Comparisons are what help us select the winner.  No matter what it is, the ability to directly compare things is human nature, and many times, the process is quite enjoyable!

Remote head 3CCD multi-format cameras are something that can be compared – because of function, price, availability and image quality, making this an interesting comparison.

Hitachi and Toshiba both manufacturer a high-definition, remote head CCD camera Hitachi’s is the HV-HD201 (HVHD201), and the Toshiba’s IK-HD1H  +HD1E.  The Hitachi HV-HD201 (HVHD201) comes with an included 5.5M cable; the Toshiba IK-HD1H camera does not (but you can purchase a cable).   The Hitachi IK-HD1H has a standard sensitivity of f8.0 at 2000 lux at 56db compared to the Toshiba IK-HD1 with a 2000 lux and 54db, allowing use in lower light.  The Hitachi HV-HD201 (HVHD201) has selectable 1080i or 720p – the Toshiba IK-HD1 offers only a 1080i output, and no 720p output.

From an output stand, the Hitachi HV-HD201 (HVHD201) multiple output’s include HD-SDI, HDMI, selectable R/G/B or Y/ Pb /Pr, the Toshiba IK-HD1 only offers component or HD-SDI outputs, no HDMI or standard definition outputs.

And now, the bottom line, as it were … the Hitachi HV-HD201 (HVHD201) is available at a price that is lower than the Toshiba IK-HD1H.  And THAT pretty much says it all …

With the ability to visually compare the two, you can easily see that the Toshiba IK-HD1H Head + HD1E CCU camera is absolutely no match for the Hitachi HV-HD201 (HVHD201)!

Your distributor for the Hitachi HV-HD201 (HVHD201) progressive scan camera, Aegis Electronic Group, Inc offers this it for $11,585.00, including the 5.5-meter detachable cable.

High Definition Remote Head Comparison Chart  


Hitachi Toshiba
HV-HD201M + 5.5M Cable IK-HD1H Head + HD1E CCU
Includes Camera Cable Yes 5.5 Meter No
Sensor Three 1/2 inch format CCD’s Three 1/3 inch format CCD’s
Pixels 1440 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Sensitivity f8.0 @ 2000 lux f6.8 @ 2000 lux
S/N 56db 54db
HDTV-Format 1080i / 59.94 , 1080i / 50i 1080i / 59.94 , 1080i / 50i
720P/ 59.94, 720P / 50P No
SDTV Output 480/ 59.94i, 576/50i No
Output Signals
HD-SDI Yes Yes
Component RGB or Y / Pb / Pr RGB or Y / Pb / Pr
Composite Yes, 480i or 576i No
Y-C (S-Video) Yes, 480i or 576i NO
Scene Files Four + Preset Five
SD Card Slot Yes No
Moveable Cable Connection on Head Yes – Rear or Bottom No
Moveable Cable Connection on CCU Yes – Front or Rear No
Camera Cable Length 5.5 or 10 meters 3 / 6 / 10 or 30 meters
Head Size  W x H x D  mm 50 x 50 x 55 33 x 39 x 41
CCU Size    W x H x D  mm 188 x 75 x 190 110 x 40 x 186
Power consumption 22 watts 10.3 watts

Gail De Salvo

Aegis Electronic Group, Inc

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