Having received my AJ-PX270 last Friday I have had a roller-coaster weekend getting to know the camcorder with some surprising results.
The camera is heavier than I was expecting which is a good thing…well built and well thought out ergonomically, finally we get an automatic lens hood getting away from the dangling lens cap seen on the AC8.
My good friend Alister films theatre shows all over Scotland with two Sony EX3 cameras into a Panasonic switcher ending up onto a Sony EX30 digital SxS recorder.
Alister is hoping to upgrade this year and is looking at two Panasonic PX270 camcorders as a replacement for his second 2 camera kit, Sony NX5 camcorders.
The Panasonic PX270’s 10bit 422 via Long GOP 50 onto SDXC cards is very tempting in fact he discovered his switcher is already 10bit and has a HyperDeck Studio which is 10bit 422 giving him a clear 10bit 422 pathway from camera to recorder.
I recorded some footage to include in the review and tomorrow we are going to see how the camera matches up to the Sony EX3 and NX5.
One final major game changer surprise is that the Panasonic PX270 has a far better………….? Oh dear have I missed out something, the major surprise will be exclusively revealed on the video review coming fairly soon.
I say fairly because Long GOP 50 is not yet available in FCPX 10.1.1 and I am hoping Apple will include this codec in the NAB update due soon.
If you film 720p you can ingest your footage via the HDMI socket into Blackmagic Media Express, its a laborious way to capture footage so I may sit tight till the new update arrives for FCPX.