IBC: Panasonic demonstrates AVC-Ultra camcorder

AJ-PX270 AVC-Ultra camcorder
Panasonic’s AJ-PX270 AVC-Ultra camcorder. Picture: Panasonic.

Panasonic’s handheld AJ-PX270 records 10-bit, 4:2:2 video using new codec, and 4K Varicam is under development.

Panasonic has developed its first handheld camcorder based on its AVC-Ultra recording format, the AJ-PX270. The new camcorder is based around 1/3-inch 3MOS sensors, and a 22x optical zoom lens. The lens has separate zoom, focus and iris rings, whilst video recording is to microP2 cards; the camcorder can record video to both cards at once.

The AJ-PX270 has a USB port for a wireless LAN or cellular data dongle, with an upgrade to allow uplinking of footage via 3G or 4G to be released shortly. The uplink port allows video crews to send both proxy and broadcast-ready files.

For onboard recording, the AJ-PX270 supports both AVC-Intra100 and AVC-LongG, which can record as much as four times as much footage as AVC-Intra. The camcorder is expected to be available in Spring 2014.

Meanwhile, the manufacturer has said it is prioritising development of a 4K Varicam camera. The Varicam 4K will be based around a Super35mm sensor, with recording framerates from 24 to 100fps (or 120fps for 60Hz models). 4K recording will be supported by a new line of Ultra P2 memory cards.