Panasonic Releases AJ-PX230PJ Camcorder for ENG

Panasonic has announced the AJ-PX230PJ AVC ULTRA handheld camcorder, providing the quality, image control and much of the functionality of its predecessor, the company’s popular AJ-PX270 at a lower cost. With three 1/3” MOS sensors and 22X zoom and extensive video control the camcorder meets the needs of a wide range of applications, including professional broadcast, documentary, education, house of worship and live event work.

Panasonic’s new AJ-PX230PJ camcorder packs three high-sensitivity, low-noise 1/3” 3-MOS imagers and a 22X zoom 1.56-Mpxl LCD color monitor, and OLED viewfinder into a 5 pound package, with the same body design as the PX270, minus networking (wired and wireless), proxy and Genlock/TC interface, delivering a significantly lower-cost version for shooters who don’t require these features

The camera records 10-bit, 1080p with 100Mbps AVC-Intra and 200 Mbps AVC-LongG codecs to two microP2 card slots. The camcorder also offers legacy recording in DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV formats. The camera provides 59.94 Hz/50 Hz switching for shooters anywhere across the globe.

The 22X zoom lens offers a wide 28 mm to tele 616 mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range and includes optical image stabilization plus four‐position optical ND. The lens has three manual operation lens rings for zoom, focus and iris.

The PX230 is equipped with Panasonic’s Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) technology; Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) function to optimize scene image contrast at the pixel level, reducing overexposure and crushed shadow content and dramatically improving human skin rendition; and a flash band detection and compensation algorithm that minimizes partial image exposure due to strobe lighting.

The camera include HDMI out, HD/SD-SDI out, 3G-SDI out to support 1080 60p video output, as well as USB 3.0 (host), and USB 2.0 (device). Audio capabilities include two, separated XLR audio inputs, and recording up to four channels of 48kHz, 24-bit audio in AVC-Intra formats (16-bit in AVC-LongG, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO and DV).

The AJ-PX230PJ is available now at a suggested list price of $4,495.00

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