The Promising New Panasonic HC-X1 Camcorder


Finally, Panasonic’s HC-X1 meets several of the requirements we really want to see in any 4K camcorder:

  • At least a 1-inch sensor
  • 60P at 4K
  • Optical image stabilization in 4K
  • Reasonable price ($3200)
  • Built in ND filter
  • Dual media card slots

We’re very interested to see what image quality and low-light capabilities this camcorder has.  The 20X zoom starts at 24mm which is also wonderful. The only thing we immediately don’t like is that the codec is only 100 Mbit in 24P and 150 Mbit in 60P.

Other features of note:

  • Triple Manual Rings
  • Three manual rings for Zoom, Focus and Iris control.
  • 2-Channel XLR Audio Input Terminal
  • 2 high-quality audio channels using either the 16-bit linear PCM system (MOV/MP4) or Dolby Digital system (AVCHD).
  • High-Resolution OLED EVF
  • A high-resolution OLED display (approx. 1,769,000 dots).
  • Sliding 3.5-type (inch) Touch-Panel LCD
  • A retractable touch-LCD can be pulled out of the camera handle and turned 270 degrees.
  •  ND Filters: 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
  •  Gain: select from -3 dB to 24 dB gain for three-position (L/M/H).
  • AWB Selector: A/B memory and presets (3200/5600/VAR).
  • HDMI OUT: Outputs images up to 4K 24p and UHD 60p/50p