Panasonic Announces 2 of the Industry's Smallest and Lightest*1 4K 60p Professional Camcorders with a Wide-Angle 25mm*2 Lens and 24x Optical Zoom
Panasonic has newly launched 2 of the industry's smallest and lightest 4K 60p camcorders. Packed into a compact body and offering the on-site mobility and portability demanded by professionals, they enable high-quality 4K 60p recording. Achieving high-spec optical performance with a Wide-Angle 25mm Lens and 32x i.ZOOM (4K recording), Panasonic's exclusive high-precision AF provides high-speed, accurate focusing for both 4K and Full-HD shooting. The new models are also filled with professional functions, such as Two Manual Rings, an ND Filter, a Built-in LED Video Light*3, and 24-bit High Resolution Linear PCM Audio Recording. For video recording, the new models support 4:2:2 10bit Internal Recording*4 and the new, high-efficiency HEVC codec. The best of various recording formats can also be selected. And Built-in Wi-Fi supports HD Live Streaming using only the camcorder.
Panasonic will continue to offer camcorders that meet a wide variety of needs, from directors recording on location and news gathering to high-amateurs recording 4K content.
*1 For a camcorder with an integrated lens capable of 4K 60p recording (as of January 6th, 2020. Panasonic research).
*2 35mm camera equivalent.
*3 Except the HC-X1500.
*4 Up to 4K30p.
? ... Featuring Optical Performance for Precise Shooting
The integrated lens offers a remarkably powerful, optical 24x zoom that ranges from 25mm* wide angle to 600mm* tele. i.ZOOM achieves 32x at 4K resolution, and 48x at FHD. The 4-Drive Lens System drives the four lens groups independently, thus achieving the optical 24x zoom and compact body size.
With a LEICA Dicomar Lens that has cleared the stringent inspection criteria of Leica Camera AG in terms of lens resolution, contrast, etc., stunningly beautiful images are produced while suppressing flaring and ghosts. Two Manual Rings are provided, one for focusing and the other for zoom or iris operation. The Manual Rings are designed with different sizes so the appropriate ring can be controlled without error by touching it with the fingers. ND Filters can be selected from 1/4, 1/16, 1/64, and Clear, while glass is newly used as a countermeasure against scorching from sunlight condensation.
* 35mm camera equivalent.
? ... High-speed, High-precision AF Including Face Detection AF/AE
Superior focusing speed, stability and tracking performance for both 4K and Full-HD is achieved thanks to Face Detection AF/AE together with the precise focus lens drive. Face Detection AF/AE provides precise focusing and sufficient exposure for subjects. In addition, subject tracking with color recognition can be activated by just touching the LCD panel enabling precise tracking.
? ... 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. Enables Stable Image Acquisition
For both UHD and FHD modes, in addition to O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization), Electronic Image Stabilization operates to detect and correct handshake in 5 axes, including rotational blurring. This provides strong correction under unstable conditions, such as low-angle and high-angle shooting. The Ball O.I.S. System reduces friction on the drive section, achieving delicate correction even for small-amplitude handshake. This produces beautiful images with suppressed handshake even at high, 24x optical zoom.
? ... Compact Body Equipped with 4K/60p Thanks to a Heat-Dispersing Design
A heat-dispersing design including a newly developed thin fan enabled the industry's smallest and lightest camcorder with integrated lens capable of 4K 60p recording. By pulling in air from the rear panel of the camera and efficiently dispersing heat from the front panel, reliable, extended shooting is achieved.
? ... High-Quality Recording with Versatile Modes
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