CES 2016: New Panasonic 4K Camcorders Feature In-Camera Editing

Panasonic WXF990

Press Release

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic announced today at CES 2016 two new camcorders into its 4K Ultra High Definition line-up (HC-WXF991 and HC-VX981) and three into its Full-HD camcorder line-up (HC-W580, HC-V380 and HC-V180).
 
As a leader in 4K technology, Panasonic's new 4K camcorders enable in camera 4K editing tools and the company's innovative 4K PHOTO mode, alongside features unique to Panasonic such as Wireless Multi Camera and enhanced cinemagraphic functions to simplify ease of use for any user.
 
Overwhelming 4K Quality at the Touch of a Button HC-WXF991 and HC-VX981
 
These new 4K camcorders build on the success of Panasonic's first 4K camcorders which were introduced to the market last year.  By combining a wealth of advanced imaging technologies such as the LEICA DICOMAR Lens, BSI Sensor and Crystal Engine 4K, beautiful 4K images that boast four times the resolution of Full-HD can be captured for later viewing.  In addition, high-speed, high-precision auto focus technologies, highly critical for 4K shooting, help to increase image quality further.
 
Also by recording in 4K PHOTO mode, the user can obtain 8-megapixel still images of decisive moments that even the burst shooting of a DSLR camera struggles to capture.
 
These 4K technologies are concentrated into a body that is almost as compact and lightweight as Panasonic Full-HD camcorders.
 
Features and Functions for Semi-Professional Video Production HC-WXF991
 
The HC-WXF991 is packed with advanced functions and features to satisfy the needs of both professionals and high-amateurs. With the new tiltable viewfinder1, this model makes it easier to capture subjects more precisely. Cinema-Like Effects are new features that allow the use of shooting techniques seen in the movies, such as Slow & Quick Video, Slow Zoom, and Dolly Zoom.
 
This high-end compact 4K camcorder is a great tool for creating cinema style videos.
 
4K Cropping of Recorded Videos without Using Editing Software
 
HC-WXF991 and HC-VX981
 
New 4K Cropping cuts out Full-HD resolution video from 4K footage internally within the camcorder. It allows post edit effects to be added to a recorded video, such as zooming2, panning3, tracking and stabilizing. The edited video is saved in Full-HD format. This function is especially appreciated by those who want to create high-quality Full-HD videos.
 
Capture everyone's memorable moment with Simultaneous Recording
HC-WXF991 and HC-VX981, HC-W580 and HC-V380
 
Wireless Multi Camera is a new function evolved from Panasonic's original Wireless Twin Camera, which enables picture-in-picture recording using a Wi-Fi-connected smartphone as a sub-camera.
 
While Wireless Twin Camera links to only one smartphone, Wireless Multi Camera connects to as many as three smartphones and records up to two sub-window images instead of one. This lets the user shoot from a variety of angles and viewpoints to capture a level of emotional impact that simply is not possible with a single camera.
 
Twin Camera Lets You Capture Alternate Shooting Scenes W580
 
The Twin Camera feature with a pan/tilt sub-camera on the edge of the LCD monitor allows simultaneous recording of images from two different angles. Also provided are a Narration mode that emphasizes the camera user's voice in recording and a backup function that simultaneously records images without the sub-window giving great flexibility to the user.
 
5-Axis Level Shot Function for Blur and Tilt Free Images
HC-WXF991 and HC-VX981, HC-W580, HC-V380 and HC-V180
 
All new models feature Panasonic's original Level Shot function, which detects and corrects the tilting of captured images, as well as 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+. No matter which model is selected, these functions thoroughly suppress blurring caused by various types of hand-shake and automatically correct the tilting of captured images that may be unnoticed by the camera user while recording.
 
(Product Information)
 
 
WXF991
 
VX981
 
W580
 
V380
 
V180
Electronic View Finder
 
x
 
 
 
 
4K Video Recording and 4K Photo Mode
With LEICA Dicomar lens / 4K high-precision AF technology / 4K cropping
x
x
 
 
 
Wireless Multi Camera
Recording multiple, simultaneous scenes
x
x
x
x
 
Twin Camera
Picture-in-picture twin camera recording
x
 
x
 
 
High Picture Quality
20x Optical Zoom / Level Shot Function / 5-Axis Hand-Shake Detection / 8M BSI Sensor
x
x
 
 
 
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Movie
 
x
x
x
 
 
Intelligent 90x Zoom and 28mm Wide-Angle
 
 
 
x
x
x
Wi-Fi Function
x
x
x
x
 
Level Shot Function
And 5-axis hand-shake detection
x
x
x
x
x
(Feature Information)
 
Cinema-Like Effect for Creating Cinema Style Videos
HC-WXF991 and HC-VX981
 
This model comes with four special functions that allow professional-like shooting techniques commonly used in cinema films.
 
Slow & Quick Video
 
The recording mode can be changed to Quick Video during slow motion shooting. By combining Slow Video and Quick Video, the user can add dramatic effects to motion-filled scenes.
 
Slow Zoom
 
Slow zooming, which is also often used in cinema films and difficult to do manually, is easy to operate. It lets the user add tension to otherwise simple scenes, and express emotional shifts in subjects.
 
Dolly Zoom
 
This technique zooms only the background while maintaining the subject's size to express feelings such as confusion, distress, or surprise. The resulting footage can be thrilling and create suspense in the film.
 
Slow Motion Video
 
Smooth slow motion video turns everyday scenes into works of art.
 
Intelligent 90x Zoom/Optical 50x Zoom
W580, V380 and V180
 
When using Intelligent 90x Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving the image resolution. You get sharp images of highly detailed objects – without the blurry edges.
 
 
WXF991
VXF981
W580
V380
 
V180
Wide-Angle
30.8mm*
30.8mm*
28mm
28mm
28mm
Intelligent Zoom
25x*
25x*
90x
90x
90x
Optical Zoom
20x
20x
50x
50x
50x
* 4K
 
Wi-Fi Function
HC-WXF991, HC-VX981, HC-W580 and HC-V380
 
The camcorders include the Baby Monitor feature which enables you to check on a sleeping baby in another room with the camcorder connected to home network with a smartphone. You can call out to the baby using your smartphone or have a notification sent to your smartphone when your baby's crying voice or other sound is detected. You can also provide live streaming of video over the Internet using USTREAM.
 
About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
 
Based in Newark, NJ, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. The company offers a wide range of consumer solutions in the U.S. including products from VIERA Life+ Screens, Blu-ray players, LUMIX Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Home Audio, Cordless Phones, Home Appliances, Beauty, Grooming, Wellness and Personal Care products and more. In Interbrand's 2014 annual "Best Global Green Brands" report, Panasonic ranked number five overall and the top electronics brand in the report. To learn more about our products, visit panasonic.com. Follow Panasonic on Twitter @panasonicUSA; additional company information for journalists is also available at us.panasonic.com/news.
 
1 The Viewfinder and LCD Monitor cannot be used simultaneously. Also, since the icons displayed in the Viewfinder cannot be operated, open the LCD Monitor for touch operation.
 
2 Length of Pan/Zoom approximately either 20 seconds or approximately 40 seconds.
 
3 Length of Pan/Zoom approximately either 20 seconds or approximately 40 seconds.
 
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SOURCE Panasonic

Comments

Great features, on paper, but do we need them?

artsmith's picture

Reading through the catalogue of features added to this camcorder, it seems to me that it is an attempt to enhance its appeal for those who endlessly fiddle with technology, but produce precious little worth seeing in the way of video. I have used a Panasonic HDC-SD900 for some years and tend to think that model got the utility/technology mix dead-right. But this new model seems to me to be an attempt to produce, in a consumer price-range, a model which is intended to be 'all-things-to-all-people'. Fresh from several years of shooting wild-life, I am very conscious of the need to set up with minimum delay in many situations, leading to quick-release camera mounting and well-rehearsed minimalist procedures. For me, I am afraid, this camcorder seems to be very rich in features which are probably best added 'in-post'; not in the heat of the moment when working in-the-field. So sorry, this model, despite all of its very clever but rather superficial add-ons is not likely to be my next purchase. Who was it once said that the primary requirement in a camera (for which also read camcorder), is 'a good lens in an accurate shutter'? To which I might add also, a means of accurately framing the subject. After all, some of the most memorable news photographs ever taken, were by captured by cameras which used open-frame wire viewfinders for the latter function. Or am I showing my age, here?

HC-WXF991

As a "prosumer" I have a limited budget for video hardware, and seek an affordable 4K Cam with SloMo. Pro cams with these features are $$$.This seems to be the only consumer grade cam that offers SloMo and 4k. (and yes I'm aware that you don't get SloMo at 4K res). Bells & whistles are not important to me. But I have heard some chatter about the tiny sensor in these cams. I'm assuming that a larger sensor would bump the price and size, and yet Panasonic has just released some pocket cams that offer 4K. Has anyone actually used the precursors to these cams? If so, was the footage grainy? If the results are good, I don't really care how they get there, but after years of upgrading my way through various sized sensors in my DSLR's, I am a fan of larger sensors. The Canon XC10 is now only $2K, and offers 4K plus 120fps at 720p. Perhaps the IQ might just be worth the extra $1K . Any EXPERIENCED opinions?