The Panasonic UX180 camera in action at Stonebriar Community Church.
Dallas,Texas-based video production company Ethos Media recently purchased three Panasonic AG-UX180 4K camcorders for live event coverage. While a primary assignment for the UX180s has been recording weekly services at the Stonebriar Community Church (Frisco, TX), the camcorders have also been used on a variety of theatrical, concert and corporate projects.
Ethos Media provides professional video production, photography, and graphic design services to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Company principal Devin Connelly explained the purchase: “The first and foremost reason we chose the UX180 is that we needed a camera with as long an optical zoom range as possible without breaking the bank. Our recurring work capturing Sunday-morning sermons at Stonebriar mandates that we have long zooming to get proper framing,” Connelly continued. “The ability to easily hook up external attachments such as a zoom controller or external monitor, as well as having more external controls, was also important.”
Connelly cited the Panasonic UX180’s 4K recording, large sensor, image stabilization and long battery life as additional compelling benefits.
“We wanted to ensure that our camera purchase was future-proofed with 4K recording,” he noted. “Having come off similar cameras whose recording bit rate maxed out at 24Mbps, we were likewise impressed by the UX180’s ability to more than double that in a 1080 format, which provides us with consistently sharper-looking footage with everything we use it on.
“The fact that the camcorder has a larger sensor than most equivalent models was definitely appealing, as event lighting is not always ideal. The UX180’s low-light sensitivity is better than most camcorders I've used, especially in high sensitivity mode.”
Connelly said he alternatively records 1080 and 4K formats contingent on the project, choosing MP4 as “it’s friendly with virtually any OS and editing/playback software.” He edits in Adobe Premiere Pro.
The AG-UX180 is the premium model in the 4K UX Professional Camcorder Series from Panasonic.
About the Panasonic AG-UX180
The UX180 offers a host of features required in video production, such as a newly-designed Leica Dicomar 4K 20x zoom lens with a wide 24mm angle, Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.), Intelligent Auto Focus (AF), and relay and simultaneous recording with a dual SD memory card slot. Other premium assets include 4K/24p, UHD/60p and FHD/60p multi-format recording, full HD super-slow motion 120fps recording, infrared shooting in darkness (0 lux) and 3G-SDI/HDMI output. The camcorder incorporates a 1.0-type (effective size) MOS sensor, and supports MOV, MP4 and AVCHD file formats.
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