An Overview of the HC-X1000E 4K Camcorder by Panasonic

by on November 10, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – November 10, 2014

Panasonic is already known for quality Ultra HD cameras such as the GH4 and the HC-X1000E is no exception. This semi-professional 4K camcorder is one serious videography package that comes available for a distinctly affordable price tag. Furthermore, it comes loaded with features and plenty of varied controls for maximal recording flexibility.

For starters, The HC-X1000E has 20x Optical zoom, ½.3-type MOS sensor, a 3.5 inch LCD screen that offers 1,152,000 dots and also includes two XLR audio inputs that give users the option of recording sound from a line-level input such as a mixer or directly from high-end microphones.

The X1000E also comes with two SD card slots manual focus controls and an equally manual selection capacity for its neutral density filter among others.

The end result of so many manually controllable factors is the ability for amateurs to produce videos with a much more precise level of fine-tuned polish than what’s possible in many other consumer-grade camcorders.

Furthermore, for all of its rich features, this is not an overly large or heavy camcorder. It weighs just over 3 pounds and measures and measures out at 30.5” x 15.2” x 15.5” inches in length height and width.

And of course, with these dimensions there also comes a well-padded hand strap for easy carrying and a nicely thick handle for equally easy handling while actively filming. However, for shooting extended sessions in a fixed position, a tripod would be a good idea given the slightly higher weight of the device.

And as we’ve already mentioned, this is after all a 4K camcorder. Thus it comes with support for Ultra HD 4K resolution at 3840 x 2160 pixels at up to a very useful 60 frames per second and also allows users to film in “Cinema Grade” Full 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels at a decent 24 frames per second. This latter setting is excellent for digital cinema projector footage of sequences that aren’t too intensive on action.

HC-X1000E 4K camcorder filming

The HC-X1000E in action at a Panasonic promotional event

As we’ve already mentioned, The HC-X1000E comes with an 18.9 megapixel ½.3 MOS sensor and a LEICA Dicomar F1.8-F3.6 bright lens. There is also a built-in 20x optical zoom and a 5-axis optical image stabilization system included in this package. Also, interestingly, the camcorder comes with an integrated lens cover that can be manually retracted, thus no more problems with lost lens caps.

The 1,226,880-dot viewfinder and 3.5-inch touchscreen can both be tilted to different angles for maximal ease of use and the touchscreen can also rotate 270 degrees if needed. Sensitivity and picture clarity on the touchscreen are both pretty good.

There are numerous other functions and specs that come packed into this very well designed camcorder. Some of them include a lens barrel with multiple controls for zoom, focus and Iris in the form of adjustable rings but also controllable through rocker buttons on top of the camcorder itself.


Additionally, the memory features in the X1000E are well designed. The already mentioned dual SD cards can be used for different functions at the same time and, for example, a Background Recording mode can be applied to SD Card 1 for continuous recording while SD 2 is used simultaneously for regular stop and go recording. Thus, a user can make sure they lose no video footage while selecting ideal shots. However, the continuous record feature can work only at a Full HD setting or less at 50fps while the stop and go recording can be done in full 4K of either type.

There is also a Simultaneous Recording setting that writes to both cards at the same time in case one of them fails and a Auto-Switch recording setting for automatically switching to SD 2 after SD 1 fills up.

Given the Ultra HD 4K and Cinema Grade 4K capacity, the SD cards users buy for the HC-X1000E should be as large as possible. At the Cinema Grade 4K setting of 4096 x 2160 pixels at 24fps and a 100Mbit/s bit rate, a 32 GB SD card will allow only a little over 40 minutes of footage.

On the whole, the HC-X1000E is one heck of a camcorder and its price tag of $3,500 is more than reasonable for what it delivers, especially when compared to similarly priced competitor models like Sony’s XDCAM Handheld Professional Camcorder or the FDR AX100E

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