Panasonic AG-HVX200 coming soon

Panasonic Broadcast will begin delivering its AG-HVX200, high-definition, solid-state P2 camcorder to resellers Dec. 29.

The camcorder records HD images at either 1080i and 720p at 100Mb/s. The DVCPRO HD format offers users intra-frame compression, and full 4:2:2 color sampling. Video is recorded onto P2 cards as MXF files in 1080/60i, 30p and 24p; in 720/60p, 30p and 24p; in 50Mb/s DVCPRO50 and in 25Mb/s DVCPRO or DV.

Using two of Panasonic's new 8GB P2 cards, the HVX200 provides 64 minutes of record time in DVCPRO or DV, 40 minutes in 720p, 32 minutes in DVCPRO50, and 16 minutes in 1080/60 and 720/60.

HD and SD video recorded on the P2 cards can be directly downloaded to a compatible NLE system or server, or edited virtually instantly from the P2 card through a IEEE 1394 or USB 2.0 interface. The HVX200 is also equipped with a MiniDV tape drive for shooting 4:3 and 16:9 images onto DV tape in 60i, 30p and 24p.

For ENG shooters, the camcorder offers the ability to hot-swap P2 cards as well as a loop-recording feature. In addition, the camera can be preset to pre-record (up to seven seconds in DVCPRO and three seconds in DVCPRO HD).

Audio support includes four-channel non-compressed 48KHz/16-bit digital processing in DVCPRO HD and DVCPRO50 and two channels in DVCPRO and DV. Interfaces include IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0, two XLR audio (with +48 volt phantom power) inputs, a component (D4) output, composite I/O, S-video in/out, audio (RCA) I/O, and headphone.

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