Panasonic Unveils New HD And 4K Camcorder Range

Written by Jon Bragg     02/02/2017 | 13:22 | Category: VIDEO CAMERAS

Panasonic's new range of camcorders aim to deliver high quality video and easy-to-use professional features in an affordable package.

Panasonic Unveils New HD And 4K Camcorder Range
Three new 4K camcorders and three new Full HD camcorders make up the new range.

"Panasonic offers a versatile camcorder range - from the latest 4K features to models with powerful 50x optical zoom and simultaneous recording capabilities," said Doug Campbell, Senior Product Manger, Imaging, Panasonic.

5-axis hybrid optical image stabilisation (OIS) is included across all the camcorders, with Auto OIS Lock allowing video to remain steady even when zoomed in.

The HC-WXF995M, HC-VXF995 and HC-VX985M 4K camcorder models feature a LEICA DICOMAR lens with 20x optical zoom and a back-illuminated sensor for high quality 4K video. Panasonic have also developed a 4K Cropping feature that allows zoomed and stabilised Full HD videos to be created from within a 4K video.

The HC-WXF995M and HC-VXF995 feature a tiltable viewfinder for added flexibility, and the WXF995M also features built-in memory and a sub-camera dubbed Twin Cam for a secondary video perspective. Wireless Multi Cam functions similarly across Panasonic's camcorder range, allowing for picture-in-picture recording from smartphone cameras connected via Wi-Fi.

Panasonic's top-end Full HD camcorder, the HC-V785, features a large 1/2.3-inch sensory for "bright, crisp images in a range of lighting situations" according to Panasonic. The camcorder features a 20x optical zoom as well as slow motion video capabilities.

Zoom is the focus of Panasonic's other Full HD camcorders. Both the HC-W585M and the HC-V385 feature a 50x optical zoom, along with 90x 'intelligent' zoom. The HC-W585M adds built-in memory along with a Twin Cam sub-camera.

"There is an affordable camcorder just for you - whether you are a student looking to make a short film; recording that amazing overseas journey; or simply wanting to make your family memories look their very best," Mr Campbell said.

Panasonic's HC-V785 ($749), HC-W585M ($599) and HC-V385 ($449) Full HD camcorders, along with the HC-VX985M ($999) 4K camcorder will be available from March. The HC-WXF995M ($1,399) and HC-VXF995 ($1,299) will be available from April. More information can be found on the Panasonic website.