The new Panasonic AJ-CX4000 4K/HDR Shoulder-Mount camcorder will be available in late December for $25,000.
There are obviously cinematographers and filmmakers who prefer cine cameras with a small, compact footprints. Yet for others, a larger cinema camcorder, like an ENG camera, will be more appealing, particularly those that shoot certain types of documentaries or some corporate work, which is the target audience that Panasonic is aiming for with its AJ-CX4000 4K/HDR Shoulder-Mount Camcorder.
The camcorder was announced earlier this year at IBC, but this week, the company announced pricing and availability: The company says the pro camcorder will “be available at the end of December at a suggested list price of $25,000. Ideal for network news, sports, blue-chip nature films and travel documentaries, the AJ-CX4000 follows the handheld AG-CX350 to expand the CX Series of 4K camcorders.”Panasonic said it also shares key imaging features with Panasonic’s AK-UC4000 flagship studio camera system, including being equipped with a large-sized 4.4K image sensor that “facilitates ultra-high-definition resolution (horizontal, 2000 TV lines), high sensitivity, low noise and a wide dynamic range. Also common with the studio camera system is LSSIEL technology, allowing a 2/3 lens to be used without an external adapter, with the internal lens specially designed for large sensors.”
Panasonic AJ-CX4000 has a long list of impressive technical specs for this model, which including:
- A 2/3-type Lens
- 24-bit audio
- Express P2 card slot x 1 and MicroP2 card slot x 2
- Depth of field secured with the B4 lens mount and 2/3-in. image circle
- Two filter wheels (ND and CC)
- Includes a newly developed large-size 4.4K MOS image sensor. Sampling exceeding 4K is used to achieve a resolution of 2000 TV lines.
- F10 (60 Hz)/F11 (50 Hz) sensitivity in High Sens. Mode
- Supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) image acquisition and outputs SDR while acquiring HDR.
- Multi-formats: MOV (4K/HD) and P2 MXF (HD only).
- New HEVC Codec 100 Mbps mode for ENG (4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit)
- 4:2:2 10-bit recording: 4K up to 30p/25p and HD up to 60p/50p (H.264/AVC, AVC-Intra and AVC-LongG).
- Four-channel 24-bit LPCM audio recording.
- The express P2 card offers ultra high speed offloading.
- Lower running cost media: microP2 card/SDXC memory card.
- Lightweight at just 7.5 lbs. (body only)
- Offers the Direct Streaming function compatible with RTSP, RTMP and RTMPS
- 4K 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit output via 12G-SDI out and HDMI out
- A newly developed built-in LCD monitor of HD720p resolution with touch panel function.
- A newly high-contrast monochrome OLED display for the timecode and audio level indicator.
Plus, the camcorder includes various network connections: Gigabit Ethernet with locking connector, wireless LAN (option) and USB 3.0 connector. It also has NDI|HX compatibility (requires license purchase) and wireless remote from an ROP App (iOS/Android).
For more information, see the press release below and go here
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Panasonic Announces Delivery/Pricing of Premium AJ-CX4000 4K/HDR Shoulder-Mount Camcorder
December 03, 2019—NEWARK, NJ (December 3, 2019) — Panasonic announced that its new AJ-CX4000, a 4K/HDR shoulder-mount camcorder with B4 lens mount and interchangeable lens, will be available at the end of December at a suggested list price of $25,000. Ideal for network news, sports, blue-chip nature films and travel documentaries, the AJ-CX4000 follows the handheld AG-CX350 to expand the CX Series of 4K camcorders.
Offering many of the features and formats of the AG-CX350, the AJ-CX4000 shoulder-mount also shares key imaging features with Panasonic’s AK-UC4000 flagship studio camera system. Like the AK-UC4000, the AJ-CX4000 is equipped with a large-sized 4.4K image sensor that facilitates ultra-high-definition resolution (horizontal, 2000 TV lines), high sensitivity, low noise and a wide dynamic range. Also common with the studio camera system is LSSIEL technology, allowing a 2/3 lens to be used without an external adapter, with the internal lens specially designed for large sensors.
The AJ-CX4000 features HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) for recording of HDR (High Dynamic Range) video in compliance with BT.2100 and BT.2020 standards, and is equipped with such HLG recording assist functions as SDR Monitoring Gamma, HDR/SDR Parallel Output, VF/LCD HDR/SDR Selector and eight-mode Gamma selection.
The AJ-CX4000 has a fast, connected workflow, including RTMPS and RTSP for live streaming and NDI/HX* for live production. In addition, its HEVC codec offers extended recording with 4K/10-bit high image quality, all while keeping bitrate and storage size low. The AJ-CX4000 records MOV files that are highly compatible and easy to use. This file format is the same as that used on the AG-CX350 and Panasonic’s AU-EVA1 compact cinema camera, and supports long file names with up to 20 characters, allowing recorded video clips to be easily managed. The AJ-CX4000 also supports the MXF P2 file format for broadcasting, enabling AVC-Intra or AVC-LongG HD recording with fast, reliable expressP2 cards, cost-effective microP2 cards, or low-cost SDXC memory cards.
The camera supports high-quality 24-bit/48 kHz four channel digital audio recording. The audio source for each channel can be selected, choosing from mic-in, line-in and wireless receiver. A LAN terminal with a lock mechanism is provided, enabling IP remote control. The AJ-CX4000’s NDI|HX mode allows video transmission and camera control via IP connection, without using an external converter. When connected to a system configured with Panasonic’s AV-HLC100 Live Production Center and HN/UN series PTZ integrated cameras, the AJ-CX4000 realizes end-to-end live video production as well as web distribution.
The standard 12G-SDI output terminal delivers high-image-quality UHD 60p (50p) 10-bit 4:2:2 output. Also provided are XLR audio input (2CH) terminals compatible with +48-V phantom power supply, as well as HDMI OUT, TC IN/TC OUT, GENLOCK IN, USB3.0 (DEVICE) and USB2.0 (HOST, wireless module) terminals.
The AJ-CX4000 can be controlled remotely and wirelessly using the tablet/smartphone app “CX ROP” (downloadable for free from the App Store** or Google Play), allowing the user to display camera information and change camera settings. The CX ROP provides a wealth of remote functions for output signal selection, USER button setting, REC S/S and many others. The app can also be used to select which camera to control from up to eight cameras in the CX Series.
The camera’s standard 3.5-type color LCD with approximately 2.76 M pixels allows for high-definition color monitoring, with a touch panel enabling easy operation. The 2.4-type black-and-white organic EL display offers high brightness and clearly shows the status information—such as the timecode and audio input level–even in outdoor environments.
The AJ-CX4000’s shooting assist functions encompass: two optical filters, ND and CC, with four positions each; Chromatic Aberration Compensation; Dynamic Range Stretch; Advanced Flash Band Compensation; 2x/3x/4x digital zoom boost; Focus Assists–“Expand”, “Peaking” and “Focus Square”; Shockless Automatic White Balance (AWB); simplified WFM/Vectorscope display on LCD and VF; High-Brightness Zebra Display; Y-GET to measure brightness at center and display numerical data; Lens Files to store settings for interchangeable lenses; Setup Files; Mode Check to display a list of the camera settings on VF and LCD; Rec Check; and five assignable User Buttons.
* NDI|HX, a technology of NewTek, Inc. To use this function, an activation keycode from NewTek is required.
** The Apple App Store is a trademark of Apple Inc. registered in the United States and other countries.