Panasonic HC-WXF1 4K UHD Camcorder with Twin & Multi-Cam Capture

Panasonic HC-WXF1 4K UHD Camcorder with Twin & Multi-Cam Capture

Panasonic HC-WXF1 4K UHD Camcorder with Twin & Multi-Cam Capture

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Product Highlights

  • 4K UHD Video at 24 & 30 fps/26MP Stills
  • Twin Camera & Wireless Multi-Cam Options
  • 1/2.5" Back-Illuminated MOS Sensor
  • Viewfinder & 3" LCD Display
  • 24x Leica Optical Zoom with Manual Ring
  • Quick-Access Function Buttons
  • 32x 4K & 48x HD Intelligent Zoom
  • Three OIS Stabilizer Systems
  • Active-Contrast & HDR Modes
  • 5.1-Channel Wind-Shielded Zoom Mic
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Video Resolution: 4K

4K Full HD

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Viewfinder: LCD & EVF

LCD LCD & EVF
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Panasonic HC-WXF1 overview

  • 1Description

Offering several cine-style features not often found in a consumer camcorder, the Panasonic HC-WXF1 4K UHD Camcorder combines 4K UHD capture with support for up to four picture-in-picture video feeds. The HC-VX1's integrated f/1.8-f/4 24x Leica Dicomar zoom works with the back-illuminated 1/2.5" MOS sensor to provide optimal imaging, even at lower light levels. Use the HC-WXF1 to record 4K UHD video at 24 or 30 fps, Full HD video at rates up to 1080p 60 fps, and up to 26MP still photos.

In addition to its 3" flip-out, touchscreen LCD, the HC-WXF1 has an electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a rubber eyecup, enabling you to clearly view your shots, even when shooting outside in bright light. A control ring on the zoom gives you greater creative control over your shots, letting you adjust focus and iris manually. Two quick-access buttons enable you to quickly control functions like white balance, focus peaking, and expanded focus.

A secondary camera built into the LCD screen neatly captures a shot of the user, or an alternate view of your subject or scenery. This Twin Camera can be tilted up or down a total of 40°, and has a limited number of independently-adjustable controls. The secondary image is captured as a PiP shot, and can be displayed along with PiP shots using the Multi-Camera feature for a total of four PiP shots. The wireless Multi-Camera feature enables you to record feeds from up to three smartphones as PiP shots. When using a Class 10 SD card, a separate, clean main camera image can be recorded in addition to the PiP/main-image combo. It is not possible to record the PiP images separately.

The HC-WXF1's 24x optical zoom lens features a 25 to 600mm 35mm-equivalent focal length, and a 32x Intelligent Zoom in 4K, expanding to 48x in HD. For steadier handheld shooting, the HC-WXF1 features three optical stabilizer technologies, including Panasonic's HYBRID O.I.S.+, Ball O.I.S., and Adaptive O.I.S. An Active Contrast feature smooths out gradations in high-contrast scenes, and an HDR Movie mode provides a wider dynamic range for more life-like reproductions.

Additional HC-WXF1 features include integrated Wi-Fi, SD/SDHC/SDXC-card recording, and multiple creative-effects modes. The Panasonic HC-WXF1 features an integrated 5.1-channel, wind-shielded zooming microphone for optimal audio capture, and when in Twin-Camera, a Narration mode.

4K UHD and Full 1080p HD Recording
Captures 4K UHD video at 24 or 30 fps, Full HD video at rates up to 1080p/60, and up to 26MP still photos. In-camera audio is recorded using a 5.1-channel, wind-shielded zooming microphone.
24x Optical Zoom & 1/2.5" BSI MOS Sensor
A Leica Dicomar 24x optical zoom lens (25 to 600mm 35mm-equivalent focal length), and a large 1/2.5" BSI MOS sensor provide impressive image capture, even in low light. With Intelligent Zoom, a 32x zoom is offered in 4K, and a 48x range in Full HD.
Twin-Camera & Wireless Multi-Camera Capture
Record up to four camera angles simultaneously, using the integrated Twin Camera, and up to three smartphones as your additional cameras. Twin- and multi-camera views are displayed in picture-in-picture (PiP) format, and are recorded simultaneously. A clean feed of the main-camera image can be recorded as a backup when recording to a Class 10-speed SD card.
Advanced Cine-Style Functions
Pro-style features include an electronic viewfinder (EVF), a manual focus/iris lens ring, and on-camera quick-access buttons.
Triple Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) Systems
Three OIS technologies: 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. Plus, Ball O.I.S., and Adaptive O.I.S work together, providing impressive stability in various shooting situations.
Active Contrast & HDR Movie Modes
The Active Contrast feature smooths out gradations in high-contrast scenes, and an HDR Movie mode provides a wider dynamic range for more life-like imagery.
UPC: 885170332317
In the Box
Panasonic HC-WXF1 4K UHD Camcorder with Twin & Multi-Cam Capture
  • AC Adapter
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Micro HDMI Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Extendable to Limited 3-Year Warranty with Registration
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    • 1Description

    Panasonic HC-WXF1 specs

    Camera
    Sensor 1-Chip 1/2.5" MOS
    Backside Illumination Yes
    Sensor Resolution 8.57 MP
    Effective Pixels 8.29 MP (16:9 Video)
    6.17 MP (16:9 Video)
    8.29 MP (16:9 Photo)
    6.22 MP (4:3 Photo)
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    Focal Length 4.12 - 98.9mm
    35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 25 - 600 at 16:9 4K/Full HD 24p Video: Level Shot function OFF or Normal
    28.9 - 693.7 at 16:9 Full HD 60p/60i/30p, Video: Level Shot function OFF or Normal
    25 - 600 at 16:9 Photo
    30.6 - 734.4 at 4:3 Photo
    Maximum Aperture f/1.8 - f/4
    Zoom Optical: 24x
    Intelligent: 32x
    Intelligent: 48x
    Digital: 70x
    Digital: 1500x
    Filter Size 62 mm
    Recording
    System NTSC
    Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 30 fps (72 Mb/s MP4)
    3840 x 2160 at 24 fps (72 Mb/s MP4)
    1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28, 50 Mb/s MP4)
    1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (50 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 (5, 13, 17, 24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Slow Motion Mode Not Specified by Manufacturer
    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: 20.4 Megapixel, 5216 x 3912 (4:3)
    JPEG: 10.9 Megapixel, 3808 x 2856 (4:3)
    JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480 (4:3)
    Channels 5.1-Channel Stereo
    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

    Pixel-equivalent dots

    Exposure Control
    Shutter Speed 1/60 - 1/8000 Second (Video)
    1/2 - 1/2000 Second (Photo)

    Video: Auto Slow Shutter OFF

    Photo ISO Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Video ISO Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Exposure Modes Modes: Auto
    Shooting Modes Auto
    Low Light
    Miniature Effect
    Movie
    Night
    Time-Lapse Movie
    Features
    Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
    Scene Modes Preset: Yes
    Lux 1.5 (Low Light Scene Mode)
    1 (Night Mode (Color))
    White Balance Modes Auto
    Cloudy
    Indoor 1
    Indoor 2
    Outdoors
    Overcast
    Creative Effects Yes
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Built-In Light/Flash Light - No
    Flash - No
    Wi-Fi Yes, 802.11b/g/n

    2.4 GHz

    Accessory Shoe 1 x Cold
    Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20
    Input/Output Connectorsfswbxqqcxfyssdduc
    Outputs 1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
    1 x USB 2.0
    Microphone Input Yes

    Line-in shared with stereo mic mini-jack

    Headphone Jack Yes
    Generalfswbxqqcxfyssdduc
    Battery Rechargeable Battery Pack, 1940 mAh
    Max Runtime: 1 Hours per Charge
    Charging Method AC Adapter
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.7 x 3.0 x 6.6" / 69.0 x 77.0 x 167.0 mm
    Weight 16.16 oz / 458 g

    Without battery and SD card

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.2 x 5.9 x 4.1"

    Panasonic HC-WXF1 reviews

    HC-WXF1 4K UHD Camcorder with Twin & Multi-Cam Capture is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded expectations Use the side camera more than I expected. Catching extra shots of people standing around that I wouldn't be capturing & finding that the corners of main picture doesn't have much that I care about anyway. B&H salespeople super helpful. Got sharp close ups of people's faces half way across a large college auditorium. Manual ring really smooth. I-MAC sees files seamlessly & automatically as folders. 190 just under an hr with view screen open so strongly consider 380 battery. Video detail is amazing on large 4K shot using the Intelligent Auto setting- just like being there - looks like true colors. Note, works w the SLR Spider Black Widow holster. Read PDF manual thoroughly - there were features I would not have known about.
    Date published: 2018-06-12
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from I expected video qualities from the LX & GH series... It's interesting to be reviewing a camcorder that's yet to be released in Japan until�5/17/18. This 2018 Panasonic flagship consumer 4K30 camcorder with duo cameras is priced to sell considering in Japan it retails for around $1,500 at launch, but their version has 64gb internal memory. Coming from a Sony AX100, initially I was waiting for a 4K60 upgrade. Alas, the AX700 didn't quite make it, and the Canon GX10 performance seemed questionable, especially given its price. I was excited to see this new offering from Panasonic, being named "F1" probably indicates an important milestone for all new technologies to be implemented from 2018.�The new sensor is likely made by Sony as it's the same 1/2.5" size used in the newly released AX60 in Japan, the successor to the popular AX53.�Paired with what seems like an amazing Leica Dicomar super zoom, my original thinking was this camcorder should perform similar to a good smartphone sensor but with an incredible fast lens attached (at least on paper). I purchased it with the intention to use as a B-cam. Long story short, the Auto White Balance is a mess, yielding either over-saturated or cold muted colors never consistent under the same lighting condition. The image quality from the sensor is fairly grainy, I can't imagine any benefit of shooting at 4K. The lens is not bad, a tad on the soft side. Perhaps due to the super zoom design, at the wide end the image has a strange bloated barrel distortion for any close-up subject in the middle of the lens. The secondary camera next to the LCD screen was next to useless, its 37mm equiv. field of view crops out nearly a third of my face under normal handheld position; low light performance is about 1990s tech, standing in front of my nightstand light, I can barely make out my own face on the screen. The EVF is nothing to write home about; its detachable rubber eye cup does not work for glasses wearer in either orientation. The battery included is so tiny the camcorder only lasted slightly over an hour at 4K30 (multiple short test clips), but this is already the largest capacity Panasonic offers for this model. Charging has to be done in-body via the micro-USB cable, no external charger included. The build quality screams big time cost cutting production. It's all plastic, and that gorgeous looking lens ring wobbles. When the minuscule lens hood is attached, it sits adjacent the lens ring making it next to impossible to turn comfortably.�Still picture shutter button is so cheap there is no sense of two-stage depression, although somehow it does do pre-focus. As for the still photo quality, forget about it. Just about the only positives I can think of is how small & light this camcorder is. The AF speed is decent even under low light, although it does micro-hunt occasionally. Overall, this camcorder is likely not up to task for enthusiast use. It's definitely made for casual family events and parents who simply want to turn it on and hit record. End of story.
    Date published: 2018-05-02
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