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Panasonic unveils UHD 4K camcorder

The HC-X1000 camcorder is capable of recording 4K 60p/50p video images on an SD card

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 (3840×2160) and Cinema 4K (4096×2160) 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 (3840×2160) for TV broadcasting, but also cinema 4K (4096×2160) 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.