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DVX200 4K handheld camcorder

The new Panasonic AG-DVX200 is a compact 4K/Ultra HD camcorder that offers up to 50/60p recording and will cost £3420 (+VAT). It is designed for handheld use and is the spiritual successor to the fondly remembered DVX100, although far more stylish, with its carbon fibre and crimson trim.

“This is a large sensor [Micro Four Thirds] camcorder designed for run and gun shooting with a huge variety of production uses,” commented Richard Payne, technical pre-sales manager with its distributor, Holdan.

It could even be a useful B camera for users of Panasonic’s VariCam 35 as it offers a V-Log L gamma curve (with ‘a very usable’ 12-stops of dynamic range). “The colour rendition is beautiful, so I’d definitely consider shooting V-Log all the time with it,” added Payne.

There is a new Leica Dicomar 13x f/2.8-4.5 optical zoom lens (28mm – 365mm in 35mm equivalent for HD use or 29.5mm – 385mm in 4K mode), which has separate manual zoom, focus, and aperture rings. It also has enhanced optical image stabilisation, including a five-axis Hybrid Image Stabiliser and 4x correction-area image stabiliser that is claimed to produce clear images without blurring.

Other features include variable frame rate recording, up to 120 frames per second in HD; timecode in/out; 3G HD-SDI and HDMI 2.0 (4K) video outputs; and programmable user buttons.

The 2.7kg DVX200 will record 4K (4096×2160) at 24p, or UHD (3840×2160) and HD (1920×1080) at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p in either MP4 or MOV file formats. There are two SD card slots, for backup or relay recording at up to 150Mbps.