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NAB 2013: Panasonic debuts AVC-ULTRA/P2 camcorder

April 2, 2013
NAB 2013: Panasonic debuts AVC-ULTRA/P2 camcorder
LAS VEGAS — Panasonic (www.panasonic.com/broadcast) is showing the new AJ-PX5000G at NAB, the company’s first P2 HD camcorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots. The 2/3-inch, 2.2M 3-MOS camera combines high quality image production, light weight and expandability features. 

The PX5000 features 720p and 1080p/i recording, and is the first P2 camcorder that will record in full-resolution, 10-bit 1080/60p (in AVC-Intra100). AVC-LongG is standard. The PX5000G will offer optional AVC-Intra200 recording, which, at twice the bit rate per frame of AVC-Intra100, is virtually lossless, delivering a master quality codec in an affordable, file-based shoulder-mount camera. High-resolution AVC-Proxy recording is likewise an option.

Panasonic sees the AJ-PX5000G as well suited for news, documentary production, high-end corporate work and sports production.
 
The PX5000G’s three 2.2M pixel MOS sensors deliver a horizontal resolution of 1,000 TV lines, and sensitivity of F12 over 60i. The camcorder’s 2/3-inch shoulder-type design accommodates a variety of interchangeable lenses. The PX5000G can record in AVC-LongG and AVC-Intra100/50, with optional recording in DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV; the unit is 50 Hz and 59.94 Hz switchable for worldwide use. 
 
Addressing the need for high-speed file exchange, AVC-Proxy encodes, optional in the PX5000G, are made in parallel with higher bandwidth production formats. AVC-Proxy enables fast, efficient offline editing, at bit-rates from 3.5 megabits down to 800 kilobits per second.
 
The PX5000G will be available this fall, with a suggested list price of under $28,000.

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