"With the new digital super-slow-motion camera, we needed to significantly improve the capability for digital signal processing, as well as the mechanical performance of the camera and its lens," said Koji Yamamoto, senior staff engineer in charge of creating the broadcasting equipment system, as he recounted the development process. "Since it consumed a lot of power, the early prototype was hot enough to burn you if you touched it. So, we had to put a cover around it."
By repeatedly trying and testing new ideas, Panasonic engineers were able to successfully develop the digital super-slow-motion camera. They engineered new processing circuitry that can realize amazing image quality and high performance for wide-field CCD imaging as well as digital and optical transmission, even at triple the usual shooting speed. Thanks to crisp slow-motion images without any blurring, the new camera was acclaimed by even veteran camera crews, and broadcasters around the world expressed their admiration for the technology.