In light of the legendary AG-DVX100, Panasonic’s announcement that it will continue its legacy with the launch of the new 4K DVX200 was one of the early highlights from this year’s show.
The DVX200 sports a 4/3 inch CMOS sensor capable of 4k resolution up to 60 frames per second. Appearing to be geared towards journalists, news, and documentary work, the DVX200 will feature a 13x optical zoom in a fixed, servo ENG style lens. The glass itself is a Leica Dicomar f2.8-F4.5 zoom with a range between 29.5mm to 384.9mm in 4K mode. This will ensure for maximum coverage in an ever changing environment.
Like the Varicam 35, Panasonic has optimised the DVX200’s colour science to share similar characteristics in tonality and colour rendering. A welcome feature to the DVX is also the V-Log profile which will allow for 12 stops of dynamic range. This latitude for a journalistic style camera should provide a robust option in the editing room to adjust your highlights and shadows.
The camera will offer such resolutions as true 4K DCI at 24p, and UHD at the respectable ranges of 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p. The DVX will allow you to capture your image in two flavours MP4 or MOV. The camera also supports dual SD card slots to ensure backup and roll over recording. It is unclear if the unit will offer 8-bit or 10 bit compression, but it will allow for a clean 4K output via the SDI and HDMI connectors.
While traditional in its form, the DVX200 has a stylish carbon fibre overlay along with a bold crimson red chassis on the back end of the unit. The camera screams for attention with a striking profile and hopefully a stunning image to match. News crews and documentarians rejoice, the DVX200 might just be the 4K unit you have been looking for.
Suggested Retail Price: Under $5000
Shipping Date: Fall 2015
Press Release Specs:
The DVX200 will record 4K (4096 × 2160) / 24p, UHD (3840 × 2160) / HD (1920 × 1080) 60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p in either MP4 / MOV file formats. There are two SD card** slots, facilitating backup and relay recording. For professionals working worldwide, the camera’s master frame rate is selectable between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz.
Leica Dicomar 4K F2.8~F4.5 zoom lens (4K/24p: 29.5 mm ~ 384.9 mm, HD: 28 mm ~ 365.3mm, 35 mm equivalent), time-code in/out, 3G HD-SDI and HDMI 2.0 (4K) video outs, easy focus and zooming, and programmable user buttons.
Read the full press release on page 2.