Panasonic HC-X1000

Yet another prosumer 4K camcorder will be hitting the market soon. This time from Panasonic, who has just launched the HC-X1000, which is capable of 4K 60p/50p video on an SD card.

Panasonic’s marketing is lauding it as the “World’s First” camcorder that can shoot 4K on an SD card. Yea, we’re not that impressed, mobile phones have been doing the same for a year or so now, but we concede this (may be) the first 4K camcorder to SD.

The 4K procession of products has started to take hold and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere, despite shooter’s needing mega-storage to record on. Added to that is the fact there just isn’t a big call for 4K media currently, as most cinemas and broadcasters have yet to make the switch.

Currently, where 4K comes into its own is in postproduction. Even with its mass storage needs, 4K opens up a huge amount of options to stabilise, crop, zoom, pan and compose your 1080p frame. Consumers want the latest and greatest and manufacturers are more than happy to provide it for them.

Enough about 4K, on to the X100. The fact that this camcorder is capable of UHD at 60p for 150Mbs is pretty nice for its price point (US$3500), the bad part of that is your recording in MP4. If you prefer to record in MOV or AVCHD, then you’ll need to switch to Full-HD, but it’s a good 200Mbs at 60p. You could always use an external recorder for your 4K (via the HDMI port). Also, phantom power would have been a nice addition to go with its two XLR ports, but that might be a tad too much to ask for. We like the addition of the ND filters, it’s a simple but nice touch.

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Features:

  • 4K Video Recording – With four times the resolution of Full-HD, the HC-X1000 records in 4K (3,840 x 2,160) and 4K Cinema (4,096 x 2,160) formats.
  • 4K 60p/50p Video Recording
  • 20x Zoom with 4-Drive Leica Dicomar Lens System
  • 1/2.3” BSI Sensor – Increasing the readout speed makes handling large-volume 4K data at faster rates, suppressing rolling shutter distortion.
  • Crystal Engine Pro 4K (a fancy-pants name for the processor).
  • High-Bit-Rate Recording for Both 4K and Full-HD
  • AVCHD, MOV and MP4 Recording Formats. Full-HD recording employs ALL-Intra compression for a maximum bit rate of 200 Mbps.
  • 2-Channel XLR Audio Input Terminals
  • ND Filters
  • 0 Lux Night Mode
  • WiFi with NFC
  • Dual SD Card Slots with Auto-Switching

Other features include, in-camera 4K editing, illuminating LED ring, Triple Manual Focus Rings, tiltable viewfinder (with cup), 3.5 slide-retractable LCD with touch operation, Power O.I.S for 4K (image stabilisation) and 5-axis hybrid O.I.S+ for Full-HD.

Full specs can be seen further down the page, along with the introduction video from Panasonic.

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Price and Availability

Panasonic have the X1000 available to buy on pre-order for US$3,499. There’s no word as yet on Australian prices, but we’re expecting it will be around the $4500-$5K range.

B&H managed to nab an early version of the camera for a ‘first look’, which you can watch below. The website also has the camcorder available for pre-sale, with a bonus Panasonic 64GB Gold Series UHS-I SDXC Memory Card (U3) (link).

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Specs:

Image Sensor 1/2.3-type MOS Sensor (For Europe)
1/2.3″ MOS Sensor (For North America / Asia)
Total Pixels 18.47 megapixels
Effective Pixles 8.85 megapixels [17:9], 8.29 megapixels [16:9]
F Value F1.8 ¿ F3.6
Optical Zoom 20x
Focal Length 4.08 ¿ 81.6 mm
35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Motion Image/Still Image) 29.5 ¿ 600 mm [17:9], 30.8 ¿ 626 mm [16:9]
Filter Diameter 49 mm
Lens Brand Leica Dicomar Lens
Standard Illumination 1400 lx
Minimum Illumination 4 lx (Super Gain 30dB, Shutter 1/30)
Focus Auto / Manual
Zoom
Intelligent Zoom OFF 20x
Intelligent Zoom ON 40x*
Digital Zoom 2x / 5x / 10x
ND Filter 1/4, 1/16, 1/64, OFF
White Balance Auto / 3200K / 5600K / VAR (2400K—9900K) / Ach Fixed / Bch Fixed
Shutter Speed 60p / 60i / 30p: 1/8 — 1/8000
50p / 50i : 1/6 — 1/8000
25p: 1/6 — 1/8000
24p: 1/6 — 1/8000
Iris Auto / Manual
Image Stabilizer C4K/4K: POWER O.I.S.
Full-HD or lower: 5-axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ with Active Mode
Recording Media SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Recording Format MOV (LPCM) / MP4 (LPCM) / MP4
AVCHD: AVCHD Progressive
Video Compression Method MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Compression Method MOV: LPCM (2ch)
MP4: LPCM / AAC (2ch)
AVCHD: Dolby Digital (2ch)
System Frequency 59.94Hz / 50.00Hz
Recording / Playback Mode
MP4 C4K 24p 100M: 4096×2160, Average 100Mbps (VBR), LPCM
4K 60p/50p 150M: 3840×2160, Average 150Mbps (VBR), LPCM
4K 30p/25p 100M: 3840×2160, Average 100Mbps (VBR), LPCM or AAC
4K 24p 100M: 3840×2160, Average 100Mbps (VBR), LPCM
FHD 60p/50p 200M (ALL-Intra): 1920×1080, Average 200Mbps (VBR), LPCM
FHD 60p/50p 100M: 1920×1080, Average 100Mbps (VBR), LPCM
FHD 60p/50p 50M: 1920×1080, Average 50Mbps (VBR), LPCM or AAC
FHD 30p/25p 200M (ALL-Intra): 1920×1080, Average 200Mbps (VBR), LPCM
FHD 30p/25p 50M: 1920×1080, Average 50Mbps (VBR), LPCM
FHD 24p 200M (ALL-Intra): 1920×1080, Average 200Mbps (VBR), LPCM
FHD 24p 50M: 1920×1080, Average 50Mbps (VBR), LPCM
MOV FHD 60p/50p 200M (ALL-Intra): 1920×1080, Average 200Mbps (VBR), LPCM
FHD 60p/50p 100M: 1920×1080, Average 100Mbps (VBR), LPCM
FHD 60p/50p 50M: 1920×1080, Average 50Mbps (VBR), LPCM
FHD 30p/25p 200M (ALL-Intra): 1920×1080, Average 200Mbps (VBR), LPCM
FHD 30p/25p 50M: 1920×1080, Average 50Mbps (VBR), LPCM
FHD 24p 200M (ALL-Intra): 1920×1080, Average 200Mbps (VBR), LPCM
FHD 24p 50M: 1920×1080, Average 50Mbps (VBR), LPCM
AVCHD PS 1080 60p/50p: 1920×1080, Average 28Mbps (VBR)
PH 1080 60i/50i: 1920×1080, Average 24Mbps (VBR)
HA 1080 60i/50i: 1920×1080, Average 17Mbps (VBR)
HE 1080 60i/50i: 1440×1080, Average 5Mbps (VBR)
PM 720 60p/50p: 1280×720, Average 8Mbps (VBR)
Thumbnail Display 20 thumbnails/page, 9 thumbnails/page, 1 thumbnail/page
Microphone Stereo Microphone
Speaker Dynamic type
Recording Format JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2)
Recording Image Size [17:9] 8.8megapixels (4096 x 2160)
[16:9] 8.3megapixels (3840 x 2160), 2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)
Flash
Power Supply 7.2V (Battery) / 12V (AC Adaptor)
Power Consumption 15.4W (LCD Monitor) / 14.3W (Viewfinder)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 160 x 170 x 315 mm (6.3 x 6.69 x 12.4 inch)
Weight (w/o Battery and SD Card) Approx. 1550g (3.42 lb)
LCD Monitor 8.83 cm (3.5″) Wide LCD monitor (1,152,000 dots) (For Europe)
3.5″ Wide LCD monitor (1,152,000 dots) (For North America / Asia)
Viewfinder 1.15 cm (0.45″) Wide EVF (1,226,880 dots) (For Europe)
0.45″ Wide EVF (1,226,880 dots) (For North America / Asia)
Manual Ring Focus / Zoom / Iris
Interface
AV Yes
HDMI Type A
XLR Input XLR (3 pins) x 2
Line¿0dBu/+4dBu,¿Mic¿-40dBu/-50dBu/-60dBu
Headphone Yes (3.5mm stereo mini)
USB Micro-B: USB 3.0 SuperSpeed
Type A: USB 3.0 SuperSpeed, Host (for USB HDD**), Bus Power Supply
Camera Remote 2.5mm super mini jack x 1 (ZOOM S/S)
3.5mm mini jack x 1 (FOCUS/IRIS)
LED Video Light
Accessory Shoe Yes
Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Frequency 2.4GHz band
NFC Yes
AC Adaptor Yes
AC Cable Yes (2 Cables)
Rechargeable Battery Pack Yes (5,800mAh)
Battery Charger Yes
IR Remote
HDMI Cable Yes (High Speed HDMI Cable)
AV Multi Cable
AV Cable
Shoe adaptor
USB Cable Yes
Microphone Holder Yes
Microphone Holder Screws Yes (2 Screws)
Input Terminal Cap Yes (2 Caps)
Shoulder Strap Yes
Eye Cap Yes
Editing Software HD Writer XE2.0 (Downloadable)
* For recording formats with 1920 x 1080 resolution or lower.
** USB hard disks with a capacity of 32 GB or less, or more than 2 TB, cannot be used.

 

Excerpts from Press Release

1 Comment

  • Reply July 31, 2016

    BK Sharma

    Its really great by design, size and features its Documentary producer dream camera.

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