The latest offering from Panasonic is the HC-X2000 pro camcorder, the lightest and smallest that you’ll find in the market today. Let’s take a closer look:
Panasonic HC X2000 4K Camera
HC-X2000 Quick Specs
- 8.29M 1/2.5″MOS Sensor
- 4K UHD 60FPS
- 120 FHD Slow motion
- Live RTP Streaming
- 24 Optical Zoom
- MP4 MOV AVCHD
- Dual XLR Audio
For many years, Panasonic has been one of the industry leaders when it comes to consumer electronics. Founded in 1918, the company started producing light bulb sockets and later moved on to home appliances where it became the fourth largest television manufacturer in the world. Panasonic eventually started producing cameras and camcorders, which later gained recognition as some of the best products in the world.
Earlier this year, the electronic giant introduced its newest product, the Panasonic X2000 4K pro camcorder that promises to not only keep camcorders relevant but also revolutionize them.
Design and features
Viewing, handling and controls
The new Panasonic X2000 camcorder is touted as the industry’s lightest and smallest director’s camcorder in the market, but it doesn’t fall short on features. At just 0.9 kilograms with the body only and approximately 1.5 kilograms with the handle, battery, lens hood and eyecup, this new camcorder is easy to bring around, making it perfect for on-the-go shooting. It also features a new ultrathin fan that helps disperse heat from the camcorder while shooting.
The camcorder includes a built-in LED video light that can be adjusted through the dimming dial to get the right lighting for shooting videos in dimly lit locations. It also has 2-channel XLR audio input terminals with manual volume that also supports high-resolution linear PCM audio recording using a professional microphone.
The Panasonic X2000 camcorder also features two different-sized manual rings in the front and rear for easy recognition by the fingers. These rings allow for better control in focusing and zooming during shoots.
It also has an easily detachable handle unit that contains a zoom lever, REC button, 2-channel XLR audio input and LED light. And for convenient shooting, the X2000 has a 3.5-inch, 2,760-k dot LCD monitor with a touch panel. It even has 12 user buttons with 38 functionalities for easier handling during shoots.
Image and video
The Panasonic X2000 4k camcorder comes in with a stunning 25mm wide-angle and optical 24x zoom lens that could be extended for up to 48x with an additional electronic. It boasts of a stunning 4k precision shooting, a five-axis hybrid OIS system and face detection AF and AE that allows you to shoot at 120 frames per second in super slow-mo with 10-bit internal recording in FHD.
Its face detection capability enables it to capture subjects perfectly and without any exposure and out-of-focus problems. It also boasts of a color recognition feature where it can track faces when they move to either side. The UHD/FHD modes allows for correction of handshakes in a five-axis direction that includes rotational blurring. This ensures stable results even in high-angle or low-angle shooting.
This new camcorder also boasts of a fantastic 200mbps bit rate for 59.94p/50p video recording with HEVC codec. It s also capable of recording a 4:2:2 10-bit color profile up to LongGOP UHD 29.97p/25p or FHD 59.94p/50p with SD cards.
The HC-2000 outputs 10-bit UHD 59.94p/50p images through HDMI. It supports different file formats including the popular MP4 and MOV as well as the new 720p AVCHD 8-mbps (PM) mode. The camcorder is also capable of full-HD live streaming that allows for direct distribution of relays for videos on platforms like YouTube and Facebook.
To make sure that all files are stored properly, the Panasonic X2000 camcorder features a double SD card slot to allow for continuous recording for a longer time.
Pros and cons
The new Panasonic X2000 4k pro camcorder is definitely a great investment for anyone who wants to shoot high quality videos on the go. In terms of its functionality an performance, at this moment in time it catn be matched. The main selling point for this camera is the live streaming functionality which sets it apart from the rest.
Panasonic HC-X2000 Review
We cannot fault this 4K video camera. It comes with all the latest streaming technologies a broadcast 3G-SDI connection and can film at 4k UHD 60 fps. All of these features packed into such a small light camera makes this our current favorite for live streaming in the field. The only thing that stops us from giving this a 5 is that is doesn’t have a 1″ sensor. If you want superior low light performance then you need to get a video camera with a 1″ sensor. The low light performance is fine on this camera but could be better. Awesome camera, with awsome connectivity and usability.
Many Thanks to Holdan Limited for putting these videos together
|Image Sensor||1/2.5-type (inch) MOS Sensor|
|Effective Pixels||8.29 megapixels|
|F Value||F1.8 ― 4.0|
|Focal Length||4.12 ― 98.9mm|
|35 mm Film Camera Equivalent||25.0 ― 600.0 mm|
|Filter Diameter||62 mm|
|Lens Brand||Leica Dicomar Lens|
HC-2000 Video Reviews
Many thanks to HD Warrior for putting this review together
Compare HC- X2000
If you do not require XLR audio connectivity then you can take a look at the HC-X2000’s brother the HC-X1500