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JVC Adixxion GC XA 2 Camera
A special camera used for very many productions was the JVC Adixxion GC XA 2 camera. It was the first camera that was perfectly suited for making cab ride videos in HO scale miniature worlds. Unfortunately, this camera is no longer manufactured and it is also very rarely offered for sale on eBay. Peter has optimised the camera with a special macro lens. This focuses the focal length on the area in front of the camera. The JVC Adixxion GC-XA 2 is a small action cam using full-size SD-HC and SD-XC memory cards. The camera has a removable, rechargeable battery. With an 8-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, the JVC Adixxion GC-XA 2 can record in Full HD mode (1920 x 1080) at 50 frames per second. Furthermore, a gyro sensor has been added to improve the camera’s digital image stabilization.

A special camera used for very many productions was the JVC Adixxion GC XA 2 camera.

JVC Adixxion GC-XA 2

The JVC Adixxion GC XA 2 camera was the first camera that was perfectly suited for making cab ride videos in HO scale miniature worlds.

JVC Adixxion GC-XA 2


Runcam 5 and Runcam 5 Orange Camera
A highly recommended camera for cab ride videos is the “Runcam 5” and its successor “Runcam 5 Orange”. Pilentum Television uses the camera “RunCam 5” for filming on HO scale model railway layouts as well as N scale model railroad layouts. It is a superb cube camera (dimension: 38 x 38 x 36 mm or 1.49 x 1.49 x 1.42 inches), equipped with a SONY IMX 377 image sensor and records video files in 4K@30fps, 2.7K@50fps, 1080P@120fps, 1080P@60fps and 1440P@60fps. While the “Runcam 5” camera has no electronic image stabilisation, the successor model “Runcam 5 Orange” now has an effective image stabilisation. At the moment, Pilentum uses this camera to mount it on miniature cars to capture extraordinary camera angles.

A highly recommended camera for cab ride videos is the Runcam 5 and its successor Runcam 5 Orange.

Runcam 5 and Runcam 5 Orange

Pilentum Television uses the camera RunCam 5 for filming on HO scale model railway layouts as well as N scale model railroad layouts.

Runcam 5 and Runcam 5 Orange


Panasonic HDC SD 600 Camera
Often a large television camera is not suitable in special shooting situations and locations. So Pilentum Television uses a small compact camcorder, namely the Panasonic HDC SD 600 camera - one of Panasonic’s finest consumer high definition camcorders. This camera is working in 1080p progressive recording mode by using a proprietary variation of the AVCHD format. The camera does record 50 frames per second in Full HD mode (1920 x 1080). Pixel shifting is not used. The focal length is from 3.45 mm to 41.4 mm and the fixed lens is relatively sensitive to light. Furthermore, the camera is equipped with a 1/4.1 inch image sensor only. At that time, Panasonic switched from CCD to CMOS technology, so the Panasonic HDC SD 600 camera uses a 3-sensor setup, which is called “3MOS”. Pilentum Television regularly uses two cameras of this type. More than 200 video productions have been made with this camera. The Panasonic HDC SD 600 camera and its technology are now over ten years old. Nevertheless, the “3MOS Technology” still delivers superior image quality today.

Pilentum Television regularly uses the Panasonic HDC SD 600 camera to shoot videos of model trains.

Panasonic HDC SD 600

More than 200 toy train videos have been made with the Panasonic HDC SD 600 camera.

Panasonic HDC SD 600


Panasonic AG HVX 200 Camera
The Panasonic AG HVX 200 is a fixed-lens hybrid camcorder. Pilentum Television bought this camera in July 2006. The camcorder allows file-based recording onto P2 cards. The imaging section employs a 3 CCD system with 1/3 inch sensors. The camcorder is capable of recording in several standard-definition and high-definition video formats. The image is always scanned progressively at 1920 × 1080 resolution, then is downsized to target frame size, for example DVCPRO HD 720p (50 fps, 1280 × 720) or DVCPRO HD 1080p (25 fps, 1920 x 1080). The HVX 200 camera does record 50 frames per second in HD mode (1280 x 720), but only 25 frames per second in Full HD mode (1920 x 1080). Nevertheless, this camcorder is popular with professional film and television companies. The BBC used the HVX to shoot all their coverage of the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, the Fox Television Network is using P2 exclusively at all stations. Meanwhile, the camera is more than 14 years old, but the Panasonic AG HVX 200 camera still provides excellent image quality due to CCD technology.

Pilentum Television has used the Panasonic AG HVX 200 camera to shoot videos of model railways.Panasonic AG HVX 200

In the field of model railroading the Panasonic AG HVX 200 camera still provides excellent image quality due to CCD technology.Panasonic AG HVX 200

INTRODUCTION

Pilentum Television is the largest international video network for railway modelling and model railroading. Pilentum just wants to document the the beauty of landscape modelling and the uniqueness of model train layouts around the world. This website offers an overview of all videos published so far.