Panasonic AG-HPX171

3.350,00 fara TVA

The AG-HPX171 is the lightest member of the P2 Series of camcorders that have revolutionized news gathering and video production. Thanks to an exclusive, P2 card recording design, the AG-HPX171 weighs in at only 1.9 kilograms, assuring exceptional mobility.
The AG-HPX171 has a camera section that features a 28mm wide-angle zoom lens – widest in the class — plus a 1/3-inch 16:9 progressive CCD that provides low-noise, low-smear performance. These high-end features combine with use of the DVCPRO HD codec, with its proven track record in broadcasting, to provide exceptional HD recording quality.
The AG-HPX171 offers a host of advanced features. Two P2 card slots allow hot swapping for extended recording. Pre-rec and loop-rec functions help ensure that you never miss an important shooting opportunity. There is also 20-step variable frame rate selection, HD-SDI output for uncompressed streaming output, and a waveform monitor/vector scope for outdoor recording convenience. With its superb recording quality, impressive feature set and exceptional mobility, the AG-HPX171 is an agile, powerful solution to today’s broadcasting and image production needs.

Product Description

The Panasonic AG-HPX171 is the lightest member of the P2 Series of camcorders that have revolutionized news gathering and video production. Thanks to an exclusive, P2 card recording design, the AG-HPX171 weighs in at only 1.9 kilograms, assuring exceptional mobility.
The AG-HPX171 has a camera section that features a 28mm wide-angle zoom lens – widest in the class — plus a 1/3-inch 16:9 progressive CCD that provides low-noise, low-smear performance. These high-end features combine with use of the DVCPRO HD codec, with its proven track record in broadcasting, to provide exceptional HD recording quality.
The AG-HPX171 offers a host of advanced features. Two P2 card slots allow hot swapping for extended recording. Pre-rec and loop-rec functions help ensure that you never miss an important shooting opportunity. There is also 20-step variable frame rate selection, HD-SDI output for uncompressed streaming output, and a waveform monitor/vector scope for outdoor recording convenience. With its superb recording quality, impressive feature set and exceptional mobility, the AG-HPX171 is an agile, powerful solution to today’s broadcasting and image production needs.

Compact, Lightweight and Perfectly Balanced
At 1.9 kilograms, the super-compact AG-HPX171 is the lightest member of the P2 family. It combines small size and light weight with an ideal balance – the center of gravity is in the hand grip – to bring exceptional comfort and maneuverability to handheld recording. The zoom lens further enhances shooting ease and convenience, letting the AG-HPX171 handle a wide range of applications without requiring a conversion lens.

• 28mm wide-angle zoom lens – widest in the class*
• Progressive CCD with low noise and low smear
• 20-step variable frame rate selection
• Comes equipped for HD-SDI output
• Waveform Monitoring, vector scope and histogram display
*HD camcorders with integrated lens and 1/3-inch CCD, as of September 2009 (according to a Panasonic survey)

Wide, High-Quality Images with High Sensitivity from Advanced Optical System and High-Performance DSP

28mm Wide-Angle, 13x Zoom Leica Dicomar® HD Lens

The wide-angle zoom lens that gained high popularity in the HVX200 Series has been reduced in size, lightened, and further widened in this 13x zoom lens. The lens structure combines 13 lens elements in 10 groups, with 3 aspherical lenses. The diameter of the front lens element has been reduced from 67 to 53.2 mm, while still achieving a 28mm wide angle (35mm equivalent), the widest of the class.*
The new lens covers most shooting situations without requiring a wide-angle conversion lens. Its minimum object distance (MOD) of about 0.6 meter at the telephoto setting helps to maximize the handheld camcorder’s inherent mobility.
The same cam-driven zoom ring that was so popular in previous models ensures accurate zooming. The Leica Dicomar lens incorporates Leica optical technology and know-how throughout. A multi-coating process minimizes flare and ghosting. This results in sharp, crisp, beautifully rendered images with delicate nuances and exceptional shading.
*HD camcorders with integrated lens and 1/3-inch CCD, as of September 2009 (according to a Panasonic survey)

Image of an angle of view equivalent to 31.4 mm Image of an angle of view equivalent to 28 mm

Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)
Panasonic’s advanced OIS dramatically reduces the blurring caused by hand-held camera work. Optical processing with an automatic correction function helps assure consistently clear, sharp images.

Progressive CCD Raises Sensitivity and Lowers Noise and Smear
The 1/3-inch 16:9 progressive CCD on the AG-HPX171 further raises image quality. It combines a significantly improved S/N ratio and better low-light performance than previous models. Backed by a high-performance digital signal processor, the CCD brings higher quality to HD images to meet the demands of broadcasters and high-end video producers.

High-Resolution Native Progressive 1080/50p* Scan
Progressive to interlace conversion, cross conversion and down conversion all start with the 1080/50p* scan. That initial 1080p native progressive scan offers the highest level of vertical resolution possible at this level of camera. Keep in mind that the camera does not record this signal but uses it as a basis for all captures. The result is an HD or SD recording with a level of image quality that cannot be matched by electronically processed scans.
*When in 50Hz mode.

DSP with 14 Bit A/D Conversion and 19 Bit Processing
The digital signal processor developed for the AG-HPX171’s video signals uses 14 bit A/D conversion and 19 bit inner processing to attain unprecedented accuracy. The DSP performs a variety of adjustments, including seven types of gamma settings, for each of the R, G and B channels. It also converts the signals to HD or SD format. With a performance equivalent to the processors used in many higher-end HD cameras, this DSP delivers beautiful images in all video formats.

Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)
In scenes with mixed contrast, such as when panning from indoors to outdoors, the DRS function automatically suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights. A gamma curve and knee slope is estimated to match the contrast of each pixel, and applied in real time. When dark, bright, and intermediate shades are all contained in the same scene, this produces excellent gradation for each shade and minimizes blocked shadows and blown highlights. The images that result are enhanced by a visually wide dynamic range.

7-Mode Gamma for Richer Gradation
Drawing on technologies developed for the VariCam, Panasonic has equipped the AG-HPX171 with advanced gamma functions that address seven different shooting scenarios and enhance your creative abilities. This includes the Cine-Like Gamma, which produces the characteristic warm tone of film recordings.

HD NORM Mode CINE-LIKE D Mode

AG-HPX171 Gamma Modes

Advanced Image Adjustments Built-In
• Matrix setting including a Cine-Like mode
• Adjustable H detail level, V detail level, detail coring and skin detail
• Adjustable chroma level, chroma phase, color temp and master pedestal
• Knee point settings: Auto, Low, Mid and High
• Scene Files and User files can be saved to an SD Memory Card and shared with other cameras.

Advanced P2HD Boosts Reliability and Gets Your Finger to the Record Button Faster

Production Quality DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO, and Multi-Codec Recording
The AG-HPX171 records HD video with outstanding image and audio quality onto a P2 card with the DVCPRO HD codec. This codec, thanks to a low compression ratio at a video bit rate of approximately 100 Mbps (1080i, 720p) and the easy-to-edit intraframe compression system, is suitable for recording fast-moving subjects with no motion artifacts other than motion blur. The 4:2:2 sampling rate minimizes jaggies at chroma edges. Sound quality is excellent too, thanks to uncompressed 16 bit, 4-channel digital audio recording capability. The AG-HPX171 can record in 1080i, 1080p or 720p HD, and it’s compatible with the SD (480i or 576i) format. The multi-codec system allows you to record in DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO or DV.

Large-Capacity P2 Cards – Compact, Speedy and Reliable
The P2 card offers a large capacity of up to 64GB*1 in a small and light weight package. Its rugged design withstands even harsh professional use. It is highly resistant to temperature fluctuations, dust, impact and vibrations, and is free of the problems that are common in tapes, such as condensation, head clogging and dropouts. The P2 card promises solid reliability and excellent mobility under the often difficult conditions of field recording. Because data is automatically recorded in blank card spaces, there is no need for cueing and the risk of accidentally overwriting valuable data is eliminated. The newly released, low-cost E series*2 (AJ-P2E016XG/ AJ-P2E032XG/AJ-P2E064XG) provides a new level of lower cost recording capability for those customers budgetary concerns.
*1: Total card capacity includes space for data management, such as system data; therefore, actual usable area is less than the capacity indicated on the card.
*2: When using the P2 card E Series, software updates are necessary for certain P2 devices. For details, visit „Support Desk„.

Immediate Startup and Better Data Protection
When you press the Record button in standby mode, the AG-HPX171 instantly finds a blank area on the P2 card and begins recording. It can begin recording immediately even when you’re using it to preview video. In normal use, there is no chance of accidentally overwriting a recording. Recordings will not be erased unless you intentionally delete a file or initialize the card.

Clip Thumbnail and Metadata Functions
The P2 cam records each recording as a clip (file) and automatically attaches a thumbnail image and file information to it. To preview a clip on the LCD monitor or to check clip data, simply choose the clip you want from the list of thumbnails. It also supports metadata input using a new software keyboard.

Hot-Swap Recording and Other Versatile Functions
•Hot-swap recording: Thanks to the two card slots, you can hot-swap P2 cards for continuous non-stop recording. With multiple cards you can record for hours without interruption.
•Pre-rec: While in standby mode, you can continuously store, and subsequently record, up to 3 seconds in HD (7 seconds in SD). This will help to get your shot every time.
•Last clip delete: Only the most recently recorded clip is deleted with this one-touch function, adding practical convenience to everyday operation. It can be assigned as a User button function if desired.
•Rec check: You can check the end of the most recently recorded clip with one-touch ease.

Shot Marker and Text Memo
A shot mark, which allows convenient OK and NG marking, can be added to each clip during or after recording. When a P2 card with marked clips is inserted in a PC,* it’s possible to have only the marked clips displayed. The AG-HPX171 also has a text memo function. When recording or previewing a clip, press the Text Memo button at any of up to 100 locations and a blank text memo label is registered.
*This function requires P2 viewer or P2CMS software for Windows PC or Mac computers, which P2 users can download for free. Visit “P2 Support and Download.”

Versatile Recording Modes Handle Various Situations
•Loop recording: Using two P2 cards and setting the AG-HPX171 for consecutive overwriting, you can repeatedly re-record during a particular recurring time slot, always maintaining a recording of the most recent period. Unlike video tape, P2 cards need no rewinding. They minimize wasted time and allow seamless, continuous recording. This makes them especially useful for unattended monitoring.
•One-shot rec: Convenient for producing animation, this mode records for a set time (from 1 frame to 1 second) each time you press the Start button.
•Interval rec: Recording one frame at a time at set intervals (from 2 frames to 10 min.), this mode is useful for monitoring and special ultra-undercranking effects.
•Time stamp: The date and time can be stamped onto recorded images. Commonly used for evidential images.
4-Channel Uncompressed PCM Audio
You can record 4 channels of uncompressed, high-quality, 16 bit digital audio. In addition to the built-in stereo microphone, the AG-HPX171 is equipped with two XLR audio input terminals with 48-V phantom power for professional use. Both input 1 and input 2 can be switched between line and mic levels. A switch lets you select built-in mic, input 1, or input 2 for the audio input of both channel-1 and channel-2. Large dials make it easy to manually adjust the levels.

SMPTE Time-Code Generator/Reader
The built-in SMPTE time-code generator/reader lets you select the Drop Frame/Non-Drop Frame and Free Run/Rec Run modes, preset and regenerate, User bits are also provided.

VariCam Style Expression with Expanded, 20-Step Variable Frame Rate Selection

20 Step Variable Frame Rate
Panasonic’s VariCam – named for its ground-breaking variable frame rate capability – is widely used in the production of movies, TV programs and commercials. The first application of the variable frame rate function to a handheld camera came with the AG-HVX200 Series, and proved extremely popular. It has now been further expanded to 20 step selection* in the AG-HPX171.
In 720p mode*, the AG-HPX171 allows the undercranking and overcranking that are used with film cameras to create fast-motion and slow-motion effects.
*In 1080 and 480 mode on 59.94Hz system mode, the frame rate can be set only to 24p or 30p. In 1080 and 576 mode on 50Hz system mode, the frame rate can be set only to 25p.•Normal cinematic shooting (at 24 fps or 30 fps) refers to the same rate as used in film cameras. The AG-HPX171 can record in 1080/24p (over 60i) or 480/24p (over 60i) mode, as well as 720/24p mode. 25 fps or 30 fps is the standard frame rates used in the production of TV commercials, music clips and video software. The AG-HPX171 can also record in 1080/25p (over 50i), 1080/30p (over 60i), 576/25p (over 50i) or 480/30p (over 60i) mode, as well as 720/25p and 720/30p mode.

•Higher-speed shooting (at over 25 fps*) produces slow-motion effects.
This is especially effective for high-action scenes like car chases or crashes, or to create a dramatic impact in a scene.
*When the standard speed is 24 fps in 59.94Hz mode. For a standard speed of 25 fps in 50Hz mode, anything over 26 fps will be overcranked.

•Lower-speed shooting (at under 22 fps*) lets you attain a fast-motion effect. This technique can be combined with a warp-speed effect to give special emphasis to flowing water, fast-moving clouds, etc.
*When the standard speed is 24 fps in 59.94Hz mode. For a standard speed of 25 fps in 50Hz mode, anything under 24 fps will be undercranked.

720p Native Mode
In Native mode, the AG-HPX171 records images at the frame rate set in the camera. For example in 24pN mode, it only records 24 frames instead of the normal 60 frames*. Using the AG-HPX171 to play back the recording at the normal rate, you can preview the speed effect right on the spot, without using a frame rate converter. Native mode also extends the recording time of a P2 card.
*In 25pN mode in 50Hz system mode, AG-HPX171 records only 25 frames instead of the normal 50 frames.

720p over 50p/60p Mode
This is a VariCam-compatible mode for recording 50p/60p-converted video. For example, in 24p over 60p mode, it records 60 frames by applying a 2:3 pulldown. The recording time is the same as in 1080i or 720p mode, but the unit can output a DVCPRO HD stream from the IEEE 1394 connector as it records. This lets you produce a backup copy using a connected external DVCPRO HD recorder or P2 recorder such as P2 mobile, P2 portable or P2 gear.

1080/480 24p Advance Mode
The 1080 and 480 progressive recording systems convert recordings to 60i in 24p, 30p, or 24pA (Advance) mode. The 24p Advance mode uses 2:3:3:2 pulldown, which allows for an easy extraction to a 24p timeline and no quality loss in the process with NLEs that are compatible.*
This lets you maintain superior image quality throughout the production process.
*For information on compatible nonlinear editing systems, visit „P2 compatibility table
*24p = 23.98p, 30p = 29.97p, 60p = 59.94p and 60i = 59.94i

16:9/4:3 Aspect Ratio Conversion
The 16:9/4:3 Conversion mode can be used with SD-recorded images or SD output down-converted from HD playback. You can select from three modes: side crop, letterbox, and squeeze.

Side crop Letter box Squeeze

Slow, Synchro and High-Speed Shutter
Used with the variable frame rate function, this allows you to create a blurring effect or crystal-clear stop motion sports action. The AG-HPX171 also features a synchro scan function that’s suitable for capturing screen shots from a computer monitor.

Excellent Operation, Versatile Assist Functions, and System Functions for Broadcasting Work

Superb Mobility for Low-Angle Shots and Interviews
• The 1.9 kilograms weight (lowest in the class) and comfortable weight balance provide highly stable handheld shooting, while the magnesium alloy diecast chassis boosts ruggedness and durability.
• The upper part of the handle grip contains both the Rec Start/Stop button and a lens zoom speed control (three speed). This design assures easy shooting even at low angles.
• The new LCD monitor mirror mode is convenient when shooting interviews.
13x Cam-Driven Optical Zoom and 10x Digital Zoom
The cam-driven (mechanical) manual zoom ring provides the same fast, precise zooming and feeling as cameras with interchangeable lenses. The servo-driven zoom also allows slow zooming. The AG-HPX171 is equipped with a digital zoom* that instantly magnifies the image by any of three fixed values – 2x, 5x or 10x. Use it together with the 13x optical zoom lens, and you get super-telephoto magnification equivalent to a 130x zoom, without the drop in light intensity that happens when using a lens extender.
* The image quality decreases as the digital zoom magnification increases.

Standard 13x optical zoom 13x optical zoom x
10x digital zoom (130x)

Manual Focus and Aperture Control
The manual focus ring, which gives you a level of operating ease that approaches an interchangeable lens, can be used to control the aperture too, by switching the Ring (Focus/Iris) selector. You can also add backlight correction or spotlight correction to the auto aperture function.

Focus assist ON (BOTH Mode)

Focus Assist and Other Functions
A focus assist function with HD compatibility has also been added to the AG-HPX171. This is in addition to a center zoom function that enlarges the center of the frame, and a histogram display. You can select from three display modes: center zoom, histogram, or combined center zoom and histogram. A focus bar display further helps to speed up focusing by indicating the level of focus by the length of the bar. An Electric View Finder (EVF) DTL (detail) button has also been added that lets you emphasize the outline of the image in either the EVF or the LCD monitor for easier viewing.Simplified Waveform and Vectorscope Display
The AG-HPX171 has waveform and vectorscope display functions as well. A single touch of the Waveform Monitoring (WFM) key displays the waveform and vectors of the captured video signal on the LCD monitor.

Waveform Monitoring (WFM) VECTOR (Vector scope)

Gain Selector and ND Filter
The gain selector has three positions: L is fixed at 0 dB; and M and H can be set to 0, +3, +6, +9, or +12 dB. +18dB can also be accessed as a User button function. Three ND filters (1/4 ND, 1/16 ND, 1/64 ND) are built-in.

Three User Buttons
The AG-HPX171 allows 16 functions (listed below) to be assigned to the User buttons. The three buttons are arranged in a group for easy use. Assigned functions can be accessed at the touch of a button.

1080/480 24p Advance Mode
The 1080 and 480 progressive recording systems convert recordings to 60i in 24p, 30p, or 24pA (Advance) mode. The 24p Advance mode uses 2:3:3:2 pulldown, which allows for an easy extraction to a 24p timeline and no quality loss in the process with NLEs that are compatible.*
This lets you maintain superior image quality throughout the production process.
*For information on compatible nonlinear editing systems, visit „P2 compatibility table
*24p = 23.98p, 30p = 29.97p, 60p = 59.94p and 60i = 59.94i

16:9/4:3 Aspect Ratio Conversion
The 16:9/4:3 Conversion mode can be used with SD-recorded images or SD output down-converted from HD playback. You can select from three modes: side crop, letterbox, and squeeze.

Side crop Letter box Squeeze

Slow, Synchro and High-Speed Shutter
Used with the variable frame rate function, this allows you to create a blurring effect or crystal-clear stop motion sports action. The AG-HPX171 also features a synchro scan function that’s suitable for capturing screen shots from a computer monitor.

Excellent Operation, Versatile Assist Functions, and System Functions for Broadcasting Work

Superb Mobility for Low-Angle Shots and Interviews
• The 1.9 kilograms weight (lowest in the class) and comfortable weight balance provide highly stable handheld shooting, while the magnesium alloy diecast chassis boosts ruggedness and durability.
• The upper part of the handle grip contains both the Rec Start/Stop button and a lens zoom speed control (three speed). This design assures easy shooting even at low angles.
• The new LCD monitor mirror mode is convenient when shooting interviews.
13x Cam-Driven Optical Zoom and 10x Digital Zoom
The cam-driven (mechanical) manual zoom ring provides the same fast, precise zooming and feeling as cameras with interchangeable lenses. The servo-driven zoom also allows slow zooming. The AG-HPX171 is equipped with a digital zoom* that instantly magnifies the image by any of three fixed values – 2x, 5x or 10x. Use it together with the 13x optical zoom lens, and you get super-telephoto magnification equivalent to a 130x zoom, without the drop in light intensity that happens when using a lens extender.
* The image quality decreases as the digital zoom magnification increases.

Standard 13x optical zoom 13x optical zoom x
10x digital zoom (130x)

Manual Focus and Aperture Control
The manual focus ring, which gives you a level of operating ease that approaches an interchangeable lens, can be used to control the aperture too, by switching the Ring (Focus/Iris) selector. You can also add backlight correction or spotlight correction to the auto aperture function.

Focus assist ON (BOTH Mode)

Focus Assist and Other Functions
A focus assist function with HD compatibility has also been added to the AG-HPX171. This is in addition to a center zoom function that enlarges the center of the frame, and a histogram display. You can select from three display modes: center zoom, histogram, or combined center zoom and histogram. A focus bar display further helps to speed up focusing by indicating the level of focus by the length of the bar. An Electric View Finder (EVF) DTL (detail) button has also been added that lets you emphasize the outline of the image in either the EVF or the LCD monitor for easier viewing.Simplified Waveform and Vectorscope Display
The AG-HPX171 has waveform and vectorscope display functions as well. A single touch of the Waveform Monitoring (WFM) key displays the waveform and vectors of the captured video signal on the LCD monitor.

Waveform Monitoring (WFM) VECTOR (Vector scope)

Gain Selector and ND Filter
The gain selector has three positions: L is fixed at 0 dB; and M and H can be set to 0, +3, +6, +9, or +12 dB. +18dB can also be accessed as a User button function. Three ND filters (1/4 ND, 1/16 ND, 1/64 ND) are built-in.

Three User Buttons
The AG-HPX171 allows 16 functions (listed below) to be assigned to the User buttons. The three buttons are arranged in a group for easy use. Assigned functions can be accessed at the touch of a button.