Neutrik unveils robust fiber-optic camera connectors

Neutrik Optical Con Dragonfly
As the latest addition to the company's opticalCON series of products, the Dragonfly series fiber-optic camera connectors from Neutrik USA offers advanced lens technology for the broadcast and AV markets, ensuring robust, reliable connectivity that is easier to maintain than common hybrid camera signal transmission systems with almost the same performance, the company says. Leveraging technology based on fiber-optic lenses and fusion splicing, the Dragonfly connector achieves extremely robust signaling with minimal loss.

The opticalCON Dragonfly connector is based on Neutrik's patented XB2 technology, combining all the advantages of lens technology to make it competitive with physical contact connectivity. Its innovative fusion-spliced, high-performance lens transmits UHD 4K and 8K signals with very low loss. Further, the signal surface of the XB2 lens is 322 times larger than competitive physical contact surfaces, and has extremely low sensitivity to dust and dirt. Of particular note, the Dragonfly connector also enables robust connectivity under vibration, with low potential for damage. The connector is also field serviceable thanks to its fusion splice technology, making Dragonfly an optimal for field broadcast AV applications.

Dragonfly's hybrid connection transmits both power and data over a single connection, with low maintenance intervals. Switching to the Dragonfly connector is easy, as it fits into standardized broadcast cutouts. With its reliable push/pull locking mechanism, IP68 rated dust and waterproof rating in mated condition, and proven anti-kink boot design, the Dragonfly offers a long life of 10,000 mating cycles. Cleaning is quick and efficient using compressed air and water. David Kuklinski, Neutrik USA's applications manager, concludes, "For the broadcast and AV market's fiber requirements, this ruggedized and low maintenance SMPTE hybrid camera connector for indoor and outdoor use will future proof customers' fiber optic needs for 4K and 8K signals."

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