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Panasonic Debuts HC-X1 Compact UHD Camcorder

Panasonic introduces the HC-X1, a light, compact 4K Ultra HD professional camcorder for professional video production. It supports 4K 24p, UHD 60p/50p, HD 60p/50p multi-format recording and HD super slow-motion. The X1 includes professional features such as 2-channel XLR audio, wired/wireless remote control, triple manual rings, ND Filters and twin SD card slots.

The Panasonic HC-X1 camcorder has an integral wide 24mm angle LEICA DICOMAR 4K lens with 20x optical zoom and 5-Axis O.I.S. The 4-Drive Lens System individually drives each of the four lens groups to minimize the drive range of each lens group minimizing the lens body size.

The effective 1.0 in MOS Sensor (9.46 megapixels at 4K24p/8.79 megapixels at UHD, FHD) offers an appropriate depth of field and excellent balance between image quality and sensitivity. The HC-X1 can record in 4K24p (4096 x 2160), UHD 60p/50p (3840 x 2160) or FHD 60p/50p (1920 x 1080). System frequency can be selected to 59.94 Hz, 50.00 Hz and 24.00 Hz. The file format can be selected from MOV (QT), MP4 and AVCHD.

Control

The lens barrel features three rings for zoom, focus and iris operations. There are a total of 13 user buttons, nine on the body and four on the LCD touch panel. These user buttons can be allocated with desired functions. The 3.5-type (inch) monitor built into the handle section can be pulled out and turned 270 degrees in the vertical direction for high-angle, low-angle and selfie shooting. The EVF is a high-resolution (~ 1,769,000 dots) color OLED. The HC-X1 is equipped with a wealth of focus assist functions to support quick and accurate manual focusing, such as MF Assist, One-Push AF, Expand/Peak, Focus Transition and Area Function.

When mounted with the wireless module (AJ-WM50/AJ-WM30, sold separately), an iPad installed with the AG ROP can be used for wireless remote control of camera settings, lens control and others.

The ND filter can be set to OFF, 1/4, 1/16 or 1/64. Gain selector and AWB selector are also provided.

Super Slow Motion

The Super Slow Motion function records HD images at a high speed of 120 fps (59.94 Hz)/100 fps (50 Hz) to provide a slow-motion effect. The HC-X1 is also newly equipped with a VFR (variable frame rate) recording function that allows the change of frame rate setting in ten steps from 2 to 60 fps. This lets the user produce creative and expressive videos using techniques such as overcranking for a slow-motion effect and undercranking for a quick-motion effect.

Audio 

The HC-X1 is equipped with two channel XLR audio inputs with switchable +48V phantom power supply/MIC/LINE and manual volume. It records high-quality sound in two channels using either a 16-bit linear PCM system (MOV/MP4) or Dolby Digital system (AVCHD).

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