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HDZ – Helicopter Hoist Camera

Waterproof 1080p60 Mini HD Camera with Optical Zoom Lens

Rugged Video HDZ Zoom Camera

RV-HDZ Rugged Video HDZ Zoom Camera

Production quality mini-HD Camera with 1080p60 resolution, powered zoom & focus lens, waterproof sealed enclosure, dual video outputs, and universal aircraft power input.

$1999 $1499

Image Quality: ****
Image Processing: ****
Low Light: ****


The Smallest & Most Versatile 1080p60 Helicopter Hoist Camera Available

The HDZ is the only compact HD helicopter hoist camera with optical zoom on the market, at only  47.8mm (1.88″) x 49.5mm (1.95″), and just 88mm(3.47″) long, including connectors.  Designed specifically for helicopter lift, Search & Rescue (SAR), Aerial Patrol, and Aerial Survey, the HDZ features a 2.7mm to 12mm powered zoom lens, 2.1 megapixel Sony IMX327 STARVIS CMOS sensor and a powerful DSP producing impressive results from such a small camera.

High Performance

The HDZ offers full 1080p60 HD with a latest generation Eyenix DSP featuring; Wide Dynamic Range, 2D and 3D digital noise reduction, and an advanced automatic gain control algorithm, shooting great video out-of-the-box in nearly any lighting situation.  Video is output via the SMPTE 424M 3G-SDI or  292M HD-SDI standards, with an additional RS-170 NTSC/PAL composite video ouput.

Housed in a machined aluminum enclosure the HDZ is IP67 rated for submersion up to 1 meter, making it tough enough to handle any weather condition.  The HDZ is an ideal low maintenance solution for mounting outside the cockpit.


The HDZ accepts universal 10-32VDC aircraft power for ease of integration.  A powerful DSP allows users to adjust settings such as; resolution and frame rate, shutter speed, white balance, back-light compensation, wide dynamic range, gain level, noise reduction, and flip, mirror, insert a reticle, or rotate the image.  

A universal mounting bracket system attaches the HDZ camera securely to the hoist boom, hoist winch fairing, or on the helicopter airframe, and offers easy angle adjustments to optimize field of view for both short and long line hoist scenarios.  Zoom and focus adjustment can be managed from the provided joystick-on-cable control, with an available camera control panel, or with your own system through the RS-485 control interface.


The HDZ’s core electronics are based on the HD19 imaging platform, which has logged tens of thousands of flight hours as a cockpit camera, helicopter camera, or aerial patrol camera.  Thousands of HD19 cameras are currently in use in a wide range of helicopter and fixed wing airframes including:

  • Eurocopter EC130 / Airbus H130
  • Eurocopter EC135 / Airbus H135
  • Eurocopter EC145 / Airbus H145
  • Eurocopter / Airbus AS350
  • Bell 206
  • Bell 407
  • AgustaWestland AW109
  • AgustaWestland AW101
  • Robinson R22
  • Robinson R44
  • Robinson R66
  • Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk
  • Bell UH-1 Iroquois
  • Gulfstream GIII
  • de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver
Configuration - Cabling & Control

The HDZ has the option for different cable configurations and different lens options.


Standard Model:  RV-10258A

The HDZ standard model features separate connectors for HD video, Composite NTSC/PAL video, and power/control.  The mating connectors for the camera are:

  • 3G-SDI (HD):  TNC female, 75-Ω
  • Composite (NTSC/PAL):  TNC Male, 75-Ω
  • 10-32VDC Power In + Joystick + RS485:  Hirose LF07WBP-6S(31)


HRS Integrated (Single Connector) Model: RV-10259A

The HDZ integrated model features a single LF07WBR-6P connector for HD video, 10-32VDC power input, and RS485 control wires.  By combining all signals into one connector, these cameras can be connected with a single cable for power, video, and digital communication.  This camera style can be used with specialty Rugged Video systems wired for a single cable, or with the use of a breakout cable with virtually any video equipment.  The RV-CAM-HDZ-IC also ships with a breakout cable allowing for setup & testing purposes.



Standard (Included) Cable:  RV-CBL-CAM-CONFIG-F2

The standard joystick cable extends ~18″ and attaches directly to the HDZ camera, or on the end of a longer cable run.  This cable provides a small 5-way joystick which is used to adjust lens zoom and focus, and also to open the camera’s OSD (on-screen display) menu to adjust camera settings.

  • Input (10-32VDC): 2.1×5.5mm barrel (standard), LF07WBJ-6P (on request), or other connectors on request
  • Output to Camera: Hirose LF07WBP-6S(31)

Rugged Video HDZ Hoist Camera Basic Controller

Rugged Video HDZ Hoist Camera Basic Controller

Dedicated Controller (Included):  RV-10270A

The HDZ Controller features easy pushbutton controls to manage the zoom and focus of the camera.  Connection to the camera is made through the camera’s RS485 bus.  The controller accepts universal aircraft power, making it easy to run power wiring from a convenient source.  Press buttons momentarily for a small change, or press and hold to continuously adjust the zoom or focus.  Additionally, a reserved button can be factory-programmed to perform a common task, such as adjusting one or more image gain settings, changing shutter speed, or switching to day or night mode.  All buttons can be factory progammed and labeled for custom functions based on your specific operational requirements.

Several styles of controller exist, from simple 2-button controllers for digital zoom in/out, to 8-button + Toggle styles with full camera AND DVR control.  There is also a a version with dry contact outputs to use with open drain-type inputs on video switchers and multiplexers.


  • Zoom In
  • Zoom Out
  • Focus Near
  • Focus Far
  • One-Shot Autofocus
  • Reserved
Rugged Video Digital Camera Controller RV-10270A

RV-10270A Rugged Video Digital Camera Controller

Rugged Video Digital Camera Controller RV-10270A




The HDZ Micro HD Bullet Camera has a built-in high resolution 2.7mm to 12mm M12 varifocal lens with IR filter.

Lens Options:

  • 2.7mm to 12mm powered varifocal lens
2.8mm - 25yds

2.8mm – 25yds

12mm - 25yds

12mm – 25yds

Mounting Options


2-Axis Adjustable Mounting Bracket

The HDZ features a standard 2-axis adjustable mounting bracket with 45 degrees of rotation/yaw adjustment, and 60 degrees of tilt adjustment.  The bracket attaches to the camera with four 10-32 machine screws, and mounts to any surface with (4x) 10-32 or (1x) 1/4″-20 screws.  All adjustments are lockable with the provided lock screws.

In addition to the four 10-32 screw threads, the HDZ also provides two 1/4″-20 mounting threads on the camera body, and a machined eyelet for attachment of a safety line or tether.

Rugged Video HDZ Hoist Camera Mount Dims 1

Rugged Video HDZ Hoist Camera Mount Dims 1

Rugged Video HDZ Hoist Camera Mount Dims 2

Rugged Video HDZ Hoist Camera Mount Dims 2

HDZ Camera Bracket - Surface Mounting

HDZ Camera Bracket – Surface Mounting


Adjustable Contoured-Surface Bracket

A contoured-surface bracket is available for installation on any surface, including hoist arms and hoist winch enclosures.  Mounts securely with stainless worm-gear clamping rings and rubber pads, and easily adjust the camera angle with the bracket’s adjustment screws.

Available Mounts

A number of off the shelf mounting options are also available for the HDZ, each using the standard 1/4″-20 stud.

Big Mite – is a cast aluminum collar, machined ball, and spud. The spud can be bolted directly to a solid surface using a #8 to 1/4″ flat machine screw.  The collar is then clamped to the spud and locks the ball in place.  The Big Mite is a larger version of the MiniMite designed to support larger cameras in high vibration environments. Bite Mite Mount with Spud Base. Bite Mite Mount with Spud Base.
Mini Mite – is a cast aluminum collar, machined ball, spud, and extension with a flat base option. The spud can be bolted directly to a solid surface using a #4 to #10 flat machine screw.  The collar is then clamped to the spud and locks the ball in place.  Alternatively the spud can be affixed to the flat base which can be attached to a solid surface using 4 x #4 or #6 screws.  The Mini Mite is designed for smaller cameras like the HD29, HD19, or HD23. Mini-Mite Mount, with Spud Base, Flat Base, and Extension. Mini-Mite Mount, with Spud Base, Flat Base, and Extension.
Ultra-Clamp Mount – is a cast aluminum frame with a poly-carbonate injection molded adjustment attachment.  This mount is clamped to a secure bar or flat with a hand screw.  Additionally the top may be removed and mounted directly to any surface using a 1/4″-20 screw.  This mount can hold any size Rugged Video camera. Ultra Clamp Mount with Adjuster Arm Ultra Clamp Mount with Adjuster Arm
Locking Suction Mount – Is an injection molded poly-carbonate mount with the same aluminum collar and ball as the Big Mite.  The suction mount features a wide cup that can attach to any smooth, hard, clean surface.  The suction cup is secured with a lever that creates additional vacuum within the cup.  This mount can hold any Rugged Video camera, but should only be used inside the cockpit for portable installations.  The mount is secured with air-pressure and thus should be tethered to avoid injury should a change in pressure occur, or the mount was to lose pressure. Locking Suction Mount Locking Suction Mount
2.1″ Pedestal Mount – is a cast aluminum collar, machined ball, and formed steel flat base with overall height of 2.1″. The base can be attached directly to a solid surface using 3 x #4 screws.  The ball is secured with friction by using a winged screw.  The pedestal is designed for smaller cameras like the HD29, HD19, HD30, HD21E, or HDZ. Pedestal Mount Pedestal Mount
Items Description
Image Sensor 1/2.8″ Sony Starvis IMX327 CMOS
Scanning System Progressive
Effective Pixels Number 1,945(H) x 1,097(V), 2.13M Pixels (Full-HD)
Total number of Pixels 1,956(H) x 1,109(V), 2.16M Pixels (Full-HD)
Lens Mount S-Mount, M12, Board Style
Video Output Mode HD-SDI: 1080p60/50, 1080i60, 1080p30/25, 720p60/50, 720p30/25
Video Output Level HD-SDI SMPTE 292M  3G-SDI SMPTE 424M,   1.0 Vp-p (75Ω, RS-170 Composite) NTSC/PAL (Selectable)
Min. Illumination Color: 0.01Lux
OSD Joystick-on-cable or RS-485 Activated
Communication RS-485 control/configuration protocol
Electronic Shutter Speed Auto / Manual (1/30 ~ 1/50,000)
White Balance ATW / AWC / Indoor / Outdoor / Manual
Back Light Compensation Off / WDR / BLC / ACE
D-WDR/ACCE Low / Middle / High / Off, 0~15 steps
AGC 0~15 steps
Adjust Sharpness / Monitor / OSD / LSC / Video Out (NTSC/PAL)
Language ENG, JPN, CHN, KOR, RUS
Day & Night Auto / B.W / Color / EXT (Selectable)
Digital Zoom / PIP On / Off (x2 ~ x64)
Privacy Masking On / Off (8 Zone Selectable)
Motion Detection On / Off (4 Zone Selectable)
Defog Low / Middle / High / Off (Position/Size – User Setting)
Sens – Up Auto (Selectable limit ~ x30) / Off
D – Effect Freeze / Mirror / D-ZOOM / NEG.IMAGE
Power DC12-34VDC ±10%, 1.8W Max (1080p/60fps)
Operating Temperature -40 C ~ 75 C (Humidity: 0%RH ~ 80%RH)
Storage Temperature -45 C ~ 85 C (Humidity: 0%RH ~ 90%RH)
Dimension 88mm x 47.8mm x 49.5mm LxWxH
Weight Approximately 198g (7oz)
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