Panasonic Announces Delivery, Pricing of AG-HPX600
P2 HD Shoulder-Mount with Lightest Weight, Unprecendented Flexibility, Low Power
Future-Proof Options Include AVC-ULTRA Recording
SECAUCUS, NJ (September 10, 2012) - Panasonic announced today that its new AG-HPX600 P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder with 10-bit, 4:2:2 AVC-Intra recording will deliver this month at a suggested list price of $14,950.
The AG-HPX600 combines high cost-performance, easy operation, breakthrough expandability and a future-proof design to meet needs in a wide range of uses, from image production to
broadcasting and sports. A 2/3-type shoulder-type model, it accommodates a variety of interchangeable lenses. The camcorder's compact body provides superb mobility with the industry's lowest weight* of approximately 6.2 lb for the main unit, along with low power consumption of 18W.
"With its ultra-light weight and low power consumption, the HPX600 is the first shoulder
mount that's easy on the shoulder while being super-efficient on battery usage," said Steve Cooperman, Product Manager, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. "With its innovative design and selectable options, the HPX600 can control
key camera functions wirelessly from a smart phone."
newly-developed MOS sensor, this future-proof camera will provide inventive
functionality and improved workflows, with options such as wireless metadata
input, proxy recording and variable frame rates available upon delivery;
AVC-ULTRA and microP2 card upgradability are planned. When available
within 2013, AVC-ULTRA will offer master-quality and/or low-bit-rate 10-bit,
4:2:2 recording in Full HD to meet a variety of user needs from mastering to
transmission (the AG-HPX600 will not support all AVC-ULTRA formats).
also features wireless and wired connection ability with Wi-Fi, USB and Gigabit
Ethernet. In addition, an option will support
LiveU for video uplink with real time indication of LiveU's transmission status
and video transmission quality to camera operator.
Ideal for news, sports
or live events, the HPX600 can record in
AVC-Intra100/50, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV, and the unit is 50 Hz and
59.94 Hz switchable for worldwide use. The interchangeable lens
camcorder will be equipped with Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) to
maximize lens performance; Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) function to help
compensate for wide variations in lighting; and a highly accurate flash band
detection and compensation algorithm that minimizes this effect. The
HPX600 delivers seven-mode gamma selection and extensive digital image
settings; there are two P2 card slots and an SD card slot.
features include a smart user interface that permits accessibility to the
camera's extensive functions from an LCD display on the side of the camera; a
newly-designed (optional) 16:9, 3.45-inch, 920,000-dot resolution LCD color
viewfinder, which doubles as a LCD monitor when open; a simplified waveform and
vectorscope; a 10-pin remote terminal enabling remote camera operation; and an
optional camera studio system.
features include Scan Reverse for use with a cinema
lens adaptor; Digital Zoom function for 2x and 4x close-ups; Variable Shutter
Speed from 1/12 to 1/2000 sec plus Synchro Scan; and a four-position (CLEAR,
1/4 ND, 1/16 ND, 1/64 ND) optical neutral density filter wheel. Professional
interfaces include MON out (can be set to output HD-SDI), HDMI out, HD/SD-SDI
in/out**, genlock in for multi-camera operation, timecode in/out, USB 2.0 and a
two-channel UniSlot compatible wireless receiver. The HPX600 has two XLR audio
inputs, and records up to four channels of 48kHz, 16-bit audio.
Available Options Facilitate Low-Cost
- High-Resolution Proxy Video (with
the optional AG-YDX600G Video Encoder Board). With this option, the
AG-HPX600 records proxy files onto SD/SDHC memory cards or onto P2 cards.
It supports high-quality video (QuickTime/H.264) and audio formats at a
low bit rate. High-quality proxy files can be used for breaking news and
other scenarios benefitting from proxy workflows. Moreover, this
streamlines the production workflow by allowing the editor to review the
content details during offline editing. The AG-YDX600G will be available
this month at suggested list price of $1,600.
- Streaming with a Wireless or Wired LAN (with
the optional AG-SFU601G Upgrade Software Key and AJ-WM30 Wireless Module).
These options enable use of a wireless or wired (Ethernet) LAN. Proxy
files*** can be streamed or viewed via a standard web browser on a PC/Mac,
tablet or smart phone. While viewing the streamed files, metadata can be
added to the P2 files. Using a PC/Mac also enables a cloud-based workflow
by uploading and sharing video data via network. The AG-SFU601G will be
available this month at a suggested list price of $1,500.
- Variable Frame Rate Shooting and 24PsF
Output (with the
optional AG-SFU602G Production Package Upgrade Software Key). In 720p
mode, the frame rate can be set in the range of 1 fps-60 fps, and in 1080p
mode it can be set to 1 fps-30fps. Either 24p/30p Native mode or over 60p
mode can be selected for recording. In addition, the 24PsF format can be
output from SDI OUT for uncompressed
data recording. The AG-SFU602G will be available this month at suggested
list price of $1,000.
- HD/SD-SDI Input Board -- The
AG-YA600G will be available this month at a suggested list price of
AG-CVF10G Color HD Viewfinder will be available this month at a suggested list
price of $2,500. For further information about
the AG-HPX600, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast.
*As of August 2012, based on Panasonic research.
** Optional AG-YA600G HD/SD-SDI Input Board is required.
The optional AG-YDX600G Video Encoder Board is required to use proxy video.