Panasonic unveils UHD 4K camcorder

The HC-X1000 camcorder is capable of recording 4K 60p/50p video images on an SD card
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Panasonic has launched the HC-X1000, its first prosumer camcorder capable of recording 4K 60p/50p video images on an SD card. Featuring a LEICA Dicomar Lens alongside a new BSI Sensor, and Crystal Engine Pro 4K, the HC-X1000 produces images in Ultra HD 4K resolution. The camcorder also has a 20x optical zoom lens.

With file formats including AVCHD, MOV and MP4 and high bitrates, the HC-X1000 is suitable for a range of shooting applications. It also boasts features and functions such as three manual rings, 2-Channel XLR Audio Input Terminals, ND Filters, and Dual SD Card Slots.

The HC-X1000 records in QFHD resolution (3840x2160) and Cinema 4K (4096x2160) formats which produce 60p/50p images. Its 1/2.3-inch BSI Sensor offers increased readout speed which makes it possible to handle 4K data at 60fps/50 fps, suppressing the rolling shutter distortion that often occurs when shooting moving subjects.

With cinematographers in mind, the camcorder’s 4K video supports not only QFHD resolution (3840x2160) for TV broadcasting, but also cinema 4K (4096x2160) for movie production.

The 3.5-inch Slide-Retractable Touch LCD serves as a high definition, 1,152,000-dot monitor and menu-setting touch panel. The HC-X1000 also sports a 2-channel XLR audio input terminal for external microphones or line recording with a +48 V phantom power supply, enabling the use of professional-spec sound recording equipment.