Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

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Yesterday was my wife birthday so for obvious reasons I could not spend a lot of time with the Panasonic DVX-200.

I did allow myself about half an hour to do some preliminary filming in 4K 50p or UHD 16:9 using scene file 5.

Candy 4K 200 v3

Double click on the 4K frame above to get the true 3840 x 2160 and note how clean the frame is.

Leaf 4K copy

Double click on the 4K frame above to get the true 3840 x 2160.

4K 0 v 9 copy

Again double click to see the 4K frame above, left side is 0dB while the right side is 9dB.


The PDF of the user manual helps…The User Switch menu allows you to set the LCD/EVF to VF on…or EVF on…or Auto.

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All my footage from the DVX-200 ingested into FCPX with no problems. Same old story to get the best from your DVX-200 my tip is film in 4K and your 8bit 420 footage will downscale to 10bit 444 footage on an HD timeline getting the best of both worlds. Please remember this is “early day getting to know the camera footage” and will not be included in the final review.


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.

3 thoughts on “Panasonic DVX-200 Day ONE-4K 50p

  1. No, no, and no!
    The DVX200 seems to be an interesting camera for the bucks – I like it!!

    But 1: Your dog´s nose is “burned”, plain white in some areas – is this due to a “wrong” knee/gamma/profile or an DR problem?

    But 2: No 8-bit system becomes 10-bit by downscaling.

    But 3: No 4:2:0 UHD System becomes 4:4:4 FHD by downscaling.

    In “therory” you could only achieve 9-bit “4:4:2” (would equal 4:2:2), but that is also only based on statistics and not on camera power.

    No “noise free” 8-bit camera will record the 2LSB differences in a 10-bit ramp!
    You “may” get a 9-bit effect by LSB “tipping” and low pass filtering (downscaling by at least factor 2) the result. You would need factor 4 for 10-bit theory, but 4:2:0 doesn´t give you the needed amount of information.

    8-bit stays 8-bit – everything else “may” happen and is statistics.

    HDW…YES, YES and YES ! : From Barry Green “One excellent benefit of downconverting UHD/4K footage to 1080 HD in post is that you can realize an increase in proportional color resolution and a notable increase in bit depth. The AG-DVX200 records 4K or UHD footage at 8 bits per pixel and utilizes 4:2:0 color sampling. After downconversion, the resulting footage has 10 bits per pixel and 4:4:4 color sampling! Yes, you can convert 3840×2160 8-bit 4:2:0 recorded footage into 1920×1080 10-bit 4:4:4 footage in post.”

  2. Hi, Matt! I just got an answer from Torben who is responsible for Panasoni’s professional cameras in Denmark and Norway and he told me the off-function for the eyesensor was supposed to be done in the Menu. Please post this information as soon as you find out. Is the manual available on the internet yet, I am sure that info will be there…… Thanks!

  3. The 0dB/9dB sample: left right, right ;-)?!?!

    For me the left side shows clearly more noise (especially chroma). It also lacks “gloss” and some “depth”, the left side is 9dB, not?!?!

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