Panasonic AG-HPX250 Now Available

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Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Panasonic’s new AG-HPX250 its first P2 HD handheld camcorder with 10-bit 4:2:2 independent-frame full 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording is now available at the suggested list price of $5 995. “The AVC-Intra codec is highly prized for the master-quality 10-bit 4:2:2 independent frame images it produces ” says Joseph Facchini vice president of sales and product management Panasonic Solutions Company. ”Now for the first time with the HPX250 Panasonic offers an ultra-portable handheld camera with full-resolution 10-bit intra-frame recording in a one-piece unit without the need for an add-on recorder. This is an unprecedented level of image quality in such a lightweight camera.” Weighing 5.5 pounds the HPX250 incorporates high-sensitivity 1/3-inch full-HD 2.2 megapixel 3-MOS imagers and a 20-bit Digital Signal Processor to acquire native 1920 x 1080 resolution images. Offering a wide 28mm to 616mm (35mm equivalent) 22X HD lens with three independent adjustable rings (Zoom/Focus/Iris) the HPX250 covers most shooting situations without the need for a wide-angle conversion lens. The 22X lens also features an Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) function that ensures stable images during shooting. The HPX250 offers variable frame rate capability in 1080p up to 30fps (17 steps) as well as 720p up to 60fps (25 steps) for undercranking/overcranking to create fast or slow-motion effects. In addition to AVC-Intra 100/50 recording the HPX250 records in DVCPRO HD as well as standard definition recording in DVCPRO50 DVCPRO and DV. The HPX250 supports international HD and SD standards an added benefit to producers with global clients. The HPX250 offers recording in 1080/59.94i 29.97pN 23.98pN as well as 720p at 23.98pN and many other formats. The HPX250 offers Genlock/timecode input for multi-camera operation as well as an HD-SDI output an HDMI output and an IEEE 1394 in/out. The camcorder is equipped with a Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)* function to help compensate for wide variations in lighting a waveform monitor and vectorscope display and two focus assist functions – a picture expanding function and a focus bar. The HPX250 features two locking XLR inputs with switches for mic/line two RCA audio outputs +48V Phantom Power capability and records four channels of 48kHZ/16 bit digital audio. Equipped with two P2 card slots the HPX250 can record for up to 320 minutes in AVC-Intra 100 at 720/23.98pN 160 minutes in AVC-Intra 100 1080/23.98pN and 128 minutes in other AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPRO HD formats on two 64GB cards. The camera is equipped with a widescreen 1 226 000-pixel LCOS color viewfinder and a widescreen 921 000-pixel 3.45-inch LCD color monitor. Its power consumption is low at only 15 watts. The HPX250 is backed by a five-year limited warranty program (one year plus four additional years with registration). Panasonic Solutions Company