Panasonic HC-X1 Announced: 4K DCI, 1″ Sensor Video Camera

September 2nd, 2016
Panasonic HC-X1 Announced: 4K DCI, 1" Sensor Video Camera

The announcement of the Panasonic HC-X1 comes amidst a storm of camera releases. With a 1 inch sensor, 4K DCI and up to 60p in UHD mode, this run&gun handheld camera is surly aiming to suit the needs of modern news and documentary shooters, allowing greater creativity with its relatively large sensor.

Panasonic HC-X1 (1 of 1)

Once again we are seeing evidence that what in the old days used to be a rather boring, 1/3 inch segment is growing up to be an interesting sector by combining enhanced specifications and sensor size. At times, indie filmmakers might dismiss this type of handy cameras, but we shouldn’t forget that there is a very large community of news shooters out there that will be very happy to adopt this kind of working tool.

In a nutshell, here is what the new Panasonic HC-X1 has to offer (in no particular order):

  • World camera with a wide variety of resolutions and frame rates.
  • Optical image stabilizer in 4K 24p / UHD
  • 5-Axis Hybrid Image Stabilizer in HD and lower resolutions
  • Synchro Scan to help when shooting computer screens
  • 4K DCI (4096×2160) at 24p, 100Mbps
  • 4K (UHD) in 23.98/25/29.97/50/60p at 150Mbps.
  • HD in 23.98/25/29.97/50/60p at up to 200Mbps.
  • Up to 120fps in FHD
  • FHD Variable Frame rate Recording: 2-60fps
  • Wireless remote control via the AG-ROP iPad App
  • Triple manual rings (Zoom/Focus/Iris)
  • 25-480mm (20x) optical zoom
  • F/2.8 – F/4.5 aperture
  • 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 ND filter
  • IR Filter (ON/OFF)
  • Recording in MOV, MP4 and AVCHD formats.
  • 4K (UHD) output via HDMI
  • 2 x XLR inputs.
  • 8 Gamma Curves including Cinelike V and D

Panasonic HC-X1 (1 of 1)

If you are a professional using a 1-inch sensor sized camera like the Panasonic HC-X1 for your creative work, share with us your working experience. Did you ever try working with an even larger sensor camera or do you find this type of working tool good enough for you at the end of the day?

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 Danilo Sindoni
Danilo Sindoni
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September 3rd, 2016
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September 2nd, 2016

This Panasonic cam will find a market.

I don’t think there’s much news demand for 4K, but most news people will use this cam in 1080i mode (I’m assuming this camera has an interlaced mode, even though it’s not listed on the brief specifications above).

Johann Hütter
Johann Hütter
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September 3rd, 2016
Reply to  Beebee Lestr

if it doesn’t have 50i, just use 50p and let the editing software throw away every other line…

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September 3rd, 2016
Reply to  Johann Hütter

Johann, I’m fully aware you can shoot at double the frame rate and then transcoded it to get an interlaced video. But…

You’ll be using twice the storage space in your camera, and taking more than twice as long to get your footage ready for transmission – a no no in this camera’s intended market of news gathering.

Eduardo Olmos
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September 2nd, 2016

that introduction video was way too corny haha

 the SUBVERSIVE
the SUBVERSIVE
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September 3rd, 2016
Reply to  Eduardo Olmos

Most of camera feat promo videos are corny, not just Panasonic though… hahaha…

Eric Temple
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September 2nd, 2016

It’s cheaper than the DVX200. Seems like it’s marketed to wedding and industrial shooters.

Emeric Caron
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September 3rd, 2016
Reply to  Eric Temple

I’m worried about the 1″ sensor for low light situations during weddings :/

Nasmie Solomons
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September 2nd, 2016

It’s something I can work with.

Micha Yunowho
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September 2nd, 2016

Awww…was looking great until the ONE XLR! Bummer :(

 Antoine vdS
Antoine vdS
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September 2nd, 2016
Reply to  Micha Yunowho

There are two XLR!

 Antoine vdS
Antoine vdS
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September 2nd, 2016

Looks very good, affordable, if I was in the market for these kind of camera I would definitely consider it!

Fernando Luis Jimenez
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September 2nd, 2016

Kyle Frazer This sounds pretty good to me. Better option than a DVX200?

Kyle Frazer
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September 2nd, 2016

Looks like it. I couldn’t find a release date. When it gets close I’ll hit up Wes and see if we can get one.

Av Akash Verma
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September 2nd, 2016

Price ?

Tulio Campregher
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September 2nd, 2016

1996 viewfinder.

Adam Loretz
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September 2nd, 2016

Looks pretty useful.

Attila Bakos
Attila Bakos
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September 2nd, 2016

No Log profile?

 Bernard Shaw
Bernard Shaw
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September 2nd, 2016
Reply to  Attila Bakos

yes it does have one it looks like

Attila Bakos
Attila Bakos
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September 3rd, 2016
Reply to  Bernard Shaw

Any proof? I can’t see it in the speclist.

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September 2nd, 2016

Why only 150Mbs for larger format, and 200Mbps for HD?

4K (UHD) in 23.98/25/29.97/50/60p at 150Mbps.
HD in 23.98/25/29.97/50/60p at up to 200Mbps.

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September 2nd, 2016
Reply to  Derek McCabe

It’s probably the same as the GH4. 4K is IPB and HD is All-I.

It just means better compress ratio, but more processing intensive in 4K.

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