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Why Panasonic’s AG-CX10 4K 60p Camcorder is Low-Key Awesome

Billed as the smallest and lightest 4K 60p professional camcorder by Panasonic

“Everyone needs to apologize to camcorders,” writes Shaw C. Steiner. “For the past few years, we have been giving mirrorless all the attention for their video specs. In that same time, companies like Panasonic continued to develop their camcorder lineups and, in my opinion, make better choices for video than mirrorless. One of the latest is the AG-CX10, and it claims the title of smallest 4K60 handheld camcorder.

“Where camcorders have always excelled is in their all-in-one nature. Having a decent lens, pro audio connectors, and a relatively compact build make them perfect for run-and-gun shooting, such as documentaries, ENG, and events, for example,” Steiner continues. “They often find themselves working on unscripted/reality TV, live streams, and films. They also pack broadcast-ready video specs. All of this is found in a single camera body that needs very little to get going. The AG-CX10, in particular, just needs you to plug in a mic and pop in an SD card or two.” To read the full review, click here.

Panasonic wants it to be known that bigger isn’t always better with its three latest cameras—the HC-X1500, HCX2000 and AG-CX10—that were announced at CES 2020. Billed as the smallest and lightest 4K 60p professional camcorders by Panasonic, the new models are meant to provide a high standard of on-site mobility as well as high-quality recording capability.

The camcorders’ lightweight and size is achieved with a new heat-dispersing design that borrows air from the rear panel of the camera to efficiently disperse heat from the front panel. With this design, Panasonic can create these smaller cameras capable of 4K 60p while also providing extended shooting capability.

Panasonic's AG-CX10 camera
Panasonic’s AG-CX10 camera

All three of the cams feature an optical 24x zoom that ranges from 25-mm wide angle to 600-mm tele; it also has i.Zoom for 32x at 4K and 48x at Full-HD. Each camera also comes with the 4-Drive Lens System that controls the lens group independently. Additional lens features include a Leica Dicomar lens; two manual rings, one for focusing and one for iris or zoom operation; and ND filters from 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64.

Read more: Capture Pro-Style 4K in Compact Form with Panasonic’s New HC-X2000, HC-X1500 & AG-CX10

The cameras provide Face Detection AF/AE for precise focusing and sufficient exposure. It works with the precise focus lens drive on focusing speed, stability and tracking performance for 4K and Full-HD. Subject tracking with color recognition can be activated on the LCD panel.

In both UHD and FHD models, there is Optical Image Stabilization and Electronic Image Stabilization that can detect and correct shakiness in five axes, including rotational blurring. The Ball O.I.S. system reduces friction on the drive section, helping to produce images with suppressed handshake even at 24x optical zoom.

Panasonic also provided its Venus Engine from its Lumix camera series for these trio of camcorders, enabling 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording up to 29.97p in UHD and up 59.94p in Full-HD. HEVC recording is also supported. All the models support MOV, MP4 and AVCHD files, but the AG-CX10 also supports P2 MXF for broadcast station editing systems; AVC-Intra/AVC-LongG codecs are also supported.

Additional features include super slow-motion recording; a 3.5-inch monitor with 2,760K-dots of resolution; double SD card slot; 48-kHz/24-bit high resolution linear PCM audio recording; a built-in Wi-Fi module; and an optional handle unit that is equipped with a two-channel XLR audio input, audio control and LED light.

Panasonic will make all three camcorders available in March 2020.

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