Panasonic HC-X1 Introduction Video
Panasonic HC-X1 Overview
Capable of recording DCI and UHD 4K resolution videos, the Panasonic HC-X1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder makes a worthy companion for those who cover events, shoot ENG-style video and make short films. With a 20x optical zoom lens, users can start to shoot at a wide 24mm equivalent FOV and stretch all the way to a 480mm equivalent FOV. This means that the camera can be used for tight shots or for filming a subject from far away. Equipped with a 1”-type sensor, the HC-X1 can create beautiful background blur when shooting at longer focal lengths similar to those shot on bigger professional cinema cameras.
Design & Features
The Panasonic HC-X1 brings 4K Ultra HD recording to a compact, handheld camcorder. It can record both in DCI (4096×2160) and UHD (3840×2160) to SD cards but a U3 or higher card is needed to record videos with bit rates over 100 Mbps. Different recording options are available thanks to the availability of two card slots: simultaneous (recording a video as well as a backup or recording a high-rated video as well as a low-rated one) and relay recoding (video recording continues to the next card once first is already full).
As mentioned, the HC-X1 supports DCI 4K recording at 24p and UHD up to 60p. Videos can also be recorded at 1080p and 720 HD resolutions up to 60p. In addition, the HC-X1 is capable of shooting super slow-motion videos.
Panasonic’s HC-X1 is capable of variable frame rate recording which can be set up to 10 steps, from 2 to 60fps. Also, super slow-motion can be achieved when recording in HD resolutions at 120 fps.
The HC-X1 supports multiple file formats for recording: MOV, MP4 and AVCHD. In addition, videos in the aforementioned format can be recorded at bit rates ranging from 5 Mbps to 200 Mbps.
Autofocus in the HC-X1 can be customized by adjusting AF Speed, AF Sensitivity and AF Area.
The Panasonic HC-X1 also comes with a 4-Drive Lens System which simultaneously and independently drives 4 element groups (group 2, iris, group 3, group 4) inside the lens. Users can suppress the lens size and the drive range for each of the 4 groups in order to optimize image quality and zoom power.
The Leica Dicomar 4K lens was specifically designed for the HC-X1 and with it, image sharpness can be maintained throughout the 20x optical zoom range. Shooting in tight spaces is made easy with the use of the 24mm wide-angle setting as an adapter is no longer needed.
With the HC-X1, Panasonic is bringing a familiar handheld camcorder body to consumers, and one that comes with lots of control buttons that can be customized to provide easier access to essential functions. The HC-X1 offers an OLED EVF for video recording while the 3.5-inch touchscreen is there for monitoring and menu control.
A zoom rocker sits on the handgrip for better zoom control. The three lens rings – for focus, zoom and iris – can be used to control the lens functions manually.
Camera shake is the enemy of anybody who loves taking videos. However, some really do experience hand-shake jitters and rather than end up with horrible looking videos, the advanced O.I.S. feature of the HC-X1 remedies that. Unstable shooting conditions also contribute to fuzzy outputs but image stabilization helps reduce shake. Activating the 5-axis hybrid O.I.S when shooting in HD also helps further stabilization as it combines optical and electronic stabilization along the five axes (horizontal, vertical, pan, roll, tilt).
Pros & Cons
- It has a 1”-type sensor. With a sensor this large, users can still capture great videos even in bad lighting conditions.
- It supports simultaneous recording. The HC-X1 allows users to record an high-quality video on one card while simultaneously recording a low-quality one on the other card.
- It supports relay recording. Continuous shooting allows users to never miss a moment when recording an event.
- It doesn’t have SDI outputs. Other cameras aimed for professional use have this feature but sadly it’s not available with the HC-X1.
The Panasonic HC-X1 comes packed with features that make it ideal for professional shooting. What’s not to like about it? It supports the recording of videos in 4K at 24p, UHD at 60p/50p and FHD at 60p/50p in multiple formats. It even has support for HD recording in slow motion. Shooting in low-light conditions is made easy thanks to the 1”-type sensor. In addition, the LEICA DICOMAR 4K zoom lens creates opportunities for shooting different kinds of shots.
|Sensor||1x 1″-type MOS Sensor|
|Effective Pixels||DCI 4K: 9.46 MP
UHD/HD: 8.79 MP
|Size||3.5″ / 8.9 cm|
|Type||0.39″ / 9.9 mm
|Power Supply||Battery: 7.2 VDC
AC Adapter: 12 VDC
|Power Consumption||LCD Operation: 19.7 W|
|Dimensions||6.8 x 7.7 x 13.6″ / 17.3 x 19.5 x 34.6 cm|
|Weight||4.4 lb / 2 kg (without battery or SD card)|
|Package Weight||9.35 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||18.1 x 12.4 x 10.8″|
Unboxing the Panasonic HC-X1
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