In a recent article from Digital Camera World, written by Adam Juniper, he gives us a detailed review of the new PTZ3 UHD PTZ Camera from NewTek. This 4K camera built to meet the latest NDI standards is a dream for an enthusiastic broadcaster, especially one committed to the network-friendly protocol. He hopes as the firmware develops that the AF becomes a little smarter/faster, but the system is already surprisingly friendly and flexible while the video quality competes with the biggest of names.
- 4K at up to 60fps
- Supports NDI5 and NDI|HX3 standard
- 30x optical zoom
- Mini-XLR audio input (and full XLR adapter)
- USB-C / HDMI / 3G-SGI / Ethernet out
- Multicast option
- Can act as a webcam
NDI (Network Device Interface) is a technology developed by NewTek that allows for the transmission of low-latency video over IP networks. It is designed to be used in a variety of settings, including streaming, conferencing, and broadcast environments. NDI uses a network standard to transmit video, which allows other information (such as commands and tally) to be sent to the camera over the same connection. The NDI technology is available for free from NewTek, and plugins are available for OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), a popular open-source software for video recording and live streaming.
NDI|HX is a version of NDI developed by NewTek that includes the latest version of the technology and features increased compression. It is available as a 4K PTZ (pan, tilt, and zoom) camera, which allows for remote control of the camera's movement and focus. NDI is now used by a variety of manufacturers, including Lumens, Marshal, Panasonic, PTZ Optics, and Sony.
Output resolution: Up to 4K at 60fps
Sensor resolution: 12 megapixels (Sony 1/1.8-inch)
Zoom/digital: 30x optical (plus 2x digital)
Frame rates: 24 (at 1080p) 25, 29.97, 30, 59.94, 60
Field of view: 6.91-216.64mm (EFL) (60˚ to 2˚ horizontal)
Colorspace: NDI: 4:2:0 HDMI/SDI: 4:2:2
Size: 220 x 190 x 173 mm
Connectivity: USB-C, HDMI, Ethernet (PoE), SDI-3G, MiniXLR, 3.5mm (line)
IP Streaming: 1080P - MJPEG, H.264, H.265, NHI®|HX v2 (Optional)
Weight: 1350g (3lb)
The NewTek PTZ3 UHD is a high-quality professional camera that is designed for use in a range of settings, including live event coverage, video production, and streaming. It features ultra-high definition (UHD) resolution and a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) design that allows for precise control of the camera's movement and focus. The camera is equipped with a range of connectivity options, including Power over Ethernet (PoE) and Network Device Interface (NDI), which allows for easy integration into a variety of production environments. The PTZ3 UHD is a versatile and reliable tool for capturing high-quality video footage in a variety of applications.
The NewTek PTZ3 UHD camera can be controlled using a variety of software options, including web browsers and specialized software such as OBS and NDI Studio Monitor. These tools allow users to adjust the camera's settings, control its movement and focus, and preview the live video feed. The ability to use a game controller, such as a PlayStation controller, can provide a more intuitive and cost-effective way to control the camera, especially for users who are not familiar with traditional camera control interfaces. It is important to note that different software options may have different compatibility and functionality, so it is worth exploring a few options to find the one that best meets the user's needs and preferences.
Read the full article from Digital Camera World HERE