30x Zoom and 1080 50p 3G-SDI Supported PTZ Camera
High-performance lenses and a variety of interfaces support a wide range of live video production environments
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Key Features

High-resolution lens enables superb picture quality with virtually lossless i.Zoom x30 (optical x20)

Optical image stabiliser increases installation flexibility

Various interface support including 3G-SDI and GENLOCK for Live & Production use

IP streaming and control capability with PoE+ power supply support

NDI|HX support ready (Requires purchasing a license from NewTek, Inc.)

The AW-HE42 camera is designed to produce great results in a variety of applications that require high-quality HD video — such as conference video, event capture, staging, distance learning and houses-of-worship. For the first time, the AW-HE42 series supports simultaneous output via 3G-SDI, HDMI and IP, making it versatile for many events. For professional video and broadcast usage, Generator-Lock has been added for synchronisation. 

In addition to a 20x optical zoom, the AW-HE42 also features intelligent zoom up to 30x, enabled to capture crisp close-ups even in large auditoriums and lecture halls. The HE42 also has a wider angle of view of 65.1 degrees, making it easier to capture the action in large or small venues.

The AW-HE42 includes many innovative standard features developed to expand the capabilities of professional video system users. In addition to Panasonic's Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) and advanced Digital Noise Reduction (DNR), an ingenious High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode helps to produce very good video even in extreme contrast and lighting conditions. For example, blown-out highlights and blocked-up shadows can be corrected with HDR mode.

If shooting in virtually total darkness, the HE42's Night Mode makes it possible to automatically switch to capture high-quality, HD monochrome video with the use of an (optional) IR illuminator in the 850nm range, making the camera ideal for reality show production, night shoots and staging support.

The pan range of ±175° and the tilt range of -30° to +90° covers a wide shooting area. Pan and tilt operates at a maximum speed of 90°/second and responds quickly to remote control operation. The HE42 operates quietly at a sound level of NC35 or lower. Up to 100 preset positions and camera settings are stored in the camera, more than enough for the most demanding large venue installation. The camera weighs only 1.5kg/3.3lbs and consumes just over 14.4W at 12VDC.



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Key Features:

  • Full HD 3G-SDI
  • Wider viewing angle of 65.1 degrees
  • Simultaneous HD output: 3G-SDI, HDMI & IP
  • 20x optical zoom with 10x intelligent zoom
  • 1/2.3-type MOS sensor
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) function, suitable for backlit conditions
  • Single cable solution for remote video and audio
  • Supports PoE+


Video Outputs: Standard professional interfaces include 3G-SDI, as well as IP/Network for single cable delivery of high-quality content up to 1080/60p or 1080/60i.


Audio Input: Audio input and embedding (on IP, HDMI) are also available via a switchable, stereo MIC/LINE input.


Serial Control: RS-422 serial compatibility is available for serial-based control workflows (i.e. connection to AW-RP150, AW-RP50/120 or previous controllers). RS-232 and RS-422 VISCA protocol is available when introducing a Panasonic camera into an existing control structure.


USB or microSD Card Recording: The mini-USB connector allows the AW-HE42 to be utilised as a USB camera using standard USB Video/Audio class drivers. Many applications that connect to USB cameras, such as teleconferencing or software switching solutions, will be able to connect to the HE42 without external converters. Alternatively, microSD recording enables ISO MP4/H.264 recording internally in the HE42, transfer of content over the network via web browser or FTP


Network Connected: The LAN port on the HE42 unleashes the following possibilities:

  • Power over Ethernet+ (PoE+) for easier system installation and setup, reducing additional wiring requirements and costs.
  • Control the camera via the network with an AW-RP150/AW-RP50/AW-RP120 hardware controller or Panasonic software solutions.
  • Access the built-in web interface to monitor and control all aspects of the camera.
  • Utilise a supported third party control system from broadcast control systems, switchers, lecture capture systems, AV Control system and more.
  • By default, the camera has a built-in H.264/MJPEG encoder for 7 channels of encoding up to 25Mbps. Pair with a supported hardware or software decoder.


Additional license required: Available NDI|HX upgrade (a technology of New Tek, Inc.) for the ultimate single cable production workflow with ultra-low latency video, audio, control, tally, and power over a single cable.


Flexible Installation & Mounting:

  • Blend-in: The camera is easy to integrate and is available in two colours to suit a wide range of applications: -W = pearl white and -K = black matte
  • Ceiling Mount: A twist-lock ceiling mount is included as a standard accessory.
  • Tripod Mount for Mobile Production: The HE42 is also equipped with a 1/4-20 tripod mounting screw receptacle and a safety lanyard for use with many mounting and grip systems.
  • Wall Mount: An optional wall-mount is available from KST Moschkau GmbH (KST-WM-HE40/UE70)


Supported Video Formats:

  • 1080/59.94p, 29.97p, 59.94i, 29.97psF
  • 1080/50p, 25p, 50i, 25psF
  • 720/59.94p and 50p


Additional Features:

  • Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) / 4-axis hybrid image stabiliser are equipped.
  • Four Drive Lens System means that three zoom lenses and one focus lens can independently operate simultaneously.
  • Equipped with a Freeze During Preset function that freezes video during preset playback.
  • Generator-lock function is equipped.
  • The IP-control browser supports camera control from remote locations. PC, Mac and mobile devices are supported.
  • External control of recording start/stop operations and transfer of saved files to an FTP server can be performed via an IP network.
  • Equipped with a JPEG Image Saving function that enables camera video to be saved, played back and deleted on a microSD card as still JPEG images.


Various Interface Support:

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Power Requirements DC 12 V (Supplied AC adaptor) DC 42 V to 57 V (PoE+ power supply)
Current Consumption 1.3 A (Supplied AC adaptor) 0.5 A (PoE+ power supply)
Ambient Operating Temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)
Storage Temperature -20 °C to 50 °C (-4 °F to 122 °F)
Mass Approx. 1.5 kg (3.30 lb)
Dimensions (W x H x D) (mm) 160 mm x 186 mm x 179 mm[excluding protrusions, direct ceiling mount bracket]
Dimensions (W x H x D) (inch) 6-5/16 inches x 7-41/128 inches x 7-3/64 inches[excluding protrusions, direct ceiling mount bracket]
Finish [AW-HE42W] Pearl white [AW-HE42K] Metallic black
Controller Supported*1 AW-RP150GJ*1, AW-RP50, AK-HRP1000GJ*1, AK-HRP1005GJ*1
Power DC 12 V IN, PoE+ (IEEE802.3at standard)
MIC/Line Input Stereo mini-jack (φ3.5 mm) Input impedance: Approx. 2 kOhm(unbalanced) [Mic input] Supported microphones: Stereo mic (plug-in power, on/off switching via menu) Supplied voltage: 2.5 V ± 0.5 V Mic input level: -60 dBV ± 3 dBV (0 dB=1 V/Pa,1 kHz) [Line input] Input level: -10 dBV ± 3 dBV
G/L In
Maximum speed during manual: 90°/s
Video Output | HDMI HDMI connector * HDCP is not supported. * VIERA Link is not supported.
Video output | 3G/HD-SDI OUT Compliant with the SMPTE424/SMPTE292M standards/75 (BNC x 1)
Input/Output Connector | LAN LAN connector for IP control (RJ-45) Equipped with straight/crossover cable auto detection function
Input/Output connector | RS232C Mini DIN 8-pin (IN) Mini DIN 8-pin (OUT)
Input/Output connector | RS422 CONTROL IN RS422A (RJ-45)
INPUT/OUTPUT connector | USB Mini-B port
INPUT/OUTPUT connector | SD card microSD card slot
[Camera unit]
Imaging Sensors 1/2.3-type MOS
Lens Motorized 20x zoom, F1.8 to F3.6 [f=4.08 mm (5/32 inches) to 81.6 mm (3-7/32 inches); 35 mm (1-3/8 inches) equivalent: 29.5 mm (1-5/32 inches)to 612.0 mm (24-3/32 inches)]
Focus Switching between auto and manual
Focus Distance Entire zooming range:1.5 m (4.92 ft) Wide end: 10 cm (0.33 ft)
Color Separation Optical System On-chip color filter system
Minimum illumination | 59.94 Hz 0.7 lx (50 IRE, F1.8, 48 dB,1/60 without accumulation) 0.35 lx (50 IRE, F1.8, 48 dB,1/30 with accumulation[Frame Mix 6 dB])
Minimum illumination | 50 Hz 0.7 lx (50 IRE, F1.8, 48 dB,1/50 without accumulation) 0.35 lx (50 IRE, F1.8, 48 dB,1/25 with accumulation[Frame Mix 6 dB])
Horizontal Resolution HD: 1000 TV lines Typ (Center area)
Gain Selection*2 Auto, 0 dB to 48 dB (3 dB step)
Frame Mix*3 Auto, Off, 6 dB, 12 dB, 18 dB, 24 dB
ND Filter Auto*4, Through, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Electronic shutter speed | During Full Auto 1/60 to 1/2000 (Auto Slow Shutter: Off)[59.94 Hz] 1/30 to 1/2000 (Auto Slow Shutter: On)[59.94 Hz] 1/50 to 1/2000 (Auto Slow Shutter: Off)[50 Hz] 1/25 to 1/2000 (Auto Slow Shutter: On)[50 Hz]
Electronic shutter speed | During Auto 1/60 to 1/2000 [59.94 Hz] 1/50 to 1/2000 [50 Hz]
Electronic shutter speed | During Manual 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/10000 [59.94 Hz] 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/10000 [50 Hz]
Synchro Scan 59.94 Hz : 59.94 Hz to 660.09 Hz (255 step) 50 Hz : 50.00 Hz to 570.12 Hz (255 step)
Gamma Off, Normal (Low, Mid, High), Cinema
White Balance ATW, AWB A, AWB B, ATW, 3200K,5600K, VAR (2400K to 9900K)
Chroma Amount Variability ±3 step
Scene File Full Auto, Manual1, Manual2, Manual3
Output Format HD 1080:59.94p/50p 1080:59.94i/50i 1080:29.97p/25p 1080:29.97PsF/25PsF 720:59.94p/50p
Synchronization System Internal synchronization/External synchronization (BBS, Tri-level sync)
Image Stabilization Optical /4-axis hybrid image stabilizer for stable
[USB connection] * This may vary depending on the operating environment.
Video Output USB Video Class Ver1.0
[USB connection]Video compression format Motion JPEG
Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 360
Frame Rate max 30 fps (59.94 Hz) max 25 fps (50 Hz)
Audio Output USB Audio Class Ver1.0
[USB connection]Audio compression format Linear PCM, 48 kHz, 16-bit, 2 channels
Transfer modes(JPEG) 1920x1080/1280x720/640x360 59.94 Hz: 30fps/15fps/5fps, 50 Hz: 25fps/12.5fps/5fps Supported
Supported Models Devices standardly equipped with a USB 2.0 compatible port
[Pan-tilt head unit]
Installation Method Stand-alone (Desktop) or suspended (Hanging)*5
Pan/Tilt Operation Speed Maximum speed during preset: 300°/s Maximum speed during manual: 90°/s
Panning Range ±175°
Tilting Range -30°to 90°*6
Quietness During preset: NC40 or less During manual: NC35 or less
[Camera/pan-tilt head control]
IP Connecting Cable When connecting through a hub: LAN cable*7 (category 5 or above),max. 100 m (328 ft) When using a PoE+ hub: LAN cable*7 (category 5e or above),max. 100 m (328 ft) When a hub is not used: LAN cable*7 (category 5 or above),max. 100 m (328 ft)
AW Protocol Connecting Cable LAN cable*7 (category 5 or above,straight cable), max. 1000 m (3280 ft)
Standard Protocol Connecting Cable Mini DIN 8-pin cable, male
[SD card recording]
SD Card Recording MPEG-4 AVC file standard compliant (.MP4)
Video Compression Format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Profile
Audio Compression Format AAC-LC (48 kHz, 16 bit, 2 ch, 128 kbps)
Recording format/Bit rate | 59.94 Hz 1920x1080/59.94p (Up to 28 Mbps), 1920x1080/29.97p (Average 15 Mbps/Average 10 Mbps/Average 6 Mbps), 1280x720/59.94p (Average 15 Mbps), 1280x720/29.97p (Average 8 Mbps/Average 4 Mbps/Average 2 bps/Average 1 Mbps)
Recording format/Bit rate | 50 Hz 1920x1080/50p(Up to 28 Mbps), 1920x1080/25p(Average 15 Mbps/Average 10 Mbps/Average 6 Mbps), 1280x720/50p(Average 15 Mbps), 1280x720/25p(Average 8 Mbps/Average 4 Mbps/Average 2 Mbps/Average 1 Mbps)
Transfer modes | JPEG 1920x1080, 1280x720, 640x360, 320x180, 59.94 Hz (30fps/15fps/5fps)*8, 50 Hz (25fps/12.5fps/5fps)*8
Transfer modes | H.264 1920x1080, 1280x720, 640x360, 320x180, 59.94 Hz (60fps*9/30fps/15fps/5fps)*8, 50 Hz (50fps*9/25fps/12.5fps/5fps)*8
Supported protocol | IPv6 TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP, HTTPS, RTSP, RTP, RTP/RTCP, FTP, DHCPv6, DNS, NTP, ICMPv6(MLD), RTSPoverTCP, RTSPoverHTTP, SSL(TLS), MultiCast/UniCast
iOS, Android Support JPEG image display
Accessories Mount bracket for installation surface (Hanging*10 / Desktop): 1 Drop-prevention wire (already attached to the unit): 1 Bracket mounting screws (bind-head) M4 x 10 mm: 4 Main unit mounting screw (with flat washer, spring washer) M3 x 6 mm: 1 Power cable (1.5 m [4.92 ft]): 1 AC adaptor: 1 CD-ROM: 1
Note *1: It may be necessary to upgrade the version of the controller so that the controller will support the unit. *2: During Auto, 6 dB to 48 dB (6 dB step) are available for AGC Max Gain setting. *3: During Auto, 0 dB, 6 dB, 12 dB and 18 dB are available for Auto F.Mix Max Gain setting. *4: “Auto” is available when “Scene” setting is “Full Auto”. *5: To ensure safety, the unit must be secured using the mount bracket supplied. *6: Depending on the pan or tilt position, the camera may be reflected in the image. *7: Use of an STP (shielded twisted pair) cable is recommended. *8: The frame rate may be lower than the setting depending on the operating conditions. *9: When the image resolution is “640x360” or“320x180”, 60fps or 50fps cannot be selected for the frame rate. *10: To ensure more safety, AW-HE42W/K can be secured by using the direct ceiling mount bracket (WV-Q105A).