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Panasonic to Begin Shipping AJ-PX270 P2 Camcorder

New camcorder uses AVC-Ultra recording.

NEWARK, NJ – Panasonic recently announced delivery and pricing of the new AJ-PX270, the company’s first P2 HD handheld camcorder with AVC-Ultra recording. Combining the high quality and efficiency of low-bit-rate recording and the flexibility of 3G/4G/LTE wireless mobility, the five-pound PX270 provides much of the functionality of Panasonic’s high-end, shoulder-mount camcorder (the AJ-PX5000 with AVC-Ultra). It also features new high-sensitivity, low-noise 1/3-inch 3-MOS imagers to produce clear pictures in a wide range of lighting conditions.

Designed as a news acquisition tool, the PX270 will be equally suitable for a wide range of sports, corporate, education and event applications. The PX270 will be available in March at a suggested list price of $6,495.

With its AVC-Ultra codec, the PX270 features several recording modes. For high-quality recording, the camera records in 100Mbps AVC-Intra100, as well as 200 Mbps AVC-Intra200 (optional: available in the near future). For applications where file size is critical, e.g., for wireless feeds, the camcorder incorporates a choice of AVC-LongG quality levels, including AVC-LongG50, AVC-LongG25 and AVC-LongG12. These 10-bit, 4:2:2 sampled codecs (LongG50/25*) record in much smaller file sizes, saving storage cost and transfer time, while maintaining equal or better video quality to existing legacy codecs.

Addressing the need for high-speed file exchange, the PX270’s high-resolution AVC-Proxy encodes in parallel with higher bandwidth production formats, enabling fast, efficient offline editing, at bit rates from 6 Mbps down to 800kbps. The camcorder also offers legacy recording in DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV.

“The PX270’s scalable, flexible AVC-ULTRA codec encompasses recording 10-bit 4:2:2 HD at 25Mbps, a dramatic achievement meaning that broadcast-quality HD can be transported over fast broadband networks at high speed, and users can record long-format material to a single or dual microP2 card,” said Steven Cooperman, senior product manager, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. ”The 200Mbps option is a testament to the camera’s flexibility, with its visually lossless compression and master-level quality.”

The PX270 uses a newly designed 22X zoom lens that ranges from 28mm at the wide end to tele 616 mm (35mm equivalent) zoom. The PX270’s three manual operation lens rings — zoom, focus and iris — provide manual control similar to interchangeable lenses. The zoom control on the handle enables variable speed zoom, allowing fine zoom control even for low angle shots.

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