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We feel for documentary filming we need excellent support for audio, zoom-lenses and auto-focus all in a compact form factor. Often we dont have the time to change lenses while shooting so a good zoom is essential. Recording audio in-camera reduces crew size, keeps costs affordable and editing faster with no time lost for syncing.

 

The Panasonic 4K Professional Camcorder HC-X1E is thus an excellent choice.

LEICA DICOMAR 4K Lens
    24mm Wide-Angle / 20x optical zoom

1.0-type (inch) 4K Sensor
    4K24p, UHD 60p/50p, FHD 60p/50p recording

Professional Functions
    Triple manual rings / XLR audio input

 

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The JVC LS300 is another fantastic camera. Listed here.

 

Compact, convenient, and ultra high definition! The GY-LS300 is equipped with a 4K Super 35 CMOS sensor and accommodates a wide range of cinema and photographic lenses and adapters for dazzling cinematic effects. Create hours of pristine recordings on SDHC/SDXC media in a variety of image formats including 4K Ultra HD, Full HD with 4:2:2 sampling, SD and web friendly proxy formats. Conventional DSLR cameras simply can't match the high reliability, long recording time and ergonomics provided by JVC's GY-LS300. Its dual codec design allows you to make 2 copies of your program simultaneously. You can even stream live HD over the internet to content delivery networks such as USTREAM while recording full HD. No other removable lens video camera offers this much flexibility in such a compact, easy-to-handle form factor.

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Sony PXW Z150 Ready for any shooting scenario, Sony’s PXW-Z150 handy professional camcorder delivers stunning 4K image quality, 120fps HFR Full-HD slow-motion and built-in advanced networking for live streaming and wireless workflow.

 

The Z150 is the world’s first professional camcorder to feature a 1.0 type stacked CMOS image sensor. This breakthrough in sensor integration delivers a 2x increase in read-out speed compared to a conventional 1.0 sensor for stunning 120fps slow motion in Full HD and spectacular 4K recording. Full pixel read-out helps realise the full potential of the big 1.0 type sensor - there’s no need for pixel binning or line skipping which can result in moiré effects.

The large 1.0 type sensor is also brighter, has higher resolution and offers more bokeh with a shallow depth of field, allowing you to create beautiful, cinematic images that will inspire you and delight your clients.

The Z150 transforms expectations of what’s possible with a handy camcorder so you can be confident using it for almost any application. This includes up to 120 frames per second (fps) High Frame Rate continuous recording in Full HD quality, delivering beautiful 5x slow motion. Stunning 4K picture performance is supported with 4K XAVC Long GOP at 100Mbps, while integration with established broadcast workflows is simplified with Full HD recording in XAVC Long GOP(4:2:2/10bit 50Mbps) and MPEG-2 HD (50Mbps/35Mbps). You can even use AVCHD to further expand workflow flexibility. However you want to shoot, the Z150 delivers. The lens is a 12X Optical Servo Zoom.

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Panasonic GH-UX180

4K 60p/50p*1 Camcorder featuring the Industry's Widest Angle 24mm*2, 20x Optical Zoom and 1.0-type*3 MOS Sensor

 

    
AG-UX180
4K Professional UX series
AG-UX180

* The microphone shown in the photo is an optional accessory.
    

    
4K 60p/50p*1 Camcorder featuring the Industry's Widest Angle 24mm*2, 20x Optical Zoom and 1.0-type*3 MOS Sensor

Memory Card Camera Recorder

AG-UX180

Shift Your Video Production to Professional 4K Images. The 4K Premium Camcorder with Wide-Angle 24mm*2 and 20x Optical Zoom.

Panasonic introduces the 4K camcorder UX series to meet professional 4K video production needs. The AG-UX180 is the premium model with professional functions and specifications for high-end users.
This model is equipped with a newly designed compact lens featuring a wide 24mm angle and 20x optical zoom as well as a 1.0-type (effective size) high-sensitivity MOS sensor. Its evolved Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) and intelligent AF function suitable for professional camera work.
The AG-UX180 supports 4K 24p, UHD 60p/50p, FHD 60p/50p multi-format recording and HD super slow-motion. Two SD memory card slots*4 are provided to enable relay/simultaneous/ backup recording for enhanced reliability, and also support UHD/FHD*5 dual codec recording for a more efficient workflow. The controls of the AG-UX180, such as the manual three rings and user button, as well as interfaces, such as 3G-SDI/HDMI and XLR input, are engineered to meet the needs of professional video recording. Offering the same level of agility and mobility as the conventional HD handheld camcorder, the AG-UX180 provides powerful support for high-image-quality 4K video production.
Newly Developed, Industry's Widest Angle24mm*2 and 20x Optical Zoom Lens

    The 4-Drive Lens System achieved a up to wide 24mm angle and 20x optical zoom in the handheld camcorder with 1.0-type (effective size) sensor.
    The Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) with a correction range expansion of approximately 900%*6 enables stable handheld shooting.
    The Micro Drive Focus Unit offers a high-speed auto focus function with excellent tracking performance and improved stability in 4K recording.

1.0-Type (Effective Size) MOS Sensor for High-
Precision, High-Speed 4K 60p/50p*7 Recording

    The 1.0-type (effective size) MOS (approx. 9,460,000 pixels in 4K 24p*8, and approx. 8,790,000 pixels in UHD/FHD) offers an outstanding depth of field and excellent balance between image quality and sensitivity.
    4K 24p, UHD 60p/50p, FHD 60p/50p multi-format and HD 120 fps (59.94 Hz) /100 fps (50 Hz) super slow-motion recording are available.

Professional Functions and Design, Including 3G-SDI and XLR Audio Input

    The manual three rings, user button and other controls are specially designed to satisfy professional users.
    Equipped with professional interfaces such as 3G-SDI output, XLR input, TC synchro input/output and wired remote control.

 

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Sony's latest announcement is the PXW Z90.

excellent low light sensor, fast auto focus, instant HDR, High FPS (120, 240, 480, 960 at specific resolutions), broadcast quality 4k, WiFi Networked, 12X Optical Zoom, LED Display, Dual XLR Inputs, Remote Operation, Dual Media Slots,

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Canon announces four professional camcorders including cutting edge 4K 50P models
London, UK, 12 September, 2017 – Canon Europe today announces the expansion of its professional camcorder range with the launch of four new camcorders – the 4K 50P capable XF405 and XF400 and the Full HD XA15 and XA11. Delivering first class optics, powerful sensors and a range of versatile features, these compact and lightweight camcorders are perfect for a broad range of professional video productions.

XF405/0 key features:
4K UHD/50P recording on SD cards with high frame rates
High-quality 4K lens with 15x zoom
Dual Pixel CMOS AF for high-speed, precise autofocus
Network capability with FTP transfer and remote control
Compact and lightweight body, professional operability

XA15/11 key features:
High optical performance
Stunning Full HD image quality
Professional recording options
Professional interfaces
Easy operability and compact design

 

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