Panasonic adds 24p to new DVCPRO P2 HD camcorder

By early next year, Panasonic will deliver a new shoulder-mount camcorder that includes the ability to capture images at 24p frames per second. The new AJ-HPX2000 P2 HD will also offer an optional AVC-Intra codec to allow users to get twice as much capacity from existing P2 cards.

As the first shoulder-mount camcorder in Panasonic’s P2 HD series, the multiformat AJ-HPX2000 features three native HD progressive 2/3in CCDs that support 17 HD and SD formats, including 1080i, 720p, 480i and 576i.

The new camcorder also offers switchable compression technology between DVCPRO HD/50/25 and DV, and the new AVC-Intra codec. AVC-Intra provides highly efficient intra-frame 10-bit encoding to offer comparable DVCPRO HD quality at half the bit rate. The AVC-Intra codec offers two modes: 100Mb/s, (comparable to D-5 HD video quality) and AVC-Intra 50Mb/s.

The AJ-HPX2000 holds up to five P2 cards and provides quick, immediate access to video content from all cards simultaneously. The camera provides continuous recording, allowing users to hot swap and replace P2 cards as well as loop record without interrupting the recording.

Captured video can be accessed in thumbnail clips on the camera’s 3.5in color LCD monitor for playback, in-camera editing and shot marking right in the field. The camcorder is ready to shoot in two seconds and features a 15-second pre-record function that captures footage occurring immediately before real-time recording begins.

Additional key features include 48kHz/16-bit four-channel digital audio and a 4X digital zoom that allows HD images to remain in high resolution while maintaining brightness.

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