Panasonic has announced the new CX Series of handheld camcorders covering both image production and broadcasting applications. Spearheading the series is the AG-CX350 Memory Card Camera Recorder, which will start shipping in February 2019.
The AG-CX350 features a wide-angle of 24.5mm, with a high-powered optical 20x zoom lens and a new high-definition, high-sensitivity 1.0-type 15M MOS sensor, enabling 10-bit image quality, 4K (UHD) resolution recording with maximum 60p or FHD with maximum 60p on to SDXC card.
The camera is built with a new, high-efficiency HEVC codec (LongGOP, 10-bit, 4:2:0/MOV) that enables smooth playback and editing with a notebook PC or MacBook. It also features an HLG gamma mode that supports HDR image production. Equipped with a high-brightness, high-definition LCD and providing parallel output of SDI/HDMI, the AG-CX350 offers enhanced operation and usability, with lightweight of 1.9 kg, compact size, and low power consumption.
The AG-CX350 is the first camcorder in the industry to provide NDI｜HX connectivity. It allows system of video transmission and camera control via IP connection for smooth production which are live events and web distribution using Panasonic PTZ Camera System with NDI and Live Production Center AV-HLC100. A streaming function is also included and RTSP and RTMP protocols are compatible. Both Facebook and YouTube Live are supported. And the AG-CX350 will support the P2 file format MXF for broadcasting in the future, enabling AVC-Intra and AVC-LongG. Various broadcasting applications are anticipated.
Hiroaki Kotera, General Manager - Media Entertainment Business Division, Panasonic Marketing Middle East and Africa (PMMAF) , said, “Panasonic continues to push boundaries with our premium 4K solutions and the AG-CX350 is a true embodiment of our cutting-edge technology. The AG-CX350 boasts uncompromised image-recording quality, at the same time, offers users excellent flexibility with its advanced connectivity functionality. From documentaries to event coverage to high-end corporate productions, this camera has been designed to help videographers across industries thrive in this ever-evolving digital age .”