Panasonic AG-CX350 4K 1-Inch Sensor Video Camera

Key features include:

  • 1-Inch sensor
  • 20X Optical zoom lens
  • OLED viewfinder
  • 3.2-Inch monitor screen
  • Timecode
  • Optional wireless abilities
  • Rings for zoom, focus, and iris
  • HEVC
  • 10-bit 4K
  • $3700

The one thing that surprised us is that both 4K and 1080P have a max 60 FPS rate.  We were expecting 120 FPS or more in 1080P mode.

We find that larger sensors are needed for 4K video cameras than what were used in 1080P video cameras, so we will welcome this new camera from Panasonic.

Review of the Sony A6400 as 4K VLOG Camera

Sony’s A6500 replacement is coming, maybe not right away, but it’s around the corner.  Thus we caution against buying the A6400 right now if you don’t need something right away.  The A6400 is definitely an improvement over the A6300, but compared to the innovation we’re seeing from the likes of Fuji and Panasonic we’re still disappointed with the overall experience of this camera for video use.

New Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Firmware Update

No, there is no BRAW in firmware 6.1, nor do we have an ETA on when BRAW might be coming to the Pocket 4K, but they have added the following:

  • Added support for pixel remapping in camera.
  • Added 2:1 monitoring frame guide.
  • Improved media formatting user interface.
  • Improved audio monitoring latency performance.
  • Improved auto focus performance.
  • Improved signal to noise ratio performance of camera internal microphone.
  • Improved power efficiency for improved battery life.
  • Improved 3.5mm audio input selection interface.
  • Improved AV sync performance.
  • Fixed an issue where time and date is not updated on camera when connected to the Blackmagic Camera Setup utility.
  • Fixed an issue where the 3.5mm audio input level is 6dB lower than expected.
  • Fixed an auto focusing issue with Lumix 20mm f/1.7 lens.
  • Fixed an issue where some USB-C external SSDs were not detected when connected before camera is powered up.
  • Fixed an issue where some batteries might shut off earlier than expected.
  • Fixed an issue where low battery indicator is not displayed appropriately.
  • Fixed an issue with camera not being detected by host computer when connected to certain USB ports.
  • Updated dynamic range and ISO chart in user manual.

A More In-Depth Hands-on Look at the Panasonic S1/S1R

These are interesting cameras but Panasonic’s targeting the higher end market is a departure from its approach with M43 where it released very affordable products for the features they offered. Premium is where the camera makers believe the money is at I guess.

Regardless, we wish Panasonic success because they have shown more innovation the Nikon and Canon and we’d be happy to have them survive as a competitor.

Here’s Lok’s first Look: