Panasonic HC-1000

Shoot high-resolution video with Panasonic’s new camcorder.

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If you’re the type of person who likes to produce crisp video with a minimum of fuss, the HC-X1000 fits the bill. It has a fixed lens, with focus, aperture and zoom rings, ND filter and three focus assist functions.

What sets it apart from the camcorder pack is its ability to shoot 4K at up to 50p—meaning smoother, crisper video than the standard 25p frame rate, and the ability to extract sharp 8MP still images from 4K footage and print them up to A3 size. Like the GH4, the X1000 can film in PAL, NTSC or 24p Cinema mode.

Two-channel XLR audio input terminals mean you can attach a radio mic for broadcast-quality sound recording while filming interviews. Check the quality of footage with assist functions including a level gauge, zebra-pattern display, histogram and colour bar monitor.

The dual SD card slot and simultaneous recording capability means that one card can record continuously, while a second captures key scenes. The system can also automatically switch recording from one card to another when the first is full.

Overall, the X1000 is a lightweight videography tool, creating good-looking footage while giving you the freedom to be highly mobile.