Panasonic has released details on the pricing and availability for its two new UX cameras, the AG-UX180 and the AG-UX90. The 4K cameras include a new Leica Dicomar 4K 24mm lens, as well as the ability to shoot in MOV, MP4, and AVCHD formats.
The UX Premium AG-UX180 has a SRP of $3,795, while the standard edition AG-UX90 will sell for $2,295.
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
The Highly Professional AG-UX180: 20x Zoom, Super Slo-Mo, IR Shooting
Premium assets of the UX180 include a high-powered 20x optical zoom, 4K/24p, UHD/60p and FHD/60p multi-format recording, FHD super-slow motion 120fps recording, infrared shooting in darkness (0 lux) and 3G-SDI/HDMI output. The 20x optical zoom covers the range from 24 mm at the wide-angle end to 480 mm at the telescopic end (35mm film equivalent at 4K24p)–the lens can zoom from wide-angle to telescopic in approximately 2.0 seconds.
In HD shooting modes, an i.Zoom function increases the zooming capability to a maximum of approximately 30x, while maintaining high resolution. iZoom seamlessly switches on when the 20x optical zooming limit is reached. For worldwide use, the UX180 is 59.94Hz/50Hz switchable.
The UX180 supports dual codec recording (UHD2/FHD or FHD 100 Mbps+/FHD 8 Mbps); sub-recording files can be used for preview, off-line editing and online transmission. FHD (8 Mbps) sub files
can be transmitted via mobile networks so editing work can be performed before the delivery of the main recording files, facilitating workflow efficiency.
The camcorder’s 16-axis color correction provides an independent effect to each of 16 phases of video images, enabling color matching of multiple cameras under the same lighting conditions as well as creative image rendering. Additional image adjustment functions include detail, skin detail, chroma level, chroma phase, master pedestal, gamma and knee setting. The camcorder is equipped with eight selectable gamma modes, including two Cine-Like Gammas, drawing on technologies developed for the VariCam.
The high-resolution OLED EVF features a 1.77 million dot display. LCD/EVF displays include waveform and vectorscope, ZEBRA, Y level marker and level gauge. Beyond 3G-SDI/HDMI output, the UX180 offers a video/audio out for monitoring, two channel XLR audio, USB 3.0 Host/Device and TC Preset In/Out to sync multi-camera shooting.
The Highly Affordable AG-UX90: 15X Optical Zoom, UHD/30P Recording
The standard UX90 is a high cost/performance model with a 15x optical zoom, an industry-best 24.5mm wide angle lens (FHD), and UHD/30p and FHD 60p recording. In HD shooting modes, the i.Zoom function increases the zooming capability to a maximum of approximately 25x.
Professional interfaces include HDMI output, two-channel XLR audio, USB 3.0 Host/Device, and video/audio out for monitoring. The UX90 has a 0.24-type EVF.
“The UX series delivers exceptional 4K performance at compelling price points, with breakthrough features such as the 24mm angle lens for wide-angle shooting without requiring a wide conversion lens,” said Steven Cooperman, Senior Product Manager, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “The camcorders’ extensive focus assist features make 4K shooting easier than ever before.”
The AG-UX180 arrives in December, while the AG-UX90 is expected to arrive a month earlier in November.
When it comes to 4K cameras, the smaller and more versatile the better in this day and age. While there are a number of smaller (and cheaper) cameras on the market, few have the ability to do variable frame rates, AND record in multiple formats.
While the AG-UX180 will be the camera I would most want to add to my arsenal, the AG-UX90 might be the perfect midsize/prosumer camera for YouTubers looking to up their game in the image quality department.
If I can get my hands on one of these, I will certainly share the review right here.