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    Panasonic announces aj-hpx3100 p2 hd camcorder
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    WIESBADEN - 23. August 2010 - Panasonic will launch the AJ-HPX3100, a compact shoulder mounted HD camcorder featuring P2 solid-state memory card recording, in October 2010.

    The AJ-HPX3100 offers high image quality and performance for high-end video production, incorporating a 2.2 megapixel, 2/3, type CCD image sensor (3CCD) and the latest AVC-Intra Codec for broadcasting (compatible with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264).

    The camcorder supports multi-format HD capability as well as SD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV recording. The AVC-Intra 100 codec records high-quality images using 10 bit/4:2:2 sampling and also supports high-quality 24 bit audio recording whilst in AVC-Intra mode. The camera also offers a Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) function to compensate variations in the lens and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) which suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights.

    The AJ-HPX3100 offers a number of improvements over its predecessor; a newly designed compact and lightweight body provides a low centre of gravity ensuring an unobstructed view for the camera operator. It is 3.9kg (8.6 lb) lighter than the previous model, offering the camera person enhanced mobility. The camera also consumes around 23% less power than conventional 2/3 3CCD camcorders.

    The camcorder has two easily accessible slots for reusable P2 solid-state memory cards which offer up to 64 GB capacity and a high data transfer speed. The new camera also includes a range of functionality to improve workflow including wireless metadata input capability and a new video encoder board capable of proxy recording supporting Apple’s Final Cut Pro editing system.

    The AJ-HPX3100G will be showcased at the BIRTV 2010 exhibition in Beijing, China between August 23 to 26 and will also be on the Panasonic stand #11.E60 at IBC from September 10th.
    Matt Gottshalk - Director/ Dp/ and Emmy Award Winning Editor
    Producer, Digital Creative for the United States Postal Service


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    Any idea on price point? looks like they are trying to make a hybrid Hpx300/hpx500.

    It looks like it will be more towards the HPX500 replacement considering it finally has a CCD instead of cmos! which i'm so happy about!

    Would be interesting to know more specs on it too. Seems to me like its an HPX500 with a HPX300 body, only 2 P2 slots. But full HD CCD's and 2/3'' depth. it seems to eliminate all the nice outputs on the more expensive cameras, but keeps the quality up for chips. I like it, stripped down ccd 1080p camera. Most likely wont have any variable rates, just 24p and 30p but for most filmmakers if the price for this is right, people will jump all over it. Very interesting.
    Last edited by G.P.; 08-23-2010 at 11:31 PM.


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