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Panasonic New 4K Ultra HD Camcorders WX970M & VX870M

Panasonic New 4K Ultra HD Camcorders WX970M & VX870M

Mar 24, 2015 -

Panasonic is pleased to announce the release of new 4K Ultra High-Definition Camcorders and Full-HD Camcorders to expand its product lineup.

■ Expanded 4K Product Line

These new models are capable of 4K recording with 4 times the resolution of Full-HD. Combined with the superb quality of the Leica Dicomar Lens, a BSI Sensor with 8.29M effective pixels, and the Crystal Engine 4K, stunning 4K images can now be recorded at home. High-speed, high-precision AF technology supports comfortable auto focusing even when shooting in 4K. And a 4-Drive Lens System enables optical 20x zooming in 4K resolution from a compact body.

■ Twin Camera Evolution (HC-WX970)

The twin camera models feature a sub camera on the edge of their LCD monitor to enable shooting in two angles at the same time while providing panning and tilting operation. The image captured with the sub camera can be recorded in a picture-in-picture format onto any of the LCD corners. With the new addition of Narration mode, which emphasizes the camera user's voice, and a backup function that shoots a main angle without a sub window at the same time, further freedom is given to recording. In addition to the sub camera’s ±20° tilt function, the HC-WX970 Series features a 2x zoom.*

* Except 4K mode

■ Introducing the Wireless Twin Camera

The Wireless Twin Camera function lets you use a Wi-Fi connected smartphone as a sub camera so you can record from two angles at the same time. Even models that do not feature a sub camera can now be used for shooting at any angle you want.

■ The World’s First Camcorders with HDR Movie

These are the world’s first consumer camcorders equipped with the HDR (HighDynamicRange) Movie function. It uses the best parts of two images taken with different exposure times to create crisper, clearer videos by suppressing blown highlights and blocked shadows. For example, when taking backlit movies, this function captures images with excellent gradation and clear images.

Note: This function is not available with 4K mode.

■ Expanded Original Technologies

Panasonic’s original Level Shot function that automatically detects tilting and levels the image, and the 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S. +, have expanded all the way into the leader model, for widespread tilt and handshake correction capabilities.

In addition to offering more ways to enjoy twin camera recording, Panasonic's far-reaching efforts continue to pursue images with the highest possible quality. Panasonic is entering the exciting new field of 4K camcorders to expand the world of 4K recording from professional to home-use cameras.

WX970M

Twin Camera Fun and 4K Resolution — Multiply Your Shooting Enjoyment

1 4K Video Recording and 4K Photo Mode

With LEICA Dicomar lens and 4K high-precision AF technology

2 New Twin Camera and Wireless Twin Camera

Picture-in-picture twin camera recording

3 HDR (HighDynamicRange) Movie

Crisp, clear detail in both bright and dark areas

4 High Picture Quality

20x Optical Zoom / Level Shot Function / 5-Axis Hand-Shake Detection / 8M BSI Sensor

VX870M

Breathtaking 4K Quality for Those Special Memories

1 4K Video Recording and 4K Photo Mode

With LEICA Dicomar lens and 4K high-precision AF technology

2 HDR (HighDynamicRange) Movie

Crisp, clear detail in both bright and dark areas

3 Wireless Twin Camera

Add sub camera shots with a smartphone

4 High Picture Quality

20x Optical Zoom / Level Shot Function / 5-Axis Hand-Shake Detection / 8M BSI Sensor

Save Every Scene in Natural Beauty

1 Optical 20x Zoom and High Sensitivity

High 6.03-megapixel picture quality

2 HDR (HighDynamicRange) Movie

Crisp, clear detail in both bright and dark areas

3 Wireless Twin Camera

Add sub camera shots with a smartphone

4 Advanced Technologies

Level Shot Function / 5-Axis Hand-Shake Detection / 29.5mm Wide Angle

A Twin Camera and High-Powered Zooming for Lots of Fun

1 New Twin Camera and Wireless Twin Camera

Picture-in-picture twin camera recording

2 Intelligent 90x Zoom and 28mm Wide-Angle

Captures beautiful zoom shots and large groups

3 Level Shot Function

And 5-axis hand-shake detection

Powerful 90x Zooming and Stable Images

1 Intelligent 90x Zoom and 28mm Wide-Angle

Captures beautiful zoom shots and large groups

2 Level Shot Function

And 5-axis hand-shake detection

3 Wi-Fi Function with NFC

Featuring a baby monitor and USTREAM

Zoom with Power and Ease

1 Intelligent 77x Zoom

Take dynamic close-ups of distant subjects

2 Image Stabilizer

For clear images and less blurring

3 32.3mm Wide-angle Shooting

Ideal for group photos and landscapes

4K Video Recording for True-to-Life Images

The WX970 and VX870 Series record in 4K (3,840 x 2,160) format, giving them four times the resolution of Full-HD video. This suits a wide variety of shooting situations and provides images in extremely high detail. Even if footage filmed in 4K is exported to Full-HD, the video files will have better definition and crisper details than those filmed originally in Full-HD. These models feature 4K high-precision AF technology. An image sensor with 60-fps/50-fps readout and a Micro-Drive Focus Lens Unit enable superior focusing speed, stability and tracking performance. Complex 4K focusing is also automated for comfortable framing of stunning 4K shots. 4K Photo mode allows single frames to be extracted from 4K video and printed in sharp detail up to the size of A3.

High-Quality Core Technologies to Further Boost 4K Beauty

The high-performance Leica Dicomar lens has passed the stringent inspection standards of Leica Camera AG, allowing it to produce the distinctive nuances and subtle shading that Leica lenses are renowned for. Increasing the readout speed with the 1/2.3” BSI Sensor has made it possible to handle large-volume 4K data. And the Crystal Engine 4K, a high-speed LSI, processes this massive volume of data quickly and accurately. A new noise reduction system achieves clear images with minimal noise even in darkness. And the BSI Sensor and Crystal Engine 4K combine to suppress Rolling Shutter Distortion.

Twin Camera Function for Simultaneous Shooting from Two Angles

WX970M

The WX970 Series includes a pan/tilt and rotatable sub camera. Two cameras make it easy to take shots from two different angles simultaneously. For example, a shot can be taken of the family at the side and a selfie, or both a tele and wide-angle shot from the front. The display position of the sub camera image can be changed by touch operation while shooting. And the sub window size can be changed to three types, including a 1:1 type that is ideal for taking selfies. A host of color variations are also possible for the sub window frame by selecting from pink, green, orange, gray, flat shadow, and no frame. (There is no sub window frame when shooting in 4K.)

Wireless Twin Camerafor Picture-in-Picture Shooting with a Smartphone

Using your smartphone with Wi-Fi operation as a sub camera, you can shoot from two angles at the same time. Since you are shooting with different cameras, you can use one at a distance, or at any angle you choose. This gives you a wide variety of Picture in Picture images.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Moviefor Excellent Exposure

By combining two images taken with different exposure times, the HDR Movie function suppresses blown highlights and blocked shadows for crisper, clearer videos.

Level Shot Function and 5-Axis Hand-Shake Detection

to Correct Horizontal Tilt and Hand-Shake Blur

The Level Shot function automatically detects and corrects the tilting of captured images. The setting can be adjusted to one of three levels (OFF, Normal, Strong*) depending on the shooting conditions. The HYBRID O.I.S. + (Optical Image Stabilizer) uses five-axis correction to thoroughly suppress blurring all the way from wide-angle to powerful zoom shots. This makes it possible to capture crisp, clear images, without blurring, in almost every shooting situation.

* Except 4K mode

Wi-Fi Function with NFC

The camcorders include the Baby Monitor feature which enables you to check on a sleeping baby in another room with the camcorder connected to home network with a smartphone. You can call out to the baby using your smartphone, or have notification sent to your smartphone when your baby's crying voice or other sound is detected. You can also provide live streaming of video over the Internet using USTREAM.

Intelligent 90x Zoom/Optical 50x Zoom

When using Intelligent 90x Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high

zoom rates while preserving the image resolution. You get sharp images of highly detailed objects – without the blurry edges.

WX970M

VX870M

Wide-Angle

30.8mm*

30.8mm*

Intelligent Zoom

25x*

25x*

Optical Zoom

20x

20x

*4K

28mm Wide-Angle*

The 28mm wide-angle* fits more people and more of the background into the frame. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room. It fits your subjects in even when you shoot from up close, and makes it possible to pick up even small sounds with the mic.

* 35mm camera equivalent

Suggested retail price

WX970M: HK$8,990

WX970M K 800

Suggested retail price

VX870M: HK$7,690

VX870M K 800