Panasonic AG-UX180 Professional Camcorder
The Panasonic AG-UX180 Professional Camcorder is one of two models that Panasonic introduced and which are part of the UX series. With this Panasonic introduces several sensational novelties. The new AG-UX180 4K Camcorder is equipped with a 15x optical zoom lens with a sensor from the type 1.0. In addition, the 24.5 mm wide-angle coverage is the widest in the industry.
The new UX series includes the standard model AG-UX180 and the premium model AG-UX90. The UX Series is the successor from Panasonic’s AVCCAM series of professional AVCHD camcorders. The UX Series is designed to facilitate the upward shift to 4K for professional image production.
The Panasonic AG-UX180 4K Camcorder features the ultimate Leica Dicomar lens. This lens is known for maximum minimizing ghost and flicker.
Also in the field of Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) and Intelligent AF function the AG-UX180 has a lot to offer on a high-quality level. Thus, it is hard to come to any other conclusion. With the AG-UX180 you have a camcorder that is highly suitable for professional camera work.
The AG-UX180 supports 4K 24p, UHD 60p / 50p, FHD 60p / 50p recording and HD multi-format super slow-motion. It features two SD memory card slots for alternate / simultaneous recording and back-up recording and greater reliability. In addition, the AG-UX180 also supports UHD / FHD dual codec recording for a more efficient work flow.
Panasonic has provided the AG-UX180 with intuitive controls. Examples include the three manual rings and user button but also the interfaces such as 3G-SDI / HDMI and XLR input. The UX series is designed to meet the needs of a professional video recording.
Features of the Panasonic AG-UX180 4K Camcorder
- Leica Dicomar-lens
- First 20x optical zoom lens in the world with a sensor type 1
- 24 mm wide-angle range which is the widest in the industry
- 4-Drive lens system
- Intelligent zoom (i Zoom)
- Digital zoom (2x, 5x of 10x)
- Advanced OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer)
- 4K 24P, UHD 60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p
- Individual color correction feature with 16 axes
- IR night vision
The first 20x optical zoom lens in the world in a camcorder with a sensor type 1.0. The 20x optical zoom lens covers the range of 24 mm on the wide angle side up to 480 mm on the telescopic side (equivalent to 35mm film in 4K 24p).
4-Drive Lens System
The 4-Drive lens system manages simultaneously and independently four lens groups (group 2, iris, group 3, group 4). In addition, the lens size and the drive range for each of the 4 groups can be efficiently suppressed. The result is an optimum image quality / zoom power and a compact design.
Intelligent zoom (i Zoom)
The 20x optical zoom is actually called sensational. When the zoom reaches the limit of 20x optical zoom, it seamlessly switches to i.Zoom. In the FHD-shooting modes, the i.Zoom function extends the zoom capability with up to approximately 30x, where high resolution is maintained.
Digital zoom (2x, 5x of 10x)
The AG-UX180 is equipped with 2x, 5x and 10x digital zoom. If you use the 20x optical zoom and i.Zoom together, you get a super magnification that is equivalent to 300x zoom. Here there is no reduction in light intensity.
Leica Dicomar lens
The UX Series uses the Leica Dicomar lens. This lens meets the stringent quality standards of Leica Camera AG. It uses a multi-coating process which minimizes shadows and flickering so you can benefit from exceptionally clear images.
Advanced OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer)
The OIS ensures in all unstable shooting situations an extremely powerful correction. The OIS ball system reduces the wear of the drive section. It also provides a significantly better correction during hand held use.
Hybrid Image Stabilizer with 5 axes (FHD)
If you use the hand shake correction in HD recording modes, the effects of optical and electronic image stabilization are combined. In this handshake is detected and corrected in different directions, including the direction of rotation.
> MOS sensor type 1.0 (actual size) for fast 4K 60p / 50p recordings
The high-quality 4K sensor type 1.0 ensures outstanding image quality and high sensitivity. The MOS sensor type 1.0 provides approximately 9.46 million pixels in 4K 24p and approximately 8.79 million pixels in UHD / FHD. It provides an appropriate depth of field and an excellent balance between sensitivity and image quality. Recording of images is possible with a resolution of 4K (4096 x 2160) with 24p, UHD (3840 x 2160) with 60p / 50p or FHD (1920 x 1080) with 60p / 50p.
VFR (2 fps up to 60 fps) / Super-Slow Motion (120 fps / 100 fps.
VFR recording can be set in 10 steps from 2 fps to 60 fps (60Hz) / 9 steps from 2 fps to 50 fps (50 Hz). The Super Slow Motion effect can be achieved with fast HD recording at 120 fps (59.94 Hz) or 100 fps (50 Hz).
IR recordings (infrared) in dark locations
The infrared blocking filter can be switched on and off (via the User button). If the filter is disabled, it is possible to use optional IR lamps for filming in a dark locations,
Multi-format recording in 4K / UHD / FHD / SD
The versatile and easy to use file formats MOV (QuickTime), MP4 and AVCHD are supported. The variety of shooting modes with selectable settings for image quality, frame rate and bit rate are appropriate for many applications, from the production of cinema movies up to online distribution.
Fast, precise and intelligent AF
The camera features an Intelligent AF at high speed, excellent tracking and stability. The evaluation algorithm for the focus status ensures a precise and rapid transition to search. The accurate and speedy Micro Drive Focus unit tracks the subject exactly even when there are rapid changes in the focusing distance. The AF system precisely assesses the changes in the subject by active use of minute movements in the 4K high resolution image. The renewed AF function is ideal for adjusting the AF speed, tracking sensitivity and field settings.
UHD / FHD dual codec recording
Images are recorded simultaneously in two different formats, Main and Sub. (8 Mbps) Sub-files can be sent via mobile networks. This makes that assembly work can be done before delivering the main files, thus making the work flow more efficient. With the dual SD memory card slots can be automatically recorded continuously for alternate slot 1 and slot 2. If you always use another SD card continuous recording for hours is possible.
Image Adjustment Functions including Details and Gamma modes
For an independent effect for each of the 16 phases of the video images the camera is provided with independent color correction function with 16 axes. This makes color matching possible of multiple cameras under the same lighting conditions, but also creative display.
In particular, in the case of very close filming of persons is the skin detail function very effectively in order to accomplish smooth, beautiful skin colors.
The AG-UX180 is equipped with eight selectable gamma modes, including two Cine-Like-gamma, based on technology developed for the VariCam. There are six preset files with image quality settings that are included as scene files (i.e.; standard, shooting under fluorescent lights, spark, still like, cine-like contrast and cine-like dynamic range). You can change all the settings as desired. You can also save one setting when as an edited file in the AG-UX180 and up to eight settings on an SD memory card.