At just seven pounds, its new AG-HPX600 is its lightest shoulder-mount camera. And it can be upgraded as new functionality becomes available. For all that’s going on at NAB 2012, click here.
Panasonic will literally take the weight off camera operators’ shoulders with a new camera weighing less than seven pounds.
Slated for a fall release with a starting price below $16,000, the AG-HPX600 is the lightest shoulder-mount unit, said Joe Facchini, VP of sales said Sunday in Las Vegas at a promotional event coinciding with NAB.
Other bells and whistles for the P2 HD camcorder include 10-bit, 4:2:2 recording capability, a newly developed multi-beam optical sensor and interchangeable lensing for HD and SD image capturing and low power consumption.
Panasonic is also promoting the camera as “future proof” due to the capacity to upgrade features as new functionality becomes available. For instance, it says broadcasters can swap out the camera’s AVC-Intra recording feature for Panasonic’s forthcoming superior compression platform AVC-Ultra recording capability when it becomes available in 2013.
Another future option will be an integrated HD video uplink, made possible through Panasonic’s ongoing partnership with video-over-cellular provider LiveU. The video uplink will provide real-time indication to the camera operator of LiveU’s transmission status and video transmission quality, and the video uplink can be managed while shooting, Facchini said.
A date for when this upgrade may become available was not announced.
Features available upon the camera’s fall release include wireless metadata input and proxy recording, Facchini added.
Other announcements of interest to broadcasters and camera operators are enhancements to the AG-HPX250 and AG-HPX255, two P2 hand-held camcorders now equipped with focus-in-red and “turbo speed” one-push auto focus.
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