Panasonic are warming up for IBC with an affordable new 4K camcorder, the HC-X1000, and the GoPro-esque HX-A500E, an ‘action cam’ that lets you capture events in 4K using a tiny device.
Panasonic’s HC-X1000 offers 4K UHD recording to dual SD cards. It’s got a Leica 20x zoom lens, triple manual rings (including an illuminating LED ring) and two XLR inputs, and ships with a high speed HDMI cable. In terms of frame rate, you’re getting UltraHD at 50/60fps, DCI 4K at 24fps and HD recording at 200Mbps, with background, relay and simultaneous recording all available. The magic floating hands shown above are for display purposes only and are not included.
This tiny unit’s body measures just 59.5 x 94 x 26.7mm, with the camera measuring up at a nearly unnoticeable φ26.5 x 68.5mm and the whole thing (including SD card) weighing just 185g. The A500E records 4K to micro SD or micro SDHC cards in MPREG-4 AVC (.mp4) or Video Recording System MPEG-4/H.264.
Early reviews suggest that the 4K manages to go beyond a gimmick, delivering genuinely crisp, usable footage in a tiny form factor and with minimal spend. Plus it’s available in our team colours, orange and grey, and looks a bit like a prop from Stingray, both of which we enjoy immensely.