Shoulder-type performance in a handheld camera for broadcast use
The high-performance AGHPX255EN handheld camera recorder incorporates a superior level of broadcast-quality technology to rival many full-size shoulder-type cameras. In addition to being capable of broadcast and production imaging, the stylish and compact design of this camera is a major plus in terms of mobility and operating ease.
High sensitivity image sensor and signal processing circuit
Panasonic HPX255EN features the same Ultra Luminance Technology (U.L.T.) 1/3-type 2.2-megapixel 3MOS image sensor that is incorporated in our shoulder type P2HD camera recorders. This advanced image sensor is set to maximise the performance of the lens and signal processing circuit under standard shooting conditions.
Zooming in on new levels of image expression
The high-performance zoom lens was developed specifically for professional HD video production. While inheriting the wide-angle capabilities of the DVX and HMC Series, it adds the same level of operating ease as you'd expect from an interchangeable lens model for broadcasting and other professional uses. Combining 18 lens elements in 12 groups, this advanced lens unit further adds a UHR (Ultra High Refractive) glass element, a low dispersion element and aspherical lenses. In short, it raises resolution with the newest optical technologies available. Zooming from 28mm to 616mm (35mm equivalent), this 22x zoom lens covers a wide field of view, from wide-angle to telephoto, without a conversion lens. The lens unit is provided with three rings — a mechanical (cam-driven) zoom ring, a focus ring, and an iris ring. The positive operating feel of these rings gives you manual control similar to an interchangeable lens.
Exclusive P2HD high image quality: 10 bit, 4:2:2, AVC-Intra 100 codec
This is the first handheld camera to support the AVC-Intra codecs of the P2HD Series for HD recording of broadcast and movie images. Featuring a high compression ratio based on the new MPEG-4 AVC/ H.264 moving picture compression technology, this advanced system maintains intra-frame compression to provide high image quality and excellent editing performance.
Variable Frame Rate function enhances image expression
The Variable Frame Rate (VFR) function was inherited from the Panasonic VariCam, which is widely used for producing movies, TV series and TV commercials. It creates a wide range of film-camera-like images, such as overcranking for slow-motion and undercranking for quick-motion effects. The AG-HPX255EN's VFR function* supports Full-HD (1920 x 1080) progressive mode.
Digital A/V output with SDI
SDI OUT (HD/SD) allows camera-through output during HD/SD recording, or outputs high-quality 10 bit, 4:2:2 images for playback of AVC-Intra 100 footage. This feature includes embedded and supports Rec S/S linked backup recording with a Panasonic recorder equipped with HD SDI input.