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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.”

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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.

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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.

9 thoughts on “NAB 2016…Two New 4K cameras from Panasonic AG-UX180/AG-UX90

  1. This looks like what the Sony z150 should have been.

    Glad I didn’t order the Sony.

    Well done to Panasonic for giving us 60p at an affordable price.

    Can’t wait.

  2. No mention of how fast the lens is.
    Variable aperture through the zoom range like the AG-DVX200 would be very unappealing.

    HDW : I doubt it going to have a constant aperture lens at a $4000 price.

  3. Reading this article, I was left wondering where these two new cameras stay in terms of product range, compared to the recent Panasonic DVX200. They seem to have somewhat similar specs (from the little we know so far) and similar prices.

    What are the differences, pros and cons between them? Will these ones make the DVX200 Obsolete or kill its sales? Will the DVX200 price drop dramatically?

  4. Sounds enticing, but at the projected prices, and against their own DVX200, i suspect that neither of these will have t/c input like the DVX200, but will, like it, only do 4:2:0 8-bit recording internally, even if they have an AVC-intra coding option at 100Mbps or more in HD and 4K. That’s to say presumably they won’t want it to out-do the more expensive DVX-200. Now as for UHD at 50/60p i agree it has that particular edge on the Z150, but i’ll be surprised if – other than that – it has any extra features or higher spec than the ‘competing’ Z150 when we get to hear more nearer IBC 2016.

  5. I shot a wedding videos and all other events in India. I would like to know which camera should I go with? Panasonic UX180 or HCX1??

    HDW : If you don’t need SDI out or Time Code in (180 additional features) both cameras are exactly the same.

  6. I heard that the Panasonic UX180 is a noisy mess even at 0DB gain. Do you agree with that?

    May I know your experience with low light on HCX1 and UX180. Which is better?

    HDW : Not my findings and that was with a Pre Production HC-1X.

  7. Just to make sure, so both HCX1 and UX180 are the same but the SDI out and Time Code not available in HCX1. How about the FHD and 4K video quality? Do you little difference? or the Video quality is also the same?

    HDW : Video quality is exactly the same in both cameras.

  8. Sir, How would you compare UX180 with Panasonic AG-AC160 in low light condition?

    Which is better? How about the Noise in the low light bcos I have AG160 and its doing great!

    Could you explain the different below?

    AG160 : 0.4 lx (when F1.6, +30dB of gain, and 1/30 sec. of shutter speed)

    UX180 : 0.2 lx (F2.8, gain 18 dB, Manual slow shutter 1/2S in [HIGH SENS.] mode)

    May I know which is the best? Shall I buy UX180? Will it work like AG160?

    HDW : The 180 will be streets ahead of the 160.

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