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cnet describes it as:
"Superb HD video; a raft of frame-rate choices; supports solid-state P2 media as well as tape; terrific, relatively wide-angle lens."
The Panasonic AG-HVX200A is a P2-based camera that answers the demands of nearly any professional videographer. With its compact and feature-rich frame, the camera will never disappoint. The unit is co...
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The Panasonic AG-HVX200A is a P2-based camera that answers the demands of nearly any professional videographer. With its compact and feature-rich frame, the camera will never disappoint. The unit is compatible with DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO25 and consumer DV recording standards. B&H listing: http://bit.ly/panasonichvx
(1) Panasonic AG-HVX200A P2 Camera
(1) 16GB Panasonic AJ-P2C016RG P2 Card
(1) 8GB Panasonic AJ-P2C008HG P2 Card
(3) CGA-D54 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
(1) AG-B15 AC Adapter and Battery Charger
(1) Component Video Cable
(3) RCA to BNC Adapter Ends
(1) Remote Control
(1) Shoulder Strap
(1) Porta Brace CS-DV3R Camera Case
Signal System: NTSC (1080/60i, 30p, 24p | 720/60p, 30p, 24p | 480/60i, 30p, 24p)
Image Device: 3-CCD, 1/3"
Lens: Leica Dicomar 13x Zoom 4.2-55mm f/1.6 (35mm Still Film Equivalence 32.5-423 mm)
82 mm Filter Diameter
Minimum Illumination: 3 lux
Built-in Filters: 1/8 ND, 1/64 ND
LCD Monitor: 3.5"
Shutter Speed Range 1/12 to 1/2000 sec
Gain Selection: 0-18 dB Range
Maximum Recording Time: 128 min with 32GB P2 Card (256 min with 2) / 60 min with Mini DV Cassette
Tape Format: MiniDV
Audio Signal Format 16 bit/48kHz Four Channels
Input and Output Connectors: FireWire: 4-Pin (x1)
Component Video: Special D Connector (x1 Output)
S-Video: 4-Pin (x1 Input, Output )
Composite Video: RCA (x1 Input, Output)
Audio: XLR (x2 Input)
Audio: RCA (x2 Input, Output)
Headphone: Stereo Mini (x 1)
USB: Type 2 (x1)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 6.7 x 7.1 x 15.2" (16.9 x 18 x 39 cm)
Weight: 5.2 lb (2.4 kg)
Flash Memory Recording Storage
P2 is a recording medium for professional systems. Since P2 cards use no drive mechanisms, they provide superior resistance to impact, vibration and temperature changes. A 16GB card will record 16 minutes of the 1920x1080 video at 100 Mbps, 44 minutes of 720p 24 fps video or over an hour of standard definition DVCPRO25 or consumer DV video.
Superior Quality Lens
The 13x zoom lens system features an 82-mm diameter filter along with 15 lens elements in 11 groups, including three aspherical lenses. The Leica Dicomar lens incorporates advanced Leica optical technology. The use of low-dispersion glass reduces color aberration and increases resolution, while a multi-coating process minimizes flare and ghosting. This results in sharp, crisp, beautifully rendered images with delicate nuances and exceptional shading.
Optical Image Stabilizer
Panasonic's advanced Optical Image Stabilizer dramatically reduces the blurring caused by hand-shake. Optical processing with an automatic correction function helps assure consistently clear and sharp images.
Super Sensitive CCDs
The advanced 1/3" progressive CCD combines with a newly developed 14-bit digital signal processor (DSP) in combination with a very sophisticated offset spatial technology achieves a balance of high resolution and high S/N ratio that rivals HD broadcasting cameras.
DVCPRO HD Codec
Using the DVCPRO HD codec recording system, the AG-HVX200A records HD video with outstanding image and audio quality onto a P2 card in MXF file format. This codec, thanks to a low compression ratio at a video bit rate of 100 Mbps (1080/59.94i, 720/59.94p) and the easy-to-edit intraframe compression system, is suitable for recording fast-moving subjects with no motion artifacts other than motion blur. The 4:2:2 sampling rate minimizes jaggies at chroma edges and is advantageous in image and compositing. Sound quality is excellent too, thanks to DVCPRO HD's uncompressed 16-bit, 4-channel digital audio recording capability.
The AG-HVX200A inherits many of the functions of the popular VariCam which enhanced the production of movies and television programs. It has variable frame rate features that respond to fast and slow action. Its true 24p/30p progressive video, cine-like gamma curves, and cine-like color matrix capture images and scenes with much the same look and feel as footage from a film camera. All controls and system interfaces are designed to meet professional needs.
8 Gamma Modes
Drawing on technology developed for the iconic VariCam, Panasonic has equipped the AG-HVX200A with advanced gamma functions that address eight different shooting scenarios. Included are the Cine-Like Gamma, which gives recordings the characteristic warm tone of film recordings, and a cooler, harder-edge News Gamma that's designed especially for news gathering.
Professional Camera Functions
It has a cam-driven manual zoom ring, focus ring and aperture dial. It retains a FireWire connection (IEEE 1394) and USB PC interface. The camera also has 2 XLR audio inputs with the Phantom Power option.