Panasonic launches its new flagship digital camcorder, the HC-X900M equipped with 3MOS image sensor and Leica lens. As the successor to the HDC-HS900/TM900/SD900, the new model sports the next generation 3MOS System Pro to deliver enhanced performance in low-light shooting, thanks to a re-engineering of all the core imaging components: the lens, sensor and engine.
The X900M, Panasonic’s top-of-the-line camcorder, features Advanced 3MOS Sensor with Pixel Shift Technology (with a total of 9.15 Megapixel); a F1.5, 12x optical zoom and 29.8mm wide-angle LEICA DICOMAR lens with Nano Surface Coating Technology that dramatically reduces ghosting and flaring, and the new Crystal Engine Pro II high-speed processor to deliver superb image quality. According to Panasonic, the Pixel Shift Technology (shifting the green MOS sensor of the red, green and blue MOS sensors by half a pixel) help achieve more life-lie colors, detail and gradation, and as the technology runs at high speed and perb accuracy, the HC-X900M further reduces noise by 40% when compared to last year’s HDC-HS900/TM900.
The Panasonic HC-X900M supports Full HD 1080/60p video recording and 5.1-channel Dolby surround sound recording with. It also does Full HD 3D recording in AVCHD 3D format using the optional VW-CLT2 conversion 3D lens. Its Zoom Mic function helps reduce surrounding noise and the Wind Noise Canceller automatically detects and suppresses only the wind noise to ensure natural sounds with lifelike ambiance, thus recording human voices clearly even on a windy beach or elevated location. The camcorder includes HYBRID O.I.S.+ technology which uses five-axis correction to help thoroughly suppress blurring all the way from wide-angle shots to powerful zoom shots.
The X900M includes Panasonic’s iA functions, including Face Recognition, the new HYBRID O.I.S. +, AF/AE Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection and Intelligent Contrast Control. The camcorder also features Pre-Rec function, when turned on, allows the camcorder to continuously record three seconds of video to an internal buffer memory, thus helping to capture sudden shooting opportunities; and the Time Lapse Recording to capture shortened or condensed footage of events that actually take place over a much longer time period.
Panasonic’s new flagship camcorder comes with a 0.24-inch electronic viewfinder and a 3.5-inch 3D LCD display with Intuitive Touch Operation, and provides HDMI output. It comes with 32GB internal memory and supports SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Panasonic will also release in other countries the HC-X900 with no internal storage, and the HC-X800 without 3D display and 5.1 Dolby sound recording. The Panasonic HC-X900M is available for $1199.99, and the 3D lens VW-CLT2 costs $399.99.