Panasonic AJ-HPX3700 VariCam Camcorder

Panasonic AJ-HPX3700 VariCam Camcorder

Panasonic AJ-HPX3700 VariCam Camcorder

Panasonic AJ-HPX3700 VariCam Camcorder

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  • 2/3" 2.2MP 3CCD
  • 1920 x 1080 Effective Picture Elements
  • Dual-Link HD SDI Output for RGB 4:4:4
  • AVC-Intra 100/50 and DVCPRO HD Formats
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 Full Raster Sampling
  • F10 Sensitivity at 2000 Lux
  • Film-Like Recording Gamma Modes
  • 1080/60i, 50i
  • 48 kHz/16-Bit, 4-Channel Digital Audio
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  • 1Description

The Panasonic AJ-HPX3700 VariCam Camcorder is a high-end professional camera meant to replicate the warm and natural look and texture of film. Featuring a variable frame rate from 1 to 30 fps, in 1080p, this camera enables you to easily under or overcrank your shooting for creative fast and slow motion effects. This camera's native effective resolution is 1920 x 1080 and features 3x 2/3" 2.2MP CCD sensors for high quality imagery. This camera also features 2 HD SDI output terminals for creating a dual-link output for RGB 4:4:4 video with a 10-bit Log (P-10Log) gamma curve. An F10 sensitivity supports low-light photography at 2000 Lux and a minimum illumination of 0.042 Lux. Recording is possible in AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50, and DVCPRO HD; 4:2:2 full raster sampling is supported in the AC-Intra 100 format.

Selectable gamma modes further allow for realistic, film-like qualities by extending the dynamic range, lowering the overall contrast, and reducing the highlights within the scene. 14-bit digital processing with 12-axis color correction permit further fine tuning of the scene by manipulating certain colors and textures; such as skin tones.

High Resolution 2.2MP 2/3" 3CCD
3 large sensors combined with a digital signal processing circuit allows for high definition 1920 x 1080 imagery. Both progressive and interlaced formats are supported, with 1080/23.98p, 24p, 25p, 30p as native formats as well as 1080/60i, 50i. A high F10 sensitivity at 2000 lx is also available, allowing low-light filming as low as 0.042 Lux illumination.
RGB 4:4:4/10-Bit Log Output
The 2 HD SDI output terminals work in conjunction to create dual-link output and can output HD imagery with RGB 4:4:4 quality and the 10-bit Log (P-10Log) gamma curve. This is ideal for creating high-end film productions when using an uncompressed recorder.
Variable Frame Rate
With the ability to photograph at 1 to 30 frames per second, this camera provides a variety of under and overcranking possibilities to produce slow and fast motion effects. This range of frame rates is available in the native formats.
14-Bit Digital Processing and 12-Axis Color Correction
The 14-bit A/D conversion system and digital signal processing provide a wealth of technologies for color correction and adjustment. A 12-axis color correction matrix enables you to finely tune specific color regions, such as skin tones and highlight regions.
7 Gamma Modes for Film-Like Quality
The high-performance DSP provides 7 different gamma modes to help mimic the look of different technologies:
  • HD: For HDTV
  • SD: For SDTV, results in higher gain in dark areas
  • FILMLIKE 1: Smoother and clearer gradations in highlight areas than HD gamma
  • FILMLIKE 2: Smoother, more film-like characteristics than FILMLIKE 1
  • FILMLIKE 3: Even smoother, more film-like characteristics than FILMLIKE 2
  • FILM-REC: Most closely resembles film-style capture, provides the lowest contrast and widest dynamic range
  • VIDEO-REC: Cinema quality production that is suitable for video displays
  • Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)
    This functions helps to suppress blocked up shadows and blown out highlights that are common when photographing in high contrast areas or when moving from outdoors to indoors. The DRS function automatically utilizes an estimated gamma curve and knee slope to match the contrast of each pixel, resulting in a wider dynamic range with excellent gradation from the highlights to shadows.
    Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC)
    When used in conjunction with a compatible lens, this technology employs a sophisticated algorithm that compensates for blur and color shifts that are mainly caused by lens chromatic aberration. The resulting images from a CAC-enabled zoom lens more closely resemble those captured with a prime lens; free of image degradation.
    Scan Reverse Function for Using Film Lenses
    The camera is capable of using an ultra prime lens or anamorphic lens adapter for creating a 2.35:1 aspect ratio widescreen image without cropping. The scan reverse function cancels the image inversion that occurs when using an Angenieux HD lens adapter.
    1080p Native Mode
    When recording in the native mode, the camera only records in the frame rate selected; this allows for direct playback at the chosen speed rather than having to use a frame rate converter. P2 recording time is also extended when using the native mode.
    1080/24p Advance Mode
    When in 24p Advance mode, a 2:3:3:2 pulldown is applied to a 1080/24p recording mode in order to produce over 60i recording. This allows for compatibility with HD handheld cameras that use an HD codec.
    Electronic Shutter with Half Mode and Angle Setting
    The built-in electronic shutter provides 7 different speeds up to maximum of 1/2000 second, a half mode, and an angle setting, for similar results compared to working with a film camera. When combined with the variable frame rate function, a wide variety of shooting techniques can be utilized. There is also a synchro scan function for use when photographing computer monitors.
    AVC-Intra Codec
    The AVC-Intra codec is a high quality and equally efficient codec for HD video production. Two modes are supported: AVC-Intra 100 for full HD (1920 x 1080) images and AVC-Intra 50 for lower bit-rate, more economical recording. Both modes are compliant with the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 standard for compression and image quality. These modes record with intra-frame compression for greater versatility when editing.

  • AVC-Intra 100: This mode records with the same 10-bit rate as DVCPRO HD and enables high quality 1920 x 1080 recordings.
  • AVC-Intra 50: This mode produces results similar to DVCPRO HD, but with bit rates that are more akin to standard definition recording. When recording in this mode you are afforded twice the amount of recording time per P2 card and less storage is required for editing.
  • DVCPRO HD Recording
    Conventional DVCPRO HD recording is also supported for greater flexibility amongst numerous applications and system environments. It also enables a fluid transition from existing VTR VariCam systems and older platforms.
    48 kHz/16-Bit, 4-Channel Digital Audio
    48 kHz/16-bit digital audio recording is supported on all 4 audio channels; and you can easily select the audio source for each channel independently. A 5-pin XLR jack with 2-channel compatibility is used for the front mic input.
    5x P2 Card Slots
    When all 5 P2 card slots are utilized, up to 800 uninterrupted minutes of 1080/24p content can be recorded. Other benefits of P2 card recording include the opportunity to switch cards while recording; select specific cards to record to; loop recording to specific, fixed areas of the card; pre-record up to 8 seconds when in standby mode; record intermittently based on set interval times; one-shot recording for use when filming animations; and record review for a quick playback check of the final seconds of the recently finished clip.
    Clip Thumbnail Function
    For each clip you film, a thumbnail is automatically generated for easy navigation through different clips. You can view thumbnail images on the built-in 3.5" / 8.9cm LCD or on a separate display. Clips can be controlled in playback, deleted instantly, and you can also select a number of clips for seamless playback together.
    Text Memo and Bookmarking for Simple Editing
    While recording or previewing a clip, you can press the Text Memo button and create a text label or bookmark for noting certain parts of the footage. Text can be entered into each memo with the camera or with a PC using P2 Viewer. You can also create a new clip with data copied between text memo labels, using the camera itself. There are also shot marks for simple OK and NG markings, when more text is unnecessary.
    SD/SDHC Memory Card Slot
    There is a built-in SD/SDHC memory card slot for copying metadata files containing important information such as the camera operator, locations, text memos, and backups of the photography metadata. The memory card slot is also used to transfer firmware updates and to upload different scene files.
    Scene Files, Lens Files, and User Buttons
    Up to 16 different scene files can be stored within the camera, and up to 8 more on a SD/SDHC memory card, that record specific camera settings for quickly returning to a previous setting. 64 lens files can also be stored in-camera, and 64 more on a memory card, for programming settings on a variety of interchangeable lenses. There are also 5 programmable user buttons that allow you to choose from a variety of settings to have accessible by pressing a button.
    Focus and Shooting Assist Functions
    The focus assist function provides an objective comparison of the incoming frequency distribution signal and portrays it in graph for in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There is also a variable color temperature adjustment dial and switchable color bar for controlling the look of the scene around you. 2-level zebra and a variety of marker settings are also available.
    2-Layer Optical Filter
    The built-in 2-layer optical filter contains a neutral density layer (clear, 1/4 ND, 1/16 ND, 1/64 ND) and a CC layer (3200K, 4300K, 5600K, and 1/2 ND). By having the 1/2 ND filter on the CC layer, finer aperture adjustment is enabled.
    Efficient Design for Reliability and Mobility
    The innovative grip handle design incorporates 5 threaded holes for mounting a variety of accessories directly to the camera body. The interface of the camera features an intuitive switch and dial layout for maximum efficiency as well as a 3-point locking viewfinder with color viewfinder compatibility. The audio adjustment features can be manually locked, switched on/off, and allocated to the desired channels.
    3 HD SDI Outputs with SD Down Conversion
    2 dedicated HD SDI output terminals are integrated that also comply with 1080/24PsF standards and include embedded audio. Additionally, an HD SDI video signal can be output from the MON OUT terminal. Character and marker displays can be set separately for both HD SDI and MON OUT terminals. The output signal from the MON OUT terminal can also be switched to VBS, which will output a down-converted SD video signal (analog composite).
    Host and Device Modes Compatible with USB 2.0 Interface
    When in device mode, the camera's P2 card slot can be used to connect to a PC as an external device for nonlinear editing and transmission over networks. When in host mode, files from the P2 card can be transferred to a hard disk without the use of a PC.
    Multipurpose DC OUT Terminal
    The DC OUT terminal can be used for remote start/stop recording control when connected to an external switch, or as a tally lamp when connected to an LED. This multipurpose functionality is ideal for use when the camera is mounted to a crane or out of immediate reach.
    Multi-Function RCU Output
    An RCU terminal allows for the use of an optional remote control system, such as the AJ-RC10G, for image and recording control while viewing the camera's image on an auxiliary monitor.
    Additional Features
  • When used in conjunction with the optional AJ GPS910G GPS unit, real-time location data can be recorded conforming to UMID standards.
  • Built-in SMPTE time code generator and reader with TC in/out terminal.
  • Genlock input terminal doubles as an HD-Y and VBS return video.
  • Compatible with UniSlot wireless receivers.
  • In the Box
    Panasonic AJ-HPX3700 VariCam Camcorder
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Front Audio Volume Knob with Screw
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Image Device 2/3" 3CCD
    Total Picture Elements 2010 x 1120
    Effective Picture Elements 1920 x 1080
    Signal to Noise Ratio 54 dB
    Signal System 1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 24p
    Built-in Filters 3200K, 4300K, 5600K, CLEAR, 1/2 ND, 1/4 ND, 1/16 ND, 1/64 ND
    Quantization 14 bits
    Horizontal Drive Frequency 74.1758 MHz (59.94/23.98 Hz), 74.25 MHz (50/24 Hz)
    Sampling Frequency 74.1758 MHz (59.94/23.98 Hz), 74.25 MHz (50/24 Hz)
    Digital Signal Processing (DSP) 74.1758 MHz (59.94/23.98 Hz), 74.25 MHz (50/24 Hz)
    Gain -3 - +30 dB (in 3 dB steps)
    Variable Frame Rate 1 - 30 fps (1080/60i), 1 - 25 fps (1080/50p)
    Shutter Speed 1/50 (50 Hz), 1/60, 1/100 (59.94 Hz), 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
    HALF 180°, 172.8°, 144°, 120°, 90°, 45°
    Synchro Scan Shutter 1/61.7 to 1/7200 sec. (1080/60i)
    1/30.9 to 1/3600 sec. (1080/30p)
    1/24.7 to 1/2880 sec. (1080/24p)
    1/51.4 to 1/6000 sec. (1080/50i)
    1/25.7 to 1/3000 sec. (1080/25p)
    Lens Mount 2/3" bayonet
    Optical System f/1.4 prism
    Sensitivity F10 (2000 lx, 3200K, 89.9% reflect, 1080/60i)
    Minimum Illumination 2.48 lx (f/1.4, +30 dB) 0.042 lx (f/1.4, +30 dB, VFR=1 FRAME)
    Registration < 0.03% (whole zone, without lens distortion)
    LCD Monitor 3.5"/8.9 cm; color; 210,000-dot
    Memory Card Recorder
    Recording Format AVC-Intra 100/AVC-Intra 50/DVCPRO HD format switchable
    Video Signal Recording Format 48 kHz/16 bits, 4CH
    Recording Media P2 card
    Recording Playback Time Approx. 32 min. (when using 32 GB P2 card, AVC-Intra 100 codec, recording in 1080/60p)
    Digital Video Recorder
    Sampling HD Frequency Y: 74.1758 MHz (59.94 Hz)/74.25 MHz (50 Hz), PB/PR: 37.0879 MHz (59.94 Hz)/37.125 MHz (50 Hz)
    Quantization AVC-Intra 100/AVC-Intra 50: 10 bits, DVCPRO HD: 8 bits
    Video Compression AVC-Intra 100/AVC-Intra 50: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra profile, DVCPRO HD: DV-based compression (SMPTE370M)
    Digital Audio
    Quantization 16 bits
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1.0 dB
    Dynamic Range > 85 dB (1 kHz, AWTD)
    Distortion Within 0.01%
    Headroom 18-20 dB selectable
    Genlock Input BNC x 1, 1.0Vp-p, 75 Ω, (switchable to VIDEO IN or Return Video)
    Monitor Output BNC x1 (switchable to VBS/HD SDI), VBS: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, HD SDI: 0.8 Vp-p, 75 Ω (SMPTE292M/296M standards)
    HD/SDI Video Output BNC x 1, 0.8 Vp-p, 75 Ω (SMPTE292M/296M standards), with HD SDI Dual Link
    TC Input BNC x 1, 0.5Vp-p to 8 Vp-p, 10 kΩ
    TC Output BNC x 1, low-impedance, 2.0 Vp-p±0.5 Vp-p
    Audio Input XLR 3 pin x 2 (CH1/CH2), LINE/MIC/MIC+48 V switchable, LINE: -3 dBu/0 dBu/+4 dBu selectable
    Mic : -60 dBu/-50 dBu selectable, mic +48 V: phantom +48 V, -60 dBu/-50 dBu selectable
    Mic Input XLR 5 pin x 1, -50 dBu/-40 dBu selectable , phantom +48 V (on/off)
    Audio Output XLR 5 pin x 1 (CH1/CH2), -3 dBu/0 dBu/+4 dBu selectable, balanced, low-impedance
    Earphone Output Stereo mini jack x 2
    DC Input XLR 4 pin x 1, DC12 V (11 - 17 V)
    DC Output 4 pin, DC 12 V (11 - 17 V), max. 1.5 A
    Lens 12 pin
    EVF 20 pin
    RCU 10 pin
    GPS 6 pin
    USB 2.0 USB: 2.0, HOST: 4 pin type-A
    Device: 4 pin type-B
    General Specifications
    Power Supply DC 12 V (11 - 17 V)
    Power Consumption 42 W
    Operating Time Approx. 120min (when using DIONIC 90 battery)
    Operating Temperature 32 - 104°F/0 - 40°C
    Storage Temperature -1 - 140°F/-20 - 60°C
    Operating Humidity 10 - 85% relative
    Dimensions 5.4 x 8.25 x 12.6"/137 x 209 x 318 mm
    Weight 10.8 lb/4.9 kg

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