Panasonic HC-X1000 4K DCI/Ultra HD/Full HD Camcorder

Panasonic HC-X1000 4K DCI/Ultra HD/Full HD Camcorder

Panasonic HC-X1000 4K DCI/Ultra HD/Full HD Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 4K DCI & UHD Video/ 8.8MP Stills
  • 1/2.3" MOS Sensor; 2 x Venus Processors
  • Leica Dicomar 20x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Switchable between NTSC and PAL
  • Individual Focus, Zoom & Iris Lens Rings
  • Power O.I.S, & Hybrid O.I.S.
  • 0.45" EVF / 3.5" LCD Touch Screen
  • Records MP4, MOV, AVCHD to SDXC Cards
  • Simultaneous/Relay/Background Recording
  • Wi-Fi / NFC Connectivity
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Panasonic HC-X1000 overview

  • 1Description

Caught in between HD and 4K, Panasonic's HC-X1000 4K DCI/Ultra HD/Full HD Camcorder can help ease your transition, or allow you to jump right into 4K. The camera shoots and records cinema 4K at a true 24p, and UHD at broadcast compatible frame rates, so it fits smoothly into your existing broadcast workflow. The HC-X1000 features a 1/2.3" MOS sensor that is always shooting at 4K resolution, and uses its two built-in Venus processing engines to scale the 4K image for Full HD delivery. System frequencies are switchable between NTSC and PAL.

The built-in 20x Leica Dicomar lens features four lens groups, and electronically linked geared iris rings for manual control. The camera supports two optical image stabilization modes, one for 4K, and a different mode when shooting in HD, Two viewfinders provide you a choice when operating the camera with either a traditional tilt up color EVF, or a pull out LCD high resolution touch screen. The LCD touchscreen is positioned above the lens for a more natural viewing experience when shooting handheld.

The camera records in .mp4, .mov, or AVCHD codecs, and features dual SD media card slots. Please note that Panasonic recommends using SDXC cards rated as UHS-1 U3 for recording at the highest bit rates. The camera incorporates two SD card slots, allowing you to use relay recording, simultaneous recording and when recording HD you can use Panasonic's background recording mode.

In 4K recording mode the camera utilizes Power O.I.S., checking and compensating for handshake up to four thousand times a second. In HD mode the camera employs 5-axis hybrid O.I.S. compensating for side-to-side, up-down, forward-back handheld shake.
The HC-X1000 features electronically linked zoom, focus, and iris rings on the lens. The rings are textured for better tactile feel, and the movement and control of the rings simulate the feel of mechanically linked lenses.
The camera features built-in selectable physical filters, a clear, 1/4, 1/16, and 1/64th ND for exposure control when shooting outdoors.
The camera records in either MP4, MOV or AVCHD Progressive. It will only record in 4K/UHD using the mp4 codec, however, all codecs support recording in full HD. MP4 & MOV recording support a 200 Mb/s all intra frame codec, which requires less computing power to playback.
A built-in IR emitter and IR recording mode allow you to shoot at 4K, and HD, in complete darkness without any visible light, although your images will have that familiar greenish IR look to them.
An illuminated ring lets your subject know when you are recording by changing from blue to red. Although this is pleasant in appearance, this feature can be disabled in the camera's menu.
Camera Assist Functions:
  • Histogram: Displays the image as a brightness graph.
  • Zebra: indicates areas of overexposure by overlaying a striped pattern on the overexposed portion of the image.
  • The built-in electronic color bars allow you to calibrate your monitors, and can be recorded for playback.
  • You can activate a level indicator overlay, which can be useful to check the camera is level when shooting handheld or with a stabilizer.
  • Intelligent Auto: Two modes, iA and iA Plus allow the camera to select the appropriate scene mode for the scene you are shooting. In iA Plus mode you can adjust the brightness and color, while allowing the camera to control the other settings.
The camera incorporates a built in microphone, and two 3-pin XLR audio inputs for line or mic level input. Manual adjustments are via dials set into the side of the camera so you can adjust the levels during the shot without having to pull up a menu function. The dials are inset, making it less likely to accidentally change the settings.
Control and monitor the HC-X1000 in real time from a distance by using the Panasonic Image App on a smartphone or tablet device. With the camera's NFC capabilities you can easily connect to your NFC enabled smartphone or tablet. If your smartphone or tablet is not NFC enabled, you can use QR codes to make the connection.
The 4K images that are taken by the HC-X1000 are compatible with a wide variety of nonlinear editing software, such as Apple Final Cut Pro X, that are available separately. Plus, the included HD-Writer XE2.0 software also supports the 4K video files for editing and file management, and is available for download.
UPC: 885170219663
In the Box
Panasonic HC-X1000 4K DCI/Ultra HD/Full HD Camcorder
  • AC Adapter
  • 2 x AC Cables
  • 5,800mAh Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Microphone Holder
  • 2 x Microphone Holder Screws
  • 2 x Input Terminal Caps
  • Shoulder Strap
  • EVF Eyepiece Cup
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic HC-X1000 specs

    Camera
    Sensor 1x 18.47 Megapixel 1/2.3" MOS Sensor
    Pixel Gross 18,470,000
    Effective Pixels 8.85 Video
    8.29 @ Video 16:9
    Optics
    Focal Length 4.08 - 81.6 mm
    35mm Equivalent Focal Length 29.5 - 600 @ Aspect Ratio: 17:9
    30.8 - 626 @ Aspect Ratio: 16:9
    Maximum Aperture f/ 1.8 - f/ 3.6
    Zoom Optical: 20x
    Intelligent: 40x (in HD)
    Digital: 2x, 5x, 10x
    Filter Size 49 mm
    Built-In ND Filters Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
    Recording
    System NTSC/PAL
    Recording Media SDHC/SDXC
    Video Format System frequencies are switchable between NTSC and PAL. Playback is not possible on TVs and other devices with a standard that differs from the system frequency setting of this unit.

    If you record an AVCHD scene on an SD card, it cannot be used with a different system frequency. Use another SD card when you change the system frequency.

    MP4:
    C4K 24p 100M: 4096 x 2160, Average 100 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    4K 59.94p/50p 150M: 3840 x 2160, Average 150 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    4K 29.97p/25p 100M: 3840 x 2160, Average 100 Mbps (VBR), LPCM or AAC
    4K 23.98p 100M: 3840 x 2160, Average 100 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    FHD 59.94p/50p 200M (ALL-Intra): 1920 x 1080, Average 200 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    FHD 59.94p/50p 100M: 1920 x 1080, Average 100 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    FHD 59.94p/50p 50M: 1920 x 1080, Average 50 Mbps (VBR), LPCM or AAC
    FHD 29.97p/25p 200M (ALL-Intra): 1920 x 1080, Average 200 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    FHD 29.97p/25p 50M: 1920 x 1080, Average 50 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    FHD 23.98p 200M (ALL-Intra): 1920 x 1080, Average 200 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    FHD 23.98p 50M: 1920 x 1080, Average 50 Mbps (VBR), LPCM

    MOV:
    FHD 59.94p/50p 200M (ALL-Intra): 1920 x 1080, Average 200 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    FHD 59.94p/50p 100M: 1920 x 1080, Average 100 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    FHD 59.94p/50p 50M: 1920 x 1080, Average 50 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    FHD 29.97p/25p 200M (ALL-Intra): 1920 x 1080, Average 200 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    FHD 29.97p/25p 50M: 1920 x 1080, Average 50 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    FHD 23.98p 200M (ALL-Intra): 1920 x 1080, Average 200 Mbps (VBR), LPCM
    FHD 23.98p 50M: 1920 x 1080, Average 50 Mbps (VBR), LPCM

    AVCHD:
    PS 1080 59.94p/50p: 1920 x 1080, Average 28 Mbps (VBR)
    PH 1080 59.94i/50i: 1920 x 1080, Average 24 Mbps (VBR)
    HA 1080 59.94i/50i: 1920 x 1080, Average 17 Mbps (VBR)
    HE 1080 59.94i/50i: 1440 x 1080, Average 5 Mbps (VBR)
    PM 720 59.94p/50p: 1280 x 720, Average 8 Mbps (VBR)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    17:9
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 8.8 Megapixel, 4096 x 2160 (17:9)
    JPEG: 8.3 Megapixel, 3840 x 2160 (16:9)
    JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
    Channels 2
    Audio Format AAC
    Dolby Digital 2-ch
    LPCM
    Displaycuqxcryffz
    Type 3.5" (8.9 cm) Touchscreen LCD
    1,152,000 pixel count
    270° rotation

    0.45" (1.1 cm) Viewfinder
    1,226,880 pixel count
    Exposure Control
    Shutter Speed Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Features
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Lux 1400
    4 (Super Gain 30 dB, Shutter 1/30)
    White Balance Modes 3000K
    5500K
    Auto
    Manual
    Built-in Mic Yes
    Built-in Speaker Yes
    Wi-Fi Yes, 802.11b/g/n
    Accessory Shoe 1x Cold Shoe
    Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20
    Input/Output Connectors
    Inputs 2x XLR microphone
    1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mini camera remote
    1x LANC Terminal 2.5 mm super mini jack camera remote
    Outputs 1x A/V
    1x HDMI A (Full Size)
    1x USB 3.0 Type A (Host)
    1x USB Micro-B USB 3.0
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    General
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC
    Charging Method AC Adapter
    Power Consumption In LCD Operation: 15.4 W
    In Viewfinder Operation: 14.3 W
    Dimensions 6.3 x 6.7 x 12.4" (16 x 17 x 31.5 cm)
    Weight 3.41 lb (1.5 kg) (without battery or SD card)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.4 x 11.0 x 9.7"

    Panasonic HC-X1000 reviews

    HC-X1000 4K DCI/Ultra HD/Full HD Camcorder is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 38.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great in bright or studio light, terrible in less light I purchased this camera to produce full HD and experiment with 4K video. Half of my work is at conferences in which lighting is generally ballroom level which made the images shot with the HC-X1000 unusable. While I loved the controls and placement, it simply was not able to handle less than perfect lighting conditions with the small sensor. Images shot outdoors during the day were beautiful but in my line of business perfect lighting is not always available. If you are shooting studio work or outdoors this is an excellent price for a camera that gives you all the manual buttons in the right places and I would recommend it. If not, find a bigger sensor camera.
    Date published: 2016-03-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Little Camera Great little camera but it has its limitations. First thing, this camera is definitely not a low light camera. Once in low light situations it will show its flaws, in Noise, Noise, Noise. If the scene is lit properly and the camera manually set, then it will perform OK. Second, during day light shoots the X1000 definitely shows its great picture quality. If you are a AUTO type of shooter. This camera is definitely not for you unless you want some serious noise in your footage. I have used this camera for run and gun documentary work and it performs well, also the battery last quite a while.
    Date published: 2015-04-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from zero to very low noise set up After having this pretty awesome camera for about a year, I have finally cracked the noise code. here is my set up: Under Camera Set Up -Customize Scene 1 -Detail Level -7 -V Detail Level -7 -Detail Coring -7 -DRS Effect 1 -Gamma HD Norm -Knee Auto -Matrix Cine-Like -NR Control +7 Set up Record Set Up on MP4(LPCM) mode and choose your resolution. Use on Manual Mode instead of IA. This set up has been my go to set up for quite some time with great results. Good luck.
    Date published: 2016-05-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this camera! This camera has performed very well for us! I had done a lot of research on several different sites. I was a little worried when I saw a few lower reviews on this site however, I gave the camera a try. It has performed well in many different settings for us. We do a lot of surgery/medical shoots so I guess lighting may not be much of an issue for us. The camera does extremely well in this environment and following the procedures as well as zooming in/out at the appropriate moments is effortless. I am extremely happy with this purchase!
    Date published: 2017-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful camera, for what it is. I've only used this camera for a couple of weeks, but I am 100% satisfied with its performance. With that said, if you already in the 4k spectrum this camera does NOT have the sharpest image quality in the price range. It is out preformed by the GH4 in several ways. However if you need a run & gun, fire & forget, xlr audio, easy to use camera this is the bee's knees. Many reviewers have complained about low light performance, I however think it works wonderful in moderately low light. I film mostly bar room concerts and the light levels are not a problem even in outside venues. The audio quality is out standing. I use input 1 for my sennheiser mke 600 shotgun mic and input 2 captures staight off the soundboard. I run 2 128gb sd cards and can get nearly 4hrs without changing cards or batteries on the highest setting of UHD4k 60p 150Gb.
    Date published: 2016-07-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for the Price Got it when it was $3200, and for the sensor size, ergonomics, audio quality, video output, touch screen on the pull-out viewfinder, servo zoom, on-board audio, front cold shoe mount, MPEG and .MOV formats, 4k recording, SD format, and zoom, I do believe this camera was worth every cent. I use this for my work, which does exterior/interior, day/night events, and this camera works very well. Does need some light for commercial spots and low-light shooting. But if I wanted a camera that shoots well in dim-lit places, I would pony up for a camera with a bigger CMOS sensor since that's how cameras work.
    Date published: 2016-06-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Noisy image when recording indoor. Great camera with many features and ability record in 4k and output hd through HDMI. But even with such down scaling from 4k to HD video quality is just unsatisfying . Tested camera at our church and our church has plenty of light but image was just very dark and noisy in gray and in darker colors. Adding any gain to make image bit lighter just made image even more noisy, even when setting shutter speed to 30. And with such shutter speed any motion is just becomes blurry. Considering for the price i though image would be much better... All other controls, zoom range, focus and keeping focus while zooming in and out just lovely. But image was just unsatisfying. If video was not as noisy i would have kept the camera.
    Date published: 2017-03-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unusable footage indoors I am a sports and wedding videographer and have to say this camera is junk for any shots taken indoors unless you have a pro lighting setup. After 5 months of using this camcorder on weddings (we now use it as a stationery camera as backup, so a $3k backup in case something fails). The footage outputs great for the sports jobs I do because they are shot during the day in sunlight. I can never give my clients the footage from this camera because of the low light standards. I called Panasonic and was just told by the rep there that they are aware that this camera is basically junk. They have no solution and no new firmware is in the works to help neither. So I bought a $3k paper weight. Very sad about that. So I guess I can only use this for the couple highschool sports highlights I do a year. Don't buy this if you plan on using other than outdoor shoots. Anyway, you can see I'm unhappy, but I do not want anyone else to make the mistake I did if you are using it in any indoor setting.
    Date published: 2015-11-03
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