRT Studio Viewfinder

TV System: 50 or 60Hz, 1080i
Construction: High-impact plastic
CRT: 5-inch B&W 4 : 3 CRT with removable hood
Camera mounts: 2X, AT-500/ AT-550
Resolution: 750TVL
Functions: Bright, Contrast, Peaking, knobs VR front-facing
Internal Tally: Red/ Green, Front-facing high brightness lamp
Tally controls: Tally On/ Off
Mass: 1.8kg, 4lbs
Power consumption: 15W (approx.)

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