Panasonic has released details of six new consumer-level camcorders; three with 4K recording capabilities and three Full HD models.


The flagship HC-VXF995M model features a tiltable viewfinder and lens hood. (Source: Panasonic.)
The three 4K-enabled models come with 20x optical zoom Leica Dicomar lenses, back-illuminated sensors and   lightweight, stable bodies, along with 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S+ stabilisation. They include Wi-Fi and Wireless Multi Cam, which can connect with up to three smart devices to record two additional perspectives simultaneously. A 4K Cropping feature allows users to edit 4K videos in-camera after they are recorded, using panning or zooming to crop the frame to produce professional-looking Full HD movies. Other features include Panasonic’s Crystal Engine 4K processor and 4K Photo suite. Cinema-like effects include slow & Quick Video recording, Slow Zoom, Slow Motion Video and Dolly Zoom. The HC-VXF995M includes built-in memory and Twin Cam, a physical sub-camera that can record a second perspective.

The entry-level HC-VXF985M 4K model is priced at AU$999 and will be available in March. The flagship HC-VXF995M has an RRP of AU$1399, while the VXF995 model is priced at AU$1299 (RRP). both are scheduled for release in April 2017.


The affordable HC-V385 Full HD camcorder. (Source: Panasonic.)

Selling for AU$449 (RRP), the entry-level HC-V385 Full HD camcorder features a 50x optical zoom lens with 90x ‘intelligent’ zoom capability, making it ideal for capturing family sporting activities and wildlife. Both it and the HC-W585M (RRP AU$599) come with Wireless Multi Cam. The HC-W585M also includes a built-in memory and physical Twin Cam. The top-of-the-range model, the HC-V785 (RRP AU$749) features a large, 1/2.3-inch type sensor and 20x optical zoom lens. It also comes with a programmable manual dial and creative smooth slow motion video mode.

All three models include 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S+ stabilisation and an Auto O.I.S. Lock, which engages when scenes require stronger shake compensation. All three models are due to go on sale in March 2017.

The six new camcorders will be available through photo specialists and consumer electronics retailers. For more information, visit or call 132 600.