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Old February 11th, 2009, 03:50 PM   #1
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The New Panasonic HPX-300...

Here's the Official Press release from Panasonic.

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Old February 11th, 2009, 04:37 PM   #2
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$10k+ for a 1/3" camera seems dated.

RED's announcements and the new DV-SLRs have changed expectations.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 04:42 PM   #3
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Too late.

Panasonic needed to do this a year or two ago. Now there are so many options it's hard to sift through all the camera choices anymore.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 06:23 PM   #4
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CMOS is a huge offset for me, since this would still be impossible to matchmove accurately due to the Rolling Shutter.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 06:41 PM   #5
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I don’t know about you guys, but a $10,700 camera that records to AVC Intra at 100MBPS seams extremely impressive. I just wish it was as small as Sony’s EX3 and JVC’s HM700 but then again all that horsepower might not have fit.

Here’s a couple of videos:
Abel Cine Tech - Video: A First Look at Panasonic's HPX300

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Old February 11th, 2009, 07:01 PM   #6
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$10k+ for a 1/3" camera seems dated.

RED's announcements and the new DV-SLRs have changed expectations.
RED's announcements are more roadmaps, Pana and JVC can deliver their in a few months...

HPX300 looks impressive, the only catch is still the use of 1/3" chips, but again...price must be kept down for both lens and chip.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 07:31 PM   #7
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Cameras usually gets released for much less than the announced price so itís better to wait until we get prices from places like B&H, etc.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 08:04 PM   #8
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Interesting that this camera costs the same as the HPX-500.

It will be interesting to see the 1/3" full raster vs. 2/3" pixel shift in terms of image quality.

I will always want the larger chips, but they are pricing them like they are equal.

But I agree, Do we need another 1/3" chip camera?

This camera a year ago would have made much more of a splash.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 04:30 AM   #9
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Do we know if that $10,700 includes a lens?

There's quite a lot of good things with this camera, and full marks to Panasonic for the 3 2.2MP chips and shouldermount. I'm also pretty amazed to see true pro features such as proxy abilities to SD card, and integrated radio mic support on a camera in this price range, to say nothing of a few other features.

Personally, I'd like to roll this and an EX3 into one - keep the 1/2" chips and SxS/SDHC media of the EX3, but form factor and other features of this. Either way, it looks as if 2.2MP chips are here to stay.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 07:20 AM   #10
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Interesting that this camera costs the same as the HPX-500.
I can't find any HPX500 with lens that will be under $10k, $18-19k is what HPx500 go for from BHP.

I'll guess around $9k as street price, and i'm suspecting "bundles" either from pana or dealers with two 32gb P2 cards will be about $10k.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 08:22 AM   #11
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Do we know if that $10,700 includes a lens?
Yes, indeed it does include a 17x Fuji HD lens. Frankly I agree with Paulo; the price is amazingly low for an SDI-equipped camera with AVC Intra. And yes it should be clearly understood that this price is far below that of an HPX500 with lens.
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Good correction. Sorry.

I did not realize the 17x lens was part of the package.

But, I think for this camera to really have 'whooped up' on the Sony it would need 1/2" chips and offer the option of SD card recording like the HMC-150.

Now that the M&R solution is in use, the EX-1 for $6,000 is a lot better value than the HPX-300 at $9,000 given they are both CMOS and the memory price comparisons are pretty far apart.
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Does SDHC have the through-put to record AVC-I?

I was all set to sell my original HVX and upgrade to this camera.. but the 1/3" chips have just killed it. Im keeping my hvx.

Still, a lovely camera though, its a shame its going to cost a stupid amount of money down here with current exchange rates. I'd rather invest more and go 2/3".
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Old February 12th, 2009, 03:32 PM   #14
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Does SDHC have the through-put to record AVC-I?
Probably only at 50Mbs. Compact Flash would have been nice though - the XDR proves even fairly cheap CF can record 100Mbs video. The camera has a lot of very nice things about it, if it had had 1/2" chips and CF recording it would have made it about as perfect as could be hoped for at this sort of price.
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I don't know but Sandisk has SDHC cards with advertised 30MBps read & writes.

The HMC-150 can record 24Mbps using class 4 cards so maybe 50Mbps intra might not be that far away?
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