At first sight, the Panasonic DVX200 will get film-makers who have in the trade for 10 years or so, nostalgic. The DVX100 was a widely popular camcorder back in the day, and was the faithful companion to ENG and documentary crews. Camera technology has come a long way since then, and Panasonic did not want their camcorder form factor to be a relic of the past.
Here’s new official footage from the DVX200, by Sebastian Wiegärtner:
Shot on a pre production model in UHD resolution and 50p. Sadly the compression of Vimeo and YouTube is so high, you just really can’t judge the image. All I can say: This is the perfect camera for Documentaries and fast TV work stuff, where you have to be fast and where you still want to achieve a cinematic image. Due to the M4/3 sensor it’s way easier to focus than with a Super 35 or Full Frame sensor. Almost everything shot full wide open. Native ISO of this camera is 500.
I used the flat V-Log profile, applied VariCam 35 Rec 709 and graded everything very hard + added some grain to the footage. This was shot during the Panasonic #DVX4Ktour. Shot on Location in Kyoto, Japan.
The DVX200 was described as follows by Michael Bergeron, spokesperson for Panasonic at NAB:
“If the DVX100 is it’s father, then the GH4 is it’s mother.”
This is indicative that the DVX200 brings the past and future together. The build of the camera is the all too familiar. But like the DVX100, Panasonic plans to target the indie filmmaker segment as well, except this time you have all the benefits but with a larger micro four-thirds sensor that shoots 4K. Talk about a quantum leap!
Panasonic’s UK distributor Holdan Limited unveiled the first look at the camera a few days back:
Here are the gist of its features:
- Single 4/3 MOS Sensor with 12 Stops DR
- DCI 4K 24P, UHD 4K Up to 60p
- Variable Frame Rate Up to 120 FPS in FHD
- MP4 / MOV Recording in 4K
- Integrated Leica 13x f/2.8 – f/4.5 Lens
- 3 x Individual Lens Control Rings
- 2 x SD Cards Slots (U3 Compatible)
- HDMI 2.0, 3G-SDI Output
You can find the entire list of the specifications at the manufacturer’s website.
Though the current trend is of cameras getting smaller, there are loyalists who still swear by the handheld format due to it’s ergonomic form factor and it’s take-me-out-of-the-bag and shoot design. A fixed lens design, V-log recording mode, slow motion and of course 4K recording will definitely find more takers than your run-of-the-mill AX100. It shoots on SD cards and has built-in ND filters and optical image stabilization too.
That being said, it’s my guess that Panasonic plans a two-pronged attack with the DVX200. First, it is their hopeful tactic of trying to revive the DVX line and to reach out to the users who aren’t able to afford a Varicam 35.
Meanwhile, you could check out this fun comparison we had done a while back between the Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K, Sony FS7, JVC GY-LS300, Panasonic DVX200, Aja CION and Sony PXW-Z100.