Panasonic has just announced the AG-CX350, a 4K 1.0-type handheld camcorder that claims to have “enhanced network capabilities.”
This new handheld camcorder can shoot both 4K 10-bit 60p and HD video and broadcast that footage live. It’s equipped with an integrated lens design and a RTMP/RTSP/RTP protocol for live streaming and NDI | HX-ready IP connection. Plus, it’s said to be the lightest 4K 10-bit fixed-lens camcorder in its class, weighing just 4.2 lbs.
Panasonic’s given the CX350 a 1.0-type MOS sensor, which is about 15.03-megapixels in UHD. The camera can capture in UHD, Full HD, HD, and SD. Similar to the EVA1, the CX350 offers 10-bit 4:2:2 color sampling with ALL-Intra and LongGOP and can record in UHD up to 29.98p/25p and FHD up to 59.97p/50p. Additionally, it supports the 10-bit HEVC codec at UHD up to 59.97p/50p with a low bit rate of 200Mbps.
The CX350 does support Hybrid Log Gamma and can be set to HDR or SDR Color Setting on each output: LCD/EVF, SDI and HDMI. Other features include a 35x(HD) / 24x(4K) Intelligent Zoom function and Variable Frame Rate (VFR). The VFR recording can be set in the range of 1-fps to 60-fps. In FHD mode, Super Slow motion can be done at 120-fps/100-fps. Plus, the CX350 can also capture 720p AVCHD.
There are multiple forms of IP connectivity on the CX350. Panasonic claims the first handheld camcorder with in-camera NDI | HX compatibility. This allows for “high-quality” IP video connectivity with live production switchers. The CX350 can also stream directly to Facebook Live and YouTube Live thanks to its RTMP function.
The lens featured on the CX350 offers a wide angle of 24.5 mm at the wide-angle setting with minimal distortion. This 20x optical zoom lens covers the range from 24.5 mm to 490 mm.
For stabilization, the camera uses 5-axis hand-shake correction. It combines the effects of both optical and electronic image stabilization that provides a “steadier image in unstable shooting conditions,” says Panasonic.
Pricing and availability
The AG-CX350 will be out in late February 2019 for $3,995.