What we think:
The HPX250 is a real power-house. Recording 10-bit 4:2:2 100Mb/s puts it head and shoulders above the competition where image quality is concerned while its ultra-reliable P2 media is proof of its solid broadcast credentials. Among its other stand out features are a 21x zoom that starts very wide (28mm) and variable frame rate recording. A seriously good camera.
"...a great workhorse camera, and a worthy successor to the old HVX200." Helmut Kobler (www.losangelescameraman.com)
In addition to AVC-Intra 100/50 recording, the HPX250 records in DVCPRO HD, as well as standard definition recording in DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV. The HPX250 supports international HD and SD standards, an added benefit to producers with global clients. In AVC-Intra 100/50 and DVCPRO HD, it records in 1080 at 59.94i, 29.97p(N), 23.98p(N), 50i and 25p(N) and in 720p at 23.98p(N), 29.97p(N), 59.94p, 50p and 25p(N). In DVCPRO50/25 and DV, it records in 480 at 59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 23.98pA, and in 576 at 50i and 25p.
The HPX250 offers variable frame rate capability in 1080p up to 30fps as well as 720p up to 60fps for undercranking / overcranking to create fast or slow-motion effects.
Offering a wide 28mm to 588mm (35mm equivalent) 21X HD lens with 3 independent adjustable rings, the HPX250 covers most shooting situations without the need for a wide-angle conversion lens. The 21X lens also features an Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) function that ensures stable images during shooting.
The HPX250 offers genlock/timecode input for multi-camera operation, as well as an HD SDI output, an HDMI output, and an IEEE 1394 in/out. The camera recorder is equipped with a Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) function to help compensate for wide variations in lighting, a waveform monitor and vector scope display, and two focus assist functions – a picture expanding function and a focus bar.
Equipped with two P2 card slots, the HPX250 can record for up to 320 minutes in AVC-Intra 100 at 720/24pN, 160 minutes in AVC-Intra 100 at 1080/24pN and 128 minutes in other AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPRO HD formats on two 64GB cards. In AVC-Intra 50, the recording time is twice as AVC-Intra 100.
The P2 HD handheld offers all the benefits of a faster, file-based P2 HD workflow including such recording features as instant recording start-up, clip thumbnail view for immediate access to video content on all cards, and a host of time-saving recording modes including continuous recording, card slot selection, hot swapping, loop, pre-record (three seconds in HD and seven seconds in SD), one-shot and interval recording. The camera recorder also features an SD memory card slot for saving or loading scene files and user settings.
For easy HD viewing, the camera is equipped with a widescreen 1,226,000-pixels LCOS colour viewfinder and a widescreen 921,000-pixels 8.8cm (3.45 inches) LCD colour monitor.