Panasonic intros lower cost 1080i DVCPRO HD camcorder

Panasonic’s new AJ-HDX400 DVCPRO HD camcorder can operate in tandem with the company’s AJ-HD1200A IEEE 1394 DVCPRO HD VTR and Apple Final Cut HD software.

Panasonic has introduced the AJ-HDX400, a professional 1080i DVCPRO HD camcorder with a list price of $42,500.

To dramatically lower the cost of HD post-production, Panasonic said the AJ-HDX400, in tandem with its AJ-HD1200A IEEE 1394 DVCPRO HD VTR and Apple Final Cut HD software, represents an affordable acquisition-through-editing system.

The AJ-HDX400 features three 2/3in one-million pixel IT progressive CCDs to produce a sensitivity of F10 at 2000 lux, low-light shooting down to 0.008 lux (at +68dB), and recording up to 74dB in digital super gain mode. It is equipped with 12-bit A/D DSP circuits that provide optimum picture quality, color reproduction and luminance gradation, and a 12-axis matrix color correction system that permits colors to be adjusted without affecting overall color tone.

The 9.4lb camcorder, available in February, offers a Cine-like gamma curve to replicate the look and feel of film. Detail functions include precise skin tone, and shading correction that adjusts for the use of a lens extender.

The AJ-HDX400 uses DVCPRO HD-LP nine-micron recording to record 33 minutes on a DVCPRO medium-size cassette (a 50 percent tape cost reduction over 18-micron DVCPRO HD recording), and records 48kHz/16-bit digital audio on all four channels. It offers a digital zoom with an up to 400 percent image enlargement.

Other standard features include: Auto Tracking White Balance; two four-position optical filters; multifunctional zebra patterns (to adjust contrast, auto white balance and color bar output); four user scene files, three user-customized buttons, one-touch display for 4:3 aspect ratio; electronic shutter (1/100 to 1/2000 sec.) with synchro scan shutter (1/60.3 to 1/249.8 sec.); a shoulder pad that adjusts 1.18in in 10-steps; and a three-point locking viewfinder mount for precise adjustment.

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