Hitachi Announces SK-HD2200, Z-HD6000 Cameras

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America has announced two new cameras geared toward sports and cable networks.

The SK-HD2200 full body HD production camera — the company’s new studio and OB camera — features a newly innovated 2/3-inch, 1080/60p progressively scanned UAIT-CCDs, 1,100TVL resolution and 3Gbps HD-SDI signal handling from end-to-end.

Hitachi will also announce the Z-HD6000 CMOS studio camera, which includes the same CMOS camera processor.

The company will show off both cameras at this years NAB Show April 6-11 in Las Vegas. In addition to the new cameras, attendees can expect to see Hitachi’s SK-HD 1500 slow-motion HDTV camera, which was introduced at last year’s NAB Show.


SK-HD2200This new cam is complemented by the portable hand-held version model SK-HD1200. Images are acquired by three (RGB) 2.3 million pixel ultra-advanced 1080-line progressive-scan CCDs. The camera’s technology aims to ensure low-noise, high dynamic range pictures.

The HD signal generated by the new sensors, processed by 38-bit Hitachi DSPs, transported via the company’s digital fiber optic system and output as SMPTE-424M SDI are 3Gbps throughout.


The Z-HD6000 is compatible with and retains all the popular functions and features of the existing Hitachi HDTV camera line, including fiber or digital triad cable operations, external auto-setup, advanced color correction, skin tone detail, prompter power and two intercom and IFB channels.

Sean Moran, VP of Sales for Hitachi USA says the camera will be marketed toward a wide range of industries, including smaller market broadcasters, government agencies and houses of worship. It’s expected to cost about $25,000.

It also has new features, including “no vertical smear,” F12 standard sensitivity with more than 60dB of video headroom and an ARCF auto-registration correction function.

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