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Panasonic HC-X1500, HCX2000 and AG-CX10 camcorders
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    Panasonic is proud to announce three of the industry's smallest and lightest 4K 60p camcorders. Not limited by their compact and lightweight designs, the HC-X1500, HCX2000 and AG-CX10 offer a high standard of on-site mobility and portability, as well as the high-quality 4K 60p recording capability demanded by professionals. The Wide-Angle 25mm Lens and 32x i.ZOOM (4K recording) achieve high-spec optical performance thanks to Panasonic's exclusive high-precision AF, which also provides high-speed, accurate focusing for both 4K and Full-HD shooting. The new models have a variety of professional functions, such as Two Manual Rings, an ND Filter, a Built-in LED Video Light*3, and 24-bit High Resolution Linear PCM Audio Recording. Users can further customize the recording formats according to the shooting environment or preference.

    The new models support 4:2:2 10bit Internal Recording*4 and the new, high-efficiency HEVC codec, and built-in Wi-Fi supports HD Live Streaming without additional equipment.

    In addition, the AG-CX10 supports the broadcaster-targeted P2 MXF File Format. Ethernet HD Live Streaming and an NDI|HX*5 compatible IP connection function are equipped, and connectivity is provided for use as a live camera.

    Precise Optical Performance

    The 4-Drive Lens System controls the lens groups independently. This integrated lens offers a remarkably powerful optical 24x zoom that ranges from 25mm* wide angle to 600mm* tele. i.ZOOM achieves 32x at 4K resolution, and 48x at FHD.

    Equipped with a LEICA Dicomar Lens world-renowned for its high standards of lens resolution, contrast, and quality, the camcorders produce stunningly beautiful images while suppressing flaring and ghosts. Two Manual Rings are provided, one for focusing and the other for zoom or iris operation. The Manual Rings are different sizes, so the appropriate ring be accurately identified by touch. ND Filters can be selected from 1/4, 1/16, 1/64, and Clear, while glass is newly used as a countermeasure against scorching from sunlight condensation.

    High-speed, High-precision AF Including Face Detection AF/AE

    Face Detection AF/AE provides precise focusing and sufficient exposure for subjects, and together with the precise focus lens drive achieves superior focusing speed, stability and tracking performance for both 4K and Full-HD. In addition, subject tracking with color recognition can be activated on the LCD panel.

    5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.

    For both UHD and FHD modes, in addition to O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization), Electronic Image Stabilization operates to detect and correct handshake in 5 axes, including rotational blurring. The Ball O.I.S. System reduces friction on the drive section, achieving delicate correction even for small-amplitude handshake. This produces beautiful images with suppressed handshake even at high, 24x optical zoom.

    Industry’s Smallest and Lightest Camcorder

    A newly developed fan is at the center of Panasonic’s new heat-dispersing design, creating the industry's smallest and lightest camcorder with integrated lens capable of 4K 60p recording. By borrowing air from the rear panel of the camera and efficiently dispersing heat from the front panel, reliable, extended shooting is achieved.

    High-Quality, Versatile Recording

    The Venus Engine, found in almost all of Panasonic’s LUMIX cameras, is also incorporated in these camcorders. This enabled 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording with maximum 29.97p in UHD, and maximum 59.94p in FHD.

    When set for 10-bit recording, the camcorder delivers 4K 60p 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output, enabling high image quality capture with an external recorder. New, highly efficient HEVC recording (LongGOP/10-bit 4:2:0/MOV) is also supported for recording 59.94p at a high bit rate of 200 Mbps. As for file formats, in addition to MOV, MP4, and AVCHD, the AG-CX10 also supports the ideal P2 MXF for the editing system for broadcast stations, and recording by the AVC-Intra/AVC-LongG codecs is supported. * AVC-Intra100/50 codec support is planned for the future. Recording by all P2 formats requires a microP2 card.

    Super Slow-Motion Recording

    FHD mode enables slow-motion recording at 120 fps (for 59.94 Hz)/100 fps (for 50 Hz). 10-bit recording is supported, and full-frame images with the image area uncropped are obtained even at high frame rates. Additionally, auto focus can be used in this mode.

    Professional Functionality and Design

    • A bright video light is built into the handle and can be adjusted between 30% to 100% using the dimmer dial. IR lights are supported for IR (Infrared) Shooting for shooting in dark conditions.
    • The 3.5-inch monitor has 2,760K-dots of resolution, making it approximately 2x brighter and having approximately 2x the number of dots compared to a conventional monitor*3. It provides higher legibility even under bright sunlight.
    • An electrostatic touch panel improves the operating ease of selecting menu items.
    • Since the 1,555K-dot tiltable viewfinder and LCD output simultaneously, the image being recorded can also be confirmed in the LCD monitor while viewing it on the EVF.
    • Focus Assist functions including Expand, Peaking and One-push AF are included to support fast, accurate manual focusing.
    • The included battery is unobtrusive when attached and enables approximately 4.5 hours of continual operation.
    • Double SD Card Slot
      • Two SD memory card slots are provided and with unlimited Relay Recording, the device switches automatically and seamlessly from Slot 1 to Slot 2.
      • Simultaneous Recording or Background Recording is also selectable to match the workflow and card necessity.
      • Maximum file size that can be recorded over multiple SD cards is 96 GB. Recording will not stop even when the data size exceeds 96 GB.
    • 48-kHz/24-bit High Resolution Linear PCM Audio Recording
      +48V Phantom Power Supply/MIC/LINE Selectable XLR Audio Input with Manual Volume is equipped for each of 2 channels. Also supported is a 24-bit linear PCM system (MOV/P2 MXF*1), 16-bit AAC (MP4), or Dolby Audio system (AVCHD) high-quality 2-channel audio recording. The optional handle unit (VW-HU1) is required for HC-X1500.

    Versatile Network Functions

    A Wi-Fi module is built-in, so there is no need for a separate wireless LAN module, and Wi-Fi connection is possible without additional equipment. Using a tablet application HC ROP, wireless remote control, including camera settings and lens control, can be set. RTSP/RTP/RTMP/RTMPS-Compatible HD Streaming allows direct connection and streaming over Facebook, YouTube, etc., of concerts, sports events, and news flashes. In addition, the AG-CX10 has an NDI|HX mode, so an external converter is not needed for data transmission and camera control via IP connection.

    Other Network Features:

    • 3G-SDI for connecting to an external recorder (AG-CX10, HC-X2000)
    • USB (micro AB) to LAN Conversion Adaptor* Included (AG-CX10)
    • USB micro AB-Host Cable (included) is necessary for the connection.
    • Compatibility with wired remote controls via the remote terminal.

    Optional Handle Unit

    An optional Handle Unit (VW-HU1) is easily detached and equipped with a 2-channel XLR Audio Input, audio control, and LED light. Operation of the zoom lever attached to the Handle Unit maintains a constant zoom speed, which can be set in 7 steps from the menu.

    All three camcorders will be available in late March 2020.

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  • Sensor size and lens specs always seem to be missing from these press releases.

  • “Designed around a 1/2.5"-type 8.29M MOS sensor” Yes it’s a bit small which is expected for a camcorder that small with a lens that can zoom that much. I guess smaller camcorders aren’t dead yet.

  • The lens is a 24x zoom lens, focal length range of 4.12mm to 98.9mm (25mm to 600mm full frame equivalent). Aperture ranges from f/1.8 to f/4.0.

    There is a more detailed spec sheet here:

  • You can get a one inch sensor on the Sony cc. Big difference.

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  • @DrDave

    Japanese management got stuck with camcorders.

    As they wanted to increase sensor size even more - but being told that lenses for such are impossible in this segment :-)

  • Specs

    • 1/2.5" 8.29M MOS Sensor
    • 24x Optical Zoom, 48x Digital iZoom
    • Venus Engine
    • Up to UHD 4K60 Video
    • 3G-SDI, HDMI Out
    • NDI/HX for Streaming and IP Control
    • Prices
      • HC-X1500: $1,697.99
      • HC-X2000: $2,197.99
      • AG-CX10: $2,795.00
  • same ole same ole. When will someone shake up this tired design ? I'm sick of being behind the camera. 16mm cameras had it right. One eye in the vf and another with a full view of the action. I'd never buy another camcorder.

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  • Some samples

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  • New firmwares

    HC-X1500, HC-X2000 v1.2

    1. HEVC LongGOP 100M 4K 59.94p / 50p recording mode has been added.
    2. Added "White Clip" function and "Knee Off" setting.
    3. Fixed a bug that "Super Gain +" does not work when returning to shooting mode from thumbnail display when "Super Gain +" is set .
    4. Added support for RTMP streaming services "Azure Media Services" and "Twitch". Fixed other minor bugs.

    CX10 v1.2

    1. P2HD AVC-Intra 100/50 format recording are supported.
    2. P2HD AVC-LongG12 format recording is supported.
    3. HEVC LongGOP 100M 4K 59.94p/50p format recording are supported.
    4. "White Clip" function and "Knee Off" setting are added.
    5. When returning to shooting mode from thumbnail display when "Super Gain+" is set, "Super Gain+" does not work. This bug has been fixed.
    6. RTMP streaming service "Azure Media Services" and "Twitch" have been supported. Several minor bugs have been fixed.