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- Variable Frame Rate Up to 120 FPS in FHD MP4 / MOV Recording in 4K
- Integrated Leica 13x f/2.8 - f/4.5 Lens 3 x Individual Lens Control Rings
- 2 x SD Cards Slots (U3 Compatible)
- HDMI 2.0, 3G-SDI Output
- HDMI 2.0, 3G-SDI Output
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|Item Dimensions||16 x 13 x 21 inches|
|Optical Sensor Technology||MOS|
|Shipping Weight||10.8 pounds|
|Video Capture Resolution||4k|
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Panasonic's AG-DVX200 4K Handheld Camcorder with Four-Thirds Sensor and Integrated Zoom Lens brings professional features and familiar camcorder ergonomics to the Four Thirds sensor format. It features a single MOS sensor with 4K resolution that captures up to 12 stops of dynamic range with Panasonic's V-Log L gamma curve. The camcorder supports DCI 4K production at 24 fps, UHD 4K at up to 60 fps, and HD at up to 120 fps, providing you with a camcorder that is at home in a variety of production environments.
Recording 4K to MP4 or MOV and offering AVCHD recording of 1920 x 1080 HD video, your footage can be easily integrated into most modern postproduction workflows. The integrated 13x Leica zoom lens features three lens rings that give you manual control over focus, zoom, and iris. The camera records to SD cards and requires U3 speed class cards to record 4K video. The camcorder features timecode in / out, a 3G-SDI output for HD video, and an HDMI connector that provides 4K output.
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So enter the Panasonic AG-DVX200. It promised the run-and-gun flexibility of the HC-x1000 PLUS the same MFT sensor (size) of the GH4! Holy Toledo - that is a homerun!
But it didn't start out that way.
One of the great things about the DVX200 is it great flexibility in controls. You have two or three times the control options that you have with the HC-X1000. This is a good thing - as long as you invest the time in REALLY learning the camera. As for me.... I decided to start using it ASAP (hey it was a sizable investment!) and my original footage was far below my GH4 and the HC-X1000! I had a terrible time trying to focus on things near to the lens (Which changed when I realize that the camera actually has a Macro mode). I struggled with brightness, color, and sound. At one point I literally put the camera in my closet with the expectation that I was going to sell it.
Then I decided to spend 3 or 4 hours and really try to understand how to set up the camera ....
Now - I love it! Here is a run down.
- Size - it is pretty darn big. Probably 2x larger than the HC-X1000. In fact, this is probably the biggest issue with the camera. I am struggling to find an appropriate sized case that will hold he camera that can still be used as my carry on luggage for flying.
- Video Quality - When properly set-up it is very good. It definitely rivals my GH4 for sharpness and color. The larger sensor size means that it record in 4K with very little noise (much better than the HC-X1000). The quality does fade when you film 4k at 60FPS. The camera writes at 150MPS.... which probably isn't adequate. However, (I may be wrong) this is the absolute fastest write speed available on a (high end) SD card. I am curious to see the footage at 4K 60FPS when recorded on an external recorder.
- Image stabilzation.... very, very good. In fact, I have shot footage inside a bounce house. Somehow the DVX-200 managed to capture the "bounce" without produce a noticeable abrupt shake.
- Sound - I am still working on this one. The onboard mic is front point and directional. I have had difficulty finding a sweet spot for recording level/gain. I have now switched to using the Sennheiser MKE 600 with improving results. The DVX-200 has two XLR jacks that can supply 48V phantom power (same with HC-X1000x ... this differs from the GH4 which requires an add on to become XLR capable)
- Zoom - very smooth with the ability to adjust two separate zooms to your need for speed.
- Lens... pretty darn good. With some knowledge and practice you are able to get a shallower depth of field. Again, you will need a bit of knowledge on how to lock in your f-stop while adjusting the gain and shutter speed, but it can be done.
-2 memory card slots
-Capable to write in 4.2.2 but you will need an external recorder (like the one made by Atmos). I am really anxious to try recording in 4.2.2 to see if they will further improve the 4k footage.
- Weight - not especially light or tripod friendly. The bottom of the camera is rather large which make it tough to work correctly with tripod slider plates. I am using a Manfrotto 504 and it requires the perfect placement in order to make it work.
- Capability - can write at speeds up to 150m - which (obviously) requires a very fast SD card. The camera ill capture 4K at 60fps... just be ready for some very large files!
Final Verdict - While the learning curve is rather steep - the DVX200 seems to be a combination of the best of both the GH4 and the HC-X1000. The camera costs about 50% more than the HC-X1000 so it isn't necessarily a slam dunk option. However, if you are looking for cleaner footage at 4k (when you start dropping down to 1080 I think the advantage diminishes) the DVX200 probably warrants the difference in price. Compared to the GH4.... the DVX200 provides much better image stability and dual XLR inputs, at a much higher price and size (the GH4 is like an iphone when compared to this thing!). Also, with the proper lens you can get a much shallower DoF on the GH4. However, for me... the DVx200 is the best camera for the job for about 80% of my video needs. In order to get another improvement in performance you will likely need to spend 3 or 4x over the cost of the DVX200.
4 1/2 Stars
It's free. Go get it. Then spend a few hours learning how to use all the bells and whistles.
We saw this as a great camera to build our company around and we were so right, and I love being right. We needed a camera that could do everything because we had all kinds of jobs shooting all kinds of things. This camera has all of the professional features that you need on most shoots. Dual SD card slots and functions, flip out LCD and viewfinder, two XLR inputs and physical controls, 5 axis stabilization, built in ND filters, and a smooth IRIS control ring were some of the features that made a big difference to us right away. As we became more experienced with the camera we began to appreciate all of the more complicated features hidden beneath layers of menus. This isn't a camera you are going to be able to take out of the box and be great with on day one. But if you put the time into learning everything that this camera can do, it'll be a very useful tool. There are a few books that go into very detailed descriptions of everything you need to know about the DVX200 and it is definitely worth the time to study this beast.
The 4K footage is amazing, great for almost everything we've done. The HD footage is great too, nice smooth slow motion at 120fps. People have said the low light capabilities aren't great, but we usually solve that problem with a couple LED lights. Some people also don't like that the lens is integrated into the camera. We actually love that. For run n gun and event shooting it's great to not have to worry about what lenses to carry and use. And the built in lens has been great for everything we've used it for over the past year and a half. The micro 4/3 sensor has been great too. Small enough that we aren't always searching for focus, but big enough to get artsy bokeh shots when necessary.
This is a great piece of equipment if you are a one man band or if you don't want to carry a bunch of gear around to rig up a DSLR properly.
Didn't really even scratch the surface in this review, but like I said, there's entire books you can read on this thing. Awesome camera, we recommend it!
Just read Amazon's tips for writing reviews and they actually mention 'battery life of a camera' as a specific attribute I should mention. So here you go, battery life is fantastic. That's for you Amazon.