Panasonic HC-X1000 In-depth Review later this month

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The new Panasonic 4K HC-X1000 is just arriving on our shores and HD Warrior will receive one of the first production models to review.

The HC-X1000 is a 4K camcorder supporting various recording formats, like 4K/Cinema 4K/Full-HD, frame rates including 60p/50p/24p and a host of professional functions.

4K 50p is a spectacular achievement for a camcorder running onto SDXC cards. (Class 10 speed 3). It will be interesting to see how much time you get onto a 64G card.

UPDATE : The camera records 4K at 150MB/s therefore a 64G card will record 40 minutes.

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5 comments on this post

  1. Fournier says:

    Great! I’m looking forward to see your review. Indeed this camcorder seems to be very attractive. I’m wondering if the sensitivity is better than the Sony PXW-Z100.

  2. Peter Loughran says:

    Hi Philip,
    love the idea of 4K at 50fps …using the GH4 I’m constantly torn between Full HD at 50p for the smoother frame rate (I’m not a big fan of the ‘cinematic look’ 24/25p rates) and 4K at 25p for the superbly detailed images.
    Actually, I wish the GH4 had the option to take its Full HD in-camera recordings from the 4K part of the sensor (at all frame rates, including variable for slow/fast motion) to utilise the superior integer (2x) down-sampling as compared to the oddball non-integer (2.4x) down-sampling (when using the full sensor width) which, I suspect, is the cause of the poorer image quality of in-camera Full HD as compared to Full HD when down-sampled from 4K.
    At around half the price of the Sony PXW-Z100 (before finding the money for XQD cards!) the Panasonic HC-X1000 seems to offer a promising alternative. OK, it doesn’t have the Sony’s XAVC codec at up to 500Mb/s (4K 50p) but I’d be interested to know just how close it gets.
    Alister Chapman posted some frame-grabs from the Sony PXW-Z100 which appeared to show what I would describe as unacceptable levels of chromatic aberration (also seen his PMW-300 samples but reportedly reduced by a firmware update …has that been also done for the PXW-Z100?).
    Presumably, the Panasonic will have the in-camera (software) CA reduction which means their cameras are mercifully free of that particular problem.
    Any chance of you also ‘borrowing’ a PXW-Z100 for a ‘head-to-head’ comparison of these two 4K camcorders?
    P.S. I think you meant 150Mb/s (Megabits per second) not 150MB/s (Megabytes per second) which would be 1200Mb/s!

  3. Brian says:

    I can’t wait until your review for this camera is complete and published. I am between this cam and the pxw-x70. Can you tell me what cam you like better? Pros and cons of each?

  4. Jose Costa says:

    Cordial greetings. Patiently awaiting the arrival of this review. A well there!

  5. steve W says:

    Have you tried using an IR torch with the camera to see if its better than the in built IR illumination?

    HDW : No longer have the camera…sorry.

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