With the HC-MDH3, Panasonic introduces a "new" Edu camera that doesn't exactly smell like the latest technology with a small 1/3.1-inch 6 Mpix sensor and FullHD recording at max. 50 MBits. Instead, the focus here is on professional ergonomics at an affordable price.
As a shoulder camera with many external controls, it is intended to appeal to teaching facilities as well as docu and wedding filmmakers who value external operation from the shoulder.
A 20x zoom lens with equivalent 29.5mm (KB) wide angle at aperture 1.8 was used for this purpose, and the lens ring can be used for focus, zoom or aperture control.
The five-axis hybrid O. I. S. image stabilization system is available for stabilization. An external manual dial is used to quickly and directly access the zoom, focus, aperture, white balance and exposure speed menus.
There is a viewfinder and a 3-inch touchmonitor for preview. In addition to zebra and histogram, there is also a focus magnifier and focus peaking for image control. Two SDXC card slots provide long recording times or increased security through backup recording. In addition, a 5000K LED video beacon has been integrated with 300 lux at a distance of 1m and sounds quite useful. Another interesting feature is the preconnectable diffusion filter for soft light, which reduces the light output to 70 lux/1m.
The HC-MDH3 will be available from April 2018 for 1299 Euro.