A terrific new HD camcorder with a 22x zoom that shoots broadcast-approved codecs at 50Mb/s and 100Mb/s. Plus, it's crammed full of Panasonic's new technology - wireless connectivity, cloud interchange, dual slot recording, microP2, proxy creation, LTE transmission and much more.
"...PX270 delivers. It was a delight to shoot and a worthy compact yet powerful tool. Small gripes aside, Panasonic has a winner on its hands that in turn will allow the success of its end users." creativeplanetnetwork.com
Matthew Abourezk from Talking Digital Media Group reviews the Panasonic AJ-PX270
AJ-PX270 Ultra Handheld Camera Recorder
From the Panasonic Stand at IBC 2013, Rob Tarrant introduces the new AG-AC8 AVCCAM camera, AJ-PX270 P2 HD, AJ-PX5000 shoulder mount camera and the BT-4LH310 4K LCD Production Monitor
The AJ-PX270 is a P2 HD handheld camera recorder with integrated AVC-ULTRA recording that offers a wide range of choice between recording bit rates.
The handheld features two built-in microP2 card slots with simultaneous recording functionality, a newly designed multipurpose compact zoom lens and wireless workflow options.
The AJ-PX270 covers both low-bit rate and high-bit rate recording thanks to its inherent support for the AVC-ULTRA codec family. In addition to the established AVC-Intra100, the camera has AVC-LongG, which is designed for applications where file size is critical and enables long recording times. With the AVC-LongG codec, it becomes possible to record four times longer than with AVC-Intra100 on the same memory space thanks to the smaller file size. AVC-LongG enables long 1920x1080 10bit 4:2:2 broadcast quality recording, which is supported by the camera’s newly developed high-sensitivity and low-noise 1/3 type 3MOS sensors. Furthermore, the handheld optionally supports AVC-Intra200 that enables master level recording.
Two built-in microP2 card slots offer ultimate low cost operation. Panasonic microP2 card technology features the same reliability of P2 cards and can be used without an adapter in the AJ-PX270. Simultaneous recording to the two memory cards is also possible for backup purposes. The PX270s newly designed built-in compact 22x zoom lens covers a broad range of shooting angles from 28mm wide to 616mm tele. The lens’ three rings (Cam-type zoom, Focus, Iris) offer the comfortable manual control experienced with exchangeable lenses, but without the need for actual lens changes.
The camera recorder features a Wireless LAN function via an optional Wireless LAN dongle and supports the existing Panasonic live uplink solutions. Dongle support for wireless workflow over a mobile 3G/4G/LTE network is also scheduled for the near future. Thanks to these wireless features, users of the AJ-PX270 can easily uplink low-bit rate proxy data and full quality broadcast content. The handheld camera’s network function makes the production workflow more efficient and accelerates the broadcasting workflow from shooting to on-air.
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The addition of the high-quality AVC-Intra Class200 codec* (10bit, 4:2:2, bitrate approx 200Mbps) enables visually lossless recording at twice the bit rate of AVC-Intra Class100, delivering studio master quality for recording network-level programming and archiving.
Sunset+Vine, an in-house production partner for BT Sport, is the first UK broadcast company to invest in the latest range of Panasonic ENG and handheld cameras.
Featuring broadcast HD 4:2:2 codecs from 25 to 200Mb/s, Panasonic’s new microP2 10-bit camcorders will be shown for the first in the UK at BVE 2014. Demonstrated by European distributor Holdan, the AJ-PX270 and AJ-PX5000 bring together all the leading strands in television technology including proxy recording, wireless production, cloud integration, availability for studio or field use and adoption of new low-cost yet robust recording cards.