Panasonic AG-HVX200P P2 Camera Pro HD
The Panasonic AG-HVX200 answers the demands of the professional HDTV photographer with a compact and feature packed acquisition tool. The camera is compatible with DVCProHD, DVCPro50, DVCPro25 and consumer DV recording standards. It uses 3 wide aspect CCDs for true 16:9 recordings. It has a wide angle Leica Dicomar HD quality lens with advanced glass coatings. The most significant advance is that it uses the P2 memory cards for recording. This disk based recording medium makes the video immediately accessible to non-linear systems leaving behind a digitizing process that tape always required.
P2 Flash Memory Recording Storage
The AG-HVX200 is the first camcorder featuring the P2 (professional plug-in) card. It was developed as a recording memory for professional systems. Because the core P2 products use no drive mechanisms they provide superior resistance to impact, vibration and temperature change.
The AG-HVX200 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.
Professional Camera Functions
This P2 camcorder offers several functions that would most commonly be found on cameras costing many times its price. It has a cam-driven manual zoom ring, focus ring and aperture dial. It gives access to up to four channels of uncompressed digital audio. It retains a FireWire connection (IEEE 1394) and USB PC interface. The camera also has 2 XLR audio inputs with the Phantom power option.
Calling Out to Production Professionals
The AGHVX200 starts with many of the same features as Panasonic's AGDVX100A professional DV camera-recorder, and adds a number of advanced functions and features that improve ease of use.
Optical system: The cam-driven manual zoom, the focus ring, and the iris dial provide outstanding manual shooting ease. Pro audio: XLR audio input terminals that are compatible with 48-V phantom power supply and volume dials for two channels allow the use of handheld shotgun microphones. The AGHVX200 can simultaneously record up to four channels of uncompressed digital audio.
Assist functions: Shooting assist functions include focus assist (center zoom) button, built-in ND filter, gain-up (including accumulation mode), scene file dial, programmable user buttons, and full-auto mode.
Viewfinder/monitor: A large-diameter viewfinder with a tilt-up mechanism and a 3.5" LCD monitor are standard equipment. The high-brightness monitor displays menus and thumbnails and is convenient for previewing video clips.
Design: The body is short and easy to handle. The center of gravity is at the grip section, making the camera easy to hold. The large handle at the top has been designed to provide an unobstructed forward view.