Panasonic Announces Availability of AJ-HDX900 2/3” DVCPRO HD Camcorder
Posted Jul 26, 2006

Panasonic has announced the availability of the AJ-HDX900 2/3" DVCPRO HD camcorder, which produces pristine high-definition images and the ability to easily transfer those images thanks to its IEEE 1394 digital output. The AJ-HDX900 has a suggested list price of $26,500 (plus viewfinder).

The well-balanced, high-performance AJ-HDX900 provides 4:2:2 sampling and intra-frame recording at 100Mbps in 11 high definition formats. Suited for globetrotting video professionals, the camera supports 1080 59.94i/50i/29.97p/25p/23.98p/23.98pA and 720 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/ 23.98p (60Hz and 50Hz production) for high-end productions including television programs, music videos, stock footage, corporate video, documentaries and much more.

With a 14-bit A/D conversion and a 12-axis color correction matrix, the AJ-HDX900 provides exceptional picture quality, luminance gradation and the ability to make super-fine color adjustments. Outstanding features include three Cine-like gamma curve modes to replicate the film look and a newly-developed Dynamic Range Stretching (DRS) function that automatically provides a wider dynamic range and automatically tweaks the camera for each specific shooting condition.

The AJ-HDX900 offers an IEEE 1394 digital output that lowers the cost of HD production by allowing video professionals to connect directly with non-linear editing systems and VTRs, such as the AJ-HD1400, and record while simultaneously making a backup copy on the external device. Weighing only 9.9 pounds (body only), the AJ-HDX900 uses 9-micron DVCPRO HD-EX recording to record 33 minutes on a ¼" DVCPRO medium-size cassette and records 48 kHz/16-bit digital audio on all four channels. Standard is a seven-second pre-recording function that permits the camera to capture spontaneous scenes a shooter might otherwise miss. A standard HD SDI output is included for monitoring and line recording, and a downconverter is built-in to produce an SD output via high quality SDI or composite, eliminating the need for an expensive SDI monitor.

Other standard features include the following:

A new AJ-RC10G Remote Control Unit (RCU) connects to the camera with a 10-pin multi-cable that also carries the AJ-HDX900's downconversion video output back to the controller for monitoring. The AJ-RC10G has a SD slot to store scene settings on an SD Memory card for easy transfer to other cameras.