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posted by - Wednesday, 16 June 2010

When the opportunity arose to travel to the South Pacific and document the Amelia Earhart Expedition’s archeological research, picking which camera to bring was an easy choice for award-winning DP Mark Smith. “The ability of the HPX370 to shoot full raster HD and record in AVC-Intra…coupled with the flexibility of the camcorder for either handheld or tripod-style shooting, made my choice of a main camera easy,” explained Smith, an Abel client.

He continued, “The HPX370 also affords very low power consumption, which translates into a two-pound battery powering most of a day’s shooting…The camcorder, with lens and battery, is sized and weighted ideally for this onerous assignment.” Additionally, Smith took the HPX170 along as a “B” camera. Rounding out his workflow were the HPG20 P2 portable recorder, HPG10 P2 Gear viewer/recorder, and the PCD2 single-slot memory card drive. He shot AVC-Intra at 1080/30pN on the HPX370 and DVCPRO HD 1080/30p on the HPX170.

As part of a 16-member team, Smith journeyed to Nikumaroro, a remote island in the Pacific formerly known as Gardner Island, in order to detail the Expedition’s findings. The expedition, which is lead by The Institute for Aviation History (TIGHAR), seeks to prove that Earhart landed, and eventually died, on the the island. Proving this theory would solve the decades-long mystery surrounding her disappearance. For more information on the Amelia Earhart Expedition, visit Smith’s website or The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery’s website. Check out the full Panasonic press release here.

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