Panasonic Shows New 4/3-inch 4K Camcorder

Panasonic introduced a new 4K single-MOS sensor, 4/3-inch handheld camcorder, the AG-DVX200, at NAB 2015 that retails for under $5,000 and will be available in the Fall. The new AG-DVX200 offers many top-end features including 4K/60p recording, a 13X optical zoom and a V-Log L gamma curve with 12 stops of latitude.

Delivering a shallow depth of field and a wide field of view, the Panasonic AG-DVX200 offers a 4/3-inch large-format sensor and variable frame rate recording up to 120fps in FHD mode. Ther’s also a newly-designed Leica Dicomar 4K F2.8~F4.5 zoom lens (4K/24p: 29.5 mm ~ 384.9 mm, HD: 28 mm ~ 365.3mm, 35 mm equivalent), time-code in/out, 3G HD-SDI and HDMI 2.0 (4K) video outs, easy focus and zooming, and programmable user buttons.

The DVX200 will record 4K (4096 × 2160) / 24p, UHD (3840 × 2160) / HD (1920 × 1080) 60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p in either MP4 / MOV file formats. There are two SD card slots, facilitating backup and relay recording. For professionals working worldwide, the camera’s master frame rate is selectable between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz.

The DVX200’s three manual operation lens rings—13x 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 camera’s multi-step zoom control provides fast response and smooth zoom action, yielding the creative freedom every camera operator desires. The zoom control on the handle enables variable speed zoom, allowing fine zoom control even for low angle shots.

The DVX200 also features an enhanced Image Stabilizer, including a five-axis Hybrid Image Stabilizer and 4x correction-area Image Stabilizer that produces clear images without blurring, and a micro-drive focus unit that improves focus speed, tracking and capture performance, facilitating 4K focusing and shallow focus shooting.

The AG-DVX200 utilizes a front element lens/filter diameter of 72mm, a very common size. It is expected that many third party lens accessory manufacturers will announce items such as close-up lenses and other desired options. The camcorder also features next-generation ergonomics, with the battery positioned in the rear so as not to interfere during handheld shooting. 

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