Vaddio Offers True HD PTZ Camera

Vaddio has rolled out its newest high-definition camera, the ClearView HD-20. With a glass multi-element 20x motorized zoom lens and newly designed precision slip-clutch robotics, the HD 20 provides fluid broadcast-quality motion control with smooth pan/tilt operation for accurate camera movement and control, company officials said.
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Vaddio Offers True HD PTZ Camera

Vaddio has rolled out its newest high-definition camera, the ClearView HD-20. With a glass multi-element 20x motorized zoom lens and newly designed precision slip-clutch robotics, the HD 20 provides fluid broadcast-quality motion control with smooth pan/tilt operation for accurate camera movement and control, company officials said.

Vaddio ClearView HD-20

Vaddio has rolled out its newest high-definition camera, the ClearView HD-20. With a glass multi-element 20x motorized zoom lens and newly designed precision slip-clutch robotics, the HD 20 provides fluid broadcast-quality motion control with smooth pan/tilt operation for accurate camera movement and control, company officials said.

"The challenge with building the industry's first true single-chip HD PTZ camera was finding an imaging sensor that could natively display 1080p images," said Rob Sheeley, president of Vaddio, in a statement. "Because traditional CMOS pixels get really small in sensors larger than two megapixels, most video camera manufacturers stay with lower resolution sensors and scale a 720 image to 1080. By scaling the image, the pixel size remains large, while still reducing the noise and light sensitivity associated with smaller pixel sizes. By utilizing Sony's Exmor Sensor technology we were able to gain a higher pixel count, giving us true 1080 HD, and still have superb picture quality because the Exmor Sensor collects 47 percent more light than a traditional CMOS sensor."

With a LUX rating of 1.6, the HD-20 achieves improved picture quality in very low light environments resulting in an accurate and clean HD video image, according to Vaddio. Outputs include high-definition video in both analog and component (YPbPr) and HDMI formats in resolutions of 1080p, 1080i, and 720p. SDI is also available with an optional Slot Card.

Vaddio said the ClearView HD-20 can be configured as a WallView SR (short range) or WallView CCU system. The SR system provides power to the camera and component HD video back to the QuickConnect SR, up to 100 feet over a single Cat-5 cable. Both the SR and CCU versions use the EZ-Port on the back of the camera. With an additional CCU EZIM card power, video and control can be run up to 500 feet over Cat-5 cable. In addition, the CCU allows the user adjustable red and blue gain, pedestal, gamma, chroma, knee, iris, and gain and allows up to three scene settings to be stored in the CCU.

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