Camera Corps Qx Robotic Camera Debuts At NAB


USA / GBR: Camera Corps debuted its Qx compact weatherproof head with integral pan/tilt/zoom/focus drives, at NAB.

Delivering high video quality, it offers producers the freedom to cut and mix with video feeds from full-size studio and OB cameras. Black-finished and just 125mm in diameter, the Qx is unobtrusive enough to be operated within view of other cameras both for studio productions and in OB coverage of live events. It can also be used as part of a commentator camera setup.

Previewed at NAB New York in October and now available for purchase or rental, the Qx incorporates a high-specification 1/3-inch CMOS Full HD sensor delivering 1080p60, 1080p50, 1080i and 720p. The camera comes complete with an integral 18x zoom lens, automatic exposure, auto white balance, colour correction, edge enhancement, noise reduction and gamma control. Genlock allows easy synchronisation with other equipment. Among new capabilities are 3D noise reduction and shading correction. A shutter with a speed range of 1/4 to 1/8,000 second is incorporated. Imaging sensitivity is F5.6 at 2000 lux and minimum illumination level at F1.6 is 1.5 lux. Enhanced IR capability allows live video capture in zero visible light conditions using infra-red illumination.

The Qx incorporates a fully motorised drive giving smooth on-air control of pan, tilt, zoom and focus. Up to 96 Qx heads can be operated from a single joystick panel. The high precision motor system enables remote operators to match the precise acceleration and deceleration of much larger robotic heads when tracking moving performers on-air. Turning speed is adjustable from four seconds to an ultra-slow 90 minutes per 360 degree cycle with no restriction on the number of horizontal rotations.

Fully compatible with all existing Camera Corps control systems, the Qx can be rigged with just a single cable carrying power, control signals, video and audio. Control can be performed live or pre-programmed by the operator. Combining the Qx with Camera Corps' optical fibre transportation devices such as the new SIMPLY SMPTE MAX allows secure operation over distances of up to five miles.

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