IBC 2012: Panasonic release first ‘future proof’ camera

Sick of having to upgrade your kit every couple of years? Panasonic may be about to answer your prayers. At IBC 2012 they’ve been showing off the AJ-HPX600 P2 camcorder, their first upgradable recording device.

The Aj-HPX600 is set to cost £14,000 and ship after IBC 2012. According to Nigel Wilkes, Panasonic’s UK Group Manager for Broadcast, the camera is  “backwards and forwards compatible,” and is the lightest shouldmount camera around, tipping the scales at just 2.8kg.

Out of the box, the AJ-HPX600 will support AVC-Intra 100, DV and DVCPRO, with AVC-Ultra and 50Mbps Long GOP support to be added in future updates. Variable frame rate support is also included – you can shoot from 1 – 60fps at 720p and 1-30fps as 1080). The sensor is a 2/3″ CMOS affair (very good in low light, according to Mr. Wilkes), and the camera will have an onboard gigabit Ethernet connection and support for an additional WiFi module, so you can stream footage while you shoot.

“This looks like a versatile camera,” says video consultant James Graham. “The range of codecs and file formats is a great addition for today’s cameras, as many people regularly have to work in different formats depending on their client – one day’s client could want all the latest codecs and the next day’s could want something they can back up on MiniDV.  It’s a very forward-thinking camera, lightweight, multi-format and reasonably priced, plus the WiFi integration keeps it on a level playing field with Sony’s similar cameras.”

Credit where it’s due: we got word of this from TVBEurope.

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