SECAUCUS, N.J. –
Panasonic has slated six 1MOS FullHD 1080 digital camcorders for its 2012 lineup, highlighted by a model with 3D capture and 2D-to-3D up-conversion capability.
All six models offer compact body designs, 1MOS FullHD 1080 image sensors, ultra-telephoto zoom lenses and Panasonic’s optical image stabilization (OIS) system.
The new models include the HC-V700, HCV700M, HC-V500, HC-V500M, HC-V100 and HC-V100M. Pricing will be announced later.
All six models incorporate Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto (iA) mode with face recognition to automatically set the most suitable shooting mode, while finding up to six key faces to keep in optimal focus and exposure.
Each model has varying ultra telephoto zoom ranges. The HC-V700 and HC-V700M have 21x optical/46x digital zooms; the HC-V500 and HC-V500M have 38x optical/50x digital zooms; and the HC-V100 and HC-V100M have 34x optical/42x digital zooms.
All lenses start at a wide-angle field of view. The HC-V700 and HC-V700M start at a 28mm, the HC-V500 and HC-V500M start at 32.4mm and the HC-V100 and HC-V100M start at 32.5mm. All models also feature various forms of OIS to keep images as steady as possible at full zoom extension. The Hybrid OIS + system (available in the HC-V700, HC-V700M, HC-V500 and HC-V500M) suppresses blurring across the entire zoom range. The Power OIS with Active Mode system is used in HC-V100 and HC-V100M models providing high-quality optical hand-shake compensation.
All models include an SD card slot supporting the SD/ SDHC/SDXC memory card formats. Models HC-V700M, HC-V500M and HC-V100M also incorporate 16GB of internal memory.
Models HC-V700, HC-V700M, HC-V500 and HCV500M also include an Eco Mode that automatically turns off the power when the camcorder is not operated for five minutes, and 3-inch touchscreen LCD monitors with Touch Zoom and Touch Shutter control.
The top-of-the-line models HCV700 and HC-V700M have enhanced low-light shooting capability, suitable for a range of indoor and outdoor shooting conditions. A High Sensitivity Sensor improves image quality in low-light conditions.
Both models also shoot 3D images by mounting a conversion lens, such as the new VW-CLT2, to natively capture FullHD 3D images. A 3D conversation effect can also be applied to 2D recorded material.
Both models, along with the HC-V500 and HC-V500M, also feature an Advanced Highlight Playback function using an Intelligent Index System to view recordings as quickly as possible. Detected highlight scenes are automatically played back.