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posted by - Thursday, 26 August 2010

Panasonic has just announced the new lightweight HPX3100 P2 Camera, which features a 2/3″ CCD sensor at full 1920×1080 resolution. Panasonic has taken the lightweight design and slim form-factor of the HPX300/370 cameras and added the 2/3″ chips found in the HPX3000. The camera has two P2 card slots and can record in AVC-Intra (100 & 50), DVCPRO HD, and standard definition formats. A new version of AVC-Intra 100 is also included that supports 24-bit audio. Standard frame rates are supported including 1080 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, and 24p. However, like the HPX3000, 1280×720 resolution is not supported. With the new slim body design also comes lower power consumption, which is now only about 34 W. This is very low for a 2/3″ 1080P CCD, and can significantly improve battery life. Two brand new features of the HPX3100, are wireless meta-data input and a new high-quality proxy record option card. The wireless meta-data option will allow clips to be tagged with meta-data over a wifi connection, which makes it much easier to name clips on the fly. The new proxy card will produce better quality proxy clips which are compatible with Final Cut Pro. The price of this camera has not been announced yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information is released. Read the press release here or download the brochure here.

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