There are also new professional camcorders from Panasonic this time around for IBC 2022. The 4K-handle HC-X2 and HC-X20 with 1" sensor feature 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording (4K 30p/25p), 20x optical zoom, 24.5mm wide-angle for both UHD and Full HD recording, autofocus with new face detection and improved accuracy, and 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S.+.
The high-end HC-X2 features HLG2 gamma mode and 13-stop V-Log for 4K HDR video production, plus support for direct connection to Ethernet terminals and simultaneous SDI/HDMI output. It also has HD live streaming capabilities (with simultaneous recording) and supports a variety of streaming protocols. USB tethering for streaming with 5G smartphones is also supported.
Panasonic has thus explicitly designed the HC-X2 for professional news production workflows and streaming. The HC-X20, on the other hand, is intended as a camcorder for simpler interview setups and events in the independent sector. (However, the HC-X20 can also be connected to a LAN via an optionally available USB-Ethernet adapter).
With simultaneous use of LC display and viewfinder, three manual adjustment rings, 2-channel XLR inputs, built-in ND filters, and dual memory card slots (supporting relay recording, simultaneous and background recording, and dual codec recording / the latter only HC-X2), as well as built-in Wi-Fi, both camcorders bring other useful features for professional video production.
Thanks to new Face Detection AF/AE along with precise focusing motor, very good focus speed, reliability and tracking performance for 4K as well as Full HD should be achieved for accurate focus as well as also sufficient exposure of subject objects. Additionally, subject tracking with color detection can be activated. Assist functions including Expand, Peaking and Area Mode are also integrated.
In both UHD and Full HD, Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) works in addition to the Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) to detect and correct hand shake in five axes. The ball-bearing Ball O.I.S. system is designed to reduce friction in the drive system and thus enable finer corrections with minimal control intervention, especially when there is little hand shake.
The built-in 1-inch MOS sensor (approx.15.03 effective megapixels) is capable of recording in UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) without cropping. Internal UHD recording is possible up to 29.98p/25p and in Full HD 59.97p/50p in 4:2:2 10-bit quality. For 10-bit recording, the camcorder outputs 4K optional 50p or 60p at 4:2:2 10-bit via HDMI, enabling the highest quality recording with an external recorder. Likewise, the camcorders support efficient HEVC (LongGOP/10-bit 4:2:0/MOV) recording for 59.97p at a bit rate of 200 Mbps, in addition to MOV, MP4 and AVCHD file formats.
Super Slow Motion delivers high-speed HD recording at 120 fps (59.94 Hz) / 100 fps (50 Hz), enabling 4.8x slow motion playback. The HC-X2 also offers VFR (Variable Frame Rate) recording, which allows frame rate adjustment in ten steps from 2 to 60 fps (via over/under cranking).
Compared to its predecessor, the HC-X1, the 3.5" LC display has also been improved, offering more than twice the resolution with around 2,760,000 pixels, it is also said to have more than 2.5 times the brightness, and last but not least, it is designed for touch operation.
A total of 14 user-definable buttons, nine of which are on the housing and five on the LCD panel, can be assigned to the camera users& desired functions. However, via WiFi, the camcorders can also be remotely controlled via HC-ROP tablet/smartphone app. The included battery is said to provide 3 hours 50 minutes (HC-X2) / 4 hours and 25 minutes (HC-X20) of continuous recording time.
The camcorders also feature several image adjustment functions for broadcast use:
- Color Correction in 16 Separate Axes: Allows color matching of multiple cameras under identical lighting conditions as well as creative image manipulation. - Soft Skin: Provides soft, beautiful-looking skin tones. Especially effective for close-ups. - Master Detail: Controls the general amount of contour enhancement. - Scene File: Six image quality settings are stored in Scene Files. The parameters of each scene can be flexibly changed. One setting can be stored directly in the camcorder, and up to eight settings can be stored on an SD card. - 8 Gamma Modes: Gamma adjustment lets you choose from eight modes including two CINE-LIKE gamma modes. In addition to the eight modes, the HC-X2 also supports HLG and V-log. more infos at bei www.panasonic.com