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Panasonic AG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder

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Sugg Retail Price: $10,835.00
Product Highlights
  • 1080p/1080i/720p
  • DVCPRO, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO HD
  • Variable Frame Rates
  • NTSC/PAL
  • Four P2 Slots

Panasonic Warranty ProgramThe Panasonic AG-HPX500 is an affordable 2/3" CCD high definition camcorder designed for use with the P2 memory-based recording system. The camera truly shines in a wide variety of applications previously only possible on the highest-end Varicam. The unit is lightweight enough to take almost anywhere while still conforming to the shoulder-mounted form factor professionals require. Four P2 slots allow for up to 256 minutes of continuous recording.

Unlike similar priced camcorders, the AG-HPX500 can shoot a variety of standard definition and high definition resolutions, including 720p, 1080i and 1080p. All footage is recorded to the industry-standard DVCPRO, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO HD formats, which can be used in almost every professional editing suite. Features such as variable frame rates, 60p, chromatic aberration compensation (CAC), cine-like gamma, and many others provide limitless possibilities for dramatic, news and sports productions. No matter what the task the AG-HPX500 has it covered.

Note! This model does not come with a lens.

P2 Flash Memory Recording Storage
The AG-HPX500 is the first high definition ENG camcorder to feature P2 (professional plug-in) capability. P2 was developed as a recording system for professionals and is widely used amongst broadcasters and independent videographers. P2 products use no drive mechanisms, making the camera more resistant to impact, vibration and temperature change. Currently, there is a choice between 16GB and 32GB P2 cards. A 16GB card will record 16 minutes of the highest quality DVCPRO HD video, 40 minutes of 720/24pN video, as well as up to 64 minutes of standard definition DVCPRO25 or MiniDV. A 32GB card will double these run times.
High-Quality 2/3" CCDs
Borrowing technology from the highly acclaimed AG-SDX900, the AG-HPX500's advanced 2/3" progressive CCDs provide the kind of high sensitivity not available in comparably priced cameras. This advanced CCD combined with a newly developed digital signal processor (DSP) in combination with a very sophisticated offset spatial technology, can achieve unparalleled images while maintaining a high S/N ratio.
Advanced Digital Signal Processor
The AG-HPX500's advanced digital signal processor uses 14-bit A/D conversion and 19-bit inner processing to attain unprecedented accuracy. While the camera does not record 1080/60p, it is from this capture that all other signals are made, which includes both 1080/24p and 1080/30p. The DSP performs a variety of adjustments, including eight types of gamma settings, for each of the R, G and B channels. It also converts the signals to HD or SD format. With performance equivalent to processors used in many higher-end HD cameras, the AG-HPX500 delivers beautiful images in all video formats regardless of resolution.
DVCPRO HD Codec
Thanks to a low compression ratio at a bit rate of 100 Mbps (1080/59.94i, 720/59.94p) along with the easy-to-edit intraframe compression system, DVCPRO HD is suitable for recording fast-moving subjects with no motion artifacts whatsoever, making it ideal for slow-motion capture. The 4:2:2 sampling rate minimizes jaggies at chroma edges and is advantageous in image compositing. Sound quality is excellent as well, thanks to uncompressed 16-bit, 4-channel digital audio recording capability.
Professional Camera Features
The camera features almost every conceivable input, including HD-SDI. Serial Digital Interface (SDI) allows users to output and view digital video without any digital to analog conversion. This can be used for both recording and display purposes, providing the highest quality signal possible. The standard 2/3" bayonet mount allows cinematographers to change lenses depending on budget and application.
Chromatic Aberration Compensation
Chromatic aberration (CA) usually appears as a hard pink glow at and around high contrast areas and lines. The phenomenon often results from imperfections in the camera lens' optics. While using compatible lenses, the AG-HPX500 can internally correct for chromatic aberration distortion through its sophisticated CAC technology.
Super Reliable Work Flow Process
The P2 card is a new solid state recording media that Panasonic developed to bridge the gap between information technology and professional video. About the same size as a PC card, the P2 card stores large amounts of video and audio data in MXF-format files. This solid state memory is free of tape related problems such as drop-outs. It provides superior resistance to impact, vibration, and temperature changes. And it is impossible to over-write important data. Unlike tape there is no need to fast-forward or rewind to reach selected points of video. The user selects a thumbnail image and the video clip can be viewed right away. Similarly, once the record button is pressed recording starts immediately.

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Signal System 1080/60i, 30p, 24p
1080/50i, 25p
720/60p, 30p, 24p
720/50p, 25p

720pN Variable Frame Rates
60 Hz mode: 12, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 30, 32, 36, 48, 60 fps
50 Hz mode: 12, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30, 32, 37, 48, 50 fps

NTSC: 480/60i, 30p, 24p
PAL: 576/50i, 25p
Image Device 2/3" 3CCD
Lens None
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Horizontal Resolution 1080 Lines
Sensitivity F10 at 2000 lux
Minimum Illumination Not Specified By Manufacturer
Vertical Smear Not Specified By Manufacturer
Built-in Filters ND: Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
LCD Monitor 3.5"
Viewfinder 1.5" CRT B/W, NTSC/PAL Switchable
Scan Matching Yes
Different Ranges for Different Record Modes
Memory Card Slot SD Memory Cards for Scene-File Sharing
4 P2 Card Slots for Video
Shutter Speed Range 1/12 to 1/2000 sec (Range depends on Record Mode)
Gain Selection 0-18 dB Range
VTR
Tape Format Not Applicable
Tape Speed Not Applicable
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Recording Time Not Applicable
Audio
Audio Dynamic Range Not Specified By Manufacturer
Audio Signal Format 16 bit/48kHz Four Channels
Audio Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
General
Input and Output Connectors Composite: BNC (x1 Output)
Component: D4 Terminal (x1 Output)
SDI/HD-SDI: BNC (x1 Output)
Timecode: BNC (x1 Input, x1 Output)
FireWire: 6-Pin
DC Power: XLR (x1 Input, x1 Output)
Remote: 10-Pin
Lens: 12-Pin
EVF: 20-Pin
USB 2.0: 4-Pin (Type-B)
Microphone: XLRx2 (x1 Input)
Analog Audio: XLRx2 (x1 Input)
Line Out: Pin Jack
Headphone: 3.5mm Stereo Mini Jack
Power Requirements 12 VDC (11-17V)
Power Consumption 23W
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.6 x 10.4 x 12.6" (14 x 26.1 x 31.8 cm)
Weight 8.4 lb (3.8 kg)
Panasonic AG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder
  • 1.5" B/W Viewfinder
  • Component Video Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • P2 Card Software Driver (CD-ROM)
  • 1-Year Warranty + 4-Year Extended Warranty w/Registration
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    PanasonicAG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder
     
    4.9

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great picture quality (10)
    • Great features (7)
    • Great sound (7)
    • Versatile (5)
    • Comfortable to operate (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies/short films (7)
      • Documentaries (6)
      • HD shooting (4)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Sports (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional (5), Pro videographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (3)

      Reviewed by 11 customers

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A very good camera

      By Richard

      from Tobago

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies

        Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder:

        This is a simple user friendly camera that gives you value for money. I have owned one for the last year. My only regret about it is that the mxf files are not compatable with final cut 7 so a converter program is used which slows down the productivity flow. But none the less its a very good camera. Well done Panasonic!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A huge HD bang for the buck

        By MAD LAD

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel

          Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder:

          This camera packs a huge HD bang for the buck. It has features previously only available in a higher price point camcorder. Why pay almost as much for a less ergonomic camera that doesn't have the pro features this camera has. This camera is versatile and perfect for broadcast video feature, news, DVD and web production.

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          • No

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Made me a boatload!

          By schreinervideo

          from Salt Lake City UT

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

          • No image stabilization

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films

          Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder:

          I waited for Panasonic to come out with a P2, broadcast quality camera and it was the best decision I ever made. The 20+ formats got me foreign clients who need PAL, domestics who want NTSC, HD, SD and everything in between. This camera does it all and more. I've never lost a byte on the P2s in more than two years and the MXF workflow is fast and manageable. It even works on the same DS20/SoloDV Miller tripod as my XL1s. Add a great lens and you'll never regret it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good and cheap camcorder

          By Roman

          from Poland

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable to Operate
          • Great Features
          • SDI
          • Simple Controls
          • Slow motion

          Cons

          • Poor menu
          • Small audio level meter
          • Weak viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • Movies/Short Films

          Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder:

          Quite cheap but very good camcorder for this price. I worked before with procamcorders like AJ-D700, AJ-SDX900, DSR450WSL, PDW-530 XDCAM and for me the worst thing of HPX500 is very, very weak viewfinder... It has also poor menu and too small audio level meter what is important when you work with sound engineer - it could be two switchable items on one LCD display: video preview and "normal" audio level meter with time code (like in DSR-450). For professionals HPX2000 is much better in usage but it costs twice or more (the main reason I did not buy it) and has no SDI. If you do not have P2 gear SDI is sometimes very useful to copy material on broadcast recorders (I do it quite often). Anyway I like my HPX500 and is really worth to buy!!!

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Panasonic has a winner here

          By Jess the cam man

          from Franklin, Tennessee

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable to Operate
          • Durable
          • Great Features
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • No drop outs
          • No heads
          • No moving parts
          • Simple Controls
          • Versatile
          • Very power efficient

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • Drama vignettes
            • HD Shooting
            • Sports Corporate Video

            Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder:

            Great camera. Love the P2 work flow. Lots of configurations for HD and SD. Bought last Jan. 08. Very power efficient. Best features: No moving parts, No heads to wear out, No such thing as drop-outs, no heads to clog or clean. Very awesome.

            I have a fuji wide angle lens on the camera, and love to do hand held at waist level with the LCD screen out. Very steadi-cam like when shooting this way.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing perfomance to an amazingly low p

            By Nicke

            from Täby, Sweden

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Features
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries

              Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder:

              So far we are very happy with the HPX500. Execellent picture quality. The P2 workflow requires a whole new approach when it comes to ingesting, logging, etc.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Stunning picture quality

              By T2

              from Reno/Tahoe

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Great Features
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Special Events
                • Sports

                Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder:

                Action sports in Reno/Tahoe area.
                Cannot break it and the P2 card system allows unprecedented rough handling in outdoor weather. Makes HDV tape look very shabby - can never go back to HDV.

                Its still a big camera and not as easy to use as a smaller camera. Extra P2 cards are over priced in my opinion - but they don't wear out!
                Worst feature is Japanese translated manual!

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                AWESOME CAMERA!!!

                By Joe Stauffer

                from Wilmington, NC

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable to Operate
                • Great Features
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • Music Videos
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder:

                  I shoot mostly films and music videos and I have to say that this is one amazing camera. Tons of professional features, easy to use and if you put some nice primes on it the picture will blow your mind. Long battery life. Great for the price.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Price for a True HD Camera

                  By ZMF

                  from Oregon

                  About Me Professional

                  Pros

                  • Great Features
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Viewfinder weak

                  Best Uses

                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • Special Events
                  • Sports
                  • Weddings

                  Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder:

                  I've used this camera for ENG work at my job, though it could be used for just about anything from events to commercial production to filmmaking.

                  Great HD picture quality shooting to P2 cards.

                  Great price. $20k for a full package is an unbelievable deal.

                  Easy to use for anyone who has handled a larger camera or moving up from the HVX200.

                  Works superb in low light.

                  My only knock is that the viewfinder is weak compared to other cameras in this range.

                  • How long have you owned it:
                  • One-to-three months

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                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great camera but...

                  By Stever

                  from Colorado

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable to Operate
                  • Durable
                  • Great Features
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Simple Controls
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Special Events
                    • Sports

                    Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder:

                    Great camera but make sure it has the e-prom update for the 5600 white balance pre-set. The 5600k white balance pre-set is very blue and green. There is talk about it on the forums and Panasonic has a fix. It doesn't effect the manual AWB modes.
                    The scene file wheel (like the HVX200) is great to have on a pro camera.

                    • How long have you owned it:
                    • A month or less
                    • Similar:
                    • HVX200

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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent camera

                    By Gianluca

                    from Rome, Italy

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Movies/Short Films

                      Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX500 2/3" Shoulder Mounted P2 Camcorder:

                      Good quality, in my opinion one of the best products on the market.
                      Excellent value for money. Perfect for professional productions.

                      • How long have you owned it:
                      • A month or less

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                      Required item: Recording media is not included. A memory card is required to record your footage.

                      Panasonic -  32GB F-Series P2 Memory Card
                      • Price: $399.00
                       

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                      • Price: $337.00
                       

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                      Required item: A Microphone is not included, and is required to use this camcorder.

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                      • Price: $299.95
                       

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                      • Price: $338.00
                       

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