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 450 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 edges 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 ¼”-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.