New Panasonic UX180 4K Event/ENG Camera
I’ve yet to buy a replacement for my lowest spec camera, but this could be a good one to pick up.
And I love Panasonic, even though they have stumbled in the recent years. They have a set of 4K budget camcorders coming out that look like a great fit to any run n gun style shooter, or someone who shoots a lot of event work and needs extra 4K B cameras rolling around the event.
Introducing the $3,495.00 (MSRP on B&H) Panasonic AG-UX180.
It has enough features where it could be used in a professional environment but cheap enough to have a few on hand. Pro features specifically dual XLRs with phantom, SMPTE timecode gen, SDI out (in addition to HDMI), a LCoS viewfinder with 1,770,000 dots of resolution, and rings for Focus/Iris/Zoom. One of my favorites is the integrated ND filter system, a must have for quick moving shoots. Messing around with a mattebox is the last thing you want to be doing when simply trying to acquire event coverage. Plus these are priced for B-cameras or crash cams and not having to keep a matching set of filters and matteboxes will keep budgets down lower.
They also have eight gamma curves to choose from. Which I appreciate all of the options for:
- HD NORM – for standard HD recording
- SD NORM – for standard SD recording
- FILMLIKE 1 – Reproduces more gradation in highlight areas than when shooting in HD
- FILMLIKE 2 – Reproduces more gradation in highlight areas than when shooting in FILMLIKE 1
- FILMLIKE 3 – Reproduces more gradation in highlight areas than when shooting in FILMLIKE 2
- Cine-Like D – The Cine-Like mode shifted to prioritize dynamic range
- Cine-Like V – The Cine-Like mode shifted to prioritize contrast
- Still-Like – Setting to match images captured with still cameras
- UX180: DCI 4K Recording upto 24fps (4096×2160),
- UX90: UHD Recording upto 30fps (3840×2160)
- Leica Dicomar 24mm
- 20x Optical Zoom up to 480mm
- 5-Axis Optical Image Stabilization
- Full control of camera through wireless iPad Application
- 2 XLR inputs
- Timecode IN/OUT
I’d check B&H or Abel for pre-orders.