Panasonic AJ-PX270 microP2 Handheld AVC-ULTRA HD Camcorder

Panasonic AJ-PX270 microP2 Handheld AVC-ULTRA HD Camcorder

Panasonic AJ-PX270 microP2 Handheld AVC-ULTRA HD Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 1/3" 3MOS Sensors 1920 x 1080
  • 22x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 2 x microP2 & 1 x P2 Media Card Slot
  • AVC-ULTRA, 1080p Variable Frame Rate
  • 3.5" LCD Screen, OLED Viewfinder
  • Individual Zoom, Focus, Iris Rings
  • Front-Mounted Mic with Front Audio Level
  • TC In/Out, Genlock In, 3G-SDI, HDMI Out
  • USB 3.0 Host, USB 2.0, LAN Port
  • Optional Wireless File Transmission
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Panasonic AJ-PX270 overview

  • 1Description

The Panasonic AJ-PX270 microP2 Handheld AVC-ULTRA HD Camcorder is a compact camcorder that draws many of its design features from Panasonic's shoulder-mounted line of camcorders. It features a 1/3" MOS imager that captures 1920 x 1080 at up to 60p, and a 22x optical zoom lens, with optical image stabilization. It records at high data rates to a variety of media, including microP2, as well as full-sized P2 media cards, while allowing you to use SDHC/SDXC media cards at lower data rates. It features a single P2 card slot, dual microP2 card slots providing a variety of recording options, and a single SD card slot for recording proxy files and camera settings.

The AJ-PX270 features AVC Ultra recording, which allows for expanded recording options. In addition to the standard frame rates, the camera will also record in variable frame rates at 1080p, from 1 to 60 fps in 25 steps. The camcorder features both an OLED viewfinder and a 3.5" IPS LCD view screen. The lens has built-in manual focus, zoom, and iris rings, providing manual control in addition to the servo control of zoom, and autofocus and iris functions. Taking a page from the larger shoulder mount rigs, the camera features a front-mounted audio input, for a camera-mounted mic, and a rear-mounted audio XLR input for a second microphone. Audio level controls are at the rear of the camera; however, a second audio level control for the front XLR input is located towards the front of the camera, making it easy to adjust the level on that mic while shooting handheld.

Even though it is designed as a compact handheld camcorder, the AJ-PX270 features connections that let you easily integrate it into multicamera shoots with large shoulder-mounted cameras. First, it features timecode in/out and a genlock in connector, so it can connect to a switcher for live multicamera shoots. It features a 3G-SDI output for integrating into an SDI infrastructure and outputting 1920 x 1080p60 video. The HDMI output allows you to monitor on lower-cost consumer monitors. The camera features a USB 3.0 connector, with USB Host capabilities, as well as USB 2.0 and LAN ports. It also features built-in networking protocols that allow you to wirelessly transfer your files when using optional USB dongles.

Sensor
The 3MOS sensor features 2.2MP resolution, providing 1920 x 1080p images at up to 60 fps. It features two menu settings—the default setting and the High-Sensitivity setting, which acts a gain boost with noise reduction, providing a cleaner image than just using the gain function.
Signal Processing
The camera features:
  • Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)
  • Advanced Flash Band Compensation (FBC), compensating for dark areas in the frame that can occur when a still flash goes off. The FBC adjusts the image to minimize the appearance of the dark areas.
  • Gamma modes: The camera features seven user-selectable gamma modes—HD, SD, FILMLIKE 1, FILMLIKE 2, FILMLIKE 3, FILM-REC, VIDEO-REC
  • 12-Axis Matrix Control + 3 skin tone: Provides a 12-axis color control of your image, with three skin-tone control, so you can isolate and adjust your colors precisely and protect your skin tones.
Lens
The 22x optical zoom lens has a 35mm focal length equivalent to 28-616mm, so you have the focal range from wide to long covered. It features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which is necessary when handholding with a long lens. The lens also features individual lens control rings for zoom, focus, and iris. This enables manual control of your lens (in addition to servo), that is similar to the control you get on full-sized shoulder-mounted cameras.
Frame Rate
The camera records at standard speeds, 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94, it also records at variable frame rates in 1080p.

  • 1080p60: 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
  • 1080p50: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50 fps
Recording Media
The AJ-PX270 features slots for available P2, microP2, and SD cards. This provides you with a wide choice of media to choose from. If you already have P2 cards, the AJ-PX270 is compatible with them. It features two microP2 slots that allow for a variety of recording functions. You can also record to SDHC/SDXC cards in the microP2 slots using reduced data rates. The camera detects the type of card you are recording to, and will display an error message if the card is not capable of recording the selected codec to that card.

Note: There is no recording media included with the camera.
microP2
Even though microP2 cards share the same form factor as SD cards, they differ significantly.
  • microP2 cards feature an internal raid configuration, allowing them to record at significantly higher data rates than SDXC cards.
  • microP2 cards continue recording from the physical memory space where it last stopped recording, even if erased or formatted. This extends the usable life of the microP2 card, as all the memory in the card is written to, instead of just a portion getting most of the writing/rewriting.
  • Although the microP2 card has the same form factor as SD cards, and you can read and write to SD cards using the camera's microP2 card slots, an SD card reader cannot access the additional contacts on a microP2 card, so it cannot read the high data rate files on the microP2 card.
microP2 Recording Modes
The camera features two microP2 slots, allowing for more recording options than just the single SD or P2 slot.
  • Simultaneous recording: simultaneously creates duplicate recordings on both microP2 cards.
  • Relay recording: The camera automatically switches recording from a filled card to an empty card. With enough power and memory cards you could record nonstop.
  • Loop recording: Similar to Relay Recording, except when the second card is filled, the camera switches back to the first card, erasing one minute at a time and recording onto that minute. This mode is especially suited to recording events that do not occur at a predetermined time, allowing you to set the camera up, start recording, and not worry about missing the action while changing cards, or filling up the cache, and losing the shot because you hit record too late.
  • Dual-codec recording: Allows you to record two different codecs simultaneously on the same microP2 card. This allows you to record a high-resolution file and a proxy file on to the same card.
  • One-clip recording: Every clip on the card is saved as one clip, as if you were recording on a tape-based system.
  • Background recording: Records continuously to one card, ignoring the start and stop button, while the other card follows the recording triggers. Announced update for June 2014
P2 Recording
The AJ-PX270 can record to P2 cards; however, the R, A, and E series P2 cards are limited to 100 Mb/s, supporting up to AVC-Intra 100 at 1080i 50/60, and 1080p 24/25/30. These cards do not support the AVC-Intra 100 (1080p 50/60) or AVC-Intra 200 codecs. The P2 F series card supports the same codecs as the R, A, and E series, but it also supports AVC-Intra 100 at 1080p 50/60 and the AVC-Intra 200 codec at all frame rates.
SD Card Recording
You can record using standard SDHC/SDXC cards in the microP2 card slots; however, they will not support recording all the codecs available with microP2 cards. The camera also features a dedicated SD card slot that allows you to record proxy files to an SD card, as well as loading and saving scene files and updates.
Networking
The camera features an Ethernet port that allows you to connect it directly to a LAN (bypassing the need for a computer) and transfer your files to an FTP server with a global IP address.
Wireless Networking
The camera uses standard streaming protocols. Using an available AJ-WM30 USB dongle, you can connect the camera to a Wi-Fi network and transfer files to an FTP server. Available third-party dongles will allow 4G/LTE connectivity.
Quality of Service
The camera supports QoS (Quality of Service) protocols with select devices that support QoS. This allows the camera to resend packets that did not arrive. This function is dependent on the protocols supported by the available receiving device and the compatibility with the AJ-PX270.
Battery
The AJ-PX270 is compatible with VW-VB batteries, such as the included VW-VBD58 battery which is rated at 5800mAh at 7.2 VDC, and features a battery level indicator. This battery is not compatible with previous Panasonic cameras as it is slightly wider than previous generations of batteries. However, you can use available CGA-D54 batteries to power the AJ-PX270. The camera features a battery charger and a power supply, so you can charge a battery while powering the camera with the separate power supply. You can even hot swap batteries provided the AC adapter is powering the camera when you do.
UPC: 885170166578
In the Box
Panasonic AJ-PX270 microP2 Handheld AVC-ULTRA HD Camcorder
  • Battery (VW-VBD58)
  • Battery Charger & AC Cable
  • AC Adapter & AC Cable
  • Shoulder Belt
  • Mic Holder
  • 2 x Screw for Mic Holder
  • Eyecup
  • Lens Hood (Attached to Camera Body)
  • Hand Strap (Attached to Camera Body)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Panasonic AJ-PX270 specs

    Image Device 1/3" 3MOS, 2.2 MP
    Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Lens 22x optical zoom lens
    Minimum Illumination 0.02 lux (at f/1.6, Gain 18 dB, 1 second exposure, High-Sens mode)
    Built-In ND Filters Clear
    1/4
    1/16
    1/64
    Recording Frame Rate 1920 x 1080p 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94
    1920 x 1080i 50/59.94
    1280 x 720p 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94
    720 x 576p 25
    720 x 576i 50
    720 x 480p 29.97
    720 x 480i 59.94
    Recording Format AVC Intra
    100/50

    Inter
    LongG: G12/G25/G50
    LongG6: Proxy

    DVCPROHD (except 720p 24,30,25)
    DVCPRO50/DVCPRO/DV

    Note: The AJ-PX270 does not support all the formats included in the AVC-ULTRA family. AVC-200 is announced as an update available June, 2014
    Memory Card Slot 2 x microP2
    1 x P2
    1 x SD
    LCD Monitor 3.5", QHD, approximately 156k dots
    Viewfinder 0.5" OLED, approximately 1.76 MP resolution
    Input and Output Connectors Video Input
    Timecode: 1 x BNC
    Genlock: 1 x BNC (shared with video out)

    Video Output
    3G-SDI: 1 x BNC
    Video: 1 x BNC (combo genlock in/video out)
    HDMI: 1 x type A

    Audio Input
    Balanced: 2 x XLR

    Audio Output
    Audio: 1 x 3.5 mm mini jack
    Headphone: 1 x 3.5 mm mini jack
    Speaker: 1 x
    Power Requirements 7.2 VDC
    Uses included VW-VBD58 battery (or compatible CGA-D54)
    Dimensions 6.9 x 6.7 x 13.0" / 17.5 x 17.0 x 33.0 cm
    Weight 4.9 lb / 2.2 kg (body only)
    5.7 lb / 2.6 kg (including lens hood, supplied battery, and mic holder)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 11.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.1 x 14.9 x 12.6"

    Panasonic AJ-PX270 reviews

    AJ-PX270 microP2 Handheld AVC-ULTRA HD Camcorder is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from More experience Two corrections to my review below, which I have learned after more experience with the camera and its manual: 1) It is possible to output the essential viewfinder text and displays on the HDMI port by turning on the SDI OUT CHAR option in the OUTPUT SEL menu. This has made the camera usable with my shoulder rig and external viewfinder (SmallHD DP4), which is a significant plus for me. 2) Simultaneous recording to two microP2 cards is possible, but only in some video modes. Mostly, 720p and 1080i modes are supported, but I almost always shoot in 1080p (24/30/60 depending on the project), where it still doesn't work. My overall opinion of the camera is still very positive.
    Date published: 2015-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great upgrade to the AG-HPX250 This camera replaces the AG-HPX250. Panasonic did a great job improving the sensors and lens (focus/zoom/iris) on this camera. The zoom is so much smoother giving us better control during live worship services. The video quality of 3G / 4:2:2 is amazing We are currently using 4 of these cameras using a BlackMagic ATEM 1 M/E 4K switcher, AJA Ki-Pro recorder and BlackMagic HyperDeck Studio2. The only negative is that it doesn't allow to output 1080p 29.97 on the SDI. Only 1080p 59.94 or 1080i 59.94 and all other PAL flavors. Panasonic please add this option on the next firmware upgrade.
    Date published: 2014-05-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge Upgrade over AG-AC160A I have bought 3 of these for our Hindu Temple daily broadcasts. This has way better low light capabilities than the AC160. Also, its image quality is superb. If anybody wants to move beyond an AVCHD camera the AVC-Ultra codecs have much better image quality than the AVCHD cameras. The Second best thing about this camera is that you can use regular sdxc memory cards instead of having to use the more expensive MicroP2 cards. This thing can even record proxy files along the the high quality file at the same time. For the price of this camera its a great value. The menu structure is a little hard to use and weird, but just a small problem, you get used to it over time. Overall, its a great camera and our live internet broadcasts look alot better.
    Date published: 2014-07-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding small sensor camcorder In many ways, this is the camera I've been waiting for since I re-entered the pro video business in 2007. For almost five years, I've owned a Panasonic HMC80, which while remarkable for its features and low price, ultimately disappointed with its poor performance in both low and bright light, and limited codecs. I also have an AF100, which is a great tool for formal interviews, scripted cinema, experimenting with different lenses and shallow DOF effects, but has never been very practical for the ENG, events and instructional videos that are the backbone of my work and style. The PX270 has almost everything I wanted in a camera for documentary and events work. It outputs 10-bit 4:2:2 video in all modes, which will make effects and grading easier, and is accepted by almost all broadcasters and networks. Its performance in uncontrolled indoor lighting is good (not the best I've seen, but certainly decent). It has a very usable zoom lens that goes reasonably wide and has -- at long last -- the same kind of sensitive continuous speed control rocker I grew to love on ENG cameras back in the '80s. There is a full set of external controls that seem to be placed just right to facilitate intuitive operation. The auto-focus and iris are both smooth and accurate, and the built-in ND filters make it easy to go from inside to outdoors without hassles. The sharp and bright OLED viewfinder is the best I've ever seen on any video camera regardless of price. The range of image adjustments available through the advanced menus is overwhelming, and I expect it will take me months to explore them all. There is probably no reasonable in-camera look, or match to another camera, that you can't achieve with all the settings on this camcorder. The downside is that it will take a lot of experimentation to arrive at a perfect configuration for everyday use. Out of the box, the default scene file is a bit too saturated, contrasty and over-sharpened for my taste. After a couple of weeks, I am closing in on some settings that work better for me. The color rendering, even without adjustments, is quite nice, however. The picture is low in noise up through at least +6 dB gain, and highlights are handled smoothly, without noticeable color shifts. The back end is just as good. 24 bit uncompressed audio, a comprehensive array of frame rates and codecs, and 1080p60 are the touchstone features. Micro P2 cards are expensive compared to standard SD memory, but it does appear you get what you pay for in reliability and speed. The ability to use regular SDHC cards, at least in an emergency, at some of the lower bit rates is reassuring and convenient. I like the ability to assign either audio input to either or both recording channels. The audio level controls are actually adjustable while shooting without tools, flashlights or jiggling the camera too much -- a big improvement for Panasonic. The microphone shock mount that came with the camera didn't fit any of the pro shotguns I own, so I took it off, leaving a kind of awkward-looking mounting point up front that won't accept any other kind of standard hardware. The cold shoe at the front might be useful for an on-camera light, but it's placed where many other things you might want to attach there will interfere with opening and closing the LCD panel. Not so useful most of the time. I added a triple cold shoe accessory from Bracket 1 using the 1/4-20 thread on the handle that gives me a better place to mount wireless mic receivers and, if I need it, a shotgun mic in a Rycote shock mount. (I'm not a fan of on-camera mics for recording anything but the most non-critical room tone and background sounds, however.) One control that is not great is the little turn-and-push dial low on the left side that can be used, with difficulty, to navigate through the menus. It's better to use it only for adjusting the shutter, but stick to the much more convenient buttons and mini-joystick under the LCD panel for accessing the menu settings. The camera is lightweight and easy to hand-hold steadily (and the OIS works well, unlike some I've used). At heart, I still prefer the traditional ENG shoulder-mount design with the viewfinder up front, but that configuration seems to have gone extinct in mid-priced cameras over the last few years. The ones that remain on the market are either at the low end, like my HMC80, or are heavy and expensive. That said, I am better at hand-holding the PX270 than any other similar camera I've tried, although I do find it tiring after awhile. It has a nice flat base that mounts easily and steadily on a tripod. The camera body -- mostly magnesium -- feels solid and professional. Of course, this is still a 1/3 camera. That doesn't limit the image quality as long as you don't stop the lens down too far, but it does mean you won't easily achieve super-narrow DOF with this lens, and sensitivity and S/N aren't quite what you could get with bigger sensors in a larger, heavier and more expensive camera body. But the PX270 makes the best of its configuration by being compact, versatile and convenient, with a wide range zoom lens, and is reasonably affordable for the features and performance it offers. I haven't tried any of the Internet or wireless connectivity features yet, but there is a wide range of them in there. Streaming media producers and broadcast ENG operations may be able to make good use of them. On a relatively trivial note, the built-in lens cap is quick and convenient. I do wish there were a mechanical shutter over the viewfinder eyepiece to prevent burning the fancy OLED in the sun. There are a few small flaws, of course. None of these dim my overall enthusiasm for this camera, but I hope Panasonic will consider some of them in future firmware updates or their next redesign: - The battery life is not stellar. I get about 90 minutes of running time from each 5800 mAh battery, about half of what I'm used to in my HMC80 and AF100. You'd better have three or four batteries charged up for a day out in the field. Even just offering a larger capacity battery as an option would be helpful. I purchased an aftermarket, high capacity ikan battery that runs longer, but does stick out the back of the camera an inch or so. - There is a fan in there somewhere that you can hear running in a quiet room. I don't have enough experience yet to know if it will be an issue when recording music with this camera. - Although the totally clean HDMI output is great for connecting a big monitor or external recorder, there is no setting to display the menus and viewfinder information through the HDMI port when you do want them (it is possible on the SDI output). This makes the PX270 more or less unusable with my (expensive!) external viewfinder, which has only an HDMI input. I can't see the red recording indicator, nor the audio level meters and other essential information. This seems like an easy target for a future firmware update. - It's bizarre that you can format the SD card which holds scene files and configuration data through the logically named card functions menu, but to format the P2 cards where you actually record video, you have to put the camcorder in playback mode and use an obscure setting in the clip menu. This, too, could easily be fixed in firmware. - Although there are two micro P2 card slots, and the camcorder utilizes them in relay mode allowing you to make arbitrarily long recordings by swapping cards, if there is a simultaneous mode to record on both cards at once, I haven't found it yet. This would be good for peace of mind, or to make a second recording you can hand off to the producer at the end of the day. - Panasonic's interface for storing, naming and loading scene files remains clumsy even after several generations of solid-state camcorders. - The diopter adjustment on the viewfinder has no positive lock, and goes out of focus easily. - There are no dedicated user buttons. You have to give up one of the standard built-in functions to assign any custom actions to a button. There aren't many I'm willing to sacrifice. And assigning a custom control is the only way to enable a few features like flash-band compensation. So, it's not perfect. Just really, really close, and as practical an image-making tool as I've ever used. I'm looking forward to what I can do with it.
    Date published: 2015-05-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Step In The Right Direction This is a short-time review, as I've only had the camera for a few days, and have shot only three assignments with it. I bought the AJ-PX270 to replace my aging but still awesome HPX170 kit, and it definitely does not disappoint, although there are a few areas that I think could use some rethinking. First and foremost, the quality of the video is a definite improvement from the HPX170 that I was using, although I wish Panasonic had stayed with CCD sensors instead of switching to MOS sensors, if not only for the fact that when flashes and strobes are captured in-camera, the rolling shutter becomes painfully obvious. Panasonic says there is something built in to the camera that detects it, but it doesn't look to me like it does anything about it. Other than that, I don't mind the MOS sensors, as I have yet to see any pronounced evidence of rolling shutter in-picture. I'll just say that I'm a CCD man at heart and leave it at that. Out of the box, I found the factory video settings to be fairly ugly; the master pedestal was set way too high, as was the picture detail level, resulting in a crunchy, flat image. I'm sure the engineers had a reason for setting the camera that way, but for my money, the picture profile out of the box looked bad. After a day or two of dialing in the picture and making my own scene files, it looks outstanding. Superb picture, and I've also noticed that the custom white balance capabilities of the PX270 far outweigh those of the HPX170. The PX270 produces much more natural-looking color when you get your WB right. And don't forget to set your black balance (ABB)... but you should be doing that anyway. :-) The new microP2 card format is super. I was initially annoyed by a new P2 card form factor, since I had so many full-size P2 cards, but I already love the new SD form P2 cards. They are SO much more convenient, and blazing fast. And no, they are NOT just regular SD cards. I LOVE THE NEW AUDIO CONTROLS! Panasonic did something I've been screaming for for years, and that was to make both inputs switchable so either one could be doubled. Before, only Input 2 could be doubled to both channels, but now Inputs 1 & 2 are both capable of it. The front audio level control has also already proven to be very handy on assignment. I wish it were a little easier to hit though. The front XLR is also pretty awesome; I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about splitting up the XLR inputs, but it turns out I'm totally in favor of it. And as expected, the audio quality is superb. The ergonomic redesign that went into the AJ-PX270 is a MAJOR improvement. The battery fits fully inside the body, and the rear of the camera is curved nicely to be held against the chest while shooting (hence the forward-mounted screen). It's VERY stable to shoot with hand-held, and the new front REC button is in just the right place for this. The optical image stabilization (OIS) is fairly aggressive in its operation; although it works very well most of the time, if you change direction abruptly, the OIS element sometimes flicks back, causing a jump in the picture. Definitely turn OIS off when you're on a tripod. The external screen is nice and sharp, but I find that the color reproduction isn't as accurate as the EVF, which is awesome. It's very bright, and the colors are really nice with great contrast, and the eye sensor is such a welcome battery-saving addition. Good job on the EVF! Although, I find that the diopter adjustment on the EVF is very easy to change; I wish it could be locked down. Bravo for both 1/4 and 3/8 accessory mounts on the top handle, and also for both options underneath for tripod mounts, and for the built-in lens cap in the hood. Nice touch. As another user said, some of the codec and frame rate menu options are a little strange, but I'm going to save criticism for a later date, after a firmware update hopefully adds more options. To sum it up, after only three days with the AJ-PX270, I'm pretty much in love with it, even though it has a few quirks. But, I've never used a perfect camera, have you?
    Date published: 2014-06-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite there yet I really want to give 5 stars, I really do. But as it turns out, there are a number of features that are unsupported as of the immediate release of this camera. The Panasonic brochure indicates specifically that 24pN is only going to be available in 1080 for LongG50 and LongG25, in the near future, but I don't really know when that will be. In the meantime, I really have to go up to AVC-Intra100 if I'm going to use 1080p24. A bit of a bummer.Also, turns out that the red outline focus assist doesn't work in the EVF if you set the EVF to black and white. While this seems somewhat logical, it is a departure from the previous models that would let you have red focus assist on a black and white EVF, which is just an amazingly easy to use focus method.Also, the menu is a bit cumbersome for choosing the recording format. Rather than having all the settigns in a single menu option, you have to choose the system mode before you can choose the format. I don't mind that a system restart is required, I only wish all the options were visible at a glance in the menu as they are on some of the predecessors like the AC130/160 and the HPX250.I have other shortcomings, but I will say very optimistically that this can and possibly will be the greatest 1/3 camcorder ever made, once it's really put together. It satisfies much of the needs of the broadcast producer while also being a great asset to any independent producers as well.
    Date published: 2014-04-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from SOOOO close to perfect Well, this is a fantastic camera... but it is not without it shortcomings.Pros...- EXCELLENT video quality. -Can get some great shallow depth of field, very much like a DSLR when you want it.- has much more depth of field than a DSLR when you want that too.- Great in low light.- Great form factor.- Versatile use of Micro P2 cards, P2 cards, and standard (fast) SD Cards.- Excellent monitor and viewfinder.- Awesome lens with incredible focal range.- many more good and great things about this camera.Cons-- Long Gop formats have limited support in NLE's. (very frustrating).-- Short battery life.... with long charge times.-- Small... really small buttons and extremely complicated menu options.-- Long boot time... about 30 seconds or so.-- Micro P2 cards are really expensive.-- In order to have a reasonable upload speed to the computer, you need to buy the Panasonic Micro P@ card reader for a startling $.-- Reasonable Image stabilization... not great. Kind of jumpy.
    Date published: 2014-10-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Viewfinder Design The camera itself shoots pretty good video, but there are 2 glaring design flaws that make this camera frustrating to use. First, the viewfinder folds out in a way that makes it impossible to open or close if you have a mic mounted. Second, the viewfinder is crooked when folded out all the way, so it can be hard to tell if your shot is level, especially if you're in a situation where using the internal viewfinder is not possible (for example, while using a steadicam)
    Date published: 2016-12-01
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