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Panasonic Announces UX 4K Camcorder Series

Panasonic has announced a new UX series of professional 4K camcorders, successor to the company’s AVCCAM series of professional AVCHD camcorders. Two models are currently under development and scheduled for release in the fall of 2016: the UX Premium Model AG-UX180, with a 1-inch MOS sensor, optical 20x zoom and UHD 60P recording capability; and the UX Standard Model AG-UX90, featuring a 1-inch MOS sensor, optical 15x zoom and UHD 30P recording.

Panasonic will release the first two models in the UX line-up later this year. The cameras are designed for high-mobility shooting at 4K and UHD with a workflow equivalent to the company's existing professional integrated-lens handhelds.

The UX series will support recording up to 4K (4096x2160, 24p only) and UHD (3840x2160). (The AVCCAM series allowed recording up to FHD/1920x1080.) UX camcorders will use qualified SD Memory Cards as recording media. The UX Premium Model AG-UX180 supports, in addition to 4K and UHD, dual codec recording (UHD/FHD), IR recording in low light, and 3G SDI/HDMI2.0 output. The UX camcorders’ 1-inch (effective size) MOS sensor ensures sensitivity equivalent to that of conventional handheld cameras. Variable frame rate (VFR) recording functionality (2-60 fps) is planned in FHD mode.

The lower price UX90 shoots UHD at 30P

The suggested list price of the AG-UX180 is expected to be under $4,000, the AG-UX90 under $3,000. The availability of these new UX models later this year will bring the company’s line-up of professional 4K cameras to six, including theVariCam 35 and VariCam LT cinema cameras for HDR production in 4K resolution, the AG-DVX200 4K, 4/3” large-sensor camcorder and AK-UC3000 4K camera system.

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