Wednesday, August 6, 2008

AValive-Panasonic Set to Ship the New AG-HPX170 in Sept

Purchase The Panasonic AG-HPX170 at a great Introductory Price Here

The introduction of the HPX170 marks the next generation of Panasonic’s, full production quality, 4:2:2 1080/ 720/ SD P2HD Hand-Held camcorders. Based on the recently introduced
HVX200A, this completely solid state P2 handheld offers some important feature
enhancements as well as an industry leading 5 year warranty. (1 year + 4 additional years after
registration). Unlike its brother, the AG-HVX200A a transitional camera perfectly matched for the customer that wants to continue using or delivering venerable DV tape. The HPX170 is for
the customer that has fully embraced the tremendous advantages of P2’s file based workflow. The HPX170 is a P2 solid state only camera that includes many extra features and benefits

Starting with the front end of the camera, the HPX170 uses a newly-developed 1/3-inch progressive 3- CCD imager system which substantially improves signal-to noise (S/N) ratio, enhances low-light performance and prevents smear. Using exactly the same imager system as the HVX200A, this camera will produce similar images and is an ideal shooting partner. The HPX170 utilizes the highly- reputed Leica Dicomar 13x lens roughly the equivalent of 28 mm in 35mm still photography terms. It ranges from 3.9mm to 51mm with a filter diameter of 72mm.

Adoption of this new wider lens and the use of P2 cards instead of dual P2 and tape as storage media have brought about the reduction of the body weight by 20% from the AG-
HVX200A, allowing more mobile HD shooting. The HPX170 weighs in at 4.2 lbs, just slightly more than a DVX100B.

The AG-HPX170 has a number of new features that truly make it one of the most advanced camcorders in its price range. Many customer suggestions have been incorporated
into this camera design along with state of the art technology like the new CCDs and lens assembly. Manufactured with a magnesium aluminum alloy just like the HVX200 series, the camera is highly durable and comes ready to work. It will be packaged with a 16GB P2 card and an updated book from Barry Green that references both the HPX170 as well as the HVX200 series of cameras.

Important new features that really make this camera a next generation leader are HD/SDI (also allows for SD) output, improved LCD performance, and a useful waveform monitor and vectorscope function. The HPX170 also includes three different advanced focus assist functions, all of which respond a little differently so that you can choose the one that is perfect for the shooting scenario. Additionally, your customer can now enter metadata in the field, just like the HPX2000/3000 P2 cameras. AG-HPX170 AG-HVX200 WFM Display Vector Scope

New Features:
All solid state - P2 cards, 2 slots
HD/SDI – (including SD)
6 pin Firewire with locking connection. (no power out)
Color Bars with 1kHz Tone
Metadata input - like the P2 Gear
Camera Playback format can be changed without going into menus
Additional Neutral Density filters, ¼, 1/16, 1/64
Additional Functionality of the User Buttons, Delete Last Clip, Pre-
Record and Variable Frame rate
WaveForm Monitor and Vectorscope
Dedicated Slot Select Button
Three Focus Assist functions, 2X blow-up,
Histogram, and Focus Bar
20 Variable Frame Rates, 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 48, 54, 60
DVX-Style Navigational Tool
Security Cable Attachment Hole
Dynamic Range Stretching in 60I/60P HD, replaces News Gamma
Iris/focus ring assignment switch so that focus ring can be the iris
Time & date stamp burn-in, perfect for Legal Video work
Most cables facing rear to reduce conflicts, Audio connections in the same place
Manual Focus Assist, camera will hit the last critical focus point
LCD Screen can be flipped for use with 35mm adapters
10X, 5X, 2x Digital Zoom

This is not an exhaustive list but as you can imagine this camera has many technologies that have been adopted from some of the larger cameras to be in this newest addition to P2HD. So starting with Dynamic Range Stretch, we would like to elaborate a bit on what the technology does for the image.

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