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Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • 1/3"-Type 2.2 Mp 3MOS Imager
  • Integrated 22x (28-616mm Equiv) Lens
  • 10-Bit AVC-Intra Recording at 100 Mb/s
  • DVCPRO HD & SD Recording
  • Variable Frame Rates & 24p Modes
  • 3.45" 1920 x 480 LCD Monitor
  • Dual P2 Memory Card Slots
  • Manual Zoom, Iris, Focus Rings
  • HD-SDI, HDMI & Composite Outputs
  • NTSC & PAL

The Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder is the first handheld professional camcorder model to record the extremely high-quality AVC-Intra 100 Mb/s (10-bit 4:2:2) codec. Featuring an integrated 22x zoom lens and a 2.2 Mp 1/3"-type 3MOS imager, the versatile HPX250 records not only AVC-Intra but also several flavors of DVCPRO (including DVCPRO HD) as well as DV. A variety of frame rates are possible in DVCPRO modes, for native slow- and fast-motion effects.

For video that will later endure heavy processing in the form of effects and other processes, the intra-frame compression options of the HPX250 are crucial. The AVC-Intra 100 codec is a perfect choice for any projects that involve tasks such as greenscreen shooting. The HPX250 could thrive as the second camcorder on an independent feature production, or as the go-to model for a freelance videographer who does a variety of jobs, from SD to HD – and with support for PAL/NTSC signal systems, it will cross oceans without missing a beat. Its compact size makes it hard to leave at home.

Panasonic Optical Technology
The HPX250's high-performance 22x zoom lens was designed specifically for professional HD video production. Sharing the wide-angle capability found in the DVX and HVX series, the lens offers some additional telephoto capability for a 28-616mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range. The lens combines 18 elements in 12 groups and adds an ultra-high refractive (UHR) glass element, a low-dispersion element, and aspheric elements. Unique to Panasonic, Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) technology minimizes color bleeding in the surrounding image and achieves rich expression by way of finely rendered nuances and excellent shading
Manual Control Rings
Three manual rings – mechanical (cam-driven) zoom, focus, and iris – allow you to operate as if you've got an interchangeable-lens camcorder, for fine, tactile control over the parameters of the captured image
Optical Image Stabilization
To compensate for any shaking of the operator's hand, the HPX250 features an optical image stabilizer (OIS)
High-Sensitivity, Low-Noise 3MOS Image Sensor
Thanks to Progressive Advanced Processing (PAP) technology, high sensitivity up to F10 (F11 in 50 Hz mode) is possible, for low-noise performance in dimly lit environments. The 1/3-type 2.2 Mp 3MOS sensor features the same Ultra Luminance Technology (ULT) that's incorporated in Panasonic's shoulder-mount P2 HD broadcast camcorders. This sensor maximizes the performance of the lens and the signal processing circuit in standard conditions
Flash Band Compensation
The CMOS sensor system uses a rolling shutter system that sequentially scans each line of pixels, thereby lowering power consumption vs. CCD cameras and enabling high-speed drive. But because the exposure timing differs for each line, when an external flash is used, it tends to produce images with a "divided" level of brightness from top to bottom. The HPX250 ameliorates this "flash-band effect": it detects by comparing frame pairs and compensates to adjust the level
20-Bit Digital Signal Processor
The AG-HP250's high-performance 20-bit DSP handles rendering processes such as gamma and detail-enhancement functions with uncommon precision
Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)
The DRS function automatically suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights in scenes that involve wildly varying contrast levels (such as indoor vs. outdoor elements in the same frame). DRS estimates a gamma curve and knee slope to match the contrast of each pixel and applies them in real time, producing excellent gradation for each shade and minimizing blocked shadows and blown highlights
Seven-Mode Gamma for Rich Gradation
Drawing upon the technology of the high-end VariCam line, the HPX250 features gamma functions for seven shooting scenarios, including two cinema modes: HD NORM (for standard HD recording), LOW (flattens out a high-contrast scene); SD NORM (for standard SD recording); HIGH (softens contrast and expands the tone of dark parts, making an image brighter); B.PRESS (sharpens the contrast compared to LOW); CINE-LIKE D (prioritizes dynamic range); and CINE-LIKE V (prioritizes contrast)
Other Camera Image Settings
The camera's shutter speed is variable from 1/6 to 1/2000 second, plus there's a Synchro Scan function. As with gamma, matrix setting includes a Cine-Like mode. H & V detail levels are adjustable, as are detail coring and skin-tone detail. That's not all: chroma level, chroma phase, color temperature, and master pedestal are all adjustable as well. The camera offers four settings for knee point: Auto, Low, Mid, and High
Focus Assist Function
A convenient Focus Assist button expands the center of the LCD screen, allowing you to check for correct focus quickly & easily. A Focus Bar that indicates the focus level can be displayed on the LCD
Scene File / User File
The HPX250 features a dial for "Set Scene," which allows you to choose an appropriate matrix of settings instantaneously. You can modified the six preset files if you'd like, one set of which can be stored internally in the camcorder, and four more can be stored on an SD memory card
Three-Position Gain Selector + Super Gain
The three-position Gain Selector contains Low, Medium, and High settings. To each setting you can assign gain value of 0, +3, +6, +9, +12, +15, and +18 dB. Also, there are Super Gain settings of +24 and +30 dB
Simplified Waveform & Vectorscope
The AJ-HPX250 has waveform and vectorscope display functions for analyzing a captured video signal on the LCD
Five User Buttons
A total of five user buttons can be set to trigger any selection of 18 different camera functions
Full-Pixel, Full-Sample AVC-Intra Recording (10-Bit, 4:2:2)
The HPX250 is the first handheld camcorder to offer 10-bit AVC-Intra recording (at both 100 and 50 Mb/s). Based on highly advanced MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression, this codec employs intra-frame compression, which results high image quality – especially in the edit suite, where inter-frame codecs can start to break down. Both AVC-Intra 100 and 50 modes are offered – as is DVCPRO HD, for compatibility with that very popular format. For 1080i/p, AVC-Intra 100 uses full-pixel 1920 x 1080 frames, with 10-bit quantization (4:2:2). The very bit-efficient AVC-Intra 50 codec records 1440 x 1080 video at 10-bit, 4:2:0
Native Recording & Pulldown Modes with PAL/NTSC Support
For cinematic 24-frame-per-second projects, the HPX250 supports 1080p recording at 23.98 fps (29.97 fps is also possible). For PAL regions, the camcorder is capable of recording at 1080/25pN and 720/25pN. The camcorder also records natively (without pulldown) in 720p modes, which results in recording efficiency that allows you to record for 2 to 2.5 times the duration allowed by pulldown recording. In pulldown mode with the DVCPRO HD codec, the camera applies a 2:3 pulldown to 23.98p, and a 2:2 pulldown to 29.97p, to record 1080/59.94i or 720/59.94p and 1080/25p over 50i or 720/25p over 50p. With 2:3:3:2 advanced pulldown, the 23.98pA mode is supported, allowing editing on many NLE systems with little image degradation. The camcorder also features a 59.94/50 Hz selector for worldwide compatibility and SD image acquisition with either 480 or 576 lines and aspect ratio conversion (select Side Crop, Letter Box, or Squeeze). This is an internationally compatible camcorder that can fit seamlessly into almost any production workflow
High-Quality 4-Channel Audio
The AG-APX250 records high-quality 16-bit audio on all four channels. Freely select the audio source for each channel, choosing from built-in mic, external mic, and line in. Adjust the volume level for each channel
Dual P2 Memory Card Slots
P2 cards offer capacities of up to 64GB, and the HPX250's dual P2 memory card slots enable extended continuously recording times and Hot-Swap recording.
MXF File-Based Recording
File-based recording enables data transfers that are much faster than real time. Filed recorded to the HPX250's P2 cards have MXF wrappers, which are compatible with all major nonlinear editing systems. File-based recording to memory cards allows for high-speed starts, recording starts with no need for cueing, and protection against accidental data overwriting
Variable Frame Rates, Even in 1080p
Like the popular VariCam line of professional camcorders, the HPX250 features variable frame rate (VFR) "overcranked" and "undercranked" recording to at wide variety of frame rates (see Specifications for details). The result is cinematic slow-motion and quick-motion effects of the type used widely in TV commercials and cinematic productions
Clip Thumbnail Display & Clip Editing
Recorded clips are automatically allocated a thumbnail image and metadata. This lets you display a visual representation of the clip on the LCD, delete clips, and confirm or edit metadata (using the built-in Software Keyboard function). You can delete the last clip with a single touch, also with a single button press, and check the beginning and ending of the most recently recorded clip
Shot Market & Text Memo
Clips can be marked during or after recording. When mounted to a PC using the downloadable P2 Viewer Windows application, the user can view only marked clips if desires. Text memos can be posted to any scene of a clip (up to 100 in all) for a digital version of "sticky" notes
One-Clip Rec Mode
Record up to 99 cuts as a single file in One-Clip Rec mode. A text memo is automatically attached at each start-record point, making it easy to find desired cuts within the clip once you're in the edit suite working with a single, unified file
Other Recording Modes
Loop Rec repeatedly re-records a particular recurring time slot, always maintaining a recording of the most recent period. Pre-Rec continuously stores in standby mode up to 3 seconds of HD video (or 7 seconds of SD), and this pre-record cache is only recorded to the P2 card once you press Record. This helps you get the shot every time, even if you "miss" the crucial moment by a couple seconds. Interval Rec gives you automatic intermittent recording based on a set interval and recording time. One-Shot Rec captures a single frame – useful for animations. Time Stamp appends the date and time onto recorded images, which is a crucial feature for evidential images
Multi-Camera Synchronization
The AG-HPX250 features every capability you'd want for synchronizing more than one camera for multi-camera shoots: SMPTE time code generator/reader, time code input and output, and genlock input
Video Outputs: SDI, HDMI & More
SDI output in HD and SD allows camera-through output during HD/SD recording, or outputs high-quality 10-bit, 4:2:2 images for playback of AVC-Intra footage. As you'd expect, SDI output includes embedded audio and supports Record Stop/Start linked backup recording with a Panasonic recorder equipped with HD-SDI input. When outputting SD-SDI down-converted from an HD source, Aspect Ratio Conversion mode can also be selected. In addition, the HPX250 gives you HDMI output for live monitoring and for playback on compatible HDTV screens, as well as SD composite output that downconverts recorded HD files
Other Interfaces
Both "host" and "device" USB 2.0 connections are included on the HPX250, so you can offload data to a laptop or P2 deck or directly to and from a hard drive. On the LCD monitor, you can even view thumbnails of P2 files saved to the external hard drive. In addition, the FireWire (IEEE 1394) port enables you to input or output a DVCPRO (including DVCPRO HD) or DV stream. There's a camera remote input for controlling focus, iris, zoom, and REC stop/start, and two-channel XLR audio mic/line inputs supporting 48V phantom power
Stylishly Designed for Mobility
The compact, stylish HPX250 has a similar form factor to the popular HVX200, but the handle grip and LCD position are shifted forward to effect and overall better weight balance for the camcorder, improving the visibility of the screen and enabling you to shoot comfortably for longer periods of time. The HPX250 chassis is composed of die-cast magnesium alloy for rugged durability
High-Resolution, High-Brightness Color Viewfinder & LCD
The AG-HPX250's color electronic viewfinder uses a 0.45", 1,226,000-dot equivalent (852 x 480 x 3 [RGB]) LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon) display panel. It delivers bright, detailed, high-res images and a high response speed. The camcorder's 3.45" LCD monitor has is an approximately 921,000-dot (1920 x 480) high-resolution panel
Low-Angle Shots
On the upper part of the handle grip you'll find both the Rec Start/Stop button and a lens zoom speed control (three speed levels). This assures easy, comfortable shooting at low angles
LCD Monitor Mirror Mode
The LCD monitor's mirror mode is extremely convenient for shooting interviews
Workflow Versatility
The Panasonic P2 family includes many decks and mobile storage units, providing a wealth of options for offloading, field editing, and cutting back in the edit room. In addition, the file-based nature of the HPX250's acquisition enables recorded video to be integrated into IT-based infrastructure, for unlimited options for sharing and distributing P2 content
White Balance Functions
The camera features two values (A/B) for white balance memory and one preset value. There's also an ATW (auto tracing white balance) function
Zebra
Select any two zebra levels from 50% to 100% (in 1% steps)
Y-GET Brightness Check
The camera's Y-GET function measures the brightness at the screen center and displays precise numerical data
Tally Lamps
Tally lamps are provided on the front and rear of the HPX250
Image Device 3x 1/3-type progressive 2.2 Mp CMOS
Prism color separation
Lens 22x optical zoom
2x, 5x, 10x digital zoom
3.9-86mm (28-616mm 35mm equivalent)
f/1.6-3.2
18 elements in 12 groups
Minimum Object Distance (M.O.D.) Approx. 3.3' (1 m)
Filter Diameter 72mm
Horizontal Resolution Not specified by manufacturer
Sensitivity 59.94 Hz mode (at 2000 lux, 3200K, 89.9% reflection): F7 (1080i59.94, P.A.P. Filter: TYPE2), F10 (1080i59.94, P.A.P. Filter: TYPE1)
50 Hz mode (at 2000 lux, 3200K, 89.9% reflection): F8 (1080i50, P.A.P. Filter: TYPE2), F11 (1080i50, P.A.P. Filter: TYPE1)
Minimum Illumination 0.2 lux (f/1.6, gain +30 dB, shutter speed 1/30 second, P.A.P. Filter: TYPE1)
Vertical Smear Not specified by manufacturer
Signal System NTSC/PAL
Built-in Filters ND filter: OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
LCD Monitor 3.45" (87.63mm) color LCD monitor with approx. 921K dots (16:9)
Viewfinder 0.45" (11.43mm) color LCoS monitor with approx. 1226K dots (16:9)
Scan Matching Not specified by manufacturer
Memory Card Slot 2x P2 slots
Shutter Speed 60i/60p mode: 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second
30p mode: 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second
24p mode: 1/24, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second
50i/50p mode: 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second
25p mode: 1/25, 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second
Slow Shutter 60i/60p mode: 1/15, 1/30 second
30p mode: 1/7.5, 1/15 second
24p mode: 1/6, 1/12 second
50i/50p mode: 1/12.5, 1/25 second
25p mode: 1/6.25, 1/12.5 second
Synchro Scan Shutter 60i/60p mode: 1/60.0 to 1/249.8 second
30p mode: 1/30.0 to 1/249.8 second
24p mode: 1/24.0 to 1/249.8 second
50i/50p mode: 1/50.0 to 1/250.0 second
25p mode: 1/25.0 to 1/250.0 second
Shutter Opening Angle 3-359.5° in 0.5° increments
Variable Frame Rate 59.94 Hz mode:
1080p: 1/2/4/6/9/12/15/18/20/21/22/24/25/26/27/28/30 fps, 17 step
720p: 1/2/4/6/9/12/15/18/20/21/22/24/25/26/27/28/30/32/34/36/40/44/48/54/60 fps, 25 step

50 Hz mode:
1080p: 1/2/4/6/9/12/15/18/20/21/22/24/25 fps, 14 step
720p: 1/2/4/6/9/12/15/18/20/21/22/24/25/26/27/28/30/32/34/36/40/44/48/50 fps, 25 step
Gain Selection 0/+3/+6/+9/+12/+15/+18/+24/+30 db (+24 db, +30 db: USER SW allocation only)
Recording Media P2 card
Recording Formats AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, DV
Maximum Recording Time (With 1x 64 GB P2 card)
AVC-Intra 100, DVCPRO HD: 64 minutes
AVC-Intra 50, DVCPRO50: 128 minutes
DVCPRO, DV: 256 minutes
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not specified by manufacturer
Video Signals 1080/59.94i, 1080/29.97p, 1080/29.97pN, 1080/23.98p, 1080/23.98pA, 1080/23.98pN, 720/59.94p, 720/29.97p, 720/29.97pN, 720/23.98p, 720/23.98pN, 480/59.94i, 480/29.97p, 480/23.98p, 480/23.98pA, 1080/50i, 1080/25p, 1080/25pN, 720/50p, 720/25p, 720/25pN, 576/50i, 576/25p
Sampling Frequency AVC-Intra 100, DVCPRO HD:
Y: 74.1758 MHz, Pb/Pr: 37.0879 MHz (59.94 Hz)
Y: 74.2500 MHz, Pb/Pr: 37.1250 MHz (50 Hz)

DVCPRO50: Y: 13.5 MHz, Pb/Pr: 6.75 MHz
DVCPRO: Y: 13.5 MHz, Pb/Pr: 3.375 MHz
Quantization AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50: 10-bit
DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, DV: 8-bit
Video Compression AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 Intra profile
DVCPRO HD: DV-based compression (SMPTE 370M)
DVCPRO50, DVCPRO: DV-based compression (SMPTE 314M)
DV: DV compression (IEC 61834-2)
Audio Signal AVC-Intra 100/50, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50: 48 kHz, 16-bit, 4-channel
DVCPRO/DV: 48 kHz, 16-bit, 2/4-channel switchable
Speaker 1x 20mm diameter
Video Outputs Composite: 1x pin jack, 1.0V [p-p], 75 ohm
SDI: 1x BNC, 0.8V [p-p], 75 ohm, HD/SD switching via menu, 10-bit 4:2:2 throughout
HDMI: 1x HDMI Type A
Audio I/O Input:
2x XLR 3-pin (input 1, input 2)
Line/Mic/+48V switchable
Line: 0 dBu
Mic: -40 dBu / -50 dBu / -60 dBu switching via menu
Built-in Mic In supports stereo microphones

Output:
2x pin jack (channel 1 / channel 2), 316mV, 600 ohm output
1x 3.5mm diameter stereo mini jack for headphones
Other I/O Connections Genlock In: 1x BNC, 1.0V [p-p], 75 ohm
Time Code In/Out: 1x BNC (In: 0.5V [p-p] to 8V [p-p], 10 k-ohm; Out: Low-impedance, 2.0±0.5V [p-p])
Camera Remote: 1x 2.5mm diameter super mini jack (zoom, shutter speed); 1x 3.5mm diameter mini jack (focus, iris)
IEEE 1394: 1x 6-pin, digital input/output
USB 2.0 (Device): 1x Type Mini B, 4-pin USB 2.0
USB 2.0 (Host): 1x Type A, 4-pin USB 2.0
Power Requirements 7.2V DC via battery
7.9V DC via AC adapter
Power Consumption 15.0W with monitor in use
Operating Temperature 0 to 40 °C (32 to 104 °F)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7 x 7.69 x 17.25" (180 x 195 x 438mm)
Weight Approx. 5.5 lb (2.5 kg) excluding battery and accessories
Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder
  • AC Adapter
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Cord
  • DC Cord
  • 5400mAh Battery Pack
  • Wireless Remote Controller with Battery
  • Microphone Holder
  • Eye Cup
  • Shoulder Strap
  • P2 Card Driver Installer CD-ROM
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty (Extends to Up to 5 Years with Online Registration)
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    PanasonicAG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder
     
    4.6

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    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (36)
    • Easy to use (26)
    • Great picture quality (22)
    • Great sound (16)
    • Large clear LCD (16)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (4)

    Best Uses

    • HD shooting (19)
    • Documentaries (18)
    • Weddings (16)
    • Movies/short films (15)
    • Low light (11)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This upgrade is more than worth it.

    I work with a video production company that provides Western Washington with custom video services and the AG-HPX250 is a phenomenal camera for our business.

    My company recently upgraded from the Panasonic...Read complete review

    I work with a video production company that provides Western Washington with custom video services and the AG-HPX250 is a phenomenal camera for our business.

    My company recently upgraded from the Panasonic AG-HVX200 to a brand new Panasonic AG-HPX250 and we are thoroughly excited about using the 250 in our upcoming productions.

    We love being able to record in 10-bit , instead of 8-bit, for a sharper picture and better keying when we shoot on our CYC wall. Another green screen bonus feature in the 250 is the addition of a Wave Form Monitor built in to the camera's monitor which can be turned on and off with the push of one button. It's amazing, and it allows us to get the perfect key every time. The monitor on the AG-HPX250 is one of the sharpest I have ever seen on a camera, it truly is incredible.

    Shooting to P2 card is the best way for us to record high-quality uncompressed footage. With the AG-HPX250 there is no tape mechanism to worry about breaking down in the future, making this camera a no-maintenance, worry free tool with years of use ahead. No tape mechanism in the camera also allows it to be lighter that the old 200 despite having a better lens with a much longer 22 to 1 zoom.

    I cannot say that this camera has it all, but it does have everything I look for in a HD camera. The only fault that I have beef with so far would be that when the LCD monitor on the camera is closed there is no button to make it pop open, you just kind of have to paw at it until it pops open. So, keep that in mind if you have no thumbs.

    To recap, this camera is quite impressive. Upgrading to the AG-HPX250 is a vast improvement for recording in various High Def formats. The weight of the camera is unexpectedly light, the lens is fast, responsive and powerful, and the extra features loaded into this camera and its super-sharp monitor made this purchase more than worth it.

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    Possible Lemon

    It's interesting that there are so many rave reviews of this camera. I bought one locally and took it back the next day. There were numerous problems. Fatal FlawsThere were two problems that...Read complete review

    It's interesting that there are so many rave reviews of this camera. I bought one locally and took it back the next day. There were numerous problems. Fatal FlawsThere were two problems that I would consider fatal flaws and others of high nuisance value. The first fatal flaw was that the camera lost manual focus after rolling and cutting. To test this, with the camera rolling and the iris wide open, zoom in and focus on an object that is 6' or farther from camera (avoids macro mode). Zoom wide and pause the camera. Roll again and zoom back in to the focus point. On the 250 I had the focus was then way off. The other fatal flaw was that when shooting wide open on full manual sometimes highlights would flicker. Sometimes it would happen when the camera rolled then it would settle down. Sometimes it would develop in the middle of a shot. Image QualityI did a side-by-side test with an HPX170. At 720 24pn which is my preferred mode the 250's image is softer than the 170's. And it is weirdly softer in the center of the frame than at the edges. This is with the iris wide open. Maybe this is because the lens is no longer the Leica Dicomar. Also, there was terrible lens flare when wide open. In 1080 the 250 was slightly sharper than the 170.SensitivityThe 250 I tested was a full 10 IRE points less sensitive than the 170. The gamma, knee, matrix and shutter all set the same. This was the case both wide open and at f2.8. I checked at f2.8 to rule out possible differences in the lenses f1.6 rating. See note below about shutter speeds before you test this.Video NoiseSlightly worse than the 170Acoustic NoiseThe zoom motor is quite noisy and is picked up on the camera mic.CODEC issuesThe 720 23.98PN mode in AVCINTRA100 is not the PN you might expect. It consumes slightly less than a gig a minute while the 170 in PN gets 2.5 minutes a gig. This is significant when paying for P2 cards.Now this is strange: The manual shows that 720 23.98 PN is available in DVCPROHD, AVCINTRA100 and AVCINTRA50. On the camera I had it was not the case. A quote from Panasonic's page on the 250: "Native recording modes: In addition to 1080/59.94i with the AVC-Intra codec, native recording is supported at 1080/23.98p or 1080/29.97p and 1080/25pN or 720/25pN. In 720p, native recording is possible for both DVCPRO HD and AVC-Intra, making it possible to extend recordinwith pull-down recording." This was not true on the camera I had. 720 24PN was available in one mode only and it used just shy of a gig a minute. Either the 250 I had was defective or this claim is incorrect.A note to those testing this camera: If you are used to the 170 on which the "shutter off" is 1/50th (yes, on the NTSC version), don't be fooled by the "shutter off" on the 250 which is 1/24th. I think this has led some reviewers to think the 250 is faster than the 170.SizeA friend dropped by while I was testing the 250 and asked, "Why is it so big?" Why indeed? For my taste the 250 is just a little too big to be practical in this form factor, and why? OK the lens has an iris ring and a longer zoom (and lower quality?), but why is the body so big?For reference the serial # of the tested 250 was I1TCA0176

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    5.0

    Amazing Image Quality at Low Price

    By Nick

    from Lebanon, MO

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Nice Iris Control

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

      We recently purchased the HPX250 to replace our HPX170. The 20x optical has changed everything coming from a 13x. Not to mention that the native 1080p picture with the CMOS chip have amazing color. We now think that we will not have a need to purchase the HPX 370 since this camera also gets a nice depth of field with the new optics. I would defiantly recommend this camera to anyone. You get a lot for your money.

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      5.0

      BEST ON THE MARKET

      By TJ

      from CALIFORNIA

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies

      Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

      LIGHT, GREAT PRICE, AWESOME PRODUCT

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      5.0

      Great camera.

      By andy

      from north platte, ne

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Tons of features

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

        We bought two of these for iMag at church, replacing older non-SDI cameras. So far, they've worked great. Lens reach is nice and long, colors are accurate, and its easy to use. I was worried about sensor size, but it seems that fear was unjustified, as a well lit speaker in a darkened room doesn't really qualify as a 'low light' situation. That said, performance is on par with many 1/2 sensors.

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        4.0

        Complex Camera

        By MudMan

        from St. Louis, Mo

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Complex Options

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

        Great shooting, high quality results. Gives you all the options with full control of video and audio quality, iris, shutter speed, focal length, and several convenient areas to control zoom. Great disk storage capability. My only complaint is that there should be a less expensive alternative method for the casual videographer to download P2 disks.

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        4.0

        Great Camera for Price

        By BitterJester

        from Highland Park, IL

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

          As with many, upgraded from the DVX to the HVX and now the HPX250. Been using it for a year. Beautiful image. Lowlight is very good. 50mb and 100mb option gives you flexibility. Amazing zoom (with the caveat that f3.6 is a big change from f1.8 so you need to keep that in mind). For filming live events, documentary, and run-and-gun, this is your friend. A great compliment as a second camera to a c300 or Af100 type camera when you don't want to be fighting low depth-of-field. Only 4 stars cause the zebra is different from the HVX and I'm not a fan, but we work around it. I would suspect we'll still be using this camera in 3-4 years for web projects, even as the broadcast world starts to move to 4k.

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          5.0

          A Giant Step Forward

          By Tom

          from Erie, PA

          About Me Pro Videographer

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

            I bought a DVX-100 in 2002, and an HVX-200 in 2007, so I have watched this line of cameras evolve from prosumer to fully professional. This camcorder has all the features I have been praying for: Timecode in and out, SDI and HDMI outputs, 1080p recording, the AVC-Intra codec, and an improved zoom lens. I am a documentary and concert videographer, so I mainly use my cameras at fairly close range, but the extra focal length on this camera comes in quite handy. And, most amazing of all, it's still a very user-friendly camera, easy to handle, well-balanced and not too heavy.

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            5.0

            Great camera!

            By Chaz Video

            from Texarkana, TX

            About Me Pro Videographer

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            Pros

            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

            • Pricey

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting

            Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

            We were using some Canons in a LIVE church format. But we experienced 3-4 frames of delay on the SDI output of the camera. This caused serious lip sync issues. We bought a couple of these Panny 250's and it is so much better! There is still about 1 frame delay on the sdi output but it's un-noticeable now.

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            5.0

            Great camera.

            By Chaz Video

            from Texarkana, TX

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting

              Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

              We were using some Canons in a LIVE church format. But we experienced 3-4 frames of delay on the SDI output of the camera. This caused serious lip sync issues. We bought a couple of these Panny 250's and it is so much better! There is still about 1 frame delay on the sdi output but it's un-noticeable now.

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              5.0

              Great camera I've ever had.

              By mehtap

              from McLean, VA

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

                I loved this camera and would like to recommend to everybody who is interested video job.I am a freelancer news cameraman and It's quality perfect for my job.I am also filming documentary with this amazing camera and it gave me great result al the time. Yessss I would be happy to recommend this camera to all friends.

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                5.0

                a1!!

                By sfww

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Casual User

                Pros

                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • Poor Image Quality

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries

                Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

                I love this camcrder

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                5.0

                A significant improvement

                By Dermfellow

                from Inland Northwest

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

                  After using two excellent products, the HVX200 and the HPX170, I was happy with the image quality of these two camcorders and the DVCPRO-HD codec, and for the most part, I still am. But Panasonic has listened to people like me and the nitpicky gripes we had about the cameras and our reservations about the 8-bit DVCPRO codec. The HPX250 is a much improved camera, with a better screen, more options, and especially a new 10-bit codec that makes the footage more robust in post-production. The images look great compared to its predecessors (which is saying something because the image quality of the HVX200 and HPX170 are excellent in the hands of an experienced videographer). The HPX250 is a real winner!

                  Now the reality check: the AVCIntra-100 codec is more efficient and looks better than DVCPRO-HD, but it requires considerably heavier lifting for your workflow. Make sure your computer is up to the task before using it, or consider using an intermediate for editing. P2 cards are still too expensive, but they've come a long ways down from the stratospheric cost they used to be. The expenditure for this model is quite high for a one man shop or small video outfit; but, it is the least expensive model where AVCIntra is an option, and just like going from SD to HD, once you've experienced the improved quality, you won't want to go back. It was a no-brainer for us.

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                  4.0

                  Great Camera

                  By frogman

                  from Honolulu, HI

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                  • No Simultaneous Recording
                  • Poor In Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

                  This is a great camera. The image is super crisp and sharp. The 10-bit 4:2:2 color is really superb and the 22X zoom is dynamite. The camera also has a great macro ability that is rarely mentioned. The camera is not as good as the Sony EX1R or Sony PMW200 is low light conditions, but you wouldn't expect it to be since it is an 1/3" sensor and not the 1/2" sensor that is used on the Sonys. My only complaint so far is that the camera does not shoot simultaneously to both P2 cards for an instant backup as advertised on B&H and other sites. I have since gone to the Panasonic website and they do not list simultaneous recording in their list of features. Though I am disappointed by this I am still very pleased with the camera and its many functions.

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                  5.0

                  Solid Performer

                  By G Whiz

                  from Washington, DC

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

                    I sold my two HVXs and needed a true broadcast replacement. This camera at true 1080p and 10bit is a dream. Truly worth the price and is a great performer in its category.

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                    5.0

                    Punches way above it's weight

                    By Digital Island

                    from South Florida

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

                      We purchased this cam to replace our aging Pana hvx-200's. We got a HPX 370 at the same time as the 250. We find ourselves very satisfied with the powerful 28 - 616mm lens on the 250 and often choose to shoot with it over the 370 because of the lens. The cam is very solidly built and there are plenty of threaded accessory holes. Colors are spot on and not over saturated. Excellent low light camera and the OIS rocks.

                      WB preset is useless and leaves you with a greenish picture.
                      Our lens recently started focusing on its own even though it was set to manual. Factory repaired it for free, but now the # scale is incorrect and reads about +30 ft over where you are focused.
                      Overall a great piece of gear for budget minded clients that need excellent HD quality.

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                      5.0

                      HPX250

                      By Eric

                      from Richmond, CA

                      About Me Pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Sound
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Zoom range/performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries

                        Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

                        I need a fixed lens camera - an attached zoom that covers the requirements of documentary shooting. The Panasonic HPX250 does a great job of covering my lens choice and codec needs. The wide angle end of the lens allows for close shooting and the long end is adequate. The P2 workflow into FCPX is easy enough with the Panasonic PCD2 card reader. While it is a bit bulkier than the HPX170 it replaces, it is still easy to handhold. In the small sensor fixed zoom lens market it is a reliable tool that performs.

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                        5.0

                        Gets the job done!

                        By Sasjoberg

                        from Fargo, ND

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Complicated To Operate

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

                        Between the built in nd filter, zoom lens and professional constuction, this camera gets the job done. This is the 2nd I have bought. Use it for company videos - studio work, on location - outside or dark warehouses. Great all around.

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                        5.0

                        A beast

                        By Alan

                        from Chicago

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Zoom range/performance

                        Cons

                        • Complicated To Operate
                        • Heavyish

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • Movies/Short Films

                        Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

                        We use this for documentary work, primarily. It's a tad larger than I'd like but it's a fine machine and the imagery is beautiful.

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                        5.0

                        Versatile and Easy to Use

                        By ASHLine Stephen

                        from Tucson, Arizona

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Zoom range/performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • HD Shooting
                          • Home Movies
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Movies/Short Films
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

                          I use this camera in a number of different ways, from shooting tripod of shows to free form shooting on hikes and at parties. It never disappoints. After a few quick lessons from the manual on where everything is, I had no problem using this and making adjustments was quick and easy. I love that I can easily pick it up and do shoulder shooting with ease. If I had any complaints, it's just that a few of the controls are a bit sensitive. But maybe I just need to learn to be more gentle. Wouldn't hesitate to get another one.

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                          1.0

                          Beware of lens failure out of box

                          By discman

                          from Manitoba, Canada

                          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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                            Cons

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                                Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

                                I purchased this camera from BH a few months ago. Straight out of the box it had a flickering, grainy LCD display--however, I ignored the problem because the recorded video seemed okay. The problem suddenly became worse a month later and I was forced to send it to Panasonic. They said it needed a whole new lens assembly (4500 dollar repair.) I am a Canadian, so the warranty did not apply, and Panasonic USA won't accept packages from Canada.

                                Very unfortunate experience with this camera. The camera may be worthy of five stars, but I wouldn't know.

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                                5.0

                                Awesome camera!

                                By Kent Rich

                                from Concord, NH

                                About Me Pro Videographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good in Low Light
                                • Great Picture Quality
                                • Great Zoom
                                • Large Clear LCD

                                Cons

                                • Chews through batteries

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder:

                                The quality of the 422 AVC-Intra footage is truly amazing. I've grown up with Panasonic, starting with the DVX-100, then HVX-200, now the HPX-250, so the controls are all very familiar. I especially love the return of the menu system from the DVX on the HPX-250; so much easier.

                                Having the three controls, focus, zoom, and iris, all on the outer ring is very cool, and the low-light ability blew the HVX away the first time out. The view finder is very clean and sharp; totally usable without an additional monitor, although I do have a nice Marshall I use with the SDI out, which was also a game changer for me.

                                The only negative I've found, and it's not really a negative, but it seems to chew through batteries much quicker than either the DVX or HVX.

                                Love the camera! Would be great to have two to do more events with equal camera types. The HVX is just way past its' prime after seeing what this camera can do.

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