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Panasonic AG-HVX200A P2HD Camcorder

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Panasonic AG-HVX200A P2HD Camcorder
Key Features
  • 1080i/720p
  • P2 Solid-State Technology
  • Multiple Frame Rates
The Panasonic AG-HVX200A is a P2-based camera that answers the demands of nearly any professional videographer. The camcorder builds on the overwhelming success of the original AG-HVX200, with the addition of some much sought-after revisions. The most important new feature being an updated sensor; the sensor yields higher sensitivity, creating less noise in low-light situations. With its compact and feature-rich frame, the camera will never disappoint. The unit is compatible with DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO25 and consumer DV recording standards.
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Panasonic AG-HVX200A Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2The Beast Just Got Meaner...
  • 3P2 Flash Memory Recording Storage
  • 4Superior Quality Lens
  • 5Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 6Super Sensitive CCDs
  • 7Advanced Digital Signal Processor
  • 8DVCPRO HD Codec
  • 9VariCam Functions
  • 108 Gamma Modes
  • 11Professional Camera Functions
  • 12Super Reliable Work Flow Process

The Panasonic AG-HVX200A is a P2-based camera that answers the demands of nearly any professional videographer. The camcorder builds on the overwhelming success of the original AG-HVX200, with the addition of some much sought-after revisions. The most important new feature being an updated sensor; the sensor yields higher sensitivity, creating less noise in low-light situations. With its compact and feature-rich frame, the camera will never disappoint. The unit is compatible with DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO25 and consumer DV recording standards.

The Beast Just Got Meaner...

The AG-HVX200A ups the ante from its predecessor, improving overall image quality in a variety of situations. Most notably, signal-to-noise ratio has been improved, creating an incredibly clean image. Additionally, better low-light performance and decreased levels of smear.

P2 Flash Memory Recording Storage

P2 is a recording medium for professional systems. Since P2 cards use no drive mechanisms, they provide superior resistance to impact, vibration and temperature changes. There's currently a choice between 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB P2 cards. A 64GB card will record 64 minutes of the highest quality HDTV video, 176 minutes of 720p/24 frame video or over 4 hours of standard definition DVCPRO25 or consumer DV video.

Superior Quality Lens

Developed specifically for HD recording, the 13x zoom lens system features an 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" progressive CCD the kind of high sensitivity not available in previous compact HD cameras. This advanced CCD combines with a newly developed 14-bit 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-HVX200A'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-HVX200A deliver beautiful images in all video formats.

DVCPRO HD Codec

Using the DVCPRO HD codec recording system, the AG-HVX200A 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-HVX200A 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 technology developed for the iconic VariCam, Panasonic has equipped the AG-HVX200A 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-HVX200A 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's impossible to overwrite important data. Unlike tape, there's no need to fast-forward or rewind; 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.

Panasonic AG-HVX200A Specs

Signal SystemNTSC
1080/60i, 30p, 24p
720/60p, 30p, 24p
480/60i, 30p, 24p
Image Device3-CCD, 1/3"
16:9 Native Aspect Chips
LensLeica Dicomar 13x Zoom
4.2-55mm f/1.6
(35mm Still Film Equivalence 32.5-423 mm)
82 mm Filter Diameter
Signal-to-Noise RatioNot Specified By Manufacturer
Horizontal Resolution1080 Lines
SensitivityNot Specified By Manufacturer
Minimum Illumination3 lux
Vertical SmearNot Specified By Manufacturer
Built-in Filters1/8 ND, 1/64 ND
LCD Monitor3.5"
Viewfinder0.44"
Monochrome/Color Switchable
Scan MatchingYes
Different Ranges for Different Record Modes
Memory Card SlotSD Memory Cards for Scene-File Sharing
Two P2 Card Slots for Video
Shutter Speed Range1/12 to 1/2000 sec (Range depends on Record Mode)
Gain Selection0-18 dB Range
VTR-
Tape FormatMiniDV
Tape SpeedSP: 18.812 mm/s
LP: 12.555 mm/s
Signal-to-Noise RatioNot Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Recording Time60 min with Mini DV Cassette
128 min with 32GB P2 Card (256 min with 2)
Audio Dynamic RangeNot Specified By Manufacturer
Audio Signal Format16 bit/48kHz Four Channels
Audio Frequency Response20Hz to 20kHz
Signal to Noise RatioNot Specified By Manufacturer
Input and Output ConnectorsFireWire: 4-Pin (x1)
Component Video: Special D Connector (x1 Output)
S-Video: 4-Pin (x1 Input, Output )
Composite Video: RCA (x1 Input, Output)
Audio: XLR (x2 Input)
Audio: RCA (x2 Input, Output)
Headphone: Stereo Mini (x 1)
USB: Type 2 (x1)
Power: Special Coaxial (x1 Input)
Power Requirements7.9 VDC
Power Consumption14W
Operating Temperature32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions6.7 x 7.1 x 15.2" (16.9 x 18 x 39 cm)
Weight5.2 lb (2.4 kg)

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