Panasonic HC X2000 Review, Unboxing, User Manual

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 8.29 MP 1/2.5-inch Type MOS Sensor and Venus Engine.
  • Ball O.I.S + 5-Axis Hybrid Image stabilization system.
  • 24X Optical and 48X Digital Zoom.
  • Up to 4K Ultra HD 60FPS Video Capturing Ability.
  • FHD Slow motion at 120 FPS and Live RTP Streaming.
  • MP4, MOV, AVCHD Recording Formats.
  • Dual XLR Audio Input + HDMI, and 3G-SDI Output.

PANASONIC HC-X2000 - OVERVIEW

The Panasonic HC-X2000, released in 2020, is one of the market's smallest and finest camcorder models. The Company has packed some of the most demanding features in this professional video cam to shine in functionality and portability.

The 4K 10-bit 60p video recording or full HD live video streaming functions are perfect for on-set BTS(Behind-the-scenes) shooting. This is one of the features that make Youtubers a fan of this camcorder.

So, all my fellow newbies in vlogging, get yourself this video cam for taking pro-Youtube content.

The built-in LED lights and 24-bit linear PCM microphone make it perfect for on-the-go shooting, while their detachable nature allows you to reduce its weight. The other stunning features of this 4K professional camcorder include a powerful wide-angle zoom lens, highly efficient stabilization system, large MOS sensor, and incredible picture quality, even in difficult situations.

And guess what, you can conveniently use it for your long continuous shooting hours without fearing the camcorder getting heated up because it incorporates an ultra-thin fan to dissipate heat.

Product review

DESIGN AND FEATURES

  • Handling and controls

Panasonic HC X2000 comes with a sturdy and compact body with a user-friendly design. The palm-sized body weighs only 900 grams that can be turned at 1.5 kg with included handle unit, lens hood, battery and eyecup.

It incorporates an LED light, REC button, zoom lever, XLR ports, and holder for microphones in the handle unit. Similarly, the model integrates two individual rings in front and rear positions to provide manual control over zoom and focus.

  • Lens and Image Sensor

The Panasonic Leica Dicomar 24X optical Lens allows users to capture cine-like videos with more color information even from a large distance that too with a wide field-of-view. Basically, the in-built lens acts like a 25mm wide-angle lens in real-time.

The 1/2.5 inch 8.29 MP MOS Sensor is large enough to capture a decent amount of light and provides stunning picture quality. It enables users to shoot in low-light situations, making it a good camcorder for wedding videography. Yes, be it a ballroom wedding or a church wedding where there is no sufficient light, use this camcorder and watch it's performance. You'll be stunned! 

  • Built-in LED Light

The built-in LED light is a blessing while shooting in dimly lit environments. The light coming from the built-in flashgun is strong enough to illuminate a standard-sized room and surrounding dark place with sufficient light. You can adjust the lighting properties from 30% to 100% respectively using a dimming dial.

  • Multi-format recording

The camcorder supports 4K recording in HEVC 4:2:2 10-bit 200 Mbps codec, MOV 4:2:0 10 bit codec, MP4 format, and newly demanded AVCHD format at 720P resolution and 8mbps bit rate.

  • Slow-mo and Live streaming

The camcorder is capable of recording full HD super slow-motion video at 120/100 FPS. Moreover, it allows users to broadcast full HD live streaming video on FaceBook or YouTube using a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection.

People who love live streaming their hunting videos will find this a useful feature. My article on top hunting camcorders will give you more information on this topic. So, do checkout.

  • Display Screen and Viewfinder

Panasonic HC X2000 offers a 1", 555K-dot up/down tilting viewfinder and a 2,760K-dot 3.5 inches LCD monitor. The larger field of view of the EVF and touch-friendly control setting buttons of the display screen help to capture the perfect frame with impressive composition. You will get 12 buttons on the touch panel that provides easy control over 38 functionalities.

  • Image Stabilizer

The hybrid 5-axis optical image stabilization system reduces friction and camera shakes blurring from 5 different angles.

On the other hand, the processing power of the Venus Engine suppresses noise level and ensures sharp image quality.

  • Remote control Operation

This Wi-Fi enabled camcorder lets you control lens and camera settings from your tab or smartphone. To do so, you need to install the HC ROP application from the play store.

IMAGE AND VIDEO QUALITY

  • Zooming capacity

The 24X extendable optical zoom lens can be extended up to 48X optical magnification range and maintain the same clarity at the highest zooming point.

NOTE: This ability to zoom up to 48x and attain entire focus on the subject makes it a great 4K camcorder for sports videography.

  • Image and video resolution

The Panasonic X2000 records 4:2:2 10-bit colored Ultra HD video at up to 29.97p/25p, full HD video at 59.94p/50p and 10-bit FHD slow-mo video at 120fps. The optical image stabilization system, autofocus mode, and face detection functionality provide stunning precision.

The face detection mode with color recognition features perfectly captures subjects, even moving subjects without involving out-of-focus or exposure problems. On the other hand, the hybrid O.I.S helps users capture stable video from low to high, every angle. 

Storage

  • Dual media slots

The dual memory card slots enhance storage capacity and enable users to record continuously for a longer time. It is compatible with class 10 rated SDXC memory cards while recording in MOV or MP4 formats. Class 4 rated SD cards work better in AVCHD format recording.

  • Battery life

It also boasts the rechargeable battery of the Panasonic AG-VBR Series that provides more than 4 hours of run time.

Connectivity and Compatibility

  • Wired or wireless

The HC X2000 provides multiple wired and wireless connectivity options. The USB, HDMI, 3G-SDI BNC, and wireless Wi-Fi connections are stable enough and support most cables and connectors. It also features XLR terminals for taking 2-channel audio input from external microphones.

Also read my articles on Panasonic HC X1500 and Panasonic HC X1000 camcorders !!

BEST FEATURES OF THE PANASONIC HC X2000

The superior low light performance, hybrid image stabilization system, easy-to-handle detachable handle units, tack-sharp autofocus, face detection technology and selectable ND filter make the camcorder high demanding between professional videographers, video bloggers, and BTS shooters.

Specifications

LENS SPECIFICATION

Focal Length

4.1 to 98.9mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 25 to 600mm

Optical Zoom

24X.

Digital Zoom

48X

Maximum Aperture

f/1.8

Minimum Aperture

f/4

Optical Lens Design

14 Elements in 11 Groups

Minimum Focus Distance

Wide-Angle : 3.9" / 10.0 cm

Telephoto-Zoom : 47.2" / 1.2 m

Filter Size

62 mm

Control Rings

Focus

Zoom

Iris

Focus Control

Autofocus

Manual Focus

IMAGE SENSOR

Sensor Size

1/2.5"

Sensor Type

MOS Sensor

Resolution

8.29 Megapixel

CAMERA SPECIFICATION

Image Stabilization

Ball O.I.S., 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. (UHD/FHD)

Built-In ND Filter

2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) and clear ND Filter

Shutter Speed

1/1 to 1/30 sec

Gain

0 to 30 dB

Minimum Illumination

1.5 Lux at 1/30 Shutter Speed + F1.8, Super Gain

White Balance

2000 to 15,000K

VIDEO RECORDING

Recording Formats

AVCHD/MOV/MP4

Recording Resolution

10-Bit 4:2:0

3840 x 2160p at 50/60 fps

1920 x 1080p at 50/60/120 fps

10-Bit 4:2:2

3840 x 2160p up to 25/30 fps

1920 x 1080p FullHD up to 25/30/50/60 fps

AUDIO RECORDING

Audio Recording

2-Channel 16-Bit AAC Audio for MP4 Video

2-Channel 24-Bit LPCM Audio for MOV Video

2-Channel 16-Bit Dolby Audio for AVCHD Video

STILL IMAGE

Image Format

JPEG

Image Size

3840 x 2160 (16:9), 1920 x 1080 (16:9), 1280 x 720 (16:9)

LIVE STREAMING

Video Resolution

1920 x 1080 FHD, 1280 x 720 HD, 640 x 360, 320 x 180

Audio Format

2 channel, 48 kHz/16 bit, AAC-LC Audio

Network Protocol

RTSP/RTP/RTMP/RTMPS

DISPLAY SCREEN

Screen Size

3.5"

Resolution

2,760,000 Dot

Display Type

270-Degree Articulating, Touch Screen LCD

EVF

EVF Display Type

LCD

Screen Size

.24"

EVF Resolution

1,560,000 Dots

Connectivity

Wired Connection

XLR Inputs, USB, HDMI

Wireless Interfaces

2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)

Mounting Feature

Accessory Mount

1 Cold Shoe Mount

Tripod Mount

1/4"-20 Female Thread

Power

Compatible Battery Type

Panasonic AG-VBR Series, Lithium-ion

Battery Model

AG-VBR59

Battery Capacity

6000 mAh

PANASONIC HC X2000 TEST FOOTAGE

PANASONIC HC X2000 UNBOXING

PANASONIC X2000 USER MANUAL

You will be receiving a detailed user manual while purchasing a Panasonic X2000. 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 X2000 camcorder, click here.

Panasonic HC X2000 accessories

Battery Pack / Battery Charger

The X2000 model comes with a rechargeable 6000mAh battery pack that hardly lasts for a few hours during shooting. Being a professional, you can't afford to stop shooting due to a lack of battery power. So, keep some extra powerful batteries for arranging a hassle-free shooting.

The HC X2000 camcorder model supports most battery packs of the Panasonic AG-VBR Series. You can use the newly updated AG-VBR89 (8850mAh) that provides more than 8 hours of continuous operation time. This intelligent battery model is a convenient replacement for the integrated Panasonic VW-VBD58 or AG-VBR59 (6000mAh).

The intelligent integration of microchips lengthens battery life by preventing overcharging. The LCD indicates the remaining battery life, so you can accurately charge or discharge batteries on time.

You can recharge the camcorder using an original Panasonic charger (AG-B23 or AG-BRD50).

Microphone

You can turn this handy camcorder into a run-and-gun shoot camera by equipping a decent audio recorder system. The HC X2000 camcorder comes with XLR ports that support various microphone jacks and takes stable audio input.

The Panasonic AG-MC200G microphone that comes with the X2000 works well and has a unidirectional pickup system. However, you can add additional external mics using the headphone jack provided.

With that said, Rode and Sennheiser  are the two brands I will suggest, because their microphones are of best quality. So, if you wish to purchase any of them, check out the links below:

My first recommendation is the Rode VideoMic GO. It is a good-quality directional microphone that will help improve the sound quality of your HC-X2000. The Sennheiser Pro Audio MKH416-P48U3 also is a good choice; however, it is very expensive.

Memory cards

The camcorder supports the SD Card of the SDUD Series, better use a SanDisk SD which comes within the 32 GB to 128 GB memory storage range. The UHS speed class 3 rated RP-SDUD64GAK SD card is perfect for 4K video recording, which can read with up to 95 MB/Sec and write with up to 90 MB/sec speed without frame dropping.

So, easily you can manage enhanced memory storage for continuous recording by inserting two maximum capacity memory cards in the dual media slots. 

Conclusion

Just imagine how exciting it will be when you add the most stable and sharpest 4K UHD video clips to your behind the scene repertoire. It will be a great investment for you if you choose Panasonic HC X2000 for high-quality video shooting on the go.

Stefan
 

Hey, this is Stefan. I love filmmaking gadgets because I have been working as a cinematographer for more than ten years. So I have good experience working with almost all filmmaking gadgets. I can help people who are looking forward to buying these gadgets with my review articles. From my articles, you can find amazing products in the market.

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