Panasonic AG-HVX200 3-CCD HD Format Camcorder

Panasonic AG-HVX200 3-CCD P2/DVCPRO HD Format Camcorder with Widescreen Aspect Ratio, 720p, 1080i and 24-Frame HDTV Recording

Panasonic AG-HVX200 3-CCD P2/DVCPRO HD Format Camcorder with Widescreen Aspect Ratio, 720p, 1080i and 24-Frame HDTV Recording

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Panasonic AG-HVX200 Overview

  • 1Description

The Panasonic AG-HVX200 answers the demands of the professional HDTV photographer with a compact and feature packed acquisition tool. The camera is compatible with DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO25 and consumer DV recording standards. It uses 3 wide aspect CCDs for true 16:9 recordings. It has a wide angle Leica Dicomar 13x Zoom lens with advanced glass coatings. The most significant advance is that it uses the P2 memory cards for recording. This disk based recording medium makes the video immediately accessible to non-linear systems leaving behind a digitizing process that tape always required.

P2 Flash Memory Recording Storage
The AG-HVX200 is the first camcorder featuring the P2 (professional plug-in) card. It was developed as a recording memory for professional systems. Because the core P2 products use no drive mechanisms they provide superior resistance to impact, vibration and temperature change. There are currently a choice among 4GB and 8GB P2 cards. A 4GB card will record 4 minutes of the highest quality HDTV video, 10 minutes of 720p/24 frame video or up to 16 minutes of standard definition DVCPRO25 or consumer DV video.
Superior Quality Lens
Developed specifically for HD recording, the 13x zoom lens system features a 82-mm diameter filter along with 15 lens elements in 11 groups, including three aspherical lenses. The Leica Dicomar lens incorporates advanced Leica optical technology. The use of low-dispersion glass reduces color aberration and increases resolution, while a multi-coating process minimizes flare and ghosting. This results in sharp, crisp, beautifully rendered images with delicate nuances and exceptional shading.
Optical Image Stabilizer
Panasonic's advanced Optical Image Stabilizer dramatically reduces the blurring caused by hand-shake. Optical processing with an automatic correction function helps assure consistently clear and sharp images.
Super Sensitive CCDs
Each pixel has a large light-receiving area, giving this advanced 1/3- inch progressive CCD the kind of high sensitivity not available in previous compact HD cameras. This advanced CCD combines with a newly developed digital signal processor (DSP) in combination with a very sophisticated offset spatial technology achieves a balance of high resolution and high S/N ratio that rivals HD broadcasting cameras.
Advanced Digital Signal Processor
The AG-HVX200's advanced digital signal processor for 1080/60p video signals uses 14-bit A/D conversion and 19-bit inner processing to attain unprecedented accuracy. While the camera does not record 1080/60p, it is from this capture that all other signals are made. The DSP performs a variety of adjustments, including eight types of gamma settings, for each of the R, G and B channels. It also converts the signals to HD or SD format. With a performance equivalent to the processors used in many higher-end HD cameras, this DSP helps the AG-HVX200 deliver beautiful images in all video formats.
Using the DVCPRO HD codec recording system, the AG-HVX200 records HD video with outstanding image and audio quality onto a P2 card in file format. This codec, thanks to a low compression ratio at a video bit rate of 100 Mbps (1080/59.94i, 720/59.94p) and the easy-to-edit intraframe compression system, is suitable for recording fast-moving subjects with no motion artifacts other than motion blur. The 4:2:2 sampling rate minimizes jaggies at chroma edges and is advantageous in image and compositing. Sound quality is excellent too, thanks to DVCPRO HD's uncompressed 16-bit, 4-channel digital audio recording capability.
VariCam Functions
The AG-HVX200 inherits many of the functions of the popular VariCam which enhanced the production of movies and television programs. It has variable frame rate features that respond to fast and slow action. Its true 24p/30p progressive video, cine-like gamma curves, and cine-like color matrix capture images and scenes with much the same look and feel as footage from a film camera. All controls and system interfaces are designed to meet professional needs.
8 Gamma Modes
Drawing on technologies developed for the VariCam, Panasonic has equipped the AG-HVX200 with advanced gamma functions that address eight different shooting scenarios. Included are the Cine-Like Gamma, which gives recordings the characteristic warm tone of film recordings, and a cooler, harder-edge News Gamma that's designed especially for news gathering.
Professional Camera Functions
The AG-HVX200 camcorder offers several functions that would most commonly be found on cameras costing many times its price. It has a cam-driven manual zoom ring, focus ring and aperture dial. It gives access to up to four channels of uncompressed digital audio. It retains a FireWire connection (IEEE 1394) and USB PC interface. The camera also has 2 XLR audio inputs with the Phantom Power option.
Super Reliable Work Flow Process
The P2 card is a new solid state recording media that Panasonic developed to bridge the gap between information technology and professional video. About the same size as a PC card, the P2 card stores large amounts of video and audio data in MXF-format files. This solid state memory is free of tape related problems such as drop-outs. It provides superior resistance to impact, vibration, and temperature changes. And it is impossible to over-write important data. Unlike tape there is no need to fast-forward or rewind to reach selected points of video. The user selects a thumbnail image and the video clip can be viewed right away. Similarly once the record button is pressed recording starts immediately.
In the Box
Panasonic AG-HVX200 3-CCD P2/DVCPRO HD Format Camcorder with Widescreen Aspect Ratio, 720p, 1080i and 24-Frame HDTV Recording
  • AJ-P2C016RG 16GB P2 Card
  • CGA-D54SE Camcorder Battery with 5400 mA
  • AG-B15 AC Adapter and Battery Charger
  • Accessory Microphone Holder
  • Component Video Cable
  • 3 x RCA to BNC Adapter Ends
  • Remote Control
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM with PCMCIA Driver for Mac/PC and P2 Viewer
  • 1-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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    Panasonic AG-HVX200 Specs

    Signal System NTSC
    1080/60i, 30p, 24p
    720/60p, 30p, 24p
    480/60i, 30p, 24p
    Image Device 3-CCD, 1/3"
    16:9 Native Aspect Chips
    Lens Leica Dicomar 13 x Zoom
    4.2 mm to 55 mm f/1.6
    (35 mm Still Film Equivalence 32.5 to 423 mm)
    82 mm Filter Diameter
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Horizontal Resolution 1080 Lines
    Sensitivity Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Minimum Illumination 3 Lux
    Vertical Smear Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Built-in Filters 1/8 ND, 1/64 ND
    LCD Monitor 3.5"
    Viewfinder 0.44"
    Monochrome/Color Switchable
    Scan Matching Yes
    Different Ranges for Different Record Modes
    Memory Card Slot SD Memory Cards for Scene-File Sharing
    Two P2 Card Slots for Video
    Shutter Speed Range 1/12 to 1/2000 sec (Range depends on Record Mode)
    Gain Selection 0-18 dB Range
    Tape Format Mini Size DV Cassettes Only
    Tape Speed SP: 18.812 mm/s
    LP: 12.555 mm/s
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Maximum Recording Time 60 Minutes with Mini DV Cassette
    16 Minutes with 4 GB P2 Card
    Audio Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Audio Signal Format 16 bit/48kHz Four Channels
    Audio Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Input and Output Connectors FireWire- 4-Pin (x 1)
    Component Video- Special D Connector (x 1 output)
    S-Video- 4-Pin (x 1 input and output both)
    Composite Video- RCA (x 1 input and output both)
    Audio- XLR (x 2 input)
    Audio- RCA (x 2 input and output both)
    Headphone- Stereo Mini (x 1)
    USB- Type 2 (x 1)
    Power- Special Coaxial (x 1 input)
    Power Requirements 7.9 VDC
    Power Consumption 14W
    Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.7 x 7.1 x 15.2" (16.9 x 18 x 39 cm)
    Weight 5.2 lb (2.4 kg)

    Panasonic AG-HVX200 Reviews

    AG-HVX200 3-CCD HD Format Camcorder is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't like LCD screen This isn't a bad camera. We've rented it a few times for event videography and it produces a great image. I was disappointed that it isn't shoulder-mountable, but this is one of the few pro-sumer cameras that wasn't reviewed as Bad in Low Lighting Conditions on BandH's website. I didn't like the LCD screen for this camera. It was extremely hard to tell what was in focus. You had to press the focus assist button or something for the camera to show you a closer up view of what you're shooting, so you can tell if it's in focus or not. Without using the auto focus assist button, the LCD screen makes everything look like it's slightly out of focus.
    Date published: 2012-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WORTH THE WAIT!!! I am a college student and I saved for just about 2 years soI could get this camera and it is by far more than Iexpected. The learning curve is a bit steep but you stillget phenomenal footage out of the box. I am so excited toget to work with this great piece of equipment. B&H was sogreat to deal with and I would definitely order from them again. Problems Encountered: None, with the camera per say. The learning curve is steepso I am having trouble doing what I want. Also, the cameraisn't the best at low light. Just light appropriately andyou wont have any problems. Low resolution of LCD Screen. Items I Recommend: Extra 9 Hour battery, P2 Cards
    Date published: 2008-01-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Pro-sumer Camera I've Used I have been using this camera for event videos and movies and it works almost perfectly. The auto settings are surprisingly good and the manual controls are intuitive if you are familiar with the DVX series. The image is clear and depth of field is excellent. The camera is a bit on the heavy side, so long hand held sessions can be a bit uncomfortable. With the iris wheel moved forward I have a hard time finding it, but it works much better than the DVX iris wheel. The flip out view finder is only good for framing. The eyepiece is much more accurate outdoors, but you will need an HD monitor for true color reference.
    Date published: 2008-04-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera I use it for weddings,sports,news gathering, and family use. The Television station, that I work at, have DVCAMs, and this camera by far has the better picture (and that is in Standard Digital.) I really like the HD picture.
    Date published: 2008-04-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best of the bunch I have been a longtime user of the AG DVX100A and finally decided to upgrade to the HVX 200 and all I can say is I wish I did this sooner! It's one amazing Pro camcorder especially for Independent filmmakers like myself that need something dependable and lightweight. I thought the p2 cards were going to be a hard transition from mini dv tapes but I couldn't have been more wrong. I'll never use mini dv again! Works great with my Final Cut Studio 2. thank you Panasonic and especially B&H Photo for having the best price... then anyone else!!!
    Date published: 2008-06-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from HVX200 Completely Pro in a handheld Cam This camera is all Pro! I also bought FS-100 AND CAN RECORD FOR HOURS! Remember, the learning curve is there, but if you shot with a pro camera before, you will understand all the different settings. I can edit in Final Cut Pro 6 without a lot of rendering.
    Date published: 2008-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bomb Diggity To start, the manual controls are amazing. The Panasonic manual layout is the best by far- total control of all zooming, and easy to use manual focus. The DOF is outstanding. One of my favorite features is the auto button for white balance. It seems more accurate than other camera I've used. The audio capture is nearly perfect. I've used ambient band music, along with prerecorded music on a soundtrack and could hardly tell the difference. Oh yeah, most amazing picture quality ever. Overall great camera. In my opinion, the best on the market. Problems Encountered: The only problem is the low resolution LCD. You'd think that for such an awesome camera, they would've thought about that. Oh well, nothing's completely perfect. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: hmm not equivelent but DVX100A, Canon XL-1 Items I Recommend: Avid HD with Mojo
    Date published: 2007-03-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Steep learning curve but well worth it The Ps and Multi codec for shooting purposes are the most attractive thing about this camera. The HD image is like a Rolls Royce compared to a Honda ( the low res DV format). Multiple frame rate are phenominal. The lens is awsome although I find the focusing a challenge, they do give you a focus assist feature that you have to read about. It does help. The weight distribution is a bit off, I don't know why but I find the camera in need of some balance. You just have to be extra steady with hand held. Or rely heavily on your tripod. The Ps manager free download is a little bit more complicated than the P2 viewer down load. All in all the whole idea of a computer in the back of the camera is pretty revolunairy.
    Date published: 2008-06-06
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