Panasonic Broadcast recently announced that its AG-HVX200, the world’s first hand-held high definition solid-state memory camcorder, will begin delivering to resellers on December 29th. The HVX200 uniquely combines multiple high definition and standard definition formats, multiple recording modes and variable frames rates, and the vast benefits of P2 solid state memory recording in a rugged, compact design.
* 1080/60i, 1080/24p, 1080/30p, 720/60p, 720/24p, 720/30p, 480/60i, 480/24p, 480/30p
* Some variable frame rates in 720p mode
* DVCPRO HD/50/25 and DV recording
* 1/3" 16:9 native progressive 3-CCD imager
* 16:9/4:3 switchable for DVCPRO 50/25 and DV recording, 16:9 native for DVCPRO HD
* Wide angle Leica Dicomar high definition lens with optical image stabilizer (motorized/manual mode switchable)
* ND filters
* Cam-driven manual zoom
* CineGammaTM and NewsGamma software
* Two P2 card slots
* Mini-DV tape transport for DV recording
* 3.5" LCD display
* 48kHz 16-bit 4-channel PCM audio (2 XLRs)
* HD Component (D4) output
* Composite input/output
* S-Video input/output
* Standard IEEE 1394 interface
* USB 2.
Panasonic announced introductory pricing for the HVX200 including $5,995 suggested list price of the camcorder only, a $7,295 list price for the camcorder and two 4GB P2 cards, and a $9,995 list price for the camcorder and two 8GB P2 cards. Pricing on other introductory HVX200 packages are available at www.panasonic.com/hvx200.