HC-X1 (or AG-UX180) MANUAL ZOOM QUESTION at DVinfo.net
DV Info Net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Panasonic P2HD / AVCCAM / AVCHD / DV Camera Systems > Panasonic HC Series Camcorders

Panasonic HC Series Camcorders
4K and HD consumer camcorders with professional interest.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old October 4th, 2018, 02:06 PM   #1
New Boot
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: El Paso
Posts: 7

Question about "switching" from servo zoom to full manual zoom (using fingers only on the zoom ring) on the HC-X1 (or AG-UX180) with no clear, immediate answers available.

After a ton of research, it looks like there is no "zoom switch" like on the DVX200 (or the HVX200 which I own) to toggle back and forth - is this camera simply always in "servo" mode?

Specs indicate "3 manual rings" on the the lens and I've seen a guy work the manual zoom on YouTube:

When you work the manual zoom ring, is there resistance on the ring? Can you "pop zoom" manually with your fingers on the zoom ring - going from full 20x zoomed in to full wide (and vice-versa) in a split second?

Interested in purchasing the HC-X1 (or the AG-UX-180) and would love the 20x optical zoom for shooting junior ice hockey close ups...but, lack of a "true" manual zoom ring would be a deal-breaker for me.

Any info from HC-X1 (or AG-UX-180) users is appreciated.

Paul Zimmerman
Paul Zimmerman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 8th, 2018, 09:08 AM   #2
Regular Crew
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Bentonville, AR
Posts: 192

It does not have a mechanical servo release like the DVX100, HMC150, HPX170, HVX200, DVX200 where you can do an instant crash zoom. However, it does have a fantastic variable zoom and can be set to fast allowing you to do very fast but still variable zooms. I love the zoom. Whether you want to feather in/out or just zoom fast, you can do it.
And in HD mode, it uses the extra resolution to give you even great than 20X zoom range
David Banner is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY USA

Scan Computers Int. Ltd.
+44 0871-472-4747
Bolton, Lancashire UK

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Panasonic P2HD / AVCCAM / AVCHD / DV Camera Systems > Panasonic HC Series Camcorders

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:48 PM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2020 The Digital Video Information Network