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April 13, 2015 Comments Off on Panasonic Announces 4K Large Sensor Handheld AG-DVX200 and 4K Studio and Box Cameras plus GH4 Firmware update Product Announcements

Panasonic Announces 4K Large Sensor Handheld AG-DVX200 and 4K Studio and Box Cameras plus GH4 Firmware update

AG-DVX200AG-DVX200 4K Large-Sensor Handheld Camcorder Features Top-End Performance

Offering many top-end features such 4K/60p recording, a 13X optical zoom and a V-Log L gamma curve (12 stops of latitude, target) and delivering a shallow depth of field and a wide field of view, the DVX200 is the ideal companion camera to the company’s groundbreaking VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder.

The DVX200 will be optimized for 4K/HD production and shares the esteemed VariCam family characteristics of filmic tonality and colorimetry, with natural, subtle rendering of skin flesh tones. It willoffer a V-Log curve emulating the natural grey-scale rendition of the VariCam 35. The camcorder will be available in late 2015 with a suggested list price under USD$5000.

The new handheld 4K camcorder will offer an array of professional features including a newly-designed Leica Dicomar 4K F2.8~F4.5 zoom lens (4K/24p: 29.5 mm ~ 384.9 mm, HD: 28 mm ~ 365.3mm, 35 mm equivalent), time-code in/out, 3G HD-SDI and HDMI 2.0 (4K) video outs, easy focus and zooming, and programmable user buttons.

The DVX200 will record 4K (4096 × 2160) / 24p, UHD (3840 × 2160) / HD (1920 × 1080) 60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p in either MP4 / MOV file formats. There are two SD card** slots, facilitating backup and relay recording. For professionals working worldwide, the camera’s master frame rate is selectable between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz.

The DVX200’s three manual operation lens rings—13x zoom (Cam driven), focus and iris—will provide a comfortable manual control similar to an interchangeable lens camera, but without the need for actual lens changes. The zoom ring’s solid feel and smooth action allow delicate ultra-slow zooming. In addition, the camera’s multi-step zoom control provides fast response and smooth zoom action, yielding the creative freedom every camera operator desires. The zoom control on the handle enables variable speed zoom, allowing fine zoom control even for low angle shots. The DVX200 also features an enhanced Image Stabilizer,including a five-axis Hybrid Image Stabilizer and 4x correction-area Image Stabilizer that produces clear images without blurring, and a micro-drive focus unit that improves focus speed, tracking and capture performance, facilitating 4K focusing and shallow focus shooting.

Panasonic Introduces AK-UB300 Multi-Purpose Camera With Simultaneous 4K and HD Output

AK-UB300 4K Box Camera

The company is previewing the AK-UB300 4K multi-purpose camera for remote studio, weather and traffic reporting, image magnification and sports implementations. The UB300 is equipped with a one-inch MOS sensor that outputs a UHD signal up to 3840×2160/59.94p, with the ability to simultaneously output HD (up to 1080/59.94p).

 

Panasonic Expands Studio Camera Line-up With 4K and High-Speed 1080P Models

AK-UC3000 4K Studio Camera

Also shown for the first time is the AK-UC3000 4K-ready studio system, targeted at studios and productions requiring high-end functionality at an affordable price. The UC3000 outputs a UHD signal up to 3840/2160/60p, while also delivering superior picture quality in HD. The camera’s B4 mount accommodates the gamut of existing 2/3-inch lenses to maximize customers’ return on investment in existing lenses, and allows a wider and more economical choice of glass for sports, concerts and similar applications.

Lumix GH4 Firmware update Version 2.2 

At NAB, it was announced that the award winning LUMIX GH4 will have firmware update (Ver.2.2) available later this month, enabling recording anamorphic video content. Unlike complex digital post processing needed to achieve the classic Hollywood look, many effects that have became so popular with anamorphic film capture can now be achieved optically in the LUMIX GH4.

Thanks in part to its Micro Four Thirds format and 4K recording ability, firmware Ver.2.2 for the LUMIX GH4 enables an Anamorphic (4:3) Mode capable of recording video in 3328 x 2496 pixel (equivalent to approx. 8.3-megapixel) resolution at a frame rate of either 23.98, 24, 25 or 29.97 fps. With an anamorphic lens such as 2x*1 you can capture and un-squeeze a 3356×2496 image in post-production. In addition, 4:2:2 / 10 bit HDMI output is also available*2.

A further enhancement of the new firmware is the addition of a very high shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec. when using its electronic shutter mode.

New HD Studio and Field Cameras

AK-HC5000 HD Studio Camera

Building on the widespread success of the AK-HC3800 studio model, the company will introduce the high resolution AK-HC5000 studio camera, capable of high-speed output up 200fps. The camera incorporates new 2/3” 2.2M 3-CMOS sensors with high sensitivity and low noise, and is 1080/60p native, making it ideal for sports trucks, and staging/rental applications where 1080i/720p operations must be native and clean.

Panasonic Announces AJ-PX380 1/3-inch AVC-Ultra Shoulder-Mount, Fully Loaded for Modern Field News Operations

AJ-PX380 AVC-ULTRA SHOULDER-MOUNT

Panasonic is premiering the AJ-PX380 1/3-inch AVC-ULTRA shoulder-mount camcorder with comprehensive networking capabilities and dual-codec recording, making it an optimal tool for fast-moving ENG operations. The PX380 joins the latest series of Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA camcorders with built-in wireless/wired streaming capabilities, and will be available in September 2015 with a suggested list price under USD$12,000, including supplied lens and viewfinder.

Panasonic Adventure Introduces the Wearable POV Action-cam HX-A1

A1_Slant1_K Panasonic is debuting the A1, its latest wearable POV Action-cam, weighing a mere 1.6 ounces. The camera’s rugged structure keeps water and dust out, making it an ideal choice for any adventure thanks to its high durability. The A1 also shoots in total darkness with an IR light source.

 

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