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Panasonic announce 2/3 type, 3 Chip AJ-PX5000G AVC-ULTRA P2 HD camcorder with MICROP2 card slots and AVC-LONG G 1080/50p recording

Panasonic Professional Camera Solutions today announced the AJ-PX5000G, its first P2 HD camcorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots. The 2/3-inch, 2.2M 3-MOS camera combines superb image production, light weight and innovative expandability. The PX5000G features 720p and 1080p/i recording, as well as 1080/50p recording, a first for P2 HD cameras.


With its breadth of recording options, exceptional image quality, and expandability, the PX5000G is targeted to network news, documentary, high-end corporate and sports production, as well as the rental market.


 “The PX5000G continues the groundbreaking developments of the HPX600 with a selection of cutting-edge options. Couple this with the versatility and the outstanding image quality of AVC-Ultra family of codec’s the PX5000G will appeal to a broad range of end users.” said Rob Tarrant, Product Manager at Professional Camera Solutions Europe.


The PX5000G’s three 2.2M pixel MOS sensors deliver a horizontal resolution of 1000 TV lines and sensitivity of F13 over 50i.The camcorder’s 2/3-type shoulder-mount design accommodates a variety of interchangeable lenses. The PX5000 can record in AVC-LongG and AVC-Intra100/50 as standard. Recording in DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV are optional codecs, and the unit is 50 Hz and 59.94 Hz switchable for worldwide use.


Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA offers 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. AVC-LongG, designed for applications where file size is critical, offers 10-bit, 4:2:2 sampled recording in a much smaller file size, saving storage cost and transfer times over MPEG-2 while maintaining equal or better video quality. 1080p recording at 50 frames per second is added to existing AVC-Intra compression modes. For ultra high-end mastering and mezzanine workflows, Class200 will produce visually lossless compression, ideal for migrating current HD tape masters to a file-based format without degradation, and with a far smaller file size than many platform-specific mezzanine formats.


Like the current AG-HPX600, the PX5000G is “future-proofed” with a wide range for options including wireless metadata input, high-resolution proxy recording and variable frame rates, The PX5000G features wireless and wired connection ability with Wi-Fi, USB and Gigabit Ethernet, including wireless control of key camera functions from a smart phone. In addition, an option will support LiveU’s LU40i video-over-cellular device.


Weighing less than 3.8kg the PX5000G is the first P2 HD camcorder with built-in slots for the company’s new microP2 cards, which have an SD card from factor (see separate news release). The PX5000G has two microP2 slots and two standard P2 card slots[1], as well as an SD card slot for proxy/metadata recording.


The 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 PX5000G delivers seven-mode gamma selection and extensive digital image settings


Its key 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 16:9, 3.5-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.


Standard 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[2], SDI (3G) out, genlock in for multi-camera operation, timecode in/out, USB 3.0 (HOST) and a two-channel UniSlot compatible wireless receiver. The PX5000G has two XLR audio inputs, and records up to four channels of 48kHz, 16-bit audio.


The AJ-PX5000G will be available this Autumn at a suggested RRP of €25,000 excluding VAT.  


[1] Users must select between microP2 and standard P2 card recording.

[2] Optional AG-YA600G HD/SD-SDI Input Board is required.