Panasonic AG-UX90 Review, Unboxing, User Manual
The Panasonic UX90 was released in 2016 and is the first model in the Panasonic UX series 4k camcorders. You must have heard about the AG-UX180 Panasonic camcorder. This is the little brother of it.
Some of the features like 1"MOS sensor, optically stabilized lens, 4K video resolution, 8.29MP image resolution, XLR audio inputs all this is common in both the AG-UX90 and AG-UX180 models.
However, the difference lies here: The AG-UX 90 doesn't have SDI outputs, timecode generation, dual -codec recording facility, and doesn't allow switching from 50Hz -60Hz video modes. But the AG-UX180 has all these.
Overall, if you're a photojournalist or a documentary filmmaker, this camcorder is best for you. But for sports and fast action videography, this AG-UX90 isn't recommended.
NOTE: In this Panasonic AG-UX90 camera package/bundle, you will get a carrying case, a Deluxe cleaning kit, battery pack, and a power adapter.
PANASONIC AG-UX90 4K/HD CAMCORDER REVIEW
Design & Features
The feel and look of this Panasonic AG-UX90 4k/HD professional camcorder are similar to that of a DVX-200 model. The camcorder is handy; all the manual controls, pushbuttons, and control rings are rightly laced on the camera body.
Like most camcorders, this video camera also has in-built ND filters. There are 3-control rings for controlling the zoom, focus, and iris of the lens. One interesting feature I noticed about the camcorder design here is it allows you to adjust the speed of the "Focus ring" rotation. You can either set it a low value for slow rotation or set it to "High" to take snappier shots.
While some users don't appreciate this "SPEED ADJUSTMENT," I only find it useful because the Panasonic UX90's in-built lens isn't parfocal. So, in that case, if you can adjust the focus ring with the "Rotating speed limits," it's indeed a plus for me.
The inclusion of the three-step variable gain switch in the camcorder design is very much appreciable. This will allow you to adjust the lens's shutter and brightness settings.
You can preview the shots using the 3.5-type HD display or the 0.24" OLED viewfinder. The tiltable viewfinder of the camcorder makes it suitable for vlogging.
The Leica- Dicomar branded 24mm lens (35mm equivalent:25.4 to 367.5mm) is found in-built with this camcorder. Because the size of the sensor is small, and the minimum focal length isn't <5mm, you cannot take as wide-angle shots like that of a Canon GH5 or a Panasonic DVX-200 video camera. However, the lens's focal view is appreciable for this price.
As opposed to UX180, which has an optical zoom of 20x, this camcorder can optically zoom in only up to 15x. The maximum digital zoom is up to 10x.
Lastly, the Dicomar lens is image stabilized to give you only smoother footage at all times.
Like its elder brother, the Panasonic AG-UX180, this also has the same 1" MOS sensor.
Image and video quality
For a price under 1500$, it delivers an appreciable image and video quality. With this AG-UX90, you can record up to UHD 3840×2160 video and 8-mode gamma.
NOTE: Panasonic AG-UX180 supports UHD recording at 60p, whereas the AG-UX90 models support UHD recording at up to 30p and HD of up to 120p
When using the AG ROP app from smartphone to this video cam, you can also get a thumbnail and preview of the recording clips. You also get access to using the i-zoom (Intelligent zoom) and other focus features because of this.
This is one of the main factors that make the suitable camcorder for shooting church events and other function shoots where remote control operation is necessary.
AUDIO UNIT AND QUALITY
There is a built-in stereo microphone in this camcorder. If you wish to add external mics, you can do that as the video recorder supports microphone inputs. Apart from that, the audio unit supports 16-bit/48 kHz LPCM or Dolby stereo audio.
There are dual card slots on this camcorder that support "Relay" and " Simultaneous recording." You can record files either in SDHC/SDXC media format using the two card slots. Apart from that, camcorder also supports HDMI connection and UHS-1 format.
If you wish to get more improvised features, check the Panasonic AG-UX180 camcorder review !!
BEST FEATURES OF PANASONIC AG UX90 4K/HD PROFESSIONAL CAMCORDER
- Advanced auto focus technology
- Image stabilization
- Compatible with the AG ROP app on your smartphone
- 16-axis color correction
- one-touch AF
- 4k recording
- 8-bit 4:2:0 HDMI video output, composite
- Can also record footage on external media using the USB 3.0 output
SPECIFICATIONS OF PANASONIC AG-UX90
f=8.8 mm to 132 mm
Optical Zoom - 15x
Digital Zoom: 2x/5x/10x,
F2.8 to F4.5
Minimum Focus Distance
Auto-focus | Manual Focus
17.78 megapixel: FHD 59.94p/29.97p/23.98p
Optical 5-Axis Image stabilization (Dynamic IS, Standard IS and Powered IS modes)
Built-In ND Filter
4 Positions (OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
2000 to 15000K
1/60 to 1/8000 sec
MOV, MP4, AVCHD, 8-Mode Gamma
UHD 4K Resolution
MP4 4:2:0 8-Bit
AVCHD 4:2:0 8-Bit
LPCM (MOV/MP4), Dolby Digital (AVCHD)
Articulating LCD Touch Screen
EVF Display Type
Video Device Connectors
Audio Device Connectors
Other Input / Output
SDHC/SDXC Card Slots, UHS-I Support
PANASONIC AG-UX90 TEST FOOTAGE
panasonic ag ux90 UNBOXING
PANASONIC AG-UX90 USER MANUAL
You will be receiving a detailed user manual while purchasing a Panasonic AG UX90. But, you can also view the user manual from the Company's official website. The user manual will have a complete guide on the different camera settings, firmware, and safety precautions you will need to follow while using this camcorder.
If you wish to check the official user manual of this Panasonic AG UX90 4k HD professional camcorder, click here.
That's about my take on the Panasonic AG UX90 camcorder review. If you feel the above listed features are suitable for you; you can purchase the camcorder. Thank you for reading. Good day!