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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • 1080p/1080i/720p
  • DVCPRO, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO HD
  • Variable Frame Rates
  • NTSC/PAL
  • Four P2 Slots
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  • 1Description
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.
In the Box
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
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    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)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.8 x 16.4 x 13.7"

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

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