Panasonic AG-HPX250EJ presented at the NAB Show 2011

At the NAB Show 2011, Panasonic presented the AG-HPX250, their first compact camcorder with high quality 10 bit 4:2:2 AVC-Intra codec, a lot of professional connections and a newly developed 22-fold optical zoom. Incorporating new technology in the lens, camera and recorder sections, this compact unit offers a level of performance that approaches full-size, shoulder-type broadcasting camera recorders.

Panasonic AG-HPX250EJ Camcorder

At first sight the Panasonic AG-HPX250 looks reminiscent of the good old HVX200 on steroids. It's weight is comparable to the Panasonic P2 veteran with 2.5 kg (without battery) which is a manageable limit. Panasonic's new AG-HPX250 camera is a little bit bigger than it's precesors (approximately 18 x 19 x 43 cm). This size increase is mainly because of the newly developed optical system and maybe also because of the not inconsiderable 10-bit signal electronics.

Panasonic AG-HPX250 builds on the old virtues: they stick to the essential functions, rich metadata options, very good ergonomics, high mobility and large recording format choice. However, the Panasonic AG-HPX250EJ is no lowlight monster due to it's 1 / 3 " sensor chips, but nobody probably expected that of this camcorder.

Coupled with the high quality 10 bit AVC-Intra 100 codec and the possibility of using this in multi-camera and studio operations with SDI OUT, TC-IN/OUT, genlock, and REMOTE, the AG-HPX250 is a good camera with excellent image quality, making it's way in the professional environment that is event- or studio-based without much trouble.

The Panasonic AG-HPX250 is available for about €5000, which is a reasonable price for it's services, excluding VAT.

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