Saturday, December 15, 2007

(A Really) Good Thing Comes In A Small Package

You may have seen shows that use this and not even known it. You many have worked on shows that use this and not even known it.

And that's precisely the point.

Meet the Iconix HD-RH1.

The Iconix HD-RH1 camera is all about size. And it produces a very big picture from a very small unit.

Quite simply, measuring a miniscule 4 inches with lens, it is the world's smallest HD camera.

This camera is finding it's way more and more into sports productions. It has been successfully employed for working shots in announce booths and for unique POV and beauty shots around ballparks and arenas.

With a price tag under $16,000, it's physical size isn't the only thing that's small.

The HD-RH1 will work in any and all HD formats: 1080sF, 1080P, 1080i, and 720p.

It also can output in SDI, DVD-D and analog.

And, when placed next to a Sony HDC-1500 camera, video engineers say the pictures are nearly identical.

That is not to say it doesn't have a limitation or two. It does.

Distance is not the HD-RH1's friend. At least not distance from camera to CCU.

The camera and CCU are connected by a 10 meter cable. Period. So, unless you're shooting something inside the truck, a video engineer can't control it alone. A frame shaker will help out, but access to the CCU is still essential for creating optimum results.

Like many POV's, interchangable lenses are used rather than a single zoom. Obviously that can pose some problems when the look you want is somewhere between the available sizes (15 mm, 4 mm and 2.4 mm). Having something like an 8 mm lens would be a nice option to have.

The HD-RH1 also has an appetite for light and it eats a lot of it. In most applications, this shouldn't be a problem, but it is helpful to know that the camera requires a stop or two more than most HD cameras.

Regardless, the pros far outweigh the cons, making the Iconix HD-RH1 a terrific addition to almost any sports production.

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