Panasonic Releases HC-X1000 4K Video Camera

Posted Sep. 4th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

Panasonic releases HC-X1000 4K Video Camera. The HC-X1000 is a 4K video camera that is built in the more traditional ENG-like design. In other words, it’s not the traditional DSLR-looking camera the GH4 is. What it can do is nothing we’ve seen before in a camera that sells for $3500.  This video machine is small, yet it has many professional features such as the 4K I. Directly below is a video that shows you more and below the video is a list of some of the more impressive options.

  • 4K video recording at 60FPS!
  • 1080P traditional HD created in camera from 4K footage
  • 8+ megapixel stills from 4K video files
  • 2 Venus processors from the GH4 for processing 4K video into proper 1080P HD video.
  • 2 SD Card slots. One for continues recording meaning when you turn the button on and off between shots, one card just keeps recording in what is called back ground recording. If something happens while you turned the camera off the second card has it in backup. Kind of a tough feature to explain but the pro cameras have had this for sometime.
  • Record modes include MOV. MP4 & AVCHD
  • 2 XLR Mic inputs
  • Zebra patterns,
  • Color bars
  • Focus peaking
  • Histogram
  • Anallog dial/controls for sound
  • ND filters built in
  • Infrared low light/no light recording
  • 3.5 inch high resolution touch screen LCD. hidden and well protected.
  • Three manual rings, Zoom, focus and Iris/Aperture.
  • 20x Optical Zoom with four built in motors. Wow.

This is going to be another hit for Panasonic. The depth and breadth of  technology within Panasonic is daunting. There are very few companies that can keep up with these guys, about the only ones being Sony and Canon. The thing I love about Panasonic is they seem to have better concentration than any company I’ve ever followed with the exception of Apple. They pick a few really great ideas and stick with them. That’s why they’ve moved so quickly into a competitive position in the mirrorless camera category. They keep their eye on the ball so to speak, and when they hit it, it goes over the fence, as I’m sure this camera will do too. My good friend and colleague BJ Kirshhoffer, who’s in charge of Polar Bears International’s media department, was as excited as I was today when I showed him this new camera. PBI does a lot with video and this camera would be a slam dunk for their needs.

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