Panasonic introduced the NEW HC-X1 Camcorder today (31st Aug 2016), offering 4K 60p/50p recording, a 24mm 20x optical zoom lens and a 1.0-type (inch) sensor. These features make the handheld device perfectly suited for professional videographers that are looking for premium production capabilities and superior content quality.
The HC-X1 features a newly developed LEICA DICOMAR 4K lens, which offers a quick 20x optical zoom from an extremely wide angle of 24mm to ultra-telephoto at 480mm. This makes the HC-X1 the camcorder with the industry’s widest zoom lens, allowing videographers to produce professional content with little distortion and without having to use a wide conversion lens.
The LEICA DICOMAR 4K lens also offers a 4-Drive Lens System, which manages four lens groups simultaneously and independently. The lens is powered by a large 1.0-type (inch) MOS sensor (9.46 megapixels at 4K 24p / 8.79 megapixels at UHD, FHD) – a world’s first for a camcorder with an integrated lens – which provides an excellent balance between image quality and sensitivity for any occasion.
The HC-X1 can record in 4K 24p (4096 x 2160), UHD 60p/50p (3840 x 2160) or FHD 60p/50p (1920 x 1080). For those professional users working internationally, the camcorder’s system frequency can be flexibly set at 59.94 Hz, 50.00 Hz or 24.00 Hz, while content can be recorded in the MOV (QuickTime), MP4 and AVCHD file formats. The variety of recording modes with selectable image quality, frame rate and bit rate settings respond to a wide range of applications from cinema production to online distribution.
The lens barrel features Triple Manual Rings for zoom, focus and iris operations. There are a total of 13 user buttons; nine on the body and four on the LCD touch panel. Users can program these buttons with the functions they need quick at hand, making operation of the camera easy and quick.
The 3.5-type (inch) monitor built into the handle section can be pulled out and turned by 270 degrees in the vertical direction for high-angle, low-angle and selfie shooting. The EVF is a high-resolution (approx. 1,769,000 dots) OLED display with superb colour reproduction.
What’s more, the HC-X1 is equipped with a wealth of focus assist functions to support quick and accurate manual focusing, such as MF Assist, One-Push AF, Expand/Peak, Focus Transition and Area Function.
This HC-X1 camcorder can record HD images at a high speed of 120 fps (59.94 Hz) or 100 fps (50 Hz) to provide a slow-motion effect. It is also newly equipped with a variable frame rate (VFR) recording function that allows professionals to change the frame rate setting in ten steps from 2 to 60 fps. This lets the user produce creative and expressive videos using techniques such as over cranking for a slow-motion effect and under cranking for a quick-motion effect.
A host of other exciting features
• Two SD memory card slots, which allow users to record data continuously or simultaneously
• Broadcast-grade camera image adjustment functions, such as the 16-axis independent colour correction function, 8-mode gamma function or chroma phase function
• LCD/EVF displays that assist shooting, for example with built-in adjustable zebra patterns, level gauge or a Waveform and Vectorscope display