Panasonic Introduces 4K Large-Sensor Handheld Camcorder

Advancing 4K production
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Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ camcorder

NEWARK, N.J. — Panasonic has announced that its new AG-DVX200PJ 4K large-sensor, 4/3-inch handheld camcorder will begin deliveries in October 2015 with a suggested list price of $4,695. The DVX200PJ is the first of Panasonic’s new generation of large sensor, multi-format professional camcorders capable of capturing 4K/UHD, HD and SD, including cinematic DCI 4K 4096x2160.

Offering a suite of features that include 4K/24p and 1080/60p recording, a V-Log L gamma curve and integrated 13x optical zoom lens, the DVX200PJ will excel in documentary, reality television and event production, and provide an affordable second-unit camera in 4K filmmaking.

The DVX200PJ is optimized for 4K/HD production, with smooth bokeh effects and a V-Log L curve (measured at 12 stops) emulating the natural gray-scale rendition of the Panasonic VariCam 35. The camcorder incorporates a newly-developed 4/3-inch large-format MOS sensor with sensitivity of f 11, and offers variable frame rate recording from 2fps to 120fps in 1080p mode, enhancing the camcorder’s utility in sports and VFX production.

The handheld 4K camcorder offers an array of professional features including a newly-designed Leica Dicomar 4K f 2.8~4.5 zoom lens (4K/24p: 29.5 mm ~ 384.9 mm, HD: 28 mm ~ 365.3mm, 35 mm equivalent) with shallow depth-of-field, time-code in/out, 3G HD-SDI and HDMI 2.0 (4K) video outs (4:2:2 10-bit video), dual XLR audio inputs and 10 programmable user buttons.

The DVX200PJ will record 4K (4096 x 2160)/24p, UHD (3840 x 2160)/HD (1920x 1080) 59.94p/50p/30p/25p/23.98p in either MP4 or MOV file formats. With two SD card slots, the camcorder facilitates relay, simultaneous, background and dual codec recording. Dual codec recording allows for simultaneous capture of UHD 30p and FHD, or FHD and FHD low bit rates, which essentially produces master and offline/proxy versions of footage. For professionals working worldwide, the camera’s master frame rate is selectable between 59.94Hz, 23.98Hz, 50.00Hz and 24.00Hz.

The new Leica Dicomar 4K zoom lens with f 2.8 aperture is an optimal choice for 4K video, with the ability to produce exceptional imagery and subtle bokeh. Leica’s lens is designed to keep the occurrence of ghosting and flare to a minimum. Since the DVX200PJ is an integrated lens camcorder, there is no need to perform flange back adjustments or shading corrections when changing lenses. The camcorder will work in flexible shooting applications that require mounting on today’s popular stabilized camera rigs.

The DVX200PJ incorporates an enhanced Optical Image Stabilizer with a five-axis hybrid Image Stabilizer and 4x expansion of the correction accuracy, producing clear images without blurring. The Intelligent Auto Focus system features a new micro-drive focus unit that improves focus speed, tracking and capture performance, and facilitates smooth, fast focus tracking for 4K video and shallow depth-of-field. The Intelligent AF system, with touch area selection, can be customized for speed, sensitivity and object size.

Three manual operation lens rings — zoom (cam driven), focus and iris — provide a comfortable manual control similar to an interchangeable lens camera, but without the need for actual lens changes. The zoom ring’s solid feel and smooth action allow delicate ultra-slow zooming. In addition, the camcorder’s multi-step zoom control provides fast response and smooth zoom action. The zoom control on the handle enables variable speed zoom, allowing fine zoom control even for low angle shots.

The DVX200PJ works “out of the box” with integrated lens, viewfinder and included battery — just add optional UHS-2/3SDXC cards.