NEWARK, NJ — Panasonic (www.panasonic.com/broadcast) recently released details for its new AJ-PX270, the company’s first P2 HD handheld camcorder with AVC-Ultra recording. The PX270 combines the high quality and efficiency of low bit rate recording and the flexibility of 3G/4G/LTE wireless mobility. The camcorder weighs just five pounds and provides all the key functionality of Panasonic’s high-end, shoulder-mount camcorder, such as the AJ-PX5000. It also features newly-developed high-sensitivity, low-noise 1/3-inch 3-MOS imagers to produce high quality pictures, even in low light conditions.
With the AVC-Ultra codec, the PX270 features a wide range of recording modes. For high-quality recording, the camera records in 100Mbps AVC-Intra100, as well as 200 Mbps AVC-Intra200. For applications where file size is critical, the camcorder incorporates a choice of AVC-LongG quality levels, including AVC-LongG50, AVC-LongG25 and AVC-LongG12. These 10-bit, 4:2:2 sampled codecs (LongG50/25) record in much smaller file sizes, saving storage cost and transfer time while maintaining equal or better video quality to existing legacy codecs.
A newly designed, compact, 22X zoom lens offers a wide 28mm to tele 616mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range. Two microP2 card slots enable the cost-effective recording. The unit also features a P2 card slot and an SD card slot.
In addition to 1080/60i, the PX270 supports 1080/24p, 30p, 60p (AVC-Intra100, LongG25, LongG12 only), 720p multi HD format and SD recording. Also, 50i, 50p, and 25p are supported by 59.94 Hz/50 Hz switching. Variable frame rates in 1080-59.94p in 25 steps from 1fps to 60fps, including 24fps, 25fps and 30 fps, are standard.
Panasonic says the PX270 is designed for a wide range of applications, including sports, corporate, education and event applications. It will be available in March at a suggested list price of $6,495.00.