Successors to the company’s AVCCAM series of professional AVC HD camcorders, the UX premium model (AG-UX180), is equipped with a 1-type MOS sensor, optical 20x zoom and UHD 60p recording capability, while the UX standard model (AG-UX90), features a 1-type MOS sensor, optical 15x zoom and UHD 30p recording.
Both are currently under development, feature a rugged design for heavy duty field use and are scheduled for release in autumn 2016.
“Panasonic is introducing the UX series to make 4K acquisition even more accessible to video professionals,” said Guilhem Krier, Head of Product Marketing & Business Development Europe. “The industry demand for 4K video is increasing fast. The UX camcorders provide a 4K update to our very successful HD models, such as the AG-AC90, providing high-mobility and the same workflow users will be familiar with from our existing professional, integrated-lens handhelds.”
The UX series will support recording up to 4K (4096×2160, 24p only), UHD (3840×2160) and FHD at up to 120p. The camcorders will use the SD memory card1 as recording media. The UX premium model also supports dual codec recording (UHD2/FHD), IR recording in low light, and 3G SDI/HDMI2.0 output.
The UX camcorders’ 1-type MOS sensor ensures sensitivity equivalent to that of conventional handheld cameras. Variable frame rate (VFR) recording functionality (2-60 fps) is planned in FHD mode.
The availability of the UX models brings Panasonic’s line up of professional 4K cameras to five, including the flagship VariCam 35, VariCam LT and the AG-DVX200.