Panasonic AW-UE50 PTZ camera review

Is Panasonic’s new 4K PTZ the best camera to operate a live broadcast with?

Panasonic AW-UE50
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The AW-UE40 and -UE50 are excellent cameras well-suited to the needs of the modern broadcaster thanks to the inclusion of IP, USB-C and (if you go for the UE50) SDI video output. Its web control software could stand improvement, and it’s not very Mac-friendly, but it’s compact, quiet, manages 24x optical zoom and can even be operated via a single (PoE+) cable.


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    4K Video

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    Built-in web browser control system

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    Can be used as a webcam

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    Widest lens on a PTZ camera

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    Optical image stabilization


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    Most Panasonic software not Mac-friendly

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    Enthusiasts may want to budget

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    Audio Line-in is only 3.5mm

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    No in-box remote control

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    IP Streaming is 1080P maximum

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Broadcasting isn’t just the preserve of large organizations these days; colleges, churches and conference halls are all venues where cameras have found a home. That’s atop the other classic venue for PTZ (Pan, Tilt & Zoom) cameras – reality television! In either case, the device needs to be operated remotely without distracting the subjects so quiet operation is essential.

The AW-UE50 solves these problems well thanks to their subtle dome-like design, wide-angle field of view (74.1˚ horizontal at the wide end means smaller venues aren’t an issue) and variety of control systems. Its very similar sibling, the AW-UE40, lacks only 3G-SDI connector so might make a cheaper alternative for many.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

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