Panasonic Introduces One Very Powerful New 4K Camcorder, the HC-X1000

by on September 10, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – September 10th, 2014

Camera and electronics giant Panasonic, which is a major player in the overall 4K display and technology market, has recently announced a new, powerhouse $3,500 USD 4K camcorder.

The camera, known as the HC-X1000, is a single-chip CMOS 4K camera and was presented at the recently finished IFA electronics convention in Berlin, Germany this last week. It’s main purpose on the market is to take some of the steam away from competing brands by Sony such as the FDR-AX1 and the more professionally oriented PXW-Z100 4K camcorders.

Both of these competitor cameras are similarly sized, have similar prices and are designed for taking exquisite 4K video shots under rugged field conditions thanks to their light weight and ease of use when it comes to handheld shooting.

According to Matt Frazer, national field training manager for Panasonic, the camera has been designed for “run-and-gun-style videography and “completes the Panasonic ecosystem of 4K products”. These other cameras include the VariCam 35 and the Lumix GH4 DSLR 4K cameras.

Frazer also noted that the new HC-X1000 is smaller and lighter than Sony’s already very small FDR-AX100 camcorder, which sells for $1000 USD more.

The Sony FDR-AX100

The Sony FDR-AX100

The X1000 comes with a ½.3 inch BSI CMOS sensor that gives a total of 18.9 megapixels and also offers an 8.9 megapixel center crop which actually produces a UHD image. Furthermore, Pnasonic’s HD implementation uses what is called an “advanced downsample” from an original 4K acquisition in order to create a simultaneous 1080p HD recording.

The X1000’s fixed Leica Dicomar lens comes with a 20x optical zoom that starts from 29.8 on the wide end and the camera can record 3,840 x 2,160p 4K UHD shots at a very nice 60p and 150 Mbps but only records “true” camera grade 4K of 4,096 x 2,160 pixels at just 24p and 100 Mbps. On the other hand, Full HD recording can be done at a wide assortment of rates and Mbps settings.

Also very worth noting is the fact that the camera can output the 8-bit 4:2:0 4K signal that it creates at up to 60p via a HDMI 2.0 connection while at the same time recording in SD resolution format. Additionally, its dual SD slots give users the ability to make parallel 4K video recordings two different cards at the same time, which is excellent for redundancy.

One card can also be used to record continuously while the second can be stopped and started for in-camera editing and tweaking without the fear of losing any important film action.

The X1000 is in essence a very full featured camera and comes with built-in ND filtering with three selectable stops of ¼, 1/6 and 1/64. It also comes with a number of viewfinder display features that include histogram, electronic level, zebra and color bars.

The lends on the HD-X1000 comes with three manual rings that control zoom, iris and focus and Panasonic is also promoting the X1000’s optical image stabilization capacity which is augmented even further by digital pixel-shifting in the sensor under HD modes.

The X1000 even comes with a rolling shutter reduction.

Overall, the H-X1000 is going to really give Sony a run for its money in the 4K camcorder department.

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