Major camera investment announced by French public service broadcaster


Panasonic has struck a major UHD camera deal with France Télévisions, which will see the French public service broadcaster take delivery of more than 100 Panasonic AK-UC3000 studio cameras (pictured).

France Télévisions is upgrading its digital studios and OB vans throughout France over a two year period, and selected Panasonic following a competitive tender which included extensive trials of UHD studio cameras.

Andre Meterian, director of Panasonic Broadcast & ProAV, said: “We have been working with them over the last couple of years to install nearly 300 remote cameras within their regional stations, so for them to show additional confidence in our 4K studio camera lineup is very satisfying. Key to the decision was that our solution allowed France Télévisions to migrate to 4K directly, as opposed to an upgradable HD-based solution.”

The cameras system will be used for large events and sports, which are increasingly being shot in UHD and HDR. Up to 16 cameras can be connected simultaneously to a single OB van, including the flagship 4K studio camera, the UC3000.

The first deliveries are expected within the next two months.