The Panasonic AJ-PX270 microP2 Handheld AVC-ULTRA HD Camcorder is a compact camcorder that draws many of its design features from Panasonic's shoulder-mounted line of camcorders. It features a 1/3" MOS imager that captures 1920 x 1080 at up to 60p, and a 22x optical zoom lens, with optical image stabilization. It records at high data rates to a variety of media, including microP2, as well as full-sized P2 media cards, while allowing you to use SDHC/SDXC media cards at lower data rates. It features a single P2 card slot, dual microP2 card slots providing a variety of recording options, and a single SD card slot for recording proxy files and camera settings.
The AJ-PX270 features AVC Ultra recording, which allows for expanded recording options. In addition to the standard frame rates, the camera will also record in variable frame rates at 1080p, from 1 to 60 fps in 25 steps. The camcorder features both an OLED viewfinder and a 3.5" IPS LCD view screen. The lens has built-in manual focus, zoom, and iris rings, providing manual control in addition to the servo control of zoom, and autofocus and iris functions. Taking a page from the larger shoulder mount rigs, the camera features a front-mounted audio input, for a camera-mounted mic, and a rear-mounted audio XLR input for a second microphone. Audio level controls are at the rear of the camera; however, a second audio level control for the front XLR input is located towards the front of the camera, making it easy to adjust the level on that mic while shooting handheld.
Even though it is designed as a compact handheld camcorder, the AJ-PX270 features connections that let you easily integrate it into multicamera shoots with large shoulder-mounted cameras. First, it features timecode in/out and a genlock in connector, so it can connect to a switcher for live multicamera shoots. It features a 3G-SDI output for integrating into an SDI infrastructure and outputting 1920 x 1080p60 video. The HDMI output allows you to monitor on lower-cost consumer monitors. The camera features a USB 3.0 connector with USB Host capabilities, a 2.5mm zoom s/s control jack, a 3.5mm focus/iris control jack, as well as USB 2.0 and LAN ports. It also features built-in networking protocols that allow you to wirelessly transfer your files when using optional USB dongles.
- Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)
- Advanced Flash Band Compensation (FBC), compensating for dark areas in the frame that can occur when a still flash goes off. The FBC adjusts the image to minimize the appearance of the dark areas.
- Gamma modes: The camera features seven user-selectable gamma modes—HD, SD, FILMLIKE 1, FILMLIKE 2, FILMLIKE 3, FILM-REC, VIDEO-REC
- 12-Axis Matrix Control + 3 skin tone: Provides a 12-axis color control of your image, with three skin-tone control, so you can isolate and adjust your colors precisely and protect your skin tones.
- 1080p60: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 48, 54, 60 fps
- 1080p50: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50 fps
Note: There is no recording media included with the camera.
- microP2 cards feature an internal raid configuration, allowing them to record at significantly higher data rates than SDXC cards.
- microP2 cards continue recording from the physical memory space where it last stopped recording, even if erased or formatted. This extends the usable life of the microP2 card, as all the memory in the card is written to, instead of just a portion getting most of the writing/rewriting.
- Although the microP2 card has the same form factor as SD cards, and you can read and write to SD cards using the camera's microP2 card slots, an SD card reader cannot access the additional contacts on a microP2 card, so it cannot read the high data rate files on the microP2 card.
microP2 Recording Modes
- Simultaneous recording: simultaneously creates duplicate recordings on both microP2 cards.
- Relay recording: The camera automatically switches recording from a filled card to an empty card. With enough power and memory cards you could record nonstop.
- Loop recording: Similar to Relay Recording, except when the second card is filled, the camera switches back to the first card, erasing one minute at a time and recording onto that minute. This mode is especially suited to recording events that do not occur at a predetermined time, allowing you to set the camera up, start recording, and not worry about missing the action while changing cards, or filling up the cache, and losing the shot because you hit record too late.
- Dual-codec recording: Allows you to record two different codecs simultaneously on the same microP2 card. This allows you to record a high-resolution file and a proxy file on to the same card.
- One-clip recording: Every clip on the card is saved as one clip, as if you were recording on a tape-based system.
- Background recording: Records continuously to one card, ignoring the start and stop button, while the other card follows the recording triggers. Announced update for June 2014