Panasonic Honored With an Emmy® Award for Technology & Engineering Achievement
Panasonic Corporation was recently presented with a Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The honor was conferred upon Panasonic in recognition of the company’s development of In-Camera Electronic Compensation for Lateral Chromatic Aberrations in External Lenses. Kunihiko Miyagi, Managing Director of Panasonic’s Imaging Business Division, accepted the Emmy Award at a presentation at The Bellagio Hotel as part of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Launched in 1948, the Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards honor development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies, organizations and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering. Panasonic has won a total of 17 Emmys, 13 of them for advancements in the area of digital video technology.
Lateral chromatic aberrations are inherent to all optics and must be compensated for in the optical design. The trend to smaller imager formats and less-expensive optics had meant compromises in image performance without an alternative solution to this problem. The concept of modeling the aberrations of a lens and applying real-time electronic correction provides a very significant increase in image quality and permits lower cost-cameras and optics to create better images. Panasonic has incorporated this technology into its HD handheld cameras and high-end P2 HD production cameras through a feature it calls Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC.)
“Panasonic is honored to receive the prized technical Emmy,” said Kunihiko Miyagi. “We worked to develop CAC technology so that high-quality HD images could be produced using cameras with less expensive and smaller-sized lenses and, now, combined with master-quality AVC-ULTRA recording and native 1920 x 1080 imagers, CAC has contributed to new benchmarks for HD acquisition, getting around inherent limitations of optics.”
Image: From left to right are Panasonic’s Don Lenihan, National Sales Manager; Paul Boyland, Planning Manager; Kunihiko Miyagi, Managing Director; Takuya Sugita, Vice President;
and Art Rankin, Senior Director.