Panasonic’s new Ultra HD 4K camcorder12 September 2014
The HC-X1000 Ultra HD 4K camcorder is the first Panasonic prosumer camcorder that can record 4K 60p/50p video on an SD card.
It has a compact Leica Dicomar 20x optical zoom lens and a new backside-illuminated 1/2.3-inch sensor, with high-speed Crystal Engine Pro 4K LSI processing and a new noise reduction system that is claimed to achieve “clear images with minimal noise even when shooting in extreme low-light situations.”
The four-group f/1.8-f/3.6 lens goes from 29.5-600mm (35mm equivalent) in 17:9/4K mode, and 30.8-626mm in 16:9/UHD mode (there is also a 40x intelligent zoom for shooting HD).
The HC-X1000 can record both UHD (3840×2160 at 50/60p) and Cinema 4K (4096×2160 at 24p) in MP4 at up to 150Mbps (50/60p) or 100Mbps (24p), as well as AVCHD (1080p up to 28Mbps) and .mov or MP4 in HD, which can use all-Intra compression for a maximum bit rate of 200Mbps.
It has a 1,152,000-dot 3.5-inch retractable LCD touch screen for monitoring and menu setting that slides into the front handle when not in use. It also rotates 270º vertically for high-angle, low-angle and self shooting.
Other features include: three manual rings for focus, zoom and iris; 2-channel XLR audio inputs for microphones or line in, with +48v phantom power (it also has a built-in stereo microphone); three ND filters (1/4, 1/16, 1/64); focus peaking and 10x focus expand for easier focusing; zebras and histogram for exposure; and dual SD card slots (for simultaneous or relay recording).
It comes with 2.4GHz WiFi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n), and can be remotely controlled and monitored from a phone or tablet using Panasonic’s Image App, which can be connected quickly via NFC or QR code.