4K HD Cameras and Video Encoders for Drones and Robotics

Z3 Technology Provides 4K/HD IP Camera Solutions for UAVs, UGVs

By Mike Ball / 06 Mar 2018
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Z3 Technology, a leading developer of camera and video encoding solutions for unmanned vehicles, has partnered with Unmanned Systems Technology (“UST”) to demonstrate their expertise in this field. The ‘Silver’ profile highlights how their off-the-shelf and custom video solutions can benefit UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) and robotics manufacturers worldwide.

Z3Cam-4K IP Video CameraThe Z3Cam-4K H.265 IP camera combines state-of-the-art video compression technology with real-time 4K Ultra-HD video streaming over Gigabit Ethernet. The system features 20x zoom with an integrated auto focus. High levels of clarity and detail even under low light and fast movement conditions makes the Z3Cam-4K ideal for UAV surveillance, inspection, remote monitoring and security applications.

The Z3Cam-HD H.265 IP camera provides real-time HD video streaming over Gigabit Ethernet, delivering high-quality imaging at lower bandwidth, latency and power consumption. With a Full HD 30x optical zoom, the system transitions smoothly from wide area coverage to detailed close-ups even under low light conditions. The Z3Cam-HD is ideal for drone inspection and remote monitoring applications.

HE4K Compact 4K EncoderThe HE4K-DCK-1x is a compact 4k encoder system that is designed to complement Sony’s 4K FCB-ER8300 Block Camera, and provides H.265/HEVC video in HD and Ultra-HD resolutions over IP. Easily integrated into onboard video processing systems for UAVs and other unmanned vehicles, it features on-board interfaces including GigE, USB 2.0, RS-485, Microphone Input and Composite Out, and is available as an OEM starter kit or a complete package that includes an optional enclosure for the entire solution.

The HE2K-DCK-1x is a compact encoder system designed to integrate with and enhance Sony’s FCB-EV Series block cameras, and encodes H.265 and H.264 video in HD resolutions over IP. Featuring on-board interfaces including GigE, USB 2.0, RS-485, audio input, Micro-HDMI output and composite output, the HE2K-DCK-1x combines with the FCB-EV Series cameras to provide a low latency, low SWaP profile HD encoding solution for unmanned inspection and surveillance.

FV4K Full 4K Video EncoderThe FV4K-DCK-1x is a full 4k encoder that supports simultaneous camera streaming and is ideal for dual visible/IR UAV monitoring applications such as industrial inspection and surveillance. Featuring flexible digital and analog input ports and the ability to simultaneously stream over IP and record to USB or micro SD card, the encoder uses 4.5 watts of power when streaming from two cameras.

The FV2K-DCK-1x is the HD version of the FV4K-DCK-1x dual camera encoder. It is capable of supporting simultaneous streaming of H.265 and H.264 video in HD resolutions from both a visible camera and an infrared or night vision camera. Streaming from both cameras uses 4.5 watts of power, making the encoder ideal for SwaP-conscious unmanned vehicle applications.

The FSDI-DCK-1x is a flexible full HD SDI video encoder that can interface with a wide variety of SDI, LVDS, Parallel CMOS, Cameralink and Composite cameras. Capable of encoding multiple channels of H.265 and H.264 video in HD resolutions, the system can support both a visible camera and an infrared or night vision camera.

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact