The AG-HPX172 is an ultra-mobile P2 HD handheld camcorder featuring full, 4:2:2 independent frame production quality HD and solid-state recording.
Based on the AG-HVX202 series, the lighter HPX172 is fully solid state (no DV mechanism), and comes with a host of enhancements including a new 1/3" progressive 3-CCD imager system, wider Leica Dicomar 13X lens, an HD-SDI interface, metadata input and management, and a 5-year limited warranty (with registration)
Wide Choices in 1080i, 720p, 576 Recording
The HPX172 has two P2 card slots and records in multiple HD and SD formats – from 1080i, 1080p, 720p to 576i. Its newly enhanced 1/3" progressive 16:9 3-CCD imager delivers an excellent signal-to-noise ratio, lower noise/smear, and exceptional low-light performance. High-end features like Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) which allows for better control over highlights and shadows in run and gun situations. The digital signal processor with 14-bit A/D conversion and 19-bit processing assure high-quality recordings necessary for top-level production and broadcast. The HPX172 scans the initial image at a 1080/50p and all camera processing happens at his level. Because of this, images maintain the highest quality possible up to the final conversion for compression and recording.
Wider Angle 13X Leica Dicomar® Zoom Lens
Utilizing a powerful 13X Leica Dicomar zoom lens, the HPX172 offers a wide 28mm (35mm equivalent) viewing angle, covering most shooting situations without the need for a wide-angle conversion lens. It also features an Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) function that ensures stable images during hand-held shooting.
Variable Frame Rates for Fast- or Slow-Motion Effects
Like the HVX202A handheld, the HPX172 offers variable frame rate capability, providing professionals with the cinematic expression of higher-end cameras like the Panasonic VariCam® AJ-HDC27. Select from any of 20 steps, between 12 and 50, for undercranking/overcranking for fast or slow-motion effects.
Reliable Solid-State P2 Recording
The HPX172 is ideal for professionals looking to take full advantage of the reliability and flexibility of the fast, file-based P2 workflow. P2 HD products have no moving parts, unlike tape, hard disk drive, or disc-based systems. It provides instant random access to recorded HD or SD content; and operates reliably in harsh environments, with resistance to temperature extremes, shock and vibration.
Using 32GB P2 cards in the HPX172’s two card slots, you can record up to 128 minutes in full frame DVCPRO HD formats, 128 minutes in DVCPRO50, 256 minutes in DVCPRO or DV. Recording times double with the use of a 64GB P2 card.