Panasonic HC-X1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder

Panasonic HC-X1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder

Panasonic HC-X1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 1"-Type MOS Sensor
  • DCI 4K Recording at 24p
  • UHD 4K Recording up to 60p
  • MP4, MOV, and AVCHD Formats
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
  • HDMI and A/V Outputs
  • 24-480 20x Zoom Lens
  • f/2.8 Maximum Aperture
  • Built-In ND Filters
  • Advanced O.I.S. and Hybrid O.I.S.
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Panasonic HC-X1 overview

  • 1Description

Bring your video productions into the world of 4K with the Panasonic HC-X1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder. Featuring a large 1"-type 4K sensor, the HC-X1 is capable of recording video in DCI (4096x2160) as well as UHD (3840x2160) 4K resolutions. Whether producing event or ENG-style videos, or even a short film, the 20x optical zoom power of the lens starts from a wide 24mm equivalent FOV for shooting in tight spots or grabbing impressive establishing shots, and extends all the way out to 480mm equivalent FOV for getting in tight on far-away subjects. At longer focal lengths, the 1"-type sensor facilitates background blur reminiscent of larger professional cinema cameras, enabling dramatic compositions without sacrificing versatility found in a compact, handheld form-factor.

While 4K video formats may seem daunting, the HC-X1 manages to record them onto convenient SD cards (U3 rated or faster cards are required for video bit-rates above 100 Mbps) which are both small and robust. 2 card slots are provided for increased flexibility. You can record to both cards simultaneously, either for backing up or recording high and low bit-rate files, or enable relay recording to capture a single file that spans multiple cards for longer recording times.

Ergonomically, the HC-X1 features a familiar handheld camcorder body with plenty of customizable control buttons for quickly accessing essential functions. When handheld, the sharp OLED EVF is within easy reach. Alternatively, a 3.5 in touchscreen is offered for monitoring and menu control. Waveforms and scopes can be displayed to aid in exposure control. Atop the handgrip sits a large zoom rocker for precise zoom control. Lens functions can also be controlled manually using the three lens rings, one for focus, one for zoom, and one for iris. A battery for powering the HC-X1 is included, along with a charger, and a power supply for fixed-position operating.

High-Resolution Video Recording
The HC-X1 4K camcorder supports DCI 4K at 24p and UHD up to 60p. 1080p and 720p HD resolutions are also supported up to 60p in addition to super slow-motion.
Advanced O.I.S.
With an expanded correction area, Advanced O.I.S. effectively reduces vibrations from hand-shake jitters all the way up to unstable shooting situations.
5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.
In HD shooting modes, activate the 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S. for further stabilization. Combining the optical stabilization with electronic stabilization, detection and correction of vibration along 5 axes (pan, tilt, roll, horizontal, and vertical) becomes possible.
4K 1"-Type MOS Sensor
Balancing flexibility and creative depth-of-field control, the 4K 1"-Type MOS Sensor is ideal for run-and-gun filmmaking as well as ENG-style productions.
4-Drive Lens System
The HC-X1 comes complete with a 4-Drive Lens System that simultaneously and independently drives 4 element groups inside the lens. Lens size and drive range for each of the 4 groups can be efficiently suppressed to optimize image quality and zoom power.
Leica Dicomar 4K Lens
Designed specifically for the HC-X1, this lens maintains sharp images throughout its 20x optical zoom range. The 24mm wide-angle setting on the lens (25.4mm equivalent in 16:9 aspect-ratio modes) offers a quick solution for shooting in tight spaces without requiring a bulky adapter that might affect image quality.
20x Optical Zoom
The optical 20X zoom lens covers the range from 24mm wide-angle to 480mm telephoto (35mm film equivalent at 4K 24p). And the lens can quickly cover the entire zoom range, so you won't miss your shots.
Intelligent AF
Precise autofocus performance is achieved by moving the Micro Drive Focus Unit minutely and quickly. AF can customize by adjusting AF Speed, AF Sensitivity and AF Area to best accommodate the subject type or application.
VFR/HD Super-Slow Motion
VFR (variable frame rate) recording can be set in up to 10 steps from 2 to 60 fps. Furthermore, a super slow-motion effect can be achieved through high-speed recording in HD resolutions at 120 fps.
Choice of File Format and Bit-Rate
Customize the recording to your specific workflow by choosing from the available file formats, MOV, MP4, or AVCHD (only available in HD and SD resolutions), and bit-rates ranging from 5 Mbps all the way to 200 Mbps.
Multi-Format Recording
Using the 2 SD card slots simultaneously, you can record in a different format to each card. For example, one card can hold the master 4K file while the second card holds a lower bit-rate HD proxy file for easy editing.
Relay Recording
With SD cards in both slots, relay recording enables you to achieve theoretically unlimited recording times, perfect for event videography or other unpredictable situations. When one card fills up, the recording will continue on the second card without interruption. After one card becomes full and the recording has switched to the second card, simply replace the full card with an empty one and the recording will continue further.
8 Gamma Curves
HD: Gamma setting suitable for HD video
SD: Increased gain in darker areas more than HD
FILMLIKE 1: Reproduces more highlight areas compared to HD
FILMLIKE 2: Reproduces more highlight areas compared to FILMLIKE 1
FILMLIKE 3: Reproduces more highlight areas compared to FILMLIKE 2
CINE-LIKE D: Gamma setting designed to create cinema-like images
CINE-LIKE V: Gamma setting designed to create cinema-like images with enhanced contrast
STILL-LIKE: Gamma setting to simulate images captured with still cameras
16-Axis Independent Color Correction
This function provides an independent effect to each of the 16 color phases of video images. It enables granular color matching of multiple cameras under the same lighting conditions as well as creative image rendering.
Other Professional Features
Lens Control Rings - Individual rings for focus, zoom, and iris are available for precise control of lens functions
XLR Audio Inputs - Plug in your professional microphones for high quality audio recording. Audio is recorded in either LPCM or Dolby Digital, depending on the video codec.
High-Resolution OLED EVF - With approximately 1,769,000 dots, the EVF provides a sharp image for focusing and judging exposure
Slide-Out Touch-Panel LCD Screen - At 3.5" in size, the panel can be retracted into the body for stowage, rotated 270° for optimal viewing, and is touch-sensitive for quick menu navigation.
Other Features and Functions -
  • ND Filters
  • -3 to 24 dB gain range
  • Auto, preset, and custom white-balance controls
  • 4K-capable HDMI output
  • Analog video output
Wireless Remote Control
Using a separately available Wi-Fi adapter, and the free AG ROP iOS app, you can use your iPad to change camera settings, adjust picture quality, start or stop recording, and control the lens. Proxy clips recorded at 8 Mbps can be previewed directly on the iPad as well.

Note: App is compatible with iOS versions 7.1, 8.1, and 9

UPC: 885170293168
In the Box
Panasonic HC-X1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder
  • Power Supply
  • Power Cable
  • Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Microphone Holder
  • Eye Cup
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Panasonic HC-X1 specs

    Sensor 1x 1"-type MOS Sensor
    Effective Pixels DCI 4K: 9.46 MP
    UHD/HD: 8.79 MP
    Focal Length 8.8 - 176 mm
    35mm Equivalent Focal Length 24-480mm @ DCI 4K resolution
    25.4-508mm @ UHD/HD resolution
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8-4.5
    Zoom Optical: 20x
    Intelligent: 30x
    Digital: 2x, 5x, 10x
    Filter Thread 67 mm
    Built-In ND Filters Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
    System NTSC/PAL
    Recording Media SDHC/SDXC
    Video Format DCI 4K:

    4096 x 2160p / 24 fps (100 Mbps)


    3840 x 2160p / 59.94 fps (150 Mbps)
    3840 x 2160p / 50 fps (150 Mbps)
    3840 x 2160p / 59.94 fps (100 Mbps)
    3840 x 2160p / 29.97 fps (100 Mbps)
    3840 x 2160p / 25 fps (100 Mbps)
    3840 x 2160p / 23.98 fps (100 Mbps)


    1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (200 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (100 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (50 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080p / 29.97 fps (200 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080p / 29.97 fps (50 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080p / 23.98 fps (200 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080p / 23.98 fps (50 Mbps)

    1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (25 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080p / 50 fps (25 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080p / 23.98 fps (21 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080i / 59.94 fps (21 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080i / 59.94 fps (17 Mbps)
    1440 x 1080i / 59.94 fps (5 Mbps)
    1440 x 1080i / 50 fps (5 Mbps)
    1280 x 720p / 59.94 fps (8 Mbps)


    NTSC (9 Mbps)
    PAL (9 Mbps)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9 / 1.78:1
    17:9 / 1.9:1
    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)
    JPEG: 0.9 Megapixel, 1280 x 720 (16:9)
    Audio Channels 2
    Audio Format AAC
    Dolby Digital 2-ch
    Size 3.5" / 8.9 cm
    Type Touchscreen
    Pixel Count 1,152,000
    Rotation 270°
    Type 0.39" / 9.9 mm
    1,769,000 dots
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Electronic (not available in DCI 4K/UHD resolutions)
    Minimum Illumination 0.2 lux at f/2.8, 18dB gain, 1/2 second shutter speed, HIGH SENS mode
    White Balance Modes Auto
    Variable 2000K-15000K
    Ach Fixed
    Bch Fixed
    Accessory Shoe 1 x Cold Shoe
    Input/Output Connectors
    Inputs 2 x XLR microphone
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mini camera remote
    1 x LANC Terminal 2.5 mm super mini jack camera remote
    Outputs 1 x A/V
    1 x HDMI A (Full Size)
    1 x USB 3.0 Type A (Host)
    1 x USB Micro-B USB 3.0
    1 x Speaker
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    Power Input 11.4-12.6 VDC EIAJ Type4
    Power Supply Battery: 7.2 VDC
    AC Adapter: 12 VDC
    Power Consumption LCD Operation: 19.7 W
    Dimensions 6.8 x 7.7 x 13.6" / 17.3 x 19.5 x 34.6 cm
    Weight 4.4 lb / 2 kg (without battery or SD card)
    Packaging Infotzzyfuebbsfrrycffbzaauwzyxxzvrru
    Package Weight 9.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.1 x 12.4 x 10.8"

    Panasonic HC-X1 reviews

    HC-X1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like this camera. I like this camera. I mostly film stage shows like community theater. I've film one show so far and the camera has nice colors, a great zoom lens and records in 4k at 60p which is the main reason I wanted this camera. It seems better in low-light than my AG-AC160 but not as good as my Sony A7S ii (obviously). The design feels rugged and an improvement over past Panasonic cameras in this price point. I typically film in 4k and drop the footage into an HD timeline which allows me to pan-and-scan the footage and re-crop it as I see fit. The 60p in 4k gets rid of that jerky feel that 30p 4k can produce. So far so good.
    Date published: 2017-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Torn between Sony PWX-150 and HC-X1 I'm a big Sony fan. I was torn between the Sony PWX-150 and the HC-X1. After months of research and reading professional and customer reviews I finally went to B&H to check them out. There they were, PWX-150 and HC-X1 sitting next to each other. In my opinion, both cameras are very similar. Top quality. Video is identical. I'm a world traveler so the Sony's smaller size was definitely a plus. I really liked the Sony. It was a difficult decision, but I went with the HC-X1 and I'm happy with it. No post purchase dissonance here. Panasonic got me with the details: Leica lens, placement of controls and user features that just seemed to add up to put it over the top. Believe me, if I bought the PWX-150 I'm sure I would've loved that one too, but there was something intrinsic about the Panasonic that hooked me.
    Date published: 2017-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Packed full of features! I've only had this camera for a few days, and I can already tell I'm going to love it and that it is going to be a workhorse in my stable. Over the past few years, I've owned the Panasonic AG-AC160A, Canon XF200, Sony NX100, and JVC GY-HM170U. I recently sold the Canon and JVC and was looking for something to compliment my AG-AC160A which I use primarily for weddings due to its size and great low light capabilities. When I came across the HC-X1 and saw the specs, 4K 60p (both DCI 4K and UHD), three ring lens, oled display, and all the various codecs and bitrates, I knew it was a camera I would have to consider. Last year when the Sony Z150 released I was ready to jump on it, but as soon as I saw only 4K 30p I lost interest quickly. I wanted a future proof camera and without the 60p I knew I wasn't going to be happy. So how is the footage? I am very pleased with the footage I've gotten so far. With the 1 sensor I think it is the perfect size for those that want DOF and solid focus. It's big enough when shooting in low light you don't get a bunch of noise. In fact, the low light footage I have filmed around the house has looked great. Comparing it to my Sony NX100 which I consider a low light king, I'm impressed. This camera literally lets you customize just about any feature you can think of! An added bonus I didn't even knew existed was a leveler. You can assign it to one of your user buttons and when activated, it shows if the camera is level or not! Great high end feature you don't usually see in this price range. Another bonus is the included infrared mode. I really missed having that after I sold my Canon and I'm happy to say it is on par with it. It's not a feature you will probably use often, but it's nice to know it is there if you need it. Build quality is excellent as well. It feels really solid. I had the JVC GY-HM170U 4K offering from last year and it felt so cheap. Sure this camera is more than twice the price, but you don't feel like if you bump this camera it's going to break. Compared to my AG-AC160A, you can really see how Panasonic has evolved over the years. I like the rubber grip under the xlr handle, along the lens cap, and rear of the camera. Gives it a very rugged feel and and confidence it's not going to slip out of your hands. If I had to say something negative about the camera, it might be that it has a steep learning curve. Being familiar with my other Panasonic camera has certainly helped, but a read of the manual will certainly be needed. I'm still getting used to many of the features and button layout. I'm hoping once the camera is on the market for awhile, Panasonic will release additional scene profiles for download like they do with their other models. In conclusion, I think this is an excellent camera with amazing video quality. There is no perfect camera on the market so there will always be some compromises. If you have a chance, try it out first before purchase. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
    Date published: 2017-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first Panny and I have NO REGRETS!! So after being in business for 27 years and having owned/operated several SSony's (CCD-V500, PD150's), a JVC (DV500), and Canon AH-X1's (for the past 10 yrs) it was time to upgrade, and this time Panasonic had all the right features. We received our 2 cameras on a Thursday and filmed a musical with them that Sunday. My hopes was to get images at least similar to what we were used to with the Canons. (so we wouldn't need to re-shoot) As these were our first Panasonics, we had no reference point as to gain limit before noise, color profiles, zebra accuracy, and focus accuracy.....completely blown away with the resulting FHD image at 100mbs. I can't imagine how happy we will be once we really know the ins and outs of this camera. Dropped $8500 cash on the 2 setups and I do not have any buyers remorse at all. (that's a first!) Nicely done Panasonic.
    Date published: 2017-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good camera Liking it. The LCD doesn't really show you how great the picture is. At first I thought the camera wasn't so good until I got the clips into my computer, then wow.
    Date published: 2017-05-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camcorder! Going to buy another one. I shoot weddings and events, lots of them. First, let me say that this camcorder is a bit advanced from the pro consumer camcorders. I say this because I read two negitative reviews and, in my own opinion, those persons perhaps do not know beyond the basics or maybe expecting something way farther advanced. Either way this is a great camcorder for what I do. My gear must include better than average indoor shooting with lower than average grain effect. Wow, I found it with the HC-X1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder. I use the UHD setting, 60p @120 for most outdoor and in good light shooting. When the lights dim, I use UHD 60p @ 60 or 30p @ 60 with great results. The focus is faster than I had expected and even has a setting for focus delay, ex. for that guest who just walked across the front of the camera. There are many presets for your tweeking needs as well. I edit in .MOV or .MP4 setting using Adobe PProCS6. However, I found that by first using a third party conversation ( I use Wondershare) I can bring it all down to 1080 which helps streamline the editing process while keeping all those many wonderful colorful pixels pack in there. Great camcorder to have as 4K is making its way around to be the norm someday. Will be buying another soon.
    Date published: 2017-06-04
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Viewfinder fiasco I love the picture quality of this camera. That said, I find the camera practically unusable do to the viewfinders. I do a lot of outdoor taping and the LED viewfinder is practically useless. As another review states, they might as well have just put a mirror there. The glare is awful. I even use a viewfinder hood. On my other panasonic camera I am able to keep both the LED viewfinder and the eyepiece on at the same time as I'm shooting because I will go from high shots to low shots and just constantly moving. If I get a glare in the LED viewfinder I can quickly go to the eyepiece to continue the shot. On this camera, they have placed an automatic sensor that either turns off the LED viewfinder if you get the eyepiece close to your face or turns the eyepiece off and the LED monitor on as you remove the eyepiece away from your face. On the surface that might work great, however there is a delay between one turning off and the other turning on! This equates to close to 2 seconds for the whole process to take place. Obviously, if I'm switching my view from one to the other it's because I'm moving the camera in the middle of a shot. I cannot be without a picture for 2 seconds during a shot. And then it goes to the LED viewfinder which is glaring back at me and I can't see the picture. Not acceptable. If you could turn this feature off then that would be fine, but you can't! Also, If you are using the LED viewfinder and happen to get the camera too close to your body or anything else, suddenly the LED viewfinder turns off and you think that the camera has shut down when it's just the sensor turning the viewfinder off. You would think that a company that has been manufacturing video cameras for decades would have tested this out and figured out that this would be a problem.
    Date published: 2017-09-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from would definitely by again or recommend to others. Bought this to get my feet wet with short/indie productions for film school - not disappointed in the least. Though I'm still working through the ins and outs of what this thing can do, I know it will be with me for a while as a backup/bts camera when I decide to move up to the more complicated machines...
    Date published: 2017-10-26
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