Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Firstly this is my own Panasonic HC-X2000, not one borrowed from Panasonic, so what I say in this review are my own opinions.

I had a GH5S that to be honest did not match my three GH5 cameras nor did it allow you to transfer the camera settings which was the final nail in its coffin, not to mention not having an OIS in camera was a very poor design feature.

I traded the GH5S plus 2 lenses and paid WEX £10 to complete the deal. The annoying part of the GH5 is not being able to use a servo zoom with a decent range, hence the attraction of the Panasonic HC-X2000.

The first thing I did was match the HC-X2000 to my GH5 and choosing SCENE FILE F2 called FLU, I changed it to ORC (One Roving Cook) a program I produce regularly for YouTube.

I tried CINE D and CINE V on both cameras but still prefer Like 709 (REC 709) on the GH5 and FLU on the X2000.

Chris had a great idea, rather than mess about with the matrix why not not set a value in the RB gain WB function.

Setting this B GAIN AWB A to -8 means that if I use the Panasonic GH5 and set my AW to ChA it should be a lot closer to the GH5 in colour.

Enough of the technical stuff here is the final version of my Lockdown video review of the Panasonic HC-X2000


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.

4 thoughts on “Lockdown Review of the Panasonic HC-X2000

  1. That’s a neat review… very positive… very professional.
    It certainly is an amazing little camcorder and also a great performer.
    I would be curious to see the settings that Philip uses to match his GH5 (rec709) and HC-X2000 (flo).
    I usually prefer Cine-D and have matched my GH5 to my X1500 quite well…. but that would be for narrative work where I plan to grade in post. But it would be neat to have a matching profile for both cameras for “run & gun” / guerrilla style.
    Thanks again for a great review.

  2. Great review and shooting of course! But to be honest, quality is on PAR with my old Panasonic X900 cameras. Maybe if I pixel peep there might be improvements, but nothing which makes me want to spend two thousand grand. Same sensor size and broadly same lens. The files are very gradeable too – dialled back some harsh LED lighting in a recent concert – client was amazed. Bottom line is – do you think it’s a worthy upgrade from existing small sensor cameras?

  3. No HDR or Log? The picture quality is more like a video than a film camera. I was hoping it would be more film like. Can’t expect film like footage with a phone size sensor. Plus wide end is not wide enough.

    A good camera to take on holiday or to capture run & gun videos. See what Sony come up with, they are the leaders in auto focus. I don’t see Panasonic focus better than Sonys. I’ll wait and see before I buy.

    Thanks for the review.

  4. How, has it been necessary for you to buy and use the Panasonic V90 cards@over £300?. Any less expensive alternatives you know of?

    The seagull footage looks soft, or is it just on line compression?

    How is the battery life? Is there any way to add external options via a cable/adapter for Panasonic fit?

    Thanks for the review under the circumstances.

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