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Canon new lens and firmware streamline 4K broadcast workflows

MENA Newswire: Canon Europe announced the launch of its latest broadcast zoom lens, the UHD DIGISUPER 122AF (UJ122x8.2B AF), which features premium 4K image quality with a 122x Zoom Ratio allowing the lens to reach an incredible 8.2-1000mm (16.4-2000mm with in-built 2x extender) focal length range. What sets the UHD DIGISUPER 122AF apart is the addition of a fast and accurate phase detection auto focus system to support with the capture of fast-moving subjects at 4K resolution, which can be deployed by the operator using the new FDJ-S31/41 focus controller. Canon will also be releasing new firmware for the DP-V1830 professional reference display, which will support broadcasters in achieving the best 4K HDR picture quality possible.

Canon new lens and firmware streamline 4K broadcast workflowsWell-suited for sport and live event broadcasters who need to deliver the best possible image quality for their viewers, the UHD DIGISUPER 122AF achieves sharp images that help capture the action in breath-taking detail. Leveraging Canon’s advanced optical technology, this lens features fluorite and UD glass elements which minimizes lens artefacts such as chromatic aberration, ghosting and flare to produce stunning 4K HDR image quality throughout the entire zoom range as well as from the centre to the extreme edges of the frame. Perfect for shooting distant subjects, such as sporting or live music events, the UHD DIGISUPER 122AF features an incredible 122x zoom and with the inbuilt 2x extender can reach a focal length of 2000mm.

To simplify operation during fast-paced action and ensure the subject is in focus at a telephoto focal length with limited depth of field, the UHD DIGISUPER 122AF features Canon’s Advanced Autofocus Technology which maintains quick and precise focus on the subject, enabling camera operators to concentrate on the shot. With two autofocus modes (Full Time and Part Time), a choice of three area sizes of the AF frame and variable AF response speed, this lens can be optimized for highly accurate focus tracking capability.

When combined with the new FDJ-S31/41 focus controller, operators can customize the focus control characteristics and gain enhanced control of AF modes, area setting and sensitivity offering three focus curve modes – Far, Standard and Near. Also compatible with the HD Studio / Field auto focus lenses, the operator is able to get the best AF functionality for the focal range required in each shooting scenario.

With the advanced in-built image stabilization, this lens features the best of Canon’s optical and servo technologies to stabilize footage and maintain high-quality 4K performance at all times – this is particularly important when the operator is working at the long end of the zoom range.

The UHD DIGISUPER 122AF is also compatible with virtual production systems, such as during sport events when virtual graphics may be included in the live footage. Featuring three 20-pin connectors, the 16-bit absolute value encoder works with zoom, focus and iris to output accurate lens positional information for the footage to seamlessly interact with virtual elements.

Canon also announces a firmware update for the DP-V1830 professional reference monitor, which will be available from July 2022. The DP-V1830 is a 4K HDR display that features award-winning monitoring tools and uncompromising 12G-SDI connectivity, making it ideal for live broadcast studios, production trucks and on-set HDR monitoring. With the introduction of this new firmware, users will experience the full potential of this display, thanks to the addition of further advanced functionality that strongly supports 4K HDR broadcast productions.

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