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Panasonic HC-X1 Ultra HD 4K Professional Camcorder

Panasonic HC-X1 Ultra HD 4K Professional Camcorder
Key Features
  • 1" Type MOS Sensor
  • Record DCI 4K at 24p, UHD 4K up to 60p
  • MP4, MOV & AVCHD Formats
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
Bring your video productions into the world of 4K with the Panasonic HC-X1 Ultra HD 4K Professional Camcorder. Featuring a large 1" type 4K sensor, the HC-X1 is capable of recording video in DCI (4096 x 2160) as well as UHD (3840 x 2160) 4K resolutions. You can also record 1080p in VFR (variable frame rate) in 10 increments from 2 to 60 fps, as well as record HD video in a super-slow-motion mode at a frame rate up to 120 fps.
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Panasonic HC-X1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2High-Resolution Video Recording
  • 3Advanced O.I.S.
  • 45-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.
  • 54K 1"-Type MOS Sensor
  • 64-Drive Lens System
  • 7Leica Dicomar 4K Lens
  • 820x Optical Zoom
  • 9Intelligent AF
  • 10VFR/HD Super-Slow Motion
  • 11Choice of File Format and Bit Rate
  • 12Multi-Format Recording
  • 13Relay Recording
  • 148 Gamma Curves
  • 1516-Axis Independent Color Correction
  • 16Other Professional Features
  • 17Wireless Remote Control

Bring your video productions into the world of 4K with the Panasonic HC-X1 Ultra HD 4K Professional Camcorder. Featuring a large 1" type 4K sensor, the HC-X1 is capable of recording video in DCI (4096 x 2160) as well as UHD (3840 x 2160) 4K resolutions. You can also record 1080p in VFR (variable frame rate) in 10 increments from 2 to 60 fps, as well as record HD video in a super-slow-motion mode at a frame rate up to 120 fps.

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 it extends out to 480mm equivalent FOV for getting in tight on far-away subjects. At longer focal lengths, the 1" 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 Mb/s) that are both small and robust. Two 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" 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 5900mAh 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 120 fps super slow-motion.

Advanced O.I.S.

With an expanded correction area, Advanced O.I.S. effectively reduces vibrations from hand-shake jitters 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 Mb/s all the way to 200 Mb/s.

Multi-Format Recording

Using the two 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 storage, rotated 270° for optimal viewing, and is touch-sensitive for quick menu navigation.
  • 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 Mb/s can be previewed directly on the iPad as well.

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

UPC: 885170293168

Panasonic HC-X1 Specs

Sensor ResolutionEffective: 9.46 Megapixel
Sensor Type1"-Type MOS Sensor
Image StabilizationOptical in Integrated Lens
Built-In ND FilterMechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed1/8000 to 1/2 Second
Minimum Illumination0.2 Lux at 1/2 Shutter Speed
White Balance2000 to 15,000K
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesMP4
4096 x 2160 at 24.00p [100 Mb/s]
3840 x 2160 up to 59.94p [100 to 150 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 up to 59.94p [50 to 200 Mb/s]
AVCHD 4:2:0 8-Bit
1920 x 1080 up to 59.94p/119.88p [21 to 25 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 up to 59.94i [17 to 21 Mb/s]
1440 x 1080 up to 59.94i [5 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 at 59.94p [8 Mb/s]
Variable Frame Rates1080p: 2 to 60 fps
Recording LimitUp to 1650 Minutes
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
Audio Recording2-Channel
External Video Capture
IP StreamingNone
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes16:9 JPEG
8.3 MP (3840 x 2160)
512:135 JPEG
8.8 MP (4096 x 1080)
Aspect Ratio16:9
Video I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS A/V (Composite) Output
1 x HDMI Output
Audio I/O2 x XLR 3-Pin Microphone Input
1 x Stereo 2RCA Microphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Power I/O1 x Barrel (11.4 to 12.6 VDC) Input
Other I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Control Input
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini Control Input
1 x USB Type-A
1 x USB Micro-B
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Resolution1,152,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating LCD
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (OLED)
Resolution1,769,000 Dot
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Manual Focus
Battery TypePanasonic AG-VBR Series
Power Consumption19.7 W
Accessory Mount1 x Cold Shoe Mount
Dimensions (W x H x D)6.8 x 7.7 x 13.6" / 17.3 x 19.5 x 34.6 cm
Weight4.4 lb / 2 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight9.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)18.1 x 12.4 x 10.8"

Panasonic HC-X1 Reviews

Is ok.

By Edwin
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-08

Nice cam corder the only issue I have so far is that video is too grainy

great camera.

By Marius
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-31

This is my 3rd HC-X1. love it in low light

A great camera for the price.

By Brett
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-26

Being new to vodeo I am slowly learning what this camera can do. Ive looked at a lot of other cameras to compare and feel content this was a solid purchase. I wish image stabilisation could be set for 4K video or UHD but Im sure theres a reason for that. It would be nice if the flip out LCD screen was bigger too, at 3.5 inches it makes you want to upgrade to a 5 inch daylingt screen. Other than that its a great camera.


By Sean
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-08

The low light on this camera makes it almost unusable for interviews indoors. I have set up multiple lights to make my other cameras look great but the HC-X1 looks extremely grainy. I even have a canon 70D with a cheap 50mm lens that is not even made for video that does better in low light than this camera. I have no idea why it is so expensive. It is extremely bulky too. Yes, it is nice to have the zoom and audio features but it is not worth the price. You are much better off buying a Panasonic GH5.

HC-X1 vs AG-AC130a

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-26

I upgraded from the AG-AC 130 to the HC-X1 his camera is remarkable and color saturation is excellent. The controls are Similar call both cameras

Superb quality video in a package that's too small

By Brett
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-20

Sometimes I miss my TV news photographer days when the cameras weighed 10-15 pounds and you could comfortably rest one on your shoulder and get nice, steady shots. And all the buttons were in logical spots and you almost never had to dig into a menu to choose a settings. Cameras today are TOO SMALL making it impossible to shoot off the shoulder. Holding even this light weight camera out in front of you for any time longer than a minute or two is pure torture on anyone's back. Other than the size, the only complaint I have is the font size Panasonic chose for all the data displayed on the LCD and the viewfinder. Often times, especially when shooting bright objects, it's nearly impossible to tell if the camcorder is recording. It would be nice if the user could choose a font in bold to improve readability.

Professional Grade Camcorder

By Anthony
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-05

I purchased this camcorder as a replacement for a legacy camcorder, the Sony FX-1 which was the world's first prosumer HD miniDV camcorder. The Zeiss lens; 3 CCD chip and the plentifulness of DV tapes made this a great investment which, after 15 years, is still operating perfectly. I purchased the HC-X1 with the expectations that I would be immediately able to operate it without much set up. It's pleasing to see that many of the controls on this camcorder were also at the bottom of my FX-1 BUT there is a steep learning curve to using this cam. And, the menu switch, rather than being at the back of the camcorder is on the left lower side at the bottom to use to toggle settings. Really inconvenient and the fact that you have to use the LCD screen to make changes which is the old push variety is not good. There is also a cooling fan on this camcorder that runs and I am concerned about wear and tear over the long haul and how that is going to be repaired and cost in the future. I'm going to have to explore this cam further in its operations to see if it fits my run and gun needs.

Still a good camera in 2022. Used is like new!

By dave
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-21

Already owning 2 AG UX180s, I wanted a 3rd matching camera for multicamera shoots. Well, the UX180 is discontinued so I would either get an HC-X1, a CX350, or move to Canon and get some XF605s. The move to Canon is too expensive currently and the CX350 might not match exactly and is at least a grand more than the HC-X1 so I decided to go ahead and get the HC-X1. Bought it used this time and the thing arrived packaged just like new. The only evidence it was used was that it had 4 hrs on it. So, the HC-X1, as most everyone knows, is basically the same as the UX180, minus SDI and timecode. The LCD is horrible and it has several annoying limitations. But it uses the same batteries, can shoot UHD 60P, has a wide and long zoom lens, can dual codec record, and the footage works in CS6. So I'll deal with the limitations and in a few years if the USA and I am still around might get some Canon XF605s, or a CX350, or an FX6 FX3 pair.

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what are the specs regarding the hdmi output to external recorder?
Asked by: olivier
With the HC-X1 just being announced and not being released until the winter we do not have all the specs available on it yet. However we do know that it will have a 4K-capable HDMI output that we expect to work with External Recording Devices like the Atomos Ninja Flame.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Can you use the Genentech matte clip on matte box ...

Can you use the Genentech matte clip on matte box with this camera?
Asked by: Bradley
We're afraid not. As you can see from this photo on our website, the design of the integrated top handle with a microphone will prevent you from using any matte box. There is not enough room to hold a matte box.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-03-05

I I need to know what ISO scale this camera ...

I I need to know what ISO scale this camera works? It is not in the manual. I want to work manually with my Gossen Pro photometer and I can't do it because I don't know what ISO the camera has.
Asked by: Wedderhoff
Panasonic does not explicitly provide this spec to us. We would recommend contacting them directly for further clarification.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2020-11-24

Could someone suggest a good fisheye lens for ...

Could someone suggest a good fisheye lens for this?
Asked by: Alex
At the moment we have a semi fisheye. Raynox HDP-5072EX HD Semi-Fisheye Conversion Lens (0.5x) B&H # RAHDP5072EX
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2018-12-17

Are there problems with certain brands of SD ...

Are there problems with certain brands of SD cards with this camera, ones that I may want to avoid if using this camera?
Asked by: James
We know what will work with this camcorder. We suggest this Sandisk 128GB Card.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-10-21


Is there a way to not create a new clip each time you pause/rec? For ex, I video depositions where they may take several breaks during a 1.5 hour depo. I was hoping to save files as mpeg4 on SD card and give to client (on USB or whatever) without having to re-encode, etc. But, don't really want to delivery 8 clips, for example, on a 1.5 hr. depo if they take 8 breaks which may be unusual for that many breaks but not impossible. Thanks! - Tim
Asked by: Tim
If you are using Adobe media encoder in the current version you can add all clips into it and encode into one file. You may also watermark along other things. Might make life easier as well as cut down on your data by encoding to a reasonably composed format.
Answered by: Drew M.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Is there a configurable mode to switch between fps(and shutterspeeds with it?) on gh5 I can program c1/c2/c3 and just turn the knob to get into different fps and I have the shutterspeeds programmed according to it.
Asked by: Valentino
Sorry, but this is a simple camcorder and it does not really work like a stills camera. You can set certain functions to auto or to manual and there are buttons that you can program to ease your transition. Also shutter and FPS do have basic adjustments. But I am not seeing a way to do what you wish. If you wish for us to dive deeper in this for you, please email your request. [email protected]
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

how is in low light compering to ux90?

how is in low light compering to ux90?
Asked by: Dejan
Both have a 1" sensor. They should have a similar performance in low light.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-10-26
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