Panasonic AG-HPX250

100Mb/s 10-bit P2 HD Handheld Camcorder with AVC-Intra

Product Now discontinued

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 (

Panasonic HPX250, AC130 and AC160 compared

At BVE 2012 in London, Richard Payne of Holdan spells out the difference between these three handheld HD camcorders.

  • 5 year manufacturer warranty
  • 10-bit, 4:4:2 1920 x 1080 AVC-Intra 100
  • Variable Frame Rates in 1080p & 720p
  • Wide 28mm to 588mm 21x HD Lens
  • High Sensitivity 1/3" 2.2M Pixel 3 MOS Imager
  • Multi Camera Operation with Genlock / Time Code in
The AG-HPX250 is a P2 HD handheld camera recorder with 10 bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame full 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording.
Approved for HD broadcast production, the HPX250 is a solid state handheld camera which is ideal for fly on the wall documentary makers, on the move news camera crews and HD event producers.

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. 

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Panasonic AG-HPX250

100Mb/s 10-bit P2 HD Handheld Camcorder with AVC-Intra

Product Now discontinued

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