Panasonic has chosen the CES show to announce four new camcorders with large sensors, improved stabilisation and a 24x optical zoom lens.


The new Panasonic HC-WXF1M camcorder, the highest-featured model in the new 2018 line-up. (Source: Panasonic.)

The new models include three with 4K recording capabilities and one Full HD model. The 4K models are the HC-WXF1M (RRP AU$1399), HC-VXF1 (RRP AU$1299) and HC-VX1 (RRP AU$999), while the  HC-V800 (RRP AU$799) supports Full HD resolution. All four camcorders feature larger, back-illuminated MOS sensors, which provide an improvement in low light performance of roughly 70% compared to the previous Panasonic 4K models. They also come with bright, Leica-branded f/1.8 lenses with a 24x optical zoom that ranges from the equivalent of 25mm wide angle to 600mm telephoto. A 4-Drive lens system drives the four lens groups independently to achieve high zoom in a compact body. A new 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. + stabilisation system combines the ‘Ball O.I.S. System’ and ‘Adaptive O.I.S’ to minimise blur caused by hand-shake, while the addition of  the Level Shot function automatically detects and corrects tilt.

The 4K models also include 4K Cropping and 4K Photo modes.  4K Cropping takes advantage allows the user to edit in-camera after shooting, select the best angles and achieve smooth panning and zooming, while still retaining Full HD resolution and crisp detail. When recording in 4K Photo mode, the camcorders can capture 8-megapixel still images of decisive moments, shot at 30 frames per second. The new camcorders also feature Wi-Fi and Wireless Multi Cam for linking them with up to three smart devices as well as Slow & Quick Video, Slow Zoom, Slow Motion Video and Dolly Zoom. The HC-WXF1M boasts a Twin Cam, a physical sub-camera on the LCD body that can record a second perspective.

The new Panasonic camcorders will be available in April from photo specialists and consumer electronics retailers. For further information visit or call 132 600.