Discover the Latest PTZ Cameras from NAB Show 2024: Innovations from PTZOptics, BirdDog, JVC, Marshall, and Panasonic

The 2024 NAB Show in Las Vegas showcased cutting-edge PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras, setting the stage for exciting advancements in the industry. As we look forward to InfoComm in June, here’s a deep dive into the standout offerings from leading manufacturers PTZOptics, BirdDog, JVC, Marshall, and Panasonic.

PTZOptics: Elevating Performance with NDI|HX

PTZOptics unveiled a significant upgrade to its Move SE camera, now natively supporting NDI|HX. This upgrade is available for free via a firmware update to existing customers, with refunds provided to those who had purchased an NDI license. This enhancement promises to streamline workflows and improve the overall user experience, making it a must-have for professionals seeking reliable and high-performance PTZ cameras.

BirdDog: Feature-Rich PTZs for Seamless Operation

BirdDog impressed attendees with its new X1 (Full HD) and X1 Ultra (UHD) PTZ cameras. These models feature a unique tally light surrounding the lens housing, ensuring clear camera status visibility. Both cameras support NDI|HX2 and NDI|HX3, include an integrated NDI|HX decoder for confidence monitoring, and offer AI-based tracking. Additionally, Ethernet with PoE and Wi-Fi connectivity options provide versatile installation choices, while an innovative e-Ink label on the camera body simplifies identification.

JVC Professional Video: Versatility and High Quality

JVC Professional Video introduced the KY-PZ540 PTZ, a camera designed for large venues such as event spaces and sports facilities. This model boasts 40x optical zoom in 1080p/60 and 20x optical zoom in 4K60, utilizing Variable Scan Mapping technology. Extensive I/O options, including USB UVC for videoconferencing, NDI|HX3, and SRT support for REMI production, make this camera a versatile solution for high-quality streaming and broadcasting needs.

Marshall Electronics: Compact Powerhouse for Diverse Markets

Marshall Electronics presented the CV612 PTZ, available in black or white, targeting worship, education, and livestreaming markets. This Full HD camera features a 12x optical zoom, AI-powered auto tracking, and offers multiple output options, including 3G-SDI, HDMI, and USB-C. With PoE+ support and various control interfaces, the CV612 is a compact yet powerful choice for a range of applications.

Panasonic: Precision and Innovation in PTZ Cameras

Panasonic's new AW-UE30 PTZ camera is specifically designed for the education and corporate video markets. It delivers 4K30 imagery with a 20x optical zoom and a 74.1-degree field of view. The AW-UE30 features a direct drive motor system for quiet, responsive operation, and supports the SRT streaming protocol among others. This model fills an important niche with its advanced features and reliable performance.

Conclusion

The NAB Show 2024 highlighted significant advancements in PTZ camera technology, with manufacturers like PTZOptics, BirdDog, JVC, Marshall, and Panasonic leading the way. These innovations promise enhanced workflows, superior image quality, and versatile connectivity options, catering to a wide range of professional applications. Stay tuned for more updates from InfoComm 2024, where these groundbreaking PTZ cameras will continue to make waves.

Read the full article by Mark J. Pescatore from AVNetwork HERE


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