Panasonic AG-HPX250 2.2MP P2 HD Handheld Camcorder, 22x Optical Zoom, 3.45" LCD Monitor, Dual P2 Card Slots, USB 2.0

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SKU: PCAGHPX250PJ MFR: AG-HPX250PJ

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About Panasonic AG-HPX250

The Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder is the first handheld professional camcorder 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 green screen 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.

For rock-solid reliability, professional P2 cards provide more peace of mind than their SD brethren from the world of mass-market consumer electronics. With two slots, you can record either simultaneously (for creating an instant back-up) or sequentially, with hot-swap support.

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Panasonic AG-HPX250 Features

  • 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 & HVX series, the lens offers some additional telephoto capability for a 28-616mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range
  • Manual Control Rings: Three 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 image
  • Optical Image Stabilization: To compensate for any shaking of the operator's hand, the HPX250 features an optical image stabilizer (OIS)
  • High-Sensitivity, Low-Noise 3MOS Image Sensor: 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
  • 20-Bit Digital Signal Processor: The AG-HP250's high-performance 20-bit DSP handles rendering processes such as gamma and detail-enhancement functions with uncommon precision
  • Dynamic 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)
  • Focus Assist Function: A 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 LCD
  • Scene File / User File: The HPX250 features a dial for "Set Scene," which allows you to choose an appropriate matrix of settings instantaneously. You can modified the 6 preset files if you'd like, 1 set of which can be stored internally in the camcorder and 4 more can be stored on an SD memory card
  • Three-Position Gain Selector + Super Gain: The three-position Gain Selector contains Low, Medium and High settings. To each setting you can assign gain value of 0, +3, +6, +9, +12, +15 and +18 dB. Also, there are Super Gain settings of +24 and +30 dB
  • Simplified Waveform & Vectorscope: The AJ-HPX250 has waveform and vectorscope display functions for analyzing a captured video signal on the LCD
  • High-Quality 4-Channel Audio: The AG-APX250 records high-quality 16-bit audio on all four channels. Freely select the audio source for each channel, choosing from built-in mic, external mic and line in. Adjust the volume level for each channel
  • Double-Slot P2 Card System: Not only can you record continuously on two P2 cards, but you can also choose Card Select mod and Hot-Swap Recording, in which the card in the stand-by slot can be exchanged while the camcorder is recording to the other card
  • MXF File-Based Recording: File-based recording enables data transfers that are much faster than real time. Filed recorded to the HPX250's P2 cards have MXF wrappers, which are compatible with all major nonlinear editing systems
  • Clip Thumbnail Display & Clip Editing: This lets you display a visual representation of the clip on the LCD, delete clips and confirm or edit metadata. You can delete the last clip with a single touch, also with a single button press & check the beginning & ending of most recently recorded clip
  • Shot Market & Text Memo: When mounted to a PC using the downloadable P2 Viewer Windows application, the user can view only marked clips if desires. Text memos can be posted to any scene of a clip (up to 100 in all) for a digital version of "sticky" notes
  • One-Clip Rec Mode: Record up to 99 cuts as a single file in One-Clip Rec mode. A text memo is automatically attached at each start-record point, making it easy to find desired cuts within the clip once you're in the edit suite working with a single, unified file
  • Multi-Camera Synchronization: The AG-HPX250 features every capability you'd want for synchronizing more than one camera for multi-camera shoots: SMPTE time code generator/reader, time code input and output and genlock input
  • Video Outputs: SDI, HDMI & More: SDI output includes embedded audio and supports Record Stop/Start linked backup recording with a Panasonic recorder equipped with HD-SDI input. When outputting SD-SDI down-converted from an HD source, Aspect Ratio Conversion mode can also be selected
  • Low-Angle Shots: On the upper part of the handle grip you'll find both the Rec Start/Stop button and a lens zoom speed control (three speed levels). This assures easy, comfortable shooting at low angles
  • LCD Monitor Mirror Mode: The LCD monitor's mirror mode is extremely convenient for shooting interviews
  • Workflow Versatility: The Panasonic P2 family includes many decks and mobile storage units, providing a wealth of options for offloading, field editing and cutting back in the edit room
  • White Balance Functions: The camera features two values (A/B) for white balance memory and one preset value. There's also an ATW (auto tracing white balance) function
  • Zebra: Select any two zebra levels from 50% to 100% (in 1% steps)
  • Y-GET Brightness Check: The camera's Y-GET function measures the brightness at the screen center and displays precise numerical data
  • Tally Lamps: Tally lamps are provided on the front and rear of the HPX250

Panasonic AG-HPX250 Specifications

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
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)
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)
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
3-359.5deg. in 0.5deg. increments
Frame Rates
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
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 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
Audio 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, 2.0±0.5V [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 Deg.C (32 to 104 Deg.F)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
7 x 7.69 x 17.25" (180 x 195 x 438mm)
Weight
5.5 lb (2.5 kg) excluding battery and accessories
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Freddy W  Do all HPX250's Record in Pal as well as NTSC?
Andrew R  Not sure I understand your question.This model records the following frame rates (50z, 50i and 50p denote PAL): 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
L B  what type of tripod base plate is needed to mount the camera on a tripod? for example a satchler
JEFFREY B  Any Tripod Base Can work. I Am using a Targus Professional Base.
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