4K Handheld Camcorder promises high quality images and advanced connectivity
Panasonic has introduced a new handheld camcorder, the first in a series set to combine advanced connectivity functionality with high end image production for broadcast and streaming applications.
The AG-CX350 camcorder spearheads the series, and is the first camcorder in the industry to provide NDI | HX connectivity. This ensures smooth video transmission and camera control over IP for live events and web distribution, and means the camera can be built in to larger systems working alongside Panasonic PTZ camera systems equipped with NDI|HX and the Panasonic Live Production Center (AV-HLC100).
The camera features a wide-angle of 24.5mm, with a high powered optical 20x zoom lens and a new high-definition, high sensitivity 1.0-type 4K MOS sensor to enable 10-bit image quality and 4K (UHD) or FHD resolution recording at up to 50/60p, on to SDXC card. It also features a HLG gamma mode to support HDR image production.
Featuring a high brightness, high definition LCD, the camera provides SDI/HDMI parallel outputs for enhanced operation and usability.
Weighing just 1.9kg it has the added benefits of compact size and low power consumption.
A new, high-efficiency HEVC codec (LongGOP, 10-bit, 4:2:0/MOV) enables smooth playback and editing with a notebook PC or MacBook.
In addition, the camera supports a streaming function for Facebook and YouTube live with compatible RTSP and RTMP protocols. The camera will also support the MXF P2 file format futureproofing it for potential broadcasting applications, enabling AVC-Intra and AVC-LongG.
“The AG-CX350 really caters to everyone, with its futureproofed 4K quality and a vast array of connectivity and streaming potential,” said Sivashankar Kuppusamy, Marketing Manager EMEA for Panasonic. “The flexibility that’s embedded in the camera means it’s sure to appeal to those needing an allrounder that’s just at home filming short documentaries and student films to streaming corporate events. It is just the start of a series that has tremendous potential.”
The AG-CX350 will begin shipping in February 2019.
For more information on the AG-CX350 please visit: https://business.panasonic.co.uk/professional-camera/ag-cx350
 The industry's first as a camcorder. As of January 2019 (according to a Panasonic survey). For use, an activation key code supplied by NewTek Company is required. NDI stands for "Network Device Interface" technology from NewTek Company.
 HLG is a standard jointly developed by NHK of Japan and BBC of the United Kingdom. It is standardized in ARIB STD-B67 or ITU Rec.2100.
 Playback is possible for signals that are native decoded by hardware acceleration from a computer installed with a 7th generation or later Intel Core i7 chip. Depending on the system environment, such as internal storage and memory, playback may not proceed smoothly.
 Future firmware version upgrade for recording onto microP2 cards.