Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder with Twin Camera

Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder with Twin Camera

Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder with Twin Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 4K Ultra HD Video at 24/30 fps
  • 1/2.3" BSI MOS Sensor
  • 20x Leica Dicomar Optical Zoom Lens
  • Twin Camera & Wireless Multi-Camera
  • Tilting 0.24" EVF / 3.0" Touchscreen LCD
  • 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ and Level Shot
  • In-Camera 4K Cropping and Editing
  • Built-In Cinema-Like Effects
  • Capture Stills from 4K Video Frames
  • HDR Movie Mode
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Panasonic HC-WXF991K overview

  • 1Description

Combining 4K Ultra HD video recording with in-camera editing, and creative effects, the Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder offers simple yet powerful operation to enable users of all levels to capture high-quality 4K UHD and Full HD video. Featuring Wireless Multi-Camera functionality, the camcorder supports up to two picture-in-picture video feeds using Wi-Fi connected mobile devices or the secondary camera built into the flip-out LCD screen. This enables you to capture multiple angles and viewpoints simultaneously for a unique video experience.

The camcorder features a 1/2.3" backside-illuminated (BSI) MOS sensor with an 8.29 megapixel effective resolution that combines with a Crystal Engine 4K image processor to support 4K UHD video at 24/30 fps and 1080p video up to 60 fps. The camera is also able to take up to 25.9 megapixel interpolated still images, and also offers the ability to extract still photos directly from your 4K video frames using the 4K Photo Mode. Other advanced features include built-in cinema-like effects, an HDR Movie mode, and in-camera 4K editing tools that allow you to perform in-camera cropping, zooming, panning, tracking, and stabilizing to your 4K footage. The edited video is saved in 1080p resolution.

Optically, the camcorder utilizes a Leica Dicomar lens that provides a 20x optical zoom range and a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 30.8mm at the wide end. Intelligent zoom boosts that range up to 40x for Full HD and 25x for 4K recording. To keep excessive image vibration to a minimum, for steadier handheld shooting, the HC-WXF991K features Panasonic's HYBRID O.I.S.+, which combines optical and digital image stabilization to provide 5-axis correction, which can be combined with Panasonic's Level Shot function to produce clearer, level, and more stable looking hand-held footage.

The camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi supports the Wireless Multi-Camera feature, along with other functionality through the Panasonic Image App. These functions include remote camera control, live image monitoring, and file uploading directly to social media sites. Once connected to your smartphone, you can even live stream video using USTREAM to share moments and events with your friends and family as they are being recorded. Additionally, there's a Baby Monitor function which lets you use your smartphone to quickly check in on a sleeping baby in another room.

Twin Camera
The HC-WXF991 features a secondary camera built into the edge of the LCD monitor. This additional camera provides 270° panning and ±20° tilting for recording two angles simultaneously. The video from the secondary camera is recorded in a sub-window for picture-in-picture recording. A backup function allows you to simultaneously record images with and without the sub-window for greater flexibility during post. The twin camera operation also features a narration mode which emphasizes the user's voice during recording-a feature that is particularly useful when the sub-camera is capturing a close-up of the user's face.

Sub-Camera Specs:
5.27 Megapixel, 1/4" MOS sensor
37.2mm (35mm equivalent), f/2.2 lens
Wireless Multi-Camera
Wireless Multi-Camera expands the picture-in-picture recording of Twin Camera by letting you can connect up to three mobile devices over Wi-Fi and use two of them to record picture-in-picture images. This makes it easy and fun to capture multiple angles and viewpoints at once.
In-Camera 4K Cropping and Editing Tools
Built-in editing tools allow you to crop your 4K video and add effects such as zooming, panning, tracking, and stabilizing. The edited videos are saved at 1080p resolution.
4K Photo Mode
Pause and extract 4K (8.29 megapixel) still images from 4K video frames using the 4K Photo Mode.
Cinema-Like Effects
Cinema-Like Effects allow you to simulate shooting techniques seen in films, such as Slow & Quick Video, Slow Zoom, Dolly Zoom, and Slow Motion Video.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Movie Mode
By combining two images taken with different exposure times, the HDR Movie function suppresses blown highlights and blocked shadows for crisper, clearer videos. With HDR you can maintain gradation in your images in difficult shooting situations, like when your subject is back-lit.
Tilting EVF
A convenient 0.24" electronic viewfinder improves viewing in bright daylight, while a slide and tilt mechanism provides increased flexibility for more comfortable recording.
5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+
Stabilized on 5 axes (pan, tilt, and roll axes, plus horizontal and vertical directions), the HYBRID O.I.S+ suppresses blurring and jitters in your videos when not using a tripod or other stabilizer.
Level Shot Function
Level Shot automatically detects and corrects tilting in images. It can be adjusted to three different levels-OFF, Normal or Strong-depending on shooting conditions.
Wi-Fi Functionality
In addition to Wireless Multi-Camera, the camera is also able to take advantage of remote control and image sharing from a smartphone or tablet using Panasonic's mobile app. Once connected to your smartphone, you can even live stream video using USTREAM to share moments and events with your friends and family as they are being recorded.

Built-in Wi-Fi also enables you to take advantage of the Baby Monitor feature, which lets you use your smartphone to quickly check in on a sleeping baby in another room when both the camcorder and mobile device are connected to the same home network. You also have the ability to speak to your baby via your smartphone or have a notification sent to you when the camera detects that your baby is crying.
UPC: 885170266261
In the Box
Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder with Twin Camera
  • Rechargeable 1940mAh Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Micro-HDMI Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Lens Hood
  • HD Writer AE 5.3 (Download)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Parts
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty on Labor
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    • 1Description

    Panasonic HC-WXF991K specs

    Camera
    Sensor 1-Chip 1/2.3" MOS
    Backside Illumination Yes
    Sensor Resolution 18.91 MP
    Effective Pixels 8.3 MP (16:9 Video)
    6.1 MP (16:9 Video)
    8.3 MP (16:9 Photo)
    7 MP (3:2 Photo)
    6.2 MP (4:3 Photo)
    Optics
    Focal Length 4.08 - 81.6mm
    35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 30.8 - 626 at 16:9 4K
    37 - 752 at 16:9 Full HD (Level Shot Function Off or Normal)
    30.8 - 626 at 16:9 
    34.5 - 690.3 at 3:2 Photo
    37.6 - 752.8 at 4:3 Photo
    Maximum Aperture f/1.8 - f/3.6
    Zoom Optical: 20x
    Intelligent: 25x 4K
    Intelligent: 40x (in HD)
    Digital: 60x
    Digital: 1500x
    Filter Size 49 mm
    Recording
    System NTSC
    Recording Media x SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 24/30 fps (72 Mb/s MP4)
    1920 x 1080p at 24/60 fps (50 Mb/s MP4)
    1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s MP4)
    1280 x 720p at 30 fps (9 Mb/s MP4)
    1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (13 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (5 Mb/s AVCHD)
    960 x 540p at 30 fps (28 Mb/s iFrame)
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 25.9 Megapixel, 6784 x 3816 (16:9)
    JPEG: 14 Megapixel, 4992 x 2808 (16:9)
    JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
    JPEG: 20 Megapixel, 5472 x 3684 (3:2)
    JPEG: 10.6 Megapixel, 3984 x 2656 (3:2)
    JPEG: 2.0 Megapixel, 1728 x 1152 (3:2)
    JPEG: 20.4 Megapixel, 5216 x 3912 (4:3)
    JPEG: 10.9 Megapixel, 3808 x 2856 (4:3)
    JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480 (4:3)
    Audio Format AAC
    Dolby Digital 2ch
    Dolby Digital 5.1
    Display
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 3"
    Screen Resolution 460,800 Dots
    EVF
    Screen Size .24"
    EVF Resolution 1,555,200 Dots
    Exposure Control
    Shutter Speed 1/24 - 1/8000 Second ()
    Features
    Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
    Scene Modes Preset: Yes
    Lux 1400 (Standard Illumination)
    2 (Low Light Scene Mode)
    1 (Night Mode, Color)
    0 (Night Mode)
    White Balance Modes Auto
    Cloudy
    Custom
    Daylight
    Indoor 1
    Indoor 2
    Creative Effects Yes
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Built-In Light/Flash Light - Yes
    Flash - No
    Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 4
    Accessory Shoe 1 x Cold
    Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20
    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs 1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
    1 x A/V
    1 x USB 2.0
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    General
    Battery Rechargeable Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1940 mAh
    Max Runtime: 1 Hours per Charge
    Charging Method AC Adapter
    USB
    Power Adapter 5 VDC
    Power Consumption Recording: 7.8 W
    Charging: 7.7 W
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.7 x 3.1 x 6.4" / 68.0 x 78.0 x 163.0 mm
    Weight 14.21 oz / 403 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 5.9 x 4.1"

    Panasonic HC-WXF991K reviews

    HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder with Twin Camera is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from First grade buying Image very beautiful. I would suggest more easy control on manual focus
    Date published: 2016-07-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Panasonic WXF991, THE WINNER, VS SONY FDR AX53 I am a HOBBYIST videographer who concentrates on making edited movies .Typically 45 minutes long. To date,shot with a Canon HF G30 HD 30P and edited with FCPX. Recently did a 20 minute edit Disney visit with Canon HF G30, HD ,edited on iMovie I really wanted to move to 4K. I This is my experience with about 2 hours of video on a Panasonic WXF991( 30P /60 mbps) , P , and identical clips on a Sony FDR AX53B (30P 100MBPS) , S, importing to FCPX, followed by a cursory edit, and attempting a Masterfile with mixed clips.The clips were positioned side by side in the timeline. First, either camera makes the 4k experience worthwhile. An unexpected significant improvement over up-converted to 4K HD. Although I found some poor reviews on the Panasonic, I tried to focus on the visual and audio final edited product, not the detailed specs. Color in a variety of lighting conditions....slight edge to the Sony....unnoticeable without side by side comparison.. Ease of Use....With large hands (11 1/2 -12 ) the smaller Panasonic was consistently and surprisingly more comfortable to use vs. the larger diameter Sony. The viewfinder experience goes to the P, with the S viewfinder practically unusable for serious shots. ( Stability especially sensitive on hand held shots) Couldn't find the clue to editing S in FCPX until I found the key on UTUBE...set the USB setting to MTP in the Record toolkit and avoid hours of frustration. Import only through camera cable. The toughest material for both was moving waves and water, and panning. There seemed to be a slight edge for the P, even with 100MBPS on the S. No significant difference in night shots ( the S might satisfy those who want shots in the dark irrespective of color) No significant difference on the bulk of material....architecture, trees, flowers, while driving....etc. Did not spend much time on still shots, but a 20:1 Zoom on the P of kernels of wind blown ripe wheat was truly awesome. Decided on the P. Hope this helps.
    Date published: 2016-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great upgrade I became a fan of Panasonic starting with their GS500 camcorder and have since had the TM900, X900M and upgraded from the X920 to this one. Also several of their still cameras since. Not at all disappointed in this camera. I don't know what people are doing or expect reading some of the bad reviews. Stabilization is amazing, several low light options including IR for total darkness and a video light. Either some expect miracles or don't know how to use the camera, but I am glad I trusted the more positive reviews. So many options it might be too much for some users, but I have been shooting video for a very long time and have become familiar especially with Panasonic's menus, etc. I expect to usually shoot in 4K and then edit and downgrade to 1080P and have shot several videos in difficult situations and am quite happy with the results on my 50 monitor. The in-camera editing is interesting, but doubt anyone with a computer and editing software will use it much (I won't). I doubt I will use the secondary camera either but might have a rare situation where it is useful. The things I like better about the previous models are 1. a larger LCD monitor (3.5 inch instead of 3) and 2. the X900M and previous had an actual remote instead of having to use a smartphone app. Of course I knew about this before buying and still have my X900M. FYI the older models had a flash for stills, this one does not but instead has a video lamp and IR lamp. As always my purchase experience here at B&H was great as always.
    Date published: 2017-03-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I have a lot to learn but seems fine to me... I am a novice with little video experience. I teach acting for pre-teens/teens and I wanted a camera so that next semester we could practice doing some on camera work instead of just stage work. I will probably have to buy an editing software and a tripod. I bought with the 991 a steadicam solo, a shotgun mike and a lighting kit. The recommended accessorary video bag is too small for all this so I bought another bag to carry everything. I bought an extra battery BUT the 991 does not include a charger; the battery is charged while on the camera which makes it hard to shoot and charge a second battery. So I went back on to B/H and bought the Panasonic charger for like $69 so I can charge the second battery. I am still learning about this camera but I think it will be adequate for use with my students. For a 4K camera it seems a good price for an amateur like me. The customer reviews on the B/H site were helpful as I also considered Sony and Canon products.
    Date published: 2017-05-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight, versatile, view-finder essential I bought the 881 for a research trip to New Zealand. After 5 weeks of using it I had tried most of it's features and found the camera to be amazing. For my run-and-gun style it was light weight and versatile, though I found the night time imagery very grainy and generally unusable without adequate lighting. It did, however, catch the images in almost total darkness outdoors - good for documentation but not so good for final video shows. The camera is difficult to hold still, compared to my Panasonic HVX 200, that weighed in at around 7 lbs with lens extension, because it is so light. It requires good technique and/or a tripod to get professional video out of it. I find I use my post-shoot stabilization filter in FCP7 a lot. The biggest issue was with my previous camera was the lack of an eye-piece for capturing fast moving subjects. I just couldn't see enough with just the screen, especially in strong daylight. My new camera, the HC-WXF991 has the essential view finder and I have had much less of a problem following and framing my subjects now. I also have an issue with the manual zoom location - can't reach it with my big hands, but the on-screen zoom is awesome. On all other scores, it is a remarkable camera. The video is beautifully sharp and the response to various lighting and atmospheric conditions is very good - capturing good color and exposure in most instances. I got my 35 hours of research video in New Zealand and am looking forward to using my new 991 in the near future for more of the same.
    Date published: 2017-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous camcorder; fabulous service The camcorder works perfectly as advertised and B&H delivered it quickly.
    Date published: 2016-07-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sports Camcorder I've had the HC-WXF991K for a year and a half now, and absolutely love it.� I purchased this camcorder to record my kids sporting activities.� It does not disappoint!� Great in low light, indoor or outdoor. 4k quality is amazing to look at!� The only con I can think of, and it's not the camcorder's fault, is editing 4k video takes a pretty beefy computer.� �I edit on a 2017 Macbook Pro (1TB SSSD, i7 & 16GB RAM) - and these 4k videos can really slow it down - not to an unusable state, and mostly when rendering.� �Bottom line, I really like it, and would purchase again if needed.
    Date published: 2018-05-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much to like I had used a Canon HF G10 for several years and then finally switched to the Panasonic bridge camera, the FZ300 for more photo emphasis and 4K video. Turns out I'm less than a photographer than I thought .... I found it too complicated fumbling around menus in Manual mode missing most of the good shots. So I went back to the good old camcorder and chose the WXF991K largely for the 4K video but also for the featured cinema modes only found in this model. I found it unusual that the vastly upgraded Canon HF-G40 was still limited to 1080p. I had loved my previous Canon and used it for many years. Things I like about the 991 ..... easy to use UI, crystal clear 4K images in most lighting conditions, very ergonomic and super light weight, the auto ON function simply by opening the viewfinder and of course the slow motion and high speed options available while shooting a clip simply by touching the screen. The standard onboard stereo mic used in 4K recording really impressed me. It was much better than the previous Canon and also the FZ300 Lumix. I really didn't care about the eye piece or second lens on the viewfinder edge but I find the PIP with the second lense novel enough to use it occasionally. I haven't tried linking any WiFi additional cell phones as I'm a bit old school .... keeping it simple. Things I don't like about the 991 ..... adding the external Rode mic to the top of the body prevents you from holding the camera normally in your hand. Also, the way the camera creates and catalogs clips (files) is confusing. At anytime shooting in a single mode the camera can change the numerical prefix ... for example from 100001 to 110001 to 111001 and sequentially forward from each subset .... If you're shooting in 4K and use the slow motion option, the camera switches to 1080p (normal function) and creates a separate folder for that resolution (and separate numbering system) .... then also a separate folder for stills taken while filming. It makes it hard to transfer to a PC with any feeling of chronological order based on a linear numbering system. I had read the pdf owner's manual before receiving the camera so I was pretty prepared to test the camera the first day I got it. I went out to my front yard and shot 30 minutes of sunset and then time lapsed it down to less than 2 minutes in my editing software. I shot video as opposed to using the time-lapse mode with stills taken at intervals. I was very impressed by both the audio and image quality, especially for the first attempt. Here's a link to that video ....... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPRSbhCYnZc Bottom line is that I can easily overlook the few awkward traits in light of the fact that the camera produces beautiful images and is so easy to use. I'm 70 years old so I'm sure most others will find it just as easy.
    Date published: 2018-03-07
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