There no point owning a Ferrari to discover it has the engine of Skoda. The new Panasonic DVX-200 has a similar chip to the GH4* (* Its an updated m4/3 chip) giving you the best of both worlds. Panasonic have taken the success of the GH4 and designed a professional camcorder around it…fantastic.
Update : “That would be an expensive GH4” one pundit cried, the GH4 with YAGH was around the £3,300 mark so to pay around £4K for better ergonomics and all the bells and whistles the GH4 does not afford like dual record is not that much off the mark.
This was well attended with journalists and bloggers from all over Europe, there were four Panasonic DVX-200 camcorders on offer.
The one I choose was set to 3840 x 2160 50p but one of the bloggers had noted there was no HD footage shot with the DVX-200 yet so I changed my settings to 1920 x 1080 50p at 200 Mbps ALL-Intra.
All three interviews were filmed in HD and at 6dBs which is why they are a tad noisy in the blacks, I was not there to produce a review of the DVX-200 just an overview and a play with the camera.
I phoned Panasonic the following day with my concerns as I know from owning a GH4 6dBs should not contain any noise in the blacks, Panasonic reminded me that these were still pre production models and are still being fine tuned back at the factory.
One other annoyance was the eye sensor on the viewfinder as you brought the DVX-200 towards your shoulder the LCD switched off but Technical Product Manager Luc Barra has already informed me this has been fixed in the next FW update.
Nigel Wilkes, Group Manager at Panasonic AV IP Business Unit for Pro AV / Broadcast Products told me they were a bit sceptical at first with a 4K camera that had a fixed lens. I can assure you the 13x Leica built lens is a cracker and one of the major features on the camera. Having a fixed lens actually suites more end users who will be using the camera for run and gun.
Update: The 13x lens is par focal and the only exception to this is in macro mode…The 13x zoom lens on the DVX200 has a focal length of f=12.8mm to 167mm ( 35mm equivalent: 28.0mm to 365.3mm (FHD) this changes to 29.5mm in 4K 24p, 30.6mm in UHD 25/30p and 37.2mm in UHD 50/60p.
I love the camera, its well built has the same ergonomics as the PX270, produces a good solid picture and has LOG features for those who are willing to increase their workflow. Remember I will be getting a DVX-200 to review from Holdan very soon, so I can make my final judgements on a more updated firmware.
Meantime enjoy this 7m video I have produced…