A wireless network connection*1 lets you use a smartphone,*2 tablet device or PC/Mac to confirm the camera status, to input metadata and also to play proxy data*3 as well as save it.*4 Text memos can also be entered with one-touch operation. A wireless network connection helps to use metadata effectively in video production.
*1: The optional AJ-WM30 Wireless Module and AJ-SFU3100G Upgrade Software Key are required for wireless connection. A device is connected in ad-hoc mode only.
*2: Playback of proxy data recorded in HQ or SHQ mode is possible with iPhone4 and iPod Touch fourth-generation and newer models.
*3: The optional AJ-YDX30G Video Encoder Board is required for use of proxy data.
*4: Proxy data can be saved only in PCs/Macs.
The camera section features a 3CCD system with a high-density 2.2 megapixel 2/3 type 3CCD to offer full-pixel HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and high F11 or F12* sensitivity. The switchable interlace/progressive system adapts to 1080/23.98p (or 29.97p, 25p) native video recording.
*F11 sensitivity is attainable in the 1080/59.94i mode, and F12 sensitivity is attainable in the 1080/50i mode.
The high-performance DSP circuit provides rich gradation and superb color reproduction based on 14 bit A/D conversion. With an S/N ratio of 59 dB (when the DNR is turned ON), it also offers low noise. The circuit features high-precision picture quality adjustment functions such as a skin tone detail function and a 12 axis independent color correction function. The new DSP circuit achieves less consumption than previous models.
This exclusive technology works between the lens and camera, allowing for a highly sophisticated algorithm to be deployed that automatically compensates the registration error that is caused mainly by lens chromatic aberration, and minimizes the neighboring blur.
The digital super gain (frame cumulative mode) lets the AJ-HPX3100 record with a high S/N ratio*1 and less of the noise that commonly comes with higher gain. The gain and digital super gain can be flexibly combined to achieve highly sensitive recording of up to a +76 dB*2gain increase and 0.005 lx minimum illumination, to suit various shooting conditions.
*1: Due to the use of image accumulation, the number of recorded frames per second decreases. This results in a frame-by-frame playback effect.
*2: With super gain set at +42 dB and digital super gain (cumulative mode) at +34 dB.
DRS recognizes the average brightness of highlight and shadow areas and then automatically adjusts the aperture and uses knee control to suppress blocking in the shadow areas. In scenes with mixed dark and light areas, DRS automatically provides a wider dynamic range with minimal blown highlights and blocked shadows. Two new color saving modes (Mode 1: Natural color, Mode 2: Vivid color) for high-brightness effects and a depth (3 steps for compression level) setting function have been added to improve adjustment.
Digital zoom electronically increases the magnification rate of the lens by 2x, 3x or 4x. HD images retain their superior resolution even with zooming, and — unlike when a lens extender is used — brightness is not reduced.
*The digital processing effect is perceptible in the image when x3 or x4 zoom is used.
The DSP circuit in the AJ-HPX3100 has seven selectable gamma modes. These include Film-Rec and Video-Rec gamma for movie production, which are the same modes incorporated in the VariCam.
The AJ-HPX3100 scan reverse function cancels the image inversion that occurs when Angenieux or Canon HD lens adaptors are used.
This function simplifies focusing by displaying, in graph form, the frequency distribution of the incoming signal in the viewfinder and LCD monitor.
The auto white balance (AWB) function offers a wide color temperature adjustment range of up to 15000 K. The two-value memory/1-value preset enables quick switching. The color temperature can be adjusted with the jog dial after the white balance is set. A subject-following ATW (auto tracking white) function is also provided.
The optional AJ-CVF100G HD Color Viewfinder employs a 25.4 mm(1 inch) 1,500,000-dot-equivalent (960 x 540 x 3 [RGB]) transmission type LCOS (Liquid Crystal On Silicon) to achieve high resolution, high brightness and high response. It helps to reduce the possibility of white balance adjustment errors and other errors in recording. The optional AJ-HVF21KG 50.8 mm (2 inches) Black-and-White HD Viewfinder can also be used.
• Electronic Shutter with Half-Speed: The AJ-HPX3100 features six shutter fixed speeds of up to 1/2000 sec., plus “half-speed” (180 degree) and synchro-scan capability.
• Two optical filters, ND and CC, have four positions each. The 3200K, 4300K, 5600K and 6300K positions of the CC filter help to express deeper colors.
• Mode Check: Displays a list of the camera settings on the viewfinder and LCD monitor.
• Zebra: Select any two levels from among 0% to 109%, in 1% step.
• Y-GET: Measures brightness at the screen center and displays precise numerical data.
• A 3 point locking viewfinder mount allows precise adjustment.
• The large Audio volumes (4ch) feature a push lock function.
• The Audio Input level adjustment (front) can be switched ON/OFF and allocated to desired channels.