As expected, new some new cameras were just announced at NAB. Panasonic introduced a new UX series of professional 4K camcorders at NAB 2016. The new 4K camcorders are the UX Premium model AG-UX180, with a 1-inch MOS sensor, 20x optical zoom and UHD/60p recording capability; and the UX Standard model AG-UX90, featuring a 1-inch (effective size) MOS sensor, a fixed LEICA lens with 15x optical zoom and UHD/30p recording. These follow last year’s DVX-200 4K pro camcorder with a 4/3 large sensor announced at NAB 2015 and this year’s in February release of Varicam LT, the more compact, but still very capable “light version” of the Varicam 35.
Panasonic seems to be fully embracing 4K, to remain competitive with Sony, who has been putting out 1-inch prosumer and handheld camcorders very regularly. Canon still seems to be a little behind; it is probably high time they jumped into the game as well. Here’s some more info on the new UX180 and UX90:
Panasonic AG-UX180 and AG-UX90 Features
4K (4096 x 2160) in 24p
UHD (3840 x 2160) up to 60p (AG-UX180 only, UX90 limited to 30p in UHD)
Records onto SD Memory Cards
Dual Codec Recording (UHD and Full HD) – AG-UX180 only
IR recording in low light – AG-UX180 only
3G-SDI/HDMI 2.0 output
Variable Frame Rate recording functionality (2-60 fps) is planned in Full HD mode.
“With an increasing demand for 4K video content, Panasonic is introducing the UX series to make 4K acquisition even more accessible to video professionals,” said Steven Cooperman, Senior Product Manager, Panasonic System Communication Company of North America. “UX camcorders will provide high-mobility shooting and workflow equivalent to our existing professional integrated-lens handhelds.”
The suggested list price of the AG-UX180 is expected to be under $4,000, and the SLP of the AG-UX90 under $3,000. The cameras are to ship later in the year.
Source: 4K Shooters