Panasonic AJ-PX230 microP2 AVC-Ultra Camcorder

Panasonic AJ-PX230 microP2 AVC-Ultra Camcorder

Panasonic AJ-PX230 microP2 AVC-Ultra Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 1/3" 2.2MP 3MOS Sensors
  • 1920x1080p up to 60 fps
  • AVC-Intra50/100/200 and AVC-LongG Codecs
  • 22x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Individual Zoom, Focus, Iris Rings
  • Variable Frame Rate Recording
  • 3.5" LCD Screen and 0.5" OLED Viewfinder
  • Two XLR Audio Inputs
  • 3G-SDI and HDMI Outputs
  • Two microP2 Memory Card Slots
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  • 1Description

Featuring a classic handheld form-factor and offering 10-bit, 1080p AVC-Intra and AVC-LongG recording up to 60 fps, the Panasonic AJ-PX230 is ready to fit the bill for a wide range of applications, including professional broadcast, documentary, and ENG work. The camera utilizes 1/3"-type 3MOS sensors that support a 600% dynamic range level to capture expanded highlight and shadow detail for more film-like images and post-production flexibility. Adding to the camera's versatility is multi-codec support, including the high-quality AVC-Intra200 codec, and variable frame-rate shooting for in-camera slow-motion and fast-motion effects.

The AJ-PX230 is equipped with a 22x optical zoom lens that offers a 28 to 616mm range (35mm equivalent), covering you from wide-angle to telephoto focal lengths. Built-in optical image stabilization helps to correct for shake and jitters when shooting handheld. Three rings on the lens give you full manual control over zoom, focus, and iris, providing a shooting experience similar to larger interchangeable-lens ENG cameras. For monitoring your shots and navigating through the menu system, the camera features a 0.5" OLED EVF and a 3.5" IPS LCD screen.

Taking a page from the larger shoulder mount rigs, the camera features a front XLR audio input, ideal for a camera-mounted mic, and a rear audio XLR input for a second microphone. Additional connectivity includes a 3G-SDI output, HDMI output, USB connection, and remote control ports. Video is recorded to microP2 cards, with two slots provided to support a variety of recording options, including simultaneous, relay, and background recording.

1/3" 3MOS Image Sensors
The 1/3"-type 3MOS sensors features 2.2 MP resolution, providing 1920x1080p 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. The sensor achieve a maximum 600% dynamic range level for expanded shadow and highlight detail capture.
FILM-REC Gamma
The FILM-REC gamma achieves a latitude that exceeds the CINE-LIKE D mode found on previous camcorders. Gamma curves can be selected from 7 modes: HD, SD, FILMLIKE 1, FILMLIKE 2, FILMLIKE 3, FILM-REC, VIDEO-REC.
22x Zoom Lens with Three Manual Rings
The 22x optical zoom lens has a 35mm focal length equivalent of 28 to 616mm, so you have the focal range from wide to long covered. It features Optical image Stabilization (OIS), which is necessary when hand-holding with a long lens, as well as Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) to minimize color bleeding at the fringes of the image area. Three individual lens control rings are provided 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 mount camera. The servo zoom levers on the grip and handle support extra-slow zooming down to 180 seconds.
AVC-ULTRA Recording
To meet the needs of a variety of shooters, the AJ-PX230 features the AVC-ULTRA codec family that lets you select shoot in modes optimized for either quality or long recording times.

AVC-Intra: An intra-frame compression method for optimum image quality. In addition to the conventional AVC-Intra100/50 codec, the AJ-PX230 features the AVC-Intra200 codec with twice the bit rate (10-bit 4:2:2, with a bit rate of approximately 200 Mbps for 1080/59.94i).
AVC-LongG: An inter-frame compression method that achieves high-quality HD recording at a low bit rate. Ideal for providing on-air content direct from the shooting location and for workflows using content transferred over the internet. Three bit rates are available: AVC-LongG50/25/12 Mbps. AVC-LongG25 provide 10-bit/4:2:2 quality at a bit rate of approximately 25 Mbps.
Variable Frame Rate
Inherited from the VariCam line, the variable frame rate function (available in AVC-Intra100) lets you select from frame rate between 1 to 60 fps to produce overcranked slow-motion or undercranked quick-motion effects.
24-Bit, 4-Channel Audio Recording
AVC-Intra and AVC-LongG modes support 24-bit digital audio recording (16-bit for AVC-LongG12, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO, and DV). The AJ-PX230 offers 4-channel audio in all recording modes using the built-in microphone and the two XLR inputs (one located in front and one located in the rear, with both selectable from mic/line). The level volume control also supports four channels.
OLED EVF and LCD Panel
For shot monitoring, the AJ-PX230 features a viewfinder with a high-resolution OLED display (approximately 2.36 million dots; image display area: approximately 1.77 million dots) for deep blacks and rich color reproduction. Also available is an LCD monitor that uses a QHD IPS LCD panel (approximately 1.56 million dots).
Two microP2 Card Slots
Dual microP2 memory card slots support both microP2 cards as well as SDHC/SDXC cards.

Simultaneous Rec: Records simultaneously onto two microP2 cards
Background Recording: Slot 1 records with the Rec Start/Stop control, while slot 2 continues recording even while recording is stopped
Hot-Swap Rec: Thanks to the two card slots, you can hot-swap microP2 cards for continuous non-stop recording
One-Clip Rec Mode: Records up to 99 consecutive cuts as a single clip. A text memo is automatically attached to the Rec Start point for easy searching for the beginning of the cut
Pre Rec: This stores approximately 3 seconds of HD or 7 seconds of SD video and audio data in memory while in standby mode and lets you recover and use the data from the point before you started recording
Loop Rec: Maintains a recording of a certain time period through repeated loop recording
Interval Rec: Records intermittently based on a set interval time
One-Shot Rec: A frame-shot recording function for producing animations
Text Memo: Up to 100 memos can be posted onto a clip as bookmarks
Shot Marker: Used to mark clips as OK, NG, etc
Last Clip Delete: Deletes the last recorded clip with a single touch
Rec Check: This lets you run a quick playback check of the clip-end you have just recorded
Metadata: The metadata function attaches metadata (text memos tagged to time, GPS data, selected character strings and frames) to P2 files. Metadata can be used effectively for searching and management, facilitating the editing, distribution and archiving of video data
Interfaces
  • 3G-SDI output
  • HDMI output
  • USB 2.0 for transferring files from microP2 card
  • Remote ports for Focus, iris, zoom, and REC start/stop control
  • Back tally, rear tally
  • Headphone jack
Additional Features
  • 59.94 Hz / 50 Hz mode switchable
  • Focus Assist Functions: One-Push AF, Focus-in-Red Display, Expand, Focus Bar
  • Built-in ND filters (Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
  • Eight User Buttons
  • Simplified waveform and vectorscope display
  • +36 dB Super Gain: +24 dB/+30 dB/+36 dB Super Gain function enables extra-high sensitivity with subject luminance of as low as 0.02 lx (When set to F1.6, 18 dB gain, 1-second accumulation, HIGH SENS. mode)
  • Electronic Shutter with Slow Shutter Capability: The shutter speed can be set in seven steps between 1/60 and 1/2000 second (60i/60p mode). It is also equipped with Slow and Synchro Scan (variable) modes. The shutter opening angle (deg value) can be set with Synchro Scan mode
  • Advanced flash band compensation
  • Built-in electronic level gauge
  • Six preset scene files stored internal, up to eight stored on memory card
  • One user file containing camera settings can be stored internally, up to eight stored on memory card
  • Aspect Conversion: The aspect ratio can be selected from among Side Crop, Letter Box, or Squeeze mode when down-converting and outputting from the SDI OUT terminal.
UPC: 885170283206
In the Box
Panasonic AJ-PX230 microP2 AVC-Ultra Camcorder
  • VW-VBD58 Battery Pack (7.2V, 5800mAh)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Adapter
  • Microphone Holder
  • Screw for Microphone Holder
  • 2 x Power Cord
  • Eye Cup
  • Lens Hood
  • Grip Belt
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Camera
    Image Device 1/3" 2.2MP 3MOS
    Lens 3.9 to 86mm (28 to 616mm, 35mm equivalent)
    f/1.6 to 3.2
    18 lens elements in 12 groups
    Zoom Optical: 22x
    Digital: 2x/5x/10x
    Minimum Focus Distance 3.6' / 1.1 m (from front of lens) Macro Mode: 2.4" / 0.06 m (from front of lens)
    Filter Diameter 72 mm
    Gain −3 to 36 dB

    Negative value of gain is only in HIGH SENS. mode

    Sensitivity High Sensitivity Mode:
    F11 (2000 lx, 3200 K, 89.9 % reflection, 1920x1080/59.94i)
    F12 (2000 lx, 3200 K, 89.9 % reflection, 1920x1080/50i)
    Minimum Illumination 0.02 Lux (F1.6, Gain 18 dB, 1 second exposure, High Sensitivity mode)
    Built-in Filters ND Clear
    1/4
    1/16
    1/64
    White Balance ATW, ATW LOCK, Ach, Bch, preset 3200 K, preset 5600 K, VAR (2000 to 15000 K)
    Shutter Speed 59.94 Hz SYSTEM MODE
    60i/60p mode: 1/60 (shutter off) sec, 1/100 sec, 1/120 sec, 1/250 sec, 1/500 sec, 1/1000 sec, 1/2000 sec
    30p mode: 1/30 sec, 1/50 (shutter off) sec, 1/60 sec, 1/120 sec, 1/250 sec, 1/500 sec, 1/1000 sec, 1/2000 sec
    24p mode: 1/24 sec, 1/50 (shutter off) sec, 1/60 sec, 1/120 sec, 1/250 sec, 1/500 sec, 1/1000 sec, 1/2000 sec
    50 Hz SYSTEM MODE
    50i/50p mode: 1/50 (shutter off) sec, 1/60 sec, 1/120 sec, 1/250 sec, 1/500 sec, 1/1000 sec, 1/2000 sec
    25p mode: 1/25 sec, 1/50 (shutter off) sec, 1/60 sec, 1/120 sec, 1/250 sec, 1/500 sec, 1/1000 sec, 1/2000 sec
    Slow Shutter Speed 59.94 Hz SYSTEM MODE
    60i/60p mode: 1/1 sec, 1/2 sec, 1/4 sec, 1/6 sec, 1/15 sec, 1/30 sec
    30p mode: 1/1 sec, 1/2 sec, 1/4 sec, 1/6sec., 1/15 sec
    24p mode: 1/1 sec, 1/2 sec, 1/4 sec, 1/6 sec, 1/12 sec
    50 Hz SYSTEM MODE
    50i/50p mode: 1/1 sec, 1/2 sec, 1/4 sec, 1/6 sec, 1/12 sec, 1/25 sec
    25p mode: 1/1 sec, 1/2 sec, 1/4 sec, 1/6 sec, 1/12 sec
    Synchro Scan Shutter 59.94 Hz SYSTEM MODE
    60i/60p mode: 1/60 to 1/249.8 sec
    30p mode: 1/30 to 1/249.8 sec
    24p mode: 1/24 to 1/249.8 sec
    50 Hz SYSTEM MODE
    50i/50p mode: 1/50 to 1/250 sec
    25p mode: 1/25 to 1/250 sec
    Shutter Angle 3 to 360° (in 0.5° steps, angle display)
    Recording
    Recording Format AVC-Intra200, AVC-Intra100, AVC-Intra50
    AVC-LongG50, AVC-LongG25, AVC-LongG12
    DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, DV
    Resolutions & Frame Rates 59.94 Hz SYSTEM MODE
    1920 x 1080 / 59.94p, 59.94i, 29.97pN, 23.98pN
    1280 x 720 / 59.94p, 29.97pN, 23.98pN
    720 x 480 / 59.94i, 29.97p
    50 Hz SYSTEM MODE
    1920 x 1080 / 50p, 50i, 25pN
    1280 x 720 / 50p, 25pN
    720 x 576 / 50i, 25p
    Variable Frame Rate 1080/59.94p: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 48, 54, and 60 fps
    1080/50p: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, and 50 fps
    Sampling Frequency AVC‑Intra200/AVC‑Intra100/AVC‑Intra50/AVC‑LongG50/AVC‑LongG25/AVC‑LongG12/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
    Quantizing AVC‑Intra200/AVC‑Intra100/AVC‑Intra50/AVC‑LongG50/AVC‑LongG25: 10 bit
    AVC‑LongG12/DVCPRO HD/DVCPRO50/DVCPRO/DV: 8 bit
    Video Compression Format AVC‑Intra200/AVC‑Intra100/AVC‑Intra50: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra Profile
    AVC‑LongG50/AVC‑LongG25/AVC‑LongG12: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    DVCPRO HD: DV-Based Compression
    DVCPRO50/DVCPRO: DV-Based Compression
    DV: DV Compression
    Memory Card Slot 2 x microP2
    Recording Audio Signal AVC‑Intra200/AVC‑LongG50/AVC‑LongG25: 48 kHz/24 bit, 4 channel
    AVC‑Intra100/AVC‑Intra50: 48 kHz/16 bit, 4 channel and 48 kHz/24 bit, 4 channel switch
    AVC‑LongG12/DVCPRO HD/DVCPRO50: 48 kHz/16 bit, 4 channel
    DVCPRO/DV: 48 kHz/16 bit, 4 channel
    Headroom 12 dB / 18 dB / 20 dB (switchable in menu)
    Monitor
    LCD Monitor 3.5", approximately 1.56 million dots
    Viewfinder 0.5" OLED, approximately 2.36 million dots (video display area: approx. 1.77 million dots)
    Interface
    Video Output 1 x 3G-SDI (BNC)
    1 x HDMI (Type A)
    Audio Input 2 x XLR (3-pin), high impedance, LINI/MIC switch
    LINE: 4 dBu / 0 dBu (selectable)
    MIC: -40 dBu / -50 dBu / -60 dBu (selectable), +48 V on/off
    Audio Output 1 x 3.5 mm stereo mini jack, 100 Ohms, -16 dBV (32 Ohms load, at maximum level)
    1 x 0.8" / 20 mm diameter speaker
    Remote 1 x 2.5 mm super mini jack for Zoom control
    1 x 3.5 mm mini jack for Focus and Iris control
    USB 1 x USB 2.0 mini-B
    Power Input 12 VDC (10.5 to 13.5 VDC), EIAJ type 4
    General
    Power Requirements 7.2 VDC (with battery)
    12 VDC (with AC adapter)
    Power Consumption 19.5 W (with LCD monitor on)
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Operating Humidity 10 to 80% (no condensation)
    Dimensions 6.9 x 6.7 x 13" / 176 x 171 x 329 mm (excluding protrusions)
    Weight 4.9 lb / 2.2 kg (body only)
    5.7 lb / 2.6 kg (including lens hood, supplied battery, and microphone holder)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 11.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.0 x 14.7 x 12.5"

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