First Look: Panasonic HC-X1000 4K Compact Camcorder

I had my first look at the new Panasonic HC-X1000 camcorder over the last few days. It’s a fantastic little machine. This might be the most exciting Panasonic camcorder in several years. The camera is very small and light yet still gives you all of the hard button control you would want in a true broadcast hand-held camcorder. There are 3 separate rings on the lens for zoom, focus, and iris control, hard buttons for gain, shutter speed, white balance, and true glass neutral density filters.

The huge feature of the camcorder is the ability to record 4K resolution mpeg4 video in camera to SD memory cards. The camera uses a 1/2” CMOS sensor to make this possible. It features a 20x zoom lens. Notably the camera can also record mpeg4 1080p images up to 60fps in an I-Frame format. I-Frame recording retains better motion detail in your images and also is easier for computers to work with because they don’t have to decode the GOP structure simultaneously.

I was really impressed. The camera offers the most innovative hands-on experience from any Panasonic broadcast camera in years. Having the 4 blank, user assignable buttons right there in a row on the side also was very handy. Although some old-school pros might scoff at the touch screen at first i felt that the way Panasonic has implemented it was great. Nothing really requires the touch screen control but the touch screen can be used to accomplish certain tasks much faster then the buttons can. I liked the touch screen auto-focus. I also thought using the touch screen for “bonus” user buttons was very smart, even creative. Overall i really liked it. I haven’t been able to do any image quality tests yet. But comparing to comparable cameras like the Canon XF200 or Sony Z100 should happen soon.

This little beauty weighs in at only 3.4lbs. It is currently selling for $3,498. Do you want to check it out? Arrange a demonstration time. Rent it and have 100% of your rental go towards a potential purchase. Post by Eric C. Petrie


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