Panasonic HC-X1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder


Highlighted Features:

  • 1"-Type MOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K Recording up to 60p
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
  • 24-480 20x Zoom Lens
  • Built-In ND Filters
  • DCI 4K Recording at 24p
  • MP4, MOV, and AVCHD Formats
  • HDMI and A/V Outputs
  • f/2.8 Maximum Aperture
  • Advanced O.I.S. and Hybrid O.I.S.

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The Panasonic HCX1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder is a 4K handheld  camcorder designed for working professionals wanting to create stunning 4K video content. The HC-X1 can record in Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24p, 4K (3840 x 2160) at 50p/60p, dual 4K and FHD (via dual SD cards) and Infrared.
The 1-inch MOS sensor and 20x zoom Leica Dicomar lens provide outstanding image quality and flexibility for excellent results whatever the shooting situation. The HC-X1 allows the user to focus on video production, with a wide array of functions and customisable controls that streamline workflow to increase productivity and simplify operation.


Key Features

Impressive Imaging

High-sensitivity 1-inch 4K sensor for amazing image quality
The 1-inch MOS sensor of the HC-X1 provides an excellent balance between image quality and versatility, ideal for a range of applications from cinematic video production to online video content. The camcorder can record 4K video in Cinema 4K resolution (4096 x 2160 17:9), at 24p or 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) at 50p/60p; and Full HD (1920 x 1080) video at 50p/60p. Professionals who travel and work in different countries can switch recording frequencies between 50Hz, 60Hz and 24Hz. Videos can be recorded in the MOV, MP4 and AVCHD file formats.

New 24mm wide-angle LEICA DICOMAR lens with 20x optical zoom 

The newly developed HC-X1 lens system incorporates an impressive wide-angle 24mm lens (35mm equivalent). This allows low-distortion, wide-angle shooting without the use of a wide conversion lens. The lens and sensor design allow the HC-X1 to provide 20x optical zoom in a very compact and lightweight body. The 4-Drive Lens System individually drives each of the four lens groups for quick zooming between wide and telephoto.

Versatile functions for excellent performance

Designed to support professional camera work

The HC-X1 lens barrel features Triple Manual Rings for quick zoom, focus and iris operation. There are 13 customisable buttons, nine on the body and four on the LCD touch screen, which can be assigned to different functions to improve workflow.

The 3.5-inch monitor built into the camcorder handle can be pulled out and turned vertically 270 degrees for easy high or low-angle shooting, and the tilting approx. 1.77 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder is perfect for precise framing or when shooting in low lighting.

For shooting video outdoors or in bright light, there is a built-in variable ND filter with 1/4, 1/16 or 1/64 settings. For professionals who need more control, Gain and White Balance settings can be changed in camera and the HC-X1 is also equipped with a wealth of manual focus assist functions, such as MF Assist, One-Push AF, Expand/Peak, Focus Transition and Focus Area selection.

Professional interfaces for smooth system operation

The HC-X1 is equipped with two XLR audio input channels with switchable +48V phantom power and manual volume controls, allowing the use of professional microphones to record high-quality sound in either 16-bit linear PCM when shooting MOV/MP4 video, or Dolby Digital audio when shooting AVCHD video. 

When mounted with the optional AJ-WM30E wireless module (sold separately), the HC-X1 can be remotely controlled with an iPad and the Panasonic AG-ROP app – offering even greater flexibility when shooting solo projects or working in teams. The HC-X1 is designed to support commercial video production, with features including a wired remote terminal, OSD level meter, 1-kHz test tone output and headphone output (3.5mm stereo mini jack).

Dual SD Card Slots for continuous and flexible recording 

  • The HC-X1 has two SD Card slots to suit various recording scenarios depending on the user’s workflow or project requirements.
  • •    Unlimited Relay Recording: Video can be continuously recorded by hot swapping SD cards. When the SD card in one slot reaches capacity, the camera will automatically switch to the other card, allowing users to exchange the full card with a new one while continuing to shoot.
  • •    Simultaneous Recording: The same data is recorded simultaneously onto two cards, as backup against data loss.
  • •    Background Recording: The SD card in Slot 2 can be set to record continuously while the SD card in Slot 1 will only record video when the REC button is pressed.
  • •    Dual Codec Recording: Video can be recorded in different formats - for example, 4K video to Slot 1 and Full HD to Slot 2. This improves workflow for users who need to edit videos quickly or want to use the same video for different applications.


Image Adjustment Functions

  • •    8-Mode Gamma: The user can select from seven Gamma settings including two types of CINE-LIKE gamma, to achieve the most suitable gradation.
  • •    16-Axis Independent Color Correction Function: Allows color matching of multiple cameras as well as creative image rendering. 
  • •    Master Detail: Adjusts the overall degree of contour enhancement.
  • •    Scene File: Six sets of image quality settings are preset in scene files. Parameters in each set can be changed flexibly. One set can be saved in camera, and up to eight sets can be stored on an SD memory card.


5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. + for Full HD

5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. + combines electronic image stabilisation with optical image stabilisation to suppress blur, including roll rotation.

High-speed, high-precision Intelligent AF

The Micro Drive Focus Unit has achieved stable and high-speed AF with excellent tracking performance to ensure accurate focusing, which is extremely important in 4K shooting. The AF operation settings are customisable including adjustments for speed, tracking sensitivity and area width.

Super Slow Motion and VFR

The Super Slow Motion function records HD images at a high speed of 120 frames per second (fps) (60 Hz)/100 fps (50 Hz) to provide a slow-motion effect. The HC-X1 has a new VFR (variable frame rate) recording function that can be set in ten steps from 2 to 60 fps. This lets the user produce creative and expressive videos using techniques such as overcranking for a slow-motion effect and undercranking for a quick-motion effect.

LCD/EVF displays to assist shooting

  • •    Waveform and Vectorscope Display: WAVE (Waveform) and VECTOR (Vectorscope) can be easily displayed on a subscreen of the LCD monitor.
  • •    ZEBRA: Two zebra patterns are built in. The level can be changed from 50% to 105% in 5% steps.
  • •    Marker (Y Level): The brightness level in the center of the image is displayed as a percentage. 
  • •    Level Gauge: Horizontal or vertical tilting of the camcorder can be checked on the LCD and viewfinder.
  • •    Safety Zone Marker and Centre Marker display


Image Sensor     1-type (inch) MOS Sensor
Effective Pixels     UHD/FHD 59.94p/29.97p/23.98p : 8.79 megapixels
Effective Pixels     4K 24.00p : 9.46 megapixels

F Value     F2.8 ― F4.5
Optical Zoom     20x
Focal Length     8.8 ― 176 mm
35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Motion Image/Still Image)     25.4 ― 508.0 mm [UHD/FHD 59.94p/29.97p/23.98p], 24.0 ― 480.0 mm [4K24.00p]
Filter Diameter     67 mm
Lens Brand     Leica Dicomar Lens

Minimum Illumination     0.2 lx (F2.8, Gain 18dB, Manual Slow Shutter 1/2, [HIGH SENS] Mode)
Focus     Auto / Manual
Zoom     Intelligent Zoom OFF     20x
Intelligent Zoom ON     30x
Digital Zoom     2x / 5x / 10x
ND Filter     1/4, 1/16, 1/64, OFF
IR Filter     Incorporates the ON/OFF control function
White Balance     Auto / ATW LOCK / 3200K / 5600K / VAR (2000K—15000K) / Ach Fixed / Bch Fixed
Shutter Speed     59.94 Hz mode     60i/60p: 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/8000 sec
59.94 Hz mode     30p: 1/30, 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/8000 sec
59.94 Hz mode     24p: 1/24, 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/8000 sec
50.00 Hz mode     50i/50p: 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/125, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/8000 sec
50.00 Hz mode     25p: 1/25, 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/125, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/8000 sec
Slow Shutter Speed     59.94 Hz mode     60i/60p: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30 sec
59.94 Hz mode     30p: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15 sec
59.94 Hz mode     24p: 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12 sec
50.00 Hz mode     50i/50p: 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25 sec
50.00 Hz mode     25p: 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12 sec
Synchro Scan     59.94 Hz mode     59.94i/59.94p: 1/60.0 ― 1/249.7 sec
59.94 Hz mode     29.97p: 1/30.0 ― 1/249.7 sec
59.94 Hz mode     23.98p: 1/24.0 ― 1/249.6 sec
59.94 Hz mode     24.00p: 1/24.0 ― 1/249.9 sec
50.00 Hz mode     50i/50p: 1/50.0 ― 1/250.0 sec
50.00 Hz mode     25p: 1/25.0― 1/250.0 sec
VFR Recording Frame Rate     59.94 Hz mode     30p: 2, 15, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 45, 60 fps
59.94 Hz mode     24p: 2, 12, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 36, 48, 60 fps
50.00 Hz mode     25p: 2, 12, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30, 37 and 50 fps
Sensitivity     HIGH SENS.mode     F11 (2,000 lx, 3,200 K, 89.9% reflect, 1080/59.94i) / F12 (2,000 lx, 3,200 K, 89.9% reflect, 1080/50i)
NORMAL mode     F8 (2,000 lx, 3,200 K, 89.9% reflect, 1080/59.94i) / F9 (2,000 lx, 3,200 K, 89.9% reflect, 1080/50i)
Iris     Auto / Manual
Image Stabilizer     4K24.00p / UHD: Optical image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer     FHD or lower: 5-Axis Hybrid Image Stabilizer
RECORDING SECTION     Recording Media     SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Recording Format     MOV, MP4, AVCHD
Video Compression Method     MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Profile (MOV/MP4/AVCHD)
Audio Compression Method     MOV / MP4: LPCM (2ch)
Audio Compression Method     AVCHD: Dolby Digital (2ch)
System Frequency     59.94Hz / 50.00Hz
Recording / Playback Mode     MP4/ MOV     4K 4096x2160 24.00p 100M: Average 100Mbps (VBR)
MP4/ MOV     UHD 3840x2160 59.94p/50.00p 150M: Average 150Mbps (VBR)
MP4/ MOV     UHD 3840x2160 29.97p/25.00p/23.98p 100M: Average 100Mbps (VBR)
MP4/ MOV     FHD 1920x1080 59.94p/50.00p/29.97p/25.00p/23.98p 200M (ALL-Intra): Average 200Mbps (VBR)
MP4/ MOV     FHD 1920x1080 59.94p/50.00p 100M: Average 100Mbps (VBR)
MP4/ MOV     FHD 1920x1080 59.94p/50.00p/29.97p/25.00p/23.98p/59.94i/50.00i 50M: Average 50Mbps (VBR)
AVCHD     PS 1920x1080 59.94p/50.00p: Average 25Mbps (VBR)
AVCHD     PH 1920x1080 59.94i/50.00i/23.98p: Average 21Mbps (VBR)
AVCHD     HA 1920x1080 59.94i/50.00i: Average 17Mbps (VBR)
AVCHD     HE 1440x1080 59.94i/50.00i: Average 5Mbps (VBR)
AVCHD     PM 1280x720 59.94p/50.00p: Average 8Mbps (VBR)
AVCHD     SA 720x480/720x576 59.94i/50.00i (SIDE CROP/LETTERBOX/SQUEEZE): Average 9Mbps (VBR)

     Recording Format     JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2)
Recording Image Size     [17:9] 8.8megapixels (4096 x 2160)
Recording Image Size     [16:9] 8.3megapixels (3840 x 2160), 2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080), 0.9 megapixels (1280 x 720)

     Power Supply     7.28V (Battery) / 12V (AC Adaptor)
Power Consumption     19.7W (LCD Monitor)
Dimensions (W x H x D)     Approx. 173 x 195 x 346 mm (6.81 x 7.68 x 13.6 inch)
Weight (w/o Battery and SD Card)     Approx. 2000g (4.41 lb)
LCD Monitor     3.5" Wide LCD monitor (1,152,000 dots)
Viewfinder     0.39" OLED (1,769,000 dots)
Manual Ring     Focus / Zoom / Iris
Accessory Shoe     Yes

Video     VIDEO OUT     Video OUT x 1
HDMI     Type A x 1 (Not compatible with VIERA Link)
HDMI     Output format:2160/59.94p/50.00p/29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p/, 1080/59.94p/50.00p/29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p/59.94i/50.00i/, 720/59.94p/50.00p, 480/59.94p, 576/50.00p
Audio Input     Built-in Microphone     Stereo microphone
XLR Input     XLR (3 pins) x 2
XLR Input     Input high impedance, LINE/MIC/MIC+48 V (switchable SW)
XLR Input     LINE:+4dBu/0dBu (switchable menu)
XLR Input     MIC: –40dBu/–50dBu/–60dBu (switchable menu)
Audio Output     HDMI     2 ch (LPCM)
Audio OUT     Audio OUT x 2
Headphone     3.5 mm diameter stereo mini jack x 1
Speaker     20 mm diameter, round x 1
Other Input/Output     Camera Remote     2.5mm super mini jack x 1 (ZOOM S/S)
Camera Remote     3.5mm mini jack x 1 (FOCUS/IRIS)
USB 3.0 HOST     Standard-A connector, 9-pin, for External Media Device Connection,* Bus Power Supply
USB 3.0 HOST     *External media device with a capacity of 32 GB or below or a capacity above 2 TB cannot be used
USB 3.0 DEVICE     Micro-B connector, 10-pin, Mass storage function (read only)
DC IN     DC 12V (11.4V ― 12.6V) EIAJ Type4

What's In The Box

Panasonic HCX1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder
  • AC Adaptor
  • AC Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (5,900mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • Microphone Holder
  • Microphone Holder Screws
  • Input Terminal Cap
  • Eye Cup
  • Lens Hood

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