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AK-UC4000 4K HDR & HD Slow Motion Camera System

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The AK-UC4000 camera offers the high video quality that is only possible with a large sensor, along with a wide range of 4K acquisition with the latest functions such as HDR, BT.2020 and high-speed shooting. The camera keeps up with diversifying systems with features such as 12G-SDI, TICO over SDI (4K over 3G-SDI) output, and MoIP, making it suitable not only for studio production but for a wide range of operations such as sports and live events.

Key features

  • 4.4K Sensor Camera with 2/3 type B4*Output from the AK-UCU600 Camera Control Unit.
  • UHD 12G-SDI (x2) and TICO over SDI
  • 2x, 3x, or 4x HD Slow Motion Output*6
  • Future SMPTE 2110 MoIP Upgrade Path
  • Supports HDR(HLG) and ITU-R BT.2020.
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Specification Description
Power supply DC 12 V (when using an external power supply)
AC 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz (when connecting to an AK-UCU600PJ/AK-UCU600EJ/AK-UCU600PSJ/AK-UCU600ESJ)
Power consumption 119 W (maximum for the camera only, when connecting
to an external 12 V) 360 W (when connecting to an AKUCU600PJ/
Operating temperature -10 °C to 45 °C (14°F to 113°F)
(Preheating required under a temperature 0 °C (32 °F) or below)
Storage Temperature -20 °C to 60 °C (-4°F to 140°F)
Operating humidity 85% or less (relative humidity)
Weight Approx. 4.5 kg (9.90 lb) (body only)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Body only 151 mm x 267 mm x 371.5 mm
(5-31/32 inches x 10-17/32 inches x 14-21/32 inches) (excluding protrusions)
Pickup device 11.14 million pixels, MOS x 1
Optical Filter CC: 3200 K, 4300 K, 6300 K, Cross, Diffusion
ND: CAP, Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Lens Mount 2/3-type bayonet
Sensitivity Two shooting modes
[HIGH SENS]: F10 (59.94 Hz)/F11 (50 Hz)
[NORMAL]: F6 (59.94 Hz)/F7 (50 Hz)
2000 lx, 3200 K, when white reflectivity is 89.9%
Horizontal Resolution 4K: 2000 TV lines or above (center)
AK-UCU600ESJ output
HD: 1000 TV lines or above (center)
S/N 62 dB or above
Horizontal Modulation 50% or above (27.5 MHz)
Gain switching [NORMAL]: ?6, ?3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36
[HIGH SENS]: ?6, ?3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36
Shutter Speed ・[59.94i]/[59.94p] mode: 1/100, 1/120, 1/125, 1/250,1/500, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000
・[29.97p] mode: 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/96, 1/100,1/120, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000
・[23.98p] mode: 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/96, 1/100,1/120, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000
・[50i]/[50p] mode: 1/60, 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500,1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000
・[25p] mode: 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/96, 1/100, 1/125,1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000
<HD SDI1> terminal BNC x 1
HD (3G/1.5G): 0.8 V [p-p], 75 Ω
<HD SDI2> terminal BNC x 1
HD (3G/1.5G): 0.8 V [p-p], 75 Ω
<AUX> terminal BNC x 1
Functions as
terminal/ terminal by switching the setting in the menu
: 1.5G-SDI: 0.8 V [p-p], 75Ω
: VBS signal 1 V [p-p], 75 Ω
<G/L IN/PROMPTER OUT> terminal BNC x 1
: Tri-level SYNC or BB (black burst)
: VBS signal 1 V [p-p], 75 Ω
Functions as when standalone, and as when connecting to an
<MIC 1> terminal XLR x 1, 3-pin (female)
// switchable For ,/ switchable
: 0 dBu, +4 dBu menu selection available
: -60 dBu, -40 dBu, or -20 dBu menu can be selected
<MIC 2> terminal XLR x 1, 3-pin (female)
// switchable
: 0 dBu, +4 dBu menu selection available
: -60 dBu, -40 dBu, or -20 dBu menu can be selected
<MIC> terminal (front) XLR x 1, 3-pin
Switchable with terminal
<INTERCOM1> terminal XLR x 1, 5-pin (female)
<INTERCOM2> terminal XLR x 1, 5-pin (female)
<EARPHONE> terminal Stereo mini jack x 1
<OPT FIBER> terminal Optical composite connector x 1, Tajimi/LEMO
<LENS> terminal 12-pin x 1
<VF> terminal 20-pin x 1
<VF> terminal (rear) 29-pin x 1
<DC IN> terminal XLR x 1, 4-pin, DC 12 V
<DC OUT 12 V 1 A> terminal 4-pin x 1
<RET CTRL> terminal 6-pin x 1
<EXT I/O> terminal 20-pin x 1, DC 12 V, 0.5 A
<REMOTE> terminal 10-pin x 1
<TRUNK> terminal 12-pin x
<DC OUT> terminal 2-pin x 1, DC 12 V 2.5 A
<LAN> terminal RJ-45 x 1
<USB2.0> terminal (host) Type A connector, DC 5 V, 0.5 A
Build-up terminal 20-pin x 1
*1: When power is supplied from CCU.
*2: A codec developed by intoPIX. Stands for “Tiny Codec”
*3: Optional feature scheduled for release in the fall of 2018.
***: When in HD Hi-Speed mode. An optional feature, scheduled for release in the fall of 2018.
*2: A codec developed by intoPIX. Stands for “Tiny Codec”
**: Optional feature with a charge, scheduled for release in the spring of 2019

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Game Changer: A New Standard in 4K/HD HDR Live Video

Versatile Systems for Diversified Needs

The AK-UC4000 camera system offers high video quality that is only possible with a large sensor, along with a wide range of 4K acquisition with the latest functions such as HDR (HLG), BT.2020 and high-speed shooting*1. The camera keeps up with diversifying systems with features such as 12G-SDI, TICO*2 over SDI (4K over 3G-SDI) output and MoIP*3, making it suitable for a wide range of operations such as sports broadcasting, concert IMAG, studio production, live events and so much more. With high video quality and a system that can be adapted to various situations, this camera provides the level of high-end production that is expected in the 4K age.

AK-UC4000 Best Live Production Camera System for Sports

V-Log for Live Production Workflows

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With available V-Log, the AK-UC4000 becomes fully compatible with the CINELIVE workflow of the VariCam LT, as well as the EVA-LIVE workflow of the EVA1. This allows for accurate camera color matching across your production and opens up a world of possibilities. Combined with its recent official approval by the Netflix Post Alliance, the AK-UC4000 joins the list with the already approved Cinema VariCam lineup and the EVA1 cameras as another powerhouse for creating Netflix approved content.

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Advanced B4 Lens Mount

AK-UC4000 B4 Mount

The 2/3 lens can be used without an external adapter, and the internal lens is specially designed for large sensors, ensuring high video quality. This new acquisition method maximizes the effectiveness of incident light. With the exclusive Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) technology, communication between the lens and camera allows for the deployment of a sophisticated algorithm that automatically compensates for the registration error caused by lens chromatic aberration and minimizes the circumjacent blur.

High Resolution: Large 4.4K Sensor

AK-UC4000 4k Large Sensor Large Imager

With a newly developed large format 4.4K MOS sensor, the AK-UC4000 realizes ultra-high-definition resolution, high sensitivity, low noise and a wide dynamic range. Two shooting modes can be selected. In High Sense Mode, it is possible to obtain an S/N ratio of 62 dB or higher while also achieving F10 high sensitivity (in HD mode). The result is low-noise and high-image-quality video. This camera’s normal and low skew reading speeds are around 1/2 and 1/3 of those on a standard camera (1/60 of a second) respectively. The skewing characteristic of MOS sensors has been reduced by reading out the MOS sensor signal at high speed.


2000 TV Line Resolution

AK-UC4000 2000 TV Lines Resolution Chart

Beyond 4K sampling achieves a resolution of 2000 TV lines in the horizontal and vertical directions for a richly detailed picture of a wide range of subjects in a variety of settings.

3 Levels of High-Speed Output in HD Mode

AK-UC4000 High-Speed Camera System

High-speed*1 capture at 1080p, 1080i and 720p is available for sports and other active settings. This feature achieves a richly detailed picture even for fast-moving subjects. 2x, 3x or 4x output can be selected for compatibility with various slow-motion servers, and simultaneously output with standard (1x) output. 

Future Proof Infrastructure

AK-UCU600 for AK-UC4000 camera system

This camera supports the uncompressed 12G-SDI output that is needed in the 4K age and enables 4K video to be transferred with one cable. Light compression technology called TICO is also used, enabling 4K video to be sent by 3G-SDI without losing video quality, so that the current HD infrastructure can be used in 4K systems. It is also expected to support the next generation of MoIP (Media Over IP)*3.


AK-UC4000 12G-SDI

UHD 12G-SDI output (x2) and TICO over SDI output (x1) included as a standard feature, with quad-link 3G-SDI output also available.

Long Distance Video Transmission

With the AK-UCU600 Camera Control Unit (CCU), uncompressed long-distance transmission of 4K/HD video signals via optical fiber is supported. The AK-HRP1000/AK-HRP1005 Remote Operation Panels (ROP) are equipped with a color LCD display that provides excellent visibility and functions for a quick response. This system achieves high-quality video and excellent operability. In cases where power is supplied by the CCU, it is possible to transmit at a long distance of up to approx. 2,000 m between the camera and the CCU. The distance can be extended up to 10,000 m*4 by providing a local power supply at the camera head and using general-purpose single mode optical fiber. In addition to a dedicated serial line Between the CCU and the ROP, IP connection via LAN cable is also supported.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Compatibility

AK-UC4000 HDR Adjustment Function

This mode provides rich gradation to render contrast, color, and shadow in dark image areas that could not previously be reproduced due to blackout, thus resulting in more realistic image quality. It supports a variable HDR by adjusting the high dynamic range. In addition, it is possible to configure a system supporting simultaneous HDR/SDR in order to handle production environments with both. SDR image can be adjusted overexposed by offset gain and knee function adjusts bright image as well as HDR.

ITU-R BT.2020

AK-UC4000 ITU-R BT 2020

This camera is compatible with BT.2020, a color space that can recreate almost every color in the natural world, enabling a wider range of color expression.

Diverse Color Correction Functions

In addition to the EBU and NTSC preset color matrix, camera users can save two custom specified linear matrix tables, and additionally tune the saturation and hue of individual colors with a 12-pole color correction system. Specific skin tones can also be adjusted in addition to the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors in the 12-pole system.

Skin Tone Detail Correction

AK-UC4000 Skin Tone Detail Correction

Tone down wrinkles and blemishes in on-air personalities to beautifully shoot natural skin tones. While designed to soften skin tones, the skin tone detail feature can be applied to any hue phase so it could likewise be used to soften areas of other colors (such as green grass). The skin tone detail feature can define three independent skin tone ranges to manage different light levels or different people on camera. A specialized Skintone-get feature finds a specific color in the frame to simplify the setup process and help save you time.


Servo Control ND / CC Filters

The cameras are equipped with filters for a variety of shooting environments.

  • [ND filters] CAP, Through, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
  • [CC filters] Cross, 3200 K, 4300 K, 6300 K, Diffusion

Focus Assist Functions

Focus Squares Technology

Quick and accurate focusing is supported with focus assist functions such as Focus Bar (indicates focus level), Focus-in-Red (uses color to indicate areas in focus), MAG (magnifies central portion), and Focus Squares (shows focus status of a screen as a whole). Lenses with autofocus and focus assist capabilities are also supported*5. The Remote Operation Panel (ROP) can also be used to focus and zoom while using the digital lens.

Extensive Video & Data Transmission (TRUNK) Functions

Since video and data can be transmitted between the camera and a Camera Control Unit (CCU) using optical fiber cable alone, system expansion to match operation conditions is possible.

  • HD-SDI (CCU --> camera) two lines, VBS (CCU --> camera) two lines: Can be used for monitoring with a prompter, fixed return or camera (studio floor monitor), etc.
  • HD-SDI (camera --> CCU) one line: This line can be used to transmit an additional video signal of a handheld or remote camera to the studio. Since the camera video input is equipped with a frame synchronizer, asynchronous video signals can also be used.
  • LAN (1000BaseT) one line*6: To be used to control external devices and remote cameras by IP protocol. Transmission of streaming video is also supported.
  • DATA (RS422A or RS232C) two lines: Can be used to transfer lens and pedestal position data in a virtual system.

AK-UC4000 Video & Data Transmission

Detailed Settings & Functions Optimized for Operability

  • Color temperature display and adjustment function (2000 K to 15000 K variable).
  • Transmission of up to 10,000 m possible using single fiber.*4
  • It is possible to save camera settings, such as video adjustments, on an SD memory card. Firmware version upgrades are also supported.
  • A lens file function to save flare and shading values.
  • Support for IP streaming and IP control.
  • The NewTek Software “NewTek AutoLink for Panasonic PTZ”*7, which is available on the Internet, allows Panasonic professional cameras equipped with IP streaming to be automatically detected from NewTek TriCaster® and IP series Video Mix Engine on the network, enabling direct use of IP streaming from the cameras with these NewTek products.
  • DC12 V 2.5 A and 1.0 A output as a standard feature. This can be used as a power source for large lenses, prompters, and sub-monitors.
  • There are four user buttons (enabling function selection) on the camera head and four on the viewfinder. They support rapid shooting by the camera operator.
  • For camera head output (HD-SDI 1/HD-SDI 2), it is possible to select 1080p, 1080i, and 720p.

Intercom Connection

AK-UC4000 Intercom Operation Panel

With two independent intercom lines, in addition to Intercom 1 and Intercom 2 switching, an Intercom 1 and 2 mix mode has been added and can be selected to observe the situation. With the Intercom front/rear switch and front volume, it is possible to adjust the intercom audio level even when the camera is being used from the shoulder.

  • *1: When in HD High-Speed mode. Requires a firmware upgrade scheduled for release in the fall of 2018.
  • *2: A codec developed by intoPIX. Stands for “Tiny Codec”.
  • *3: Optional feature, scheduled for release in the spring of 2019.
  • *4: Adverse conditions, additional patches, and longer runs will require repeater devices.
  • *5: For the compatible lenses, please contact the manufacturer.
  • *6: Requires a firmware upgrade scheduled for release in the fall of 2018.
  • *7: For more details, please visit the following website: