Panasonic expands 4K camcorder range

Panasonic AG-UX180 4K camcorder
Neal Romanek
April 21st 2016 at 3:31PM : By Neal Romanek

The company announced the immediate availability of its Varicam LT and the development of a new 4K camcorder range to be ready in the autumn

Panasonic has expanded its 4K camera offerings with the announcement of the new UX series of 4K handheld camcorders, and the immediate availability of the VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorder and AK-UC3000 4K studio camera. Panasonic also announced the immediate availability of its high-speed AK-HC5000 camera system, with an output of up to 1080p at 239.76p.

The VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorder, which began shipping in March, has the same super 35mm sensor and imaging capabilities as the VariCam 35, but with reductions in size, weight and price.

This more compact VariCam LT (model AU-V35LT1G) delivers 14+ stops of dynamic range with V-Log, and VariCam image quality and colour science, as well as the VariCam 35's dual native ISOs of 800/5000.

Weighing just under six pounds, the VariCam LT is aimed at owner/operators, independent filmmakers, documentary makers and content creators. The VariCam LT is available in four packages, with suggested list prices ranging from $18,000 to $30,200.

The new UX series of professional 4K camcorders are under development and scheduled for release in autumn 2016. The AG-UX180 is a premium model and features a 1-inch MOS sensor, a 20x optical zoom, 60p UHD recording; dual codec recording, IR recording in low light, and 3G SDI/HDMI2.0 output. Variable frame rate recording in 1080p is also planned. The AG-UX90 is the standard model and features a 1-inch MOS sensor, optical 15x zoom and UHD 30p recording. The suggested list prices of the UX180 are expected to be under $4,000, and the UX90 under $3,000.