Combining 4K video recording with in-camera 4K Cropping, 4K Photo Mode and Cinematic Effects, the Panasonic HC-VXF980 Ultra High Definition Camcorder produces professional quality results.
Ultra-Sharp 4K UHD Recording
Surpassing Full HD with four times more image resolution, the HC-VXF990 captures amazingly sharp video in 4K Ultra High Definition. The true-to-life accuracy of UHD resolution delivers staggering detail with incredible clarity. 4K Quad HD recording opens tremendous opportunities to manipulate footage and add creative effects, without the fear of losing quality. A single frame pulled-out from a 4K video has high enough resolution for printing, even after cropping. The 3840 x 2160 pixel footage can be projected and viewed on large TV screens without compromising clarity.
BSI MOS Sensor with Crystal Engine 4K
To capture 4K UHD footage, the camera is powered by a 1/2.3” BSI MOS Sensor and Panasonic’s state-of-the-art Crystal Engine 4K processor. BSI (Back Side Illuminated) sensor increases light sensitivity, thereby producing images with brighter and more realistic colours, even under poor light. The 18.91 megapixel sensor has a high readout recording speed to ensure minimum distortion of fast moving subjects, delivering perfectly rendered images. The high speed Crystal Engine processor makes the UHD 4K video possible at 25 fps.
Superior LEICA Optics with High Precision AF
To capture the finest details in Ultra High Resolution, the HC-VXF990 is equipped with an F/1.8 Leica Dicomar Lens. The lens produces the subtle nuances and shading that Leica lenses are known for. The lens ensures bright images and a 20x optical zoom with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 30.8mm to 752mm. An extremely fast and responsive, high-precision AF system that locks on to the subject instantly has been integrated into the lens system to facilitate maximum sharpness and clarity across a wide range of shooting scenarios.
Intelligent Zoom with Image Stabilisation and Level Shot Function
A powerful 25x Intelligent zoom is perfectly integrated with a 5-Axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilisation system to produce blur free footage by minimising camera vibration. You can confidently use the full range of the zoom producing smooth shots while walking, at the wide-angle range or capturing extreme close-ups of near or far objects. Additionally, the Level Shot Function built into the image stabilizer can be used to automatically correct camera tile to ensure perfectly levelled and horizontally aligned photos and video.
Create Cinema-Like effects to add a professional touch to your 4K video. Without complex external post-production software, the HC-VXF990 enables you to create cinematic effects with the touch screen. Ignite your creative vision and simulate shooting techniques seen in movies using the following effects.
- Slow & Quick Video: Combine and alternate between slow and quick motion to create a unique visual effect.
- Slow Zoom: Otherwise difficult to achieve with a conventional zoom, using the Slow Zoom feature, zooming can easily be controlled to achieve a gradual zoom effect.
- Dolly Zoom: Create dramatic effects by zooming only the background while maintaining the size of the main subject.
- Slow Motion Video: Create a dramatic slow motion video of everyday life activities.
In-Camera 4K Video Cropping
Taking advantage of 4K technology, the HC-VXF990 allows you to edit 4K footage directly on the camera screen. The user-friendly tools not only ensure instant editing of video clips, but also eliminate the need for complex external editing software. Simply shoot your 4K resolution footage, select the editing tool, and the camcorder generates an impressive footage at 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution. The following editing effects can be achieved with your VXF990 4K footage.
- Smooth Zooming: Zoom-in and crop an off-centre subject from the recorded video.
- Exact Panning: Smooth panning scene by just selecting the start and end points from the video.
- Easy Tracking: Select a moving subject in your video and the editing software retains the subject within the cropped area. Record your daughter performing a ballet. With the Easy Tracking feature, the camera will edit the recorded clipping so as to keep main subject within the frame.
- Tracking Stabilizer: Get stable footage in the cropped region by eliminating camera shake. This remarkable feature can be used to convert shaky footage shot with high zoom to smooth, stable video results.
4K Photo Mode
An improved alternative to the burst shooting mode found in digital still cameras, the innovative 4K Photo Mode in this camera allows you to shoot 4K video, and later extract and save 8.3 megapixel still images in JPEG format. This 4K photo extraction feature is of immense use in a variety of scenarios, open to your imagination. Capturing the right moment in a large group photograph or a fast moving action scene is a child’s play with this technique. Just shoot a short video and later choose the right frame when nobody in a group has their eyes closed. The high quality stills with 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution are large enough for further editing or high quality printing.
High Dynamic Range Shooting Mode
The HDR Mode handles adverse shooting situations with great finesse using a multiple exposure technique. Under harsh lighting or when the subject is back-lit, two sets of images with different exposures are combined to create a single optimally exposed video with well-balanced natural colours. A dedicated HDR button lets you quickly activate the mode.
With in-built Wi-Fi, the camera can be configured to connect to a wireless network and communicate with smartphones or other compatible devices. Using the Panasonic Image App, a comprehensive set of Wi-Fi associated functions are available.
- Photo Sharing: Photos and videos on the camera can be wirelessly transferred onto a smartphone or tablet which can then be uploaded onto your favourite social media sites.
- Remote Camera Operation: The Panasonic Image App lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a live-view remote control and operate the camcorder from a distance. Shoot discreetly from unique angles and vantage points through the smart phone.
- Picture-in-Picture with Wireless Multi Camera: Get unique footage by recording up to two additional views through Wi-Fi connected smartphones. Scenes from the smartphone appear as small picture-in-picture sub-windows on the LCD screen simultaneously, along with the camcorder footage. Shooting from multiple angles and viewpoints allow you to showcase a lot more creativity and fun in your videos.
- Live Video Streaming: The Wi-Fi connected camera can simultaneously record and broadcast video live via USTREAM over the internet.*
- Baby Monitor: The camera can be set up through the home network* to stream video to your smartphone. Using this innovative feature, you can monitor your baby at home from anywhere, be it another room or from your office. Configured to detect a sound or a movement, the camera can send an alert notification. You can also use this unique feature to monitor pets and even for home surveillance from anywhere in the world.
Tilt-able Electronic View Finder
Adding another feather in its cap, the HC-VXF990 incorporates a 1555k dot 0.24” Electronic View Finder (EVF) for convenient viewing and shooting even on a bright sunny day. The slide and tilt mechanism increases flexibility to shoot at various angles and positions. The detachable soft eye cup can be adjusted to provide comfort to either eye.
Large 3” 460k-dot touch screen enables you to easily access and navigate through most menu options and features. The articulated design facilitates shooting from all angles and adjustment for glare reduction.
5.1 Channel Microphone
Complementing the Ultra HD recording is an in-built 5.1 Channel Surround Stereo microphone to capture true life-like sounds from all directions even while zooming. Capture the immersive sound of a forest for an ultimate home theatre experience.
Compact and Lightweight
Despite being packed with professional features, the Panasonic VXF990 is impressively light, compact and easy to handle. With everything needed for picture perfect recording, it is an ideal choice to satisfy the diverse needs of families, amateurs and budding film and documentary makers