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Panasonic Solutions Shipping New AJ-HPX3100 Camcorder

Billed as the company's most compact and lowest-price 2/3” 1080p 3-CCD model.

Panasonic Solutions Company is shipping its new AJ-HPX3100 master quality 1080p P2 HD camcorder, its most compact and lowest-price 2/3” 1080p 3-CCD camcorder, the company says in a written statement.

Designed for scripted programming, documentary, nature, cinema and commercial production, the master-quality HPX3100 delivers new features including 24-bit audio in AVC-Intra 100/50, wireless metadata input capability via wireless local area network (LAN) and high-quality proxy recording, says Panasonic Solutions Company, which is located in Secaucus, N.J. The proxy board also provides uncompressed audio, which can enhance editing, especially for projects with a large amount of content, like reality television and long-form projects.

Featuring three 2/3″ high density 2.2 million pixel CCDs, the HPX3100 acquires full-raster 1920 x 1080 resolution imaging with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling using the advanced AVC-Intra codec, the company said. The camcorder records in multiple worldwide formats, in HD in AVC-Intra and in DVCPRO HD at 1080 in 24p, 25p, 30p, 50i and 60i, and in SD (480i/586i) in DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV.

The two-P2-slot HPX3100 is equipped with seven advanced gamma settings, including Film-Rec 600 percent mode, to capture increased dynamic range, according to the firm. It also features a built-in reverse scan that allows unique setups such as mounting the camera upside down or usage of an ultra prime lens or an anamorphic lens adapter to create a 2.35:1 aspect image.

The camcorder records on high data transfer speed E-Series P2 cards (capacity up to 64GB).The HPX3100 has dual optical filter wheels for separate control of ND and CC, and a flip-out, 3.5-inch color LCD monitor for easy viewing. There is an option for a color or black-and-white type viewfinder. Standard interfaces include an HD-SDI input for external line recording, IEEE 1394A in/out, USB 2.0 in/out, genlock in with HD Tri-Level Sync or VBS in, and SMPTE time code in/out.