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BirdDog P400 4K 10-Bit Full NDI PTZ Camera (Black)

Abel Code: BRDG-BDP400B
Mfr. Code: BDP400B
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The P400 features 10-bit NDI in stunning 4K resolution and allows chroma subsampling in your choice of 4:2:0 or 4:2:2.
Key Highlights
  • 4K 10-Bit PTZ Camera
  • Full NDI
  • PoE++ or DC Power Options


The BirdDog P400 4K 10-Bit Full NDI PTZ Camera (Black) teams up BirdDog's custom NDI silicon chip, a 4K Sony CMOS backlit sensor, and a true Sony Image Module, and professional-level color tools (including Color Matrix control, Black level, and Gamma with 512 pre-set gamma positions). P400 also debuts the world's first 4K 10-bit NDI in full I-Frame chroma subsampling at 4:2:2, which can be decoded natively in hardware by BirdDog's 4K Family of NDI Encoders and Decoders. If decoding with an 8-bit 4:2:0 receiver, the stream will automatically serve 8-bit 4:2:0, and this is what will be decoded. Think of it as an automatic and virtual handshake.

Cam Control

BirdDog Cam Control allows full access to the entire color matrix, black levels, and even the gamma. Right click to view camera full screen on a secondary monitor to dial in the look you want and then copy the settings to color match cameras in seconds.

Low Light Performance

In low light conditions the camera automatically switches from day to night mode, removing the IR-cut filter to boost sensitivity for clear pictures in near-darkness.

NDI, 6G-SDI & HDMI Output

With NDI, 6G-SDI, and HDMI simultaneous outputs, the P400 is ready to go live with your full NDI workflow. If you are still in an SDI workflow, you can use the P400 as an SDI camera and ease your way into the world of NDI when ready.


With Genlock you can now synchronize multiple cameras using the Genlock input. All cameras can be hitting your NDI-enabled vision mixer at the same time, letting you eliminate the need to add frame buffers.

Precise Robotic Control

P400's robotics are exceptionally precise and sensitive. Wind down the panning and tilting speeds to create professional shots that are dramatic, or crank up the speeds for high action sports to follow fast movement.

20x Optical Zoom

The P400's 20x optical zoom offers a bright f/2.0 aperture with smooth, fast zoom. Transition from wide to tele and recall pre-set positions quickly, with very fine precision. The optical zoom function makes the P400 ideal for sports applications (e.g., football, baseball, hockey, skiing, basketball, soccer, et al.).

Integrated Tally Light

As NDI has tally information built into the metadata, when the P400 is connected to an NDI-enabled switcher the tally light on the front of the unit is activated to ensure your on-air talent will always know which camera is live. There is no further configuration required; it just works.

PoE or DC Power

The P400 can be powered by Power over Ethernet (PoE++) for single cable operation that can carry Video, Audio, Power, Tally, and Intercom, or you can choose to use the included power adapter.

RESTful API = DIY Automation

Download the free BirdDog RESTful API and program your own automation for all BirdDog hardware endpoints, including cameras.

Adaptive Bitrate

Full NDI is a variable bitrate codec. Under normal circumstances BirdDog recommends allowing around 140Mbps in HD, or 6 streams per 1GbE cable with some headroom. In 4K it is recommended to allow around 300Mbps or 3 streams with some headroom to allow for any unforeseen spikes.

With BirdDog's tools you can select the bitrate to suit your bandwidth and requirements. In both HD you can slide between 80-180Mbps and in 4K you can select the data rate to be anywhere between 60 and 360Mbps.

Free Software Tools

  • Central Lite: team up Central Lite with any NDI  source, including all BirdDog hardware capable of creating NDI sources; you can now drive your NDI  streams to any BirdDog Studio NDI or Mini to decode NDI  back to SDI or HDMI
  • Cam Control: allows easy access to all settings of all the BirdDog cameras on your network; get the look you want on the full screen output monitor and then copy across multiple cameras to color match in seconds
  • Comms Lite: free Audio Intercom solution, with support for four BirdDog devices, plus a director; Comms Lite is a great way to start using Audio Intercom in your live productions


Additional Specifications:

  • Minimum Illumination:
    • Color:
      • 0.4lux (1/30s, 50%, High Sensitivity mode On)
      • 1.6lux (1/30s, 50%, High Sensitivity mode Off)
      • 0.06lux(1/4s(1/3s),50%, High Sensitivity mode On)
  • Mechanical
    • Pan Movement: Horizontal: ±175 degrees continuous pan (Zoom Adaptive Speed Range: 0.05°〜100°/S)
    • Tilt Movement:Vertical: +90 degrees to -30 degrees (Zoom Adaptive Speed Range: 0.05°〜50°/S)
    • Preset Position: 128 Speed adjustable; Up to 150°/S, 6 presets on remote controller)
    • Environmental: Indoor
  • Interface
    • Video Output:
      • NDI/HDMI/6G-SDI
        • 4K Formats: 4Kp 30, 29.97, 25, 23.98, 24
        • HD Formats: 1080p 60, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 1080i 60, 59.94, 50 • 720p 60, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25
    • Camera Control Interface: 
      • IP PTZ CONTROL: NDI Control (auto configuring), VISCA Over IP
      • SERIAL PTZ CONTROL: 2x RJ45: RS232 / RS422 / RS485 Connectors
    • Audio I/O: 
      • 3.5mm Audio In (Stereo)
      • 3.5mm Audio Out (Stereo) 

What's in the Box

  • BirdDog P400 4K 10-Bit Full NDI PTZ Camera (Black)
  • Power Adapter
  • Mounting Bracket


Key Highlights

  • 4K 10-Bit PTZ Camera
  • Full NDI
  • PoE++ or DC Power Options


Gamma Modes:
Standard/Straight/MOVIE/STILL/CINE1/CINE2/CINE3/CINE4/ITU709//Pattern - Gamma Level: Yes (15 step); Black Level: Yes (97 step)

Lens Characteristics

Prime or Zoom:
Zoom - Optical 20x; SRZ (Super Revolution Zoom) 30x in 4K, 40x in Full HD
Max Aperture F-stop:
f/2.0 - f/2.0 (W) to f/3.8 (T)
Lens Options:
Image Stabilization
Zoom Range:


Input Voltage:
12V - DC, PoE++ (IEEE 802.3bt)


Recording Resolution:
4K HD - 3840x2160

Sensor Specifics

Sensor Type:
CMOS - 1/2.5"


Camera Features:
Color Gain/Hue Control - 16 Step
Noise Reduction - On/Off (level 5 to 1 / Off, 6 steps), 2D/3D
White Balance - AUTO, ATW, Indoor, Outdoor, One Push WB, Manual WB, Outdoor Auto, Sodium Vapor Lamp(Fix/Auto/Outdoor Auto)
Shutter Speed Range:
1/1 – 1/10000s
Camera Autofocus:
Yes - Trigger/Interval; Manual Focus (Variable Speed), One Push Trigger, Near Limit
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