PANASONIC ANNOUNCE 2/3 TYPE, 3 CHIP AJ-PX5000G AVC-ULTRA P2 HD CAMCORDER
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, 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, 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.
 Users must select between microP2 and standard P2 card recording.
 Optional AG-YA600G HD/SD-SDI Input Board is required.