Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor



During March Panasonic announced the AJ-PX5000 P2 camcorder


  • Newly developed 3MOS sensor reduces the effects of rolling shutter.
  • High Sensitivity (F13 at 50i), low noise (60dB), 1000 TV line resolution.
  • AVC-ULTRA codec camera-recorder including AVC-LongG50/25/12*1/6*1.
  • Wireless and wired control and streaming of proxy content.
  • Two P2 slots and two microP2 slots*2

This was Panasonic’s latest broadcast P2 camcorder giving exceptional performance at 4:2:2 10bit 1080 50p with slots for both P2 and micro P2 and the newly developed AVC-ULTRA codec.


JVC decided to roll out the GY HM70 on the back of the successful 600 range of camcorders



Capture every stunning detail with this advanced Full HD shoulder supported 1080/50p camcorder. The GY-HM70 is equipped with a high quality 29.5mm wide-angle GT lens that offers smooth 16x dynamic zoom performance*. The camera records on two SDHC or SDXC memory cards in the AVCHD Progressive format at 28Mbps. And its unique dual battery system keeps you recording for hours and hours since the batteries may be hot swapped during recording. Never before has this much performance been packed into an affordable, professional shoulder supported camcorder.

Many people who bought into the 600 series of camcorders would have prefered JVC to have spent the time and effort to produce a 1080 50p GY HM650 rather than the HM70 a lesser spec model.


Blackmagic Design decided to announce the 4K version of their popular cinema camera

4K-BMCinema Camera 4K

Shoot Ultra HD TV or 4K feature films with the new Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. You get a large Super 35 size sensor with professional global shutter combined with precision EF mount optics, high quality visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)™ file recording for a complete self contained solution. The built in touchscreen lets you monitor, change settings and enter metadata directly on the camera!

Sadly Blackmagic had sensor difficulties holding back the 2K version of this camera, clashing with delivery and the 4K announcement did nothing to bolster sales of the 2K camera with 4K version still not available till January 2014 !


Sony announces the arrival of the PMW-400


Supports multiple SD and HD codecs and XAVC ready

The PMW-400L is an affordable 3x 2/3-inch CMOS high quality sensor broadcast camcorder that, like the PMW-500, supports all SD / HD 422 broadcast workflows using .MXF and XDCAM EX workflows using .MP4 and .AVI. It is also future-proofed to support XAVC 10-bit HD422 recordings.

Sony decided to bring out a CMOS version of their popular broadcast PMW-500, this gives news cameramen and women a dilemma when choosing the right tool for the job as both the 400 and 500 are 50Mbps it’s down to the chips CCD (500) or CMOS (400).


Canon announce the XA25 camcorder



An ultra-compact, entry-level professional camcorder with unmatched performance

The XA25 camcorder combines outstanding image quality with dual-format recording and HD-SDI output in a compact form factor, making it ideal for professional broadcast and web-based content capture.

While everyone had hoped Canon would update the XF305, they decided to bring out an entry level professional hand held camcorder instead.


Sony announce the replacement to the very popular EX-3, the PMW-300



The PMW-300K1 XDCAM camcorder is equipped with three 1/2-inch Exmor™ full-HD CMOS sensors, capable of delivering high-quality images even in low-light environments. Ample support for interchangeable lensand a robust metal body further ensure that PMW-300K1 is suitable for a wide range of applications. Additionally, the PMW-300K1 offers a convenient remote-control and multi-camera operation capability, which allows use with high-end camera systems.

This camera brings us XAVC at 10bit 100Mbps quality far superior to the EX3, having used the camera on a shoot myself the build and pictures were exceptional not to mention the high spec viewfinder.

Tomorrow I will continue my journey through 2013 from September to December.




Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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