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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.



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.

5 thoughts on “Panasonic HC-X1000 In-depth Review later this month

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

  5. 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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