Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2HD Solid-State Camcorder


Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2HD Solid-State Camcorder
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The Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder is the first handheld professional camcorder model to record the extremely high-quality AVC-Intra 100 Mb/s (10-bit 4:2:2) codec. Featuring an integrated 22x zoom lens and a 2.2 Mp 1/3"-type 3MOS imager, the versatile HPX250 records not only AVC-Intra but also several flavors of DVCPRO (including DVCPRO HD) as well as DV. A variety of frame rates are possible in DVCPRO modes, for native slow- and fast-motion effects. For video that will later endure heavy processing in the form of effects and other processes, the intra-frame compression options of the HPX250 are crucial. The AVC-Intra 100 codec is a perfect choice for any projects that involve tasks such as greenscreen shooting. The HPX250 could thrive as the second camcorder on an independent feature production, or as the go-to model for a freelance videographer who does a variety of jobs, from SD to HD and with support for PAL/NTSC signal systems, it will cross oceans without missing a beat. Its compact size makes it hard to leave at home. Panasonic Optical Technology The HPX250's high-performance 22x zoom lens was designed specifically for professional HD video production. Sharing the wide-angle capability found in the DVX and HVX series, the lens offers some additional telephoto capability for a 28-616mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range. The lens combines 18 elements in 12 groups and adds an ultra-high refractive (UHR) glass element, a low-dispersion element, and aspheric elements. Unique to Panasonic, Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) technology minimizes color bleeding in the surrounding image and achieves rich expression by way of finely rendered nuances and excellent shadingManual Control RingsThree manual rings mechanical (cam-driven) zoom, focus, and iris allow you to operate as if you've got an interchangeable-lens camcorder, for fine, tactile control over the parameters of the captured imageOptical Image StabilizationTo compensate for any shaking of the operator's hand, the HPX250 features an optical image stabilizer (OIS)High-Sensitivity, Low-Noise 3MOS Image SensorThanks to Progressive Advanced Processing (PAP) technology, high sensitivity up to F10 (F11 in 50 Hz mode) is possible, for low-noise performance in dimly lit environments. The 1/3-type 2.2 Mp 3MOS sensor features the same Ultra Luminance Technology (ULT) that's incorporated in Panasonic's shoulder-mount P2 HD broadcast camcorders. This sensor maximizes the performance of the lens and the signal processing circuit in standard conditionsFlash Band CompensationThe CMOS sensor system uses a rolling shutter system that sequentially scans each line of pixels, thereby lowering power consumption vs. CCD cameras and enabling high-speed drive. But because the exposure timing differs for each line, when an external flash is used, it tends to produce images with a "divided" level of brightness from top to bottom. The HPX250 ameliorates this "flash-band effect": it detects by comparing frame pairs and compensates to adjust the level20-Bit Digital Signal ProcessorThe AG-HP250's high-performance 20-bit DSP handles rendering processes such as gamma and detail-enhancement functions with uncommon precisionDynamic Range Stretch (DRS)The DRS function automatically suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights in scenes that involve wildly varying contrast levels (such as indoor vs. outdoor elements in the same frame). DRS estimates a gamma curve and knee slope to match the contrast of each pixel and applies them in real time, producing excellent gradation for each shade and minimizing blocked shadows and blown highlightsSeven-Mode Gamma for Rich GradationDrawing upon the technology of the high-end VariCam line, the HPX250 features gamma functions for seven shooting scenarios, including two cinema modes: HD NORM (for standard HD recording), LOW (flattens out a high-contrast scene); SD NORM (for standard SD recording); HIGH (softens contrast and expands the tone of dark parts, making an image brighter); B.PRESS (sharpens the contrast compared to LOW); CINE-LIKE D (prioritizes dynamic range); and CINE-LIKE V (prioritizes contrast)Other Camera Image SettingsThe camera's shutter speed is variable from 1/6 to 1/2000 second, plus there's a Synchro Scan function. As with gamma, matrix setting includes a Cine-Like mode. H & V detail levels are adjustable, as are detail coring and skin-tone detail. That's not all: chroma level, chroma phase, color temperature, and master pedestal are all adjustable as well. The camera offers four settings for knee point: Auto, Low, Mid, and HighFocus Assist FunctionA convenient Focus Assist button expands the center of the LCD screen, allowing you to check for correct focus quickly & easily. A Focus Bar that indicates the focus level can be displayed on the LCDScene File / User FileThe HPX250 features a dial for "Set Scene," which allows you to choose an appropriate matrix of settings

Image Device

3x 1/3-type progressive 2.2 Mp CMOS
Prism color separation

Lens

22x optical zoom
2x, 5x, 10x digital zoom
3.9-86mm (28-616mm 35mm equivalent)
f/1.6-3.2
18 elements in 12 groups

Minimum Object Distance (M.O.D.)

Approx. 3.3' (1 m)

Filter Diameter

72mm

Horizontal Resolution

Not specified by manufacturer

Sensitivity

59.94 Hz mode (at 2000 lux, 3200K, 89.9% reflection): F7 (1080i59.94, P.A.P. Filter: TYPE2), F10 (1080i59.94, P.A.P. Filter: TYPE1)
50 Hz mode (at 2000 lux, 3200K, 89.9% reflection): F8 (1080i50, P.A.P. Filter: TYPE2), F11 (1080i50, P.A.P. Filter: TYPE1)

Minimum Illumination

0.2 lux (f/1.6, gain +30 dB, shutter speed 1/30 second, P.A.P. Filter: TYPE1)

Vertical Smear

Not specified by manufacturer

Signal System

NTSC/PAL

Built-in Filters

ND filter: OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64

LCD Monitor

3.45" (87.63mm) color LCD monitor with approx. 921K dots (16:9)

Viewfinder

0.45" (11.43mm) color LCoS monitor with approx. 1226K dots (16:9)

Scan Matching

Not specified by manufacturer

Memory Card Slot

2x P2 slots

Shutter Speed

60i/60p mode: 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second
30p mode: 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second
24p mode: 1/24, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second
50i/50p mode: 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second
25p mode: 1/25, 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second

Slow Shutter

60i/60p mode: 1/15, 1/30 second
30p mode: 1/7.5, 1/15 second
24p mode: 1/6, 1/12 second
50i/50p mode: 1/12.5, 1/25 second
25p mode: 1/6.25, 1/12.5 second

Synchro Scan Shutter

60i/60p mode: 1/60.0 to 1/249.8 second
30p mode: 1/30.0 to 1/249.8 second
24p mode: 1/24.0 to 1/249.8 second
50i/50p mode: 1/50.0 to 1/250.0 second
25p mode: 1/25.0 to 1/250.0 second

Shutter Opening Angle

3-359.5 in 0.5 increments

Variable Frame Rate

59.94 Hz mode:
1080p: 1/2/4/6/9/12/15/18/20/21/22/24/25/26/27/28/30 fps, 17 step
720p: 1/2/4/6/9/12/15/18/20/21/22/24/25/26/27/28/30/32/34/36/40/44/48/54/60 fps, 25 step

50 Hz mode:
1080p: 1/2/4/6/9/12/15/18/20/21/22/24/25 fps, 14 step
720p: 1/2/4/6/9/12/15/18/20/21/22/24/25/26/27/28/30/32/34/36/40/44/48/50 fps, 25 step

Gain Selection

0/+3/+6/+9/+12/+15/+18/+24/+30 db (+24 db, +30 db: USER SW allocation only)

Recording Media

P2 card

Recording Formats

AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, DV

Maximum Recording Time

(With 1x 64 GB P2 card)
AVC-Intra 100, DVCPRO HD: 64 minutes
AVC-Intra 50, DVCPRO50: 128 minutes
DVCPRO, DV: 256 minutes

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

Not specified by manufacturer

Video Signals

1080/59.94i, 1080/29.97p, 1080/29.97pN, 1080/23.98p, 1080/23.98pA, 1080/23.98pN, 720/59.94p, 720/29.97p, 720/29.97pN, 720/23.98p, 720/23.98pN, 480/59.94i, 480/29.97p, 480/23.98p, 480/23.98pA, 1080/50i, 1080/25p, 1080/25pN, 720/50p, 720/25p, 720/25pN, 576/50i, 576/25p

Sampling Frequency

AVC-Intra 100, DVCPRO HD:
Y: 74.1758 MHz, Pb/Pr: 37.0879 MHz (59.94 Hz)
Y: 74.2500 MHz, Pb/Pr: 37.1250 MHz (50 Hz)

DVCPRO50: Y: 13.5 MHz, Pb/Pr: 6.75 MHz
DVCPRO: Y: 13.5 MHz, Pb/Pr: 3.375 MHz

Quantization

AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50: 10-bit
DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, DV: 8-bit

Video Compression

AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 Intra profile
DVCPRO HD: DV-based compression (SMPTE 370M)
DVCPRO50, DVCPRO: DV-based compression (SMPTE 314M)
DV: DV compression (IEC 61834-2)

Audio Signal

AVC-Intra 100/50, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50: 48 kHz, 16-bit, 4-channel
DVCPRO/DV: 48 kHz, 16-bit, 2/4-channel switchable

Speaker

1x 20mm diameter

Video Outputs

Composite: 1x pin jack, 1.0V [p-p], 75 ohm
SDI: 1x BNC, 0.8V [p-p], 75 ohm, HD/SD switching via menu, 10-bit 4:2:2 throughout
HDMI: 1x HDMI Type A

Audio I/O

Input:
2x XLR 3-pin (input 1, input 2)
Line/Mic/+48V switchable
Line: 0 dBu
Mic: -40 dBu / -50 dBu / -60 dBu switching via menu
Built-in Mic In supports stereo microphones

Output:
2x pin jack (channel 1 / channel 2), 316mV, 600 ohm output
1x 3.5mm diameter stereo mini jack for headphones

Other I/O Connections

Genlock In: 1x BNC, 1.0V [p-p], 75 ohm
Time Code In/Out: 1x BNC (In: 0.5V [p-p] to 8V [p-p], 10 k-ohm; Out: Low-impedance, 2.00.5V [p-p])
Camera Remote: 1x 2.5mm diameter super mini jack (zoom, shutter speed); 1x 3.5mm diameter mini jack (focus, iris)
IEEE 1394: 1x 6-pin, digital input/output
USB 2.0 (Device): 1x Type Mini B, 4-pin USB 2.0
USB 2.0 (Host): 1x Type A, 4-pin USB 2.0

Power Requirements

7.2V DC via battery
7.9V DC via AC adapter

Power Consumption

15.0W with monitor in use

Operating Temperature

0 to 40 C (32 to 104 F)

Dimensions (WxHxD)

7 x 7.69 x 17.25" (180 x 195 x 438mm)

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