An interview from the 2015 International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam with Steve Cooperman of Panasonic USA. Panasonic provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and solutions for consumer, business and industrial use. In this interview Steve talks with us about the newly announced Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K Handheld Camera as well as a bunch of products that are ready to ship, like the AW-EU70 4K PTZ Camera, AK-UC3000 4K Broadcast Camera, AK-UB300 Multipurpose 4K Camera, and the AK-HC5000 HD Studio Camera.

Combining the heritage of the DVX100 with a large 4/3" image sensor, the DVX200 is poised to become a go-to camera for run-and-gun documentary and live-event shooters looking for that traditional and convenient handheld form factor while being able to take advantage of the shallow depth that a larger sensor offers. It is equipped with a 13x optical zoom lens and offers professional features such as Panasonic’s V-Log L gamma curve, allowing you to match footage easily with Panasonic’s VariCam family of cameras.

Physically, the DVX200 has a sleek look with a carbon-fiber-like finish and a crimson-colored transparent cover on the recording-section controls. However, it’s what’s inside the camcorder that really counts. The camcorder has a newly developed 4/3" MOS sensor that delivers 4K (4096 x 2160) video at true 24 fps and UHD (3840 x 2160) up to 60 fps in either MP4 or MOV file formats. Video is recorded to dual SD cards slots, with a UHS speed class 3 (U3) card required for 4K recording. It also offers variable frame rate recording up to 120 fps in 1080p mode, a useful feature in slow-motion sports capture or VFX work.

The camcorder is equipped with a 13x Leica Dicomar 4K f/2.8-4.5 zoom lens that provides a 35mm equivalent range of 29.5 to 384.9mm in 4K/24p mode and 28mm to 365.3mm in HD mode. A common 72mm front lens diameter facilitates the addition of filters, as well as optional close-up and wide-angle lenses. Three lens rings give you manual control over zoom, focus, and iris. Additionally, you’ll find a variable speed zoom control handgrip and top handle. The DVX200 features enhanced image stabilization, including Panasonic’s 5-axis Hybrid Image Stabilizer and 4x-correction area image stabilizer to produce clearer handheld images. It also has a micro-drive focus unit that improves autofocus speed and tracking performance.

In addition, Panasonic showcased the professional video industry’s first 4K PTZ camera. The AW-UE70 delivers 3840x2160 at 25p via HDMI, and is capable of 4K IP streaming, 4K USB video class and in-camera 4K recording.

The company also displayed a new flagship studio camera. The Full HD AK-HC5000, is capable of high-speed output, up to 1080/200p and will also be available in winter 2015.

The HC5000 incorporates a new 2/3 type 3MOS sensor, with high sensitivity (F12@2,000lx), low noise (S/N: >60dB), and resolution measured at 1,100 TV lines.

It features focus-assist, flash band compensation and skew readout support functions within the conventional model such as DRS and CineGamma. Shooting experience is improved through an enhanced shockless gain (-3dB to 36dB) and easy-matrix adjustment.

The AK-UB300, is a 4K box camera aimed at productions that require high image quality such as sports, remote studios and live concerts. It that has a low-light noise reduction function, that utilises high sensitivty mode, and a newly developed haze reduction function.

The camera is compatible with current Panasonic indoor and outdoor pan-tilt systems and, using IP live remote monitoring, up to 10 cameras to be both viewed and controlled simultaneously from a web browser.

For more information please visit: www.Panasonic.com

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