Panasonic delivers new 7.9-inch HD monitor

Panasonic
is delivering its BT-LH80W 16:9 high-definition/standard -definition LCD
monitor for studio and field applications. The 7.9” monitor is shipping with an
array of available accessories that reinforce its dual role as an HD monitor
and widescreen color viewfinder.

The
BT-LH80W offers high, production-level critical viewing with exceptional color
reproduction and gradation, low power consumption (1.5 Amps) and a lightweight
(less than 3.3 pounds) and durable die-cast aluminum chassis. This 800 x 4 5 0
pixel resolution monitor/electronic viewfinder reproduces up to 16.7 million
colors, closely matching the chromaticity of CRT monitors, and is compatible
with multiple HD/SD formats including 1080/24PsF, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i.
The monitor features the industry’s lowest image processing delay, a built-in
Waveform Monitor and a Diagonal Line compensation function that reduces the
occurrence of jagged noise in the diagonal direction.

Addressing
the growing need for critical camera focusing in HD acquisition, the BT-LH80W
features two advanced focus assist functions — Focus-in-Red and Pixel-to-Pixel
matching. Focus – in – Red displays the edg es of the focused area in red when
sharp focus is achieved, while Pixel-to-Pixel allows the user to see an input
signal pixel by pixel without any resizing, effectively confirming an image in
a size equivalent to a 19” widescreen display (with a 1080/60i input signal).
The user can utilize both focus assists at the same time.

To deliver
maximum utility, Panasonic is offering an array of accessories for the
BT-LH80W. Those accessories include a dual-mount rack (RAK-80) specially
designed to hold two BT-LH80Ws side-by-side for a tight fit in studios or HD
trucks. Also available is a strong, lightweight adjustable mount (BT-MOUNT) for
on-camera use, which easily interfaces with the camera’s standard ”-20 thread
and 3/8” monitor thread. This mount features an “anti-spin” design that holds
the monitor in place securely.

When used
as an electronic viewfinder, the BT-LH80W can be configured with Panasonic’s
full range of HD cameras, including the shoulder mount AJ-HDC27H VariCam,
AJ-HDX900, AJ-HPX2000 and AG-HPX500. The BT-LH80W will also support a full
range of HD and SD production equipment. The 12V DC-powered monitor is also
equipped with both 4-pin XLR DC input and an Anton Bauer battery gold mount,
making it ideal for outdoor use.

The
BT-LH80W is available now at a suggested list price of $2,700. The full range
of available options include an HD-SDI input module (BT-YA80G), at a suggested
list price (SLP) of $650; the dual rack-mount kit (RAK-80), SLP $195; the
adjustable mount (BT-MOUNT) for on-camera use, SLP $150; a custom snap-on hood
(HOOD80) for outdoor work, SLP $100; and for electronic viewfinder use, a 15-
to 20-pin inter-connect cable* and DC cable kit (BT-CS80G), SLP $340.

The
BT-LH80W joins Panasonic’s BT family of production LCD monitors, which includes
the 8.4” BT-LH900A, 17” BT-LH1700W and 26” BT-LH2600W models.