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Panasonic HC-X1500 UHD 4K HDMI Pro Camcorder with 24x Zoom

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Panasonic HC-X1500 UHD 4K HDMI Pro Camcorder with 24x Zoom
Key Features
  • Record up to UHD 4K60 Video, HDMI Out
  • 1/2.5" 8.29M MOS Sensor, Venus Engine
  • 24x Optical Zoom, 48x Digital iZoom
  • 120 fps Slow Motion, Live RTP Streaming
If you're shooting behind the scenes (BTS) in HD and would like to add 4K to your repertoire, the Panasonic HC-X1500 UHD 4K/Full HD Director's Camcorder can help balance your needs or allow you to jump straight to 4K. Compact and lightweight for a director or on-set BTS, the X1500 shoots and records UHD 4K at broadcast-compatible frame rates, so it fits smoothly into your existing broadcast workflow. The X1500 features a 1/2.5" 8.29M MOS sensor that is always shooting at 4K resolution, the Venus processing engine to scale the 4K image for Full HD delivery, and an HDMI output. Audio is recorded in up to 24-bit PCM via the built-in microphone.
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Panasonic HC-X1500 Overview

If you're shooting behind the scenes (BTS) in HD and would like to add 4K to your repertoire, the Panasonic HC-X1500 UHD 4K/Full HD Director's Camcorder can help balance your needs or allow you to jump straight to 4K. Compact and lightweight for a director or on-set BTS, the X1500 shoots and records UHD 4K at broadcast-compatible frame rates, so it fits smoothly into your existing broadcast workflow. The X1500 features a 1/2.5" 8.29M MOS sensor that is always shooting at 4K resolution, the Venus processing engine to scale the 4K image for Full HD delivery, and an HDMI output. Audio is recorded in up to 24-bit PCM via the built-in microphone.

The built-in Leica Dicomar lens features a 24x zoom with its widest angle at 25mm, and it uses the digital iZoom feature to zoom up to 48x. The Face Detection AF feature allows you to track faces and automatically adjusts focus on your subject. It also features manual control rings, a control dial, and a 5-axis optical image stabilization to keep your shots steady. The 3.5" fold-out LCD features a high-resolution touchscreen. The camera records in .mp4, .mov, and AVCHD codecs and features HEVC compression. The camera incorporates two SD card slots, allowing you to use relay and simultaneous recording. The camera also supports live streaming over 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi via RTP/RTSP/RTMP/RTMPS streams.

You also have the option to add the VW-HU1 top handle unit which is available separately and provides two 3-pin XLR inputs, a built-in LED light, a microphone holder, and accessory mounting options.

Features

Capture up to UHD 4K video and output via HDMI.
Live stream using RTSP/RTMP/RTMPS streams via Wi-Fi.
In 4K recording mode, the camera utilizes 5-axis optical image stabilization (O.I.S.).
The HC-X1500 features dual manual lens rings.
The camera features built-in selectable ND physical filters.
The camera records in either MP4, MOV, or AVCHD Progressive.
UPC: 885170420076

Panasonic HC-X1500 Specs

Imaging
Sensor ResolutionActual: 8.57 Megapixel
Effective: 8.29 Megapixel
Sensor Type1/2.5"-Type MOS Sensor
Image StabilizationOptical in Integrated Lens
Built-In ND FilterMechanical Filter Wheel with Clear, 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Gain0 to 30 dB
Minimum Illumination1.5 Lux at 1/30 Shutter Speed
Lens
Focal Length4.1 to 98.9mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 25 to 600mm)
Optical Zoom Ratio24x
Max Digital Zoom48x
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/4
Optical Design14 Elements in 11 Groups
Minimum Focus DistanceWide: 0.3' / 0.1 m
Telephoto: 3.9' / 1.2 m
Filter Size62 mm
Control RingsFocus
Zoom
Iris
Focus ControlAutofocus
Manual Focus
Variable Frame Rates4.8 Up to 119.88 fps
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio RecordingMOV: 2-Channel 24-Bit LPCM Audio
MP4: 2-Channel 24-Bit AAC Audio
AVCHD: 2-Channel 24-Bit AC-3 Audio
IP StreamingRTMP, RTP, RTSP: 1920 x 1080 at 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p (0.5 to 24.00 Mb/s)
RTMP, RTP, RTSP: 1280 x 720 at 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p (0.5 to 24.00 Mb/s)
RTMP, RTP, RTSP: 640 x 360 at 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p (0.5 to 24.00 Mb/s)
RTMP, RTP, RTSP: 320 x 180 at 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p (0.5 to 24.00 Mb/s)
Interface
Video I/O1 x HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Power I/O1 x Barrel (12 VDC) Input
Other I/O1 x USB Micro-B Input
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini Output
Wireless2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Monitor
Size3.5"
Resolution2,760,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity10 to 80%
Battery TypePanasonic AG-VBR Series
Power Consumption7.9 W
Tripod Mounting Thread1/4"-20 Female
Accessory Mount1 x Intelligent Hot Shoe
Built-In Video LightNo
Dimensions (W x H x D)10.1 x 5.1 x 3.7" / 257 x 129 x 93 mm (Without Handle)
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.8 x 11.1 x 8.38"

Panasonic HC-X1500 Reviews

Perfect tool for the job.

By Chad
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-04

I have been shooting video for over 25 years. I haven't had an actual camcorder in a long time. Like most video shooters I went DSLR back when the Canon 5D II came out. That now seems like a lifetime ago. I run and gun a lot. And although I have had great results with the many DSLRs and mirrorless bodies I still found myself wishing they were easier and faster for on the go video. I am NOT a pro photographer, not even close. So setting up my DSLR cameras to shoot video is always a challenge for me, sometimes I would be at the wrong aperture with the wrong lens etc. and my footage would look like crap. I was actually looking at a new camera body when a review of the Panasonic HC-X1500 caught my eye. I thought, a camcorder? - can it really be a thing still? It is. I love the form factor, the top handle, the side grip. I love that I can just turn it on and record. The zoom is bonkers. And no dirty sensor spots that have to get cleaned off. I have be out running and gunning with this HC-X1500 and so far I am stoked. The 4K 60f footage is beautiful. No log footage but Cine-D profile is pretty darn good. I know its gonna struggle in low light but I have a Canon 90D rocking a 1.8f lens for those scenarios. I feel like I finally have the right two camera setup. I thought the Canon R5 would be the do it all rig but I am glad I stepped back and went the route of separate cameras.

Wow - zoom and quality!

By Elizabeth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-24

Great little camcorders for switching and streaming platforms. These things have everything needed in handheld size.

tima compra!

By Pedro
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-19

Muito verstil! Qualidade boa! Pra skateboard perfeita

No stress run & gun camcorder!

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-27

This camcorder does everything it promises. The auto settings are great and the picture is fantastic. Highly recommend for anyone shooting sporting events or action that may require zooms and quick auto focus. I love this camera. B&H was very helpful while I made my final decision on this camera. I called them a couple times and they always provided excellent advice and comparisons between different models without pushing. Camcorders are not dead!

Compact and delivers exceptional video

By John
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-29

I'm enjoying the many options provided. I own its predecessor the HC- X1000 which is much heavier, so this is like its baby brother. I like the very sharp images and long zoom range. I attached a strap to minimize dropping it. In indoors artificial light it exposes well but night shots outdoors require a bit of skill. For the money,it's fantastic value.

Amazing quality and auto focus

By Matthew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-17

For the price you can’t beat this camera. Comes ready to rock right out of the box. Amazing picture and auto focus. Does super well in low lighting conditions. Does even better outside .. built in filters are super helpful outside. Built in auto stabilizer comes with three modes that work incredibly well. Super smooth

It's a great camera if you have adequate lighting

By Michael
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-03

I bought this with the hopes that it might work for shooting weddings. I currently use the Sony A6600 and the A6400. Both of these cameras are great budget options for shooting weddings. I use a variety of lenses, but mainly the Sony 18-105mm f4 and the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8, and a few primes for when things are really dark. But honestly, I hate having to swap lenses, and it is annoying to have to remember to pull the ND filter off the front of my lens when I move indoors. And this happens multiple times during a wedding day. Also I have to put one of my cameras on a gimbal most of the time because any moving shots are terrible on my Sony cameras, even the A6600 with IBIS. These are some of the things I really like about the Panasonic x1500 - the built in ND filters, built-in stabilization, integrated lens, all of the custom buttons are great. I also bought the detachable xlr handle so I can get mics plugged in with the ability to adjust my levels with a dials. It also has a built-in light on the handle. Great innovation, but it is only 5600k in color. I wish it was bi-color. I love having dual card slots too. This is one of the things that is lacking on my Sony cameras. That piece of mind means alot to me. It also has a variety of video codecs and can even shoot 4k/60 at 10-bit 4:2:2. But here's where things start to fall apart: when you shoot wide, the lens is f1.8, but zoom in just a little and you quickly move down to f4 and with only a inch sensor, your image goes to crap indoors. And the LCD monitor will fool you. It is one of the best lcd monitors I have ever used. Everything is bright and crisp, but so much so that it makes your grainy footage look clear. This thing is not just bad in low light, it is bad in decent light. For a wedding I want more and I also want to have a bit more of a shallow depth of field as well. You can accomplish it, but you really have to work for it, and in some situations, it will be impossible. We all know this though. I'm not sure why Panasonic didn't put a 1 inch sensor in this camera...actually for that matter why not a micro 4/3 sensor? You put one in the DVX200 and even one of your pocket cameras. I can't understand that. And here's the last issue, if you want to have the best focus, the camera has to be shooting in full Auto. Anyway my youtube channel has some samples of all things I mentioned. Just type in Michael Turner Camera into the search or check out this specific x1500 review https://youtu.be/HTvsdaRHqpE. If you want this camera for outdoor events where the lighting is good, I think you'll be very happy with it. If you are indoors and the lighting is exceptionally good, you will be happy with it. Otherwise, if you don't mind a little grain to your footage and some mushy looking shots, you might also be happy with it. It's all subjective at the end of the day.

Awesome Camera

By Cole
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-29

Love this camera. Great for recording sports and getting those close shots from a distance

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