The Hand Unit 3 adds impressive new features and functionality to the system. It integrates its 30 channel 2.4GHz wireless link into a new splash-resistant housing. Weather sealed tactile switches are used throughout. The integrated microwave antenna is protected from impact. The iris slider uses a unique non-contact technology to eliminate the opening required for a conventional sliding seal.
New software called "Lens Mapping" matches the focus distances of a lens to a set of five pre-printed Focus Marking Rings. These rings differ in their minimum focus distance from 9" (.35m) to 6' (2m). The on-board lens library holds data for 150 lenses. Calibration for a lens change only requires the few seconds to choose the lens from the library.
A bright, sharp, organic LED display shows camera, lens, and Hand Unit set-up status. Focus settings can be displayed digitally for Cooke i-Lenses, or any lens which has been calibrated to the unit. Multiple focus marks can be set by entering their position with a "soft key" located below the display. A new focus display mode "show" gives an easy to interpret bargraph representation of the difference between the distance set by the focus knob and adjacent user marks.
User ergonomics have been improved with the addition of an integrated hand grip and molded grip for the focus knob. The focus marking ring is automatically illuminated in low light conditions by a pair of white LED's. The zoom bargraph shows both the zoom lens position as well as user set end limits. End limits are set with Set/ Reset tactile switches arranged in three groups. An LED in each group indicates when limits have been set.
The HU3 allows for programming camera speed and shutter angle. Despite all of its additional functionality, the weight of the new hand unit is about 20% less than its predecessor. Power is provided by widely available FM-50 Li-Ion batteries
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