Delivery: Panasonic’s New $14,950 P2 HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder
Options include AVC-Ultra recording
September 14, 2012
SECAUCUS, N.J.: Panasonic announced today that its new AG-HPX600 P2 HD shoulder-mount
camcorder with 10-bit, 4:2:2 AVC-Intra recording will deliver this month at a suggested
list price of $14,950. The AG-HPX600 accommodates a variety of interchangeable lenses.
The main unit weighs 6.2 pounds. Power consumption is 18W. Key camera functions
can be controlled wirelessly from a smartphone.
The HPX600 has a newly-developed MOS sensor, with options such as wireless metadata
input, proxy recording and variable frame rates available upon delivery; AVC-Ultra
and microP2 card upgradability are planned. In 2013, AVC-Ultra will offer
master-quality and/or low-bit-rate 10-bit, 4:2:2 recording in full HD to meet a
variety of user needs from mastering to transmission (the AG-HPX600 will not support
all AVC-Ultra formats).
The HPX600 also features wireless and wired connection ability with Wi-Fi, USB and
Gigabit Ethernet . In addition, an option will support LiveU for video uplink
with real time indication of LiveU’s transmission status and video transmission
quality to camera operator.
The camcorder can record in AVC-Intra100/50, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV,
and the unit is 50 Hz and 59.94 Hz switchable. The interchangeable lens camcorder
will be equipped with Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC); Dynamic Range Stretch
(DRS) function to help compensate for wide variations in lighting; and “a highly
accurate flash band detection and compensation algorithm that minimizes this effect,”
It features two P2 card slots and one SD card slot, a side LCD display, optional
hi-res 16:9 viewfinder; a simplified waveform and vectorscope; a 10-pin remote terminal
enabling remote camera operation, and an optional studio system.
Other options include a $1,600 encoder board for hi-res proxy video recording; a
$1,500 software key and module for wired or wireless streaming; a $1,000 software
key for variable frame-rate shooting and 24 PsF output; and a $1,950 HD/SD-SDI input
board. An optional AG-CVF10G Color HD Viewfinder
will be available this month at a suggested list price of $2,500.
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