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Panasonic HC-X20 Camcorder

Panasonic HC-X20 Camcorder

Product Code: P636632L

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The Panasonic HC-X20 Camcorder captures stabilised 4K60p (HEVC) with new Face detection AF/AE and includes a built in 24.5-490mm zoom lens (35mm equivalent) for solo filmmakers and broadcast professionals.

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  • Pro 4K camcorder featuring a built-in ultra wide to super telephoto 20x zoom lens with combined electronic and OIS
  • Features a 1.0-type MOS Sensor with 15-megapixel effective resolution to capture up to 4K60p (HEVC) video
  • Numerous features for solo filmmakers including built-in WiFi, two XLR inputs, USB-C 3.1 and Triple manual rings
  • Capture professional 24bit PCM audio, use convenient built-in ND filters and enjoy extended battery life
  • New Face detection AF/AE and 4K high-precision AF capture and track subjects across the frame
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Panasonic HC-X20 Camcorder Summary

Designed for solo filmmakers and broadcast professionals, the Panasonic HC-X20 Camcorder captures stabilised 4K60p (HEVC) video with numerous features and upgrades. A built-in high-quality Panasonic lens provides a 35mm equivalent 20x optical zoom from ultra wide 24.5mm through to 490mm super telephoto range.

A variety of recording formats can be selected for different situations including 4K60p 4.2.0-10bit and 4K30p 4.2.2-10bit as well as 120 Super Slow 2-60 fps VFR. Panasonic added Face detection AF/AE, which acquires and tracks subjects using 4K high-precision AF. Professional audio I can be recorded in 24bit PCM audio using two XLR inputs, and built-in ND filters provide convenient adjustments in different ambient environments. The Panasonic HC-X20 Camcorder also offers exceptional battery performance, with up to 8h 50min. recording from an optional AG-VBR118G (8850mAh) battery.

Key Features

  • 1.0-type MOS sensor with 15-megapixel effective resolution
  • Built-in wide angle Panasonic lens with 20x optical zoom (24.5-490mm full-frame equivalent)
  • New Face detection AF/AE and 4K high-precision AF
  • Stabilisation from 5-Axis hybrid OIS
  • Capture 4K60p (HEVC) with 4K60p 4.2.0-10bit, 4K30p 4.2.2-10bit and 120 Slow 2-60 fps VFR
  • Extensive connectivity through USB-C 3.1, built-in WiFi and a new Mic Holder
  • Pro 24bit PCM audio with 2x XLR IN
  • Built-in 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 ND filter
  • Live-streaming in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC FHD

Panasonic HC-X20 UHD 4K Professional Camcorder in More Detail

Integrated 20x optical zoom lens

This HC-X20 and the simultaneously released Panasonic HC-X2 Camcorder, feature an integrated wide angle 24.5mm lens with 20x optical zoom, which provides an equivalent 24.5-490mm range. You can zoom to a maximum of approx. 32x FHD (24x UHD), while maintaining high-definition image quality.

5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.

Electronic Image Stabilisation operates iIn addition to Optical Image Stabilisation in both UHD/FHD modes, detecting and correcting handshake in 5-axis, including rotational blurring. This provides powerful correction in a variety of unstable shooting conditions including when capturing low-angle and high-angle shots. Drive wear is reduced through the use of a Ball O.I.S. System which is designed to reduce the effects of minor movements.

Choose from:

  • NORMAL (standard)
  • STABLE (effective for fixed-frame shooting)
  • PAN/TILT (effective in panning and tilting)

High-Speed, high-precision 4K AF technology

Panasonic AF performance is accurate and quick even in various 4K recording situations with great tracking performance and stability. Face detection AF quickly captures subjects even when they first enter the frame and subjects stay in focus even when obstacles pass across.

High-quality and versatile recording formats

The HC-X20 Camcorder offers numerous recording modes and formats including 422 LongGOP, 4:2:2 10Bit 30p and 4:2:0 10Bit 60p.

Super slow-motion recording VFR (2-60fps)

Record from 2 to 60 fps with 10-step VFR (Variable Frame Rate) to create slow-motion effects and quick motion effects. HD mode delivers a super-slow motion effect with a maximum 120 fps (59.94 Hz) or 100 fps (50 Hz). It supports high-quality 10-bit recording in FHD mode using the full sensor area, even at high frame rates.

ND filter and triple manual rings

The Panasonic HC-X20 Camcorder features triple manual rings on the lens barrel for Zoom, Focus and Iris control. These manual functions ensure professional operation with fast and intuitive camera work.

You can also set focus ring operation and movement with Linear and Non Linear adjustment, and rotation angle when Linear is set.

Convenient built-in 1/4, 1/16, 1/64, or clear ND filters allow you to adjust according to shooting conditions.

Two SD memory card slots

With two SD memory card slots unlimited relay recording is achieved by changing SD cards, and provides various recording systems for high reliability. Images can be recorded simultaneously in 4K/UHD + FHD (50 M) or FHD (100 M or higher) + FHD (8 M) for an efficient workflow. Data can be recorded continuously by automatically switching from Slot 1 to Slot 2. Options include:

  • Unlimited Relay Recording
  • Simultaneous Recording
  • Background Recording

Shoot in darkness using IR (Infrared)

Capture night scapes, animals and events in darkness using a built-in IR Cut Filter, which can be turned ON/OFF. Panasonic recommends 850-nm wavelength light.

Supports professional workflows

A number of features are included to support uninterrupted shooting such as a cable clamp on the hand belt, which prevents cable catching. Camera settings can be saved onto SD card to restore settings and multi-cam set-ups. An included new mic holder supports one-touch opening and closing while a fast zoom lever on the grip changes speed according to your input.

48kHz/24-bit high resolution PCM audio

2 x XLR Audio Inputs offer switchable 48-V phantom power supply/MIC/LINE with high resolution sound from 24-bit linear PCM recording in MOV mode. There are also two volume controls catering for each channel, an OSD level meter and headphone jack.

Longer battery life

Enjoy longer recording times up to approximately 8h 50min minutes from a single camcorder battery and compatibility with:

  1. AG-VBR118G (8850mAh)

  2. AG-VBR89G (8850mAh)

  3. AG-VBR59 (5900mAh)

Pro video assist functions

Panasonic has included a number of assist functions which can be displayed on a sub screen of the LCD. These include Waveform Monitor (WFM), Vector Scope and Zebra Patterns. High precision Flash Band Correction, Luminance adjustment and level horizon gauge.

Versatile Network Functionality

Live Streaming

  • Connect directly to Facebook or YouTube Live with support for RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol)
  • Supports streaming distribution of RTMP-compatible content, such as live video distribution services
  • Recording onto SD cards in the camera is also possible while streaming with modes below FHD
  • Perfect for shooting sports events, concerts or ENG

Learn more about the Panasonic HC-X2 Vs HC-X20 in our camcorder comparison here.

What’s in the box

  • Panasonic HC-X20 UHD 4K Professional Camcorder
  • AC Adaptor
  • AC Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (5,900mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • Microphone Holder
  • Microphone Holder Screws
  • Input Terminal Cap
  • Eye Cup
  • Lens Hood

Panasonic HC-X20 Camcorder Specifications

SENSOR SECTION  
Image Sensor 1.0-type MOS Sensor (For Europe) - 1.0-inch MOS Sensor (For North America / Asia)
Effective Pixels 15.03 megapixels
Latitude 13 stops (V-log)
LENS SECTION  
F Value F2.8 ― 4.5
Optical Zoom 20x
Focal Length 8.8 ― 176 mm
35 mm Film Camera Equivalent 24.5 ― 490 mm
Filter Diameter 67 mm
Lens Brand Panasonic Lens
CAMERA SECTION  
Minimum Illumination 0.6 lx (F2.8, Super Gain +, when shutter speed is 1/30 sec.)
Focus Auto / Manual
Zoom  
i.Zoom OFF 20x
i.Zoom ON Max. 32x (UHD 24x)
Digital Zoom 2x / 5x / 10x
ND Filter 1/4, 1/16, 1/64, OFF
IR Filter Incorporates the ON/OFF control function
White Balance Auto / ATW LOCK / 3200K / 5600K / VAR (2000K—15000K) / Ach Fixed / Bch Fixed
Recording Media SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, UHS-I compatible
Recording Format MOV, MP4, AVCHD
System Frequency 59.94Hz / 50.00Hz
LIVE STREAMING  
Video Compression Format H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile, High Profile
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 (FHD), 1280 x 720 (HD), 640 x 360, 320 x 180
Streaming Method Unicast, Multicast
Frame Rate System frequency = 59.94 Hz: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps - System frequency = 50.00 Hz: 50 fps, 25 fps
Bit Rate 24 Mbps, 20 Mbps, 16 Mbps, 14 Mbps, 8 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 4 Mbps, 3 Mbps, 2 Mbps, 1.5 Mbps, 1 Mbps, 0.7 Mbps, 0.5 Mbps
Audio Compression Format AAC-LC, 48 kHz/16 bit, 2ch
Network Protocol RTSP/RTP/RTMP/RTMPS
STILL IMAGE SECTION  
Recording Format JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2)
Recording Image Size* Video Playback Mode: 3840 x 2160 (16:9), 1920 x 1080 (16:9), 1280 x 720 (16:9)
Power Supply 7.28V (Battery) / 12V (AC Adaptor)
Power Consumption 18.5W (LCD Monitor)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 171 x 195 x 343 mm (6.74 x 7.68 x 13.51 inch)
LCD Monitor 8.88 cm (3.5-inch) Wide LCD monitor (About 2,760,000 dots) (For Europe) - .5-inch Wide LCD monitor (About 2,760,000 dots) (For North America / Asia)
Viewfinder 1.0 cm (0.39-inch) Wide OLED EVF (About 1,770,000 dots) (For Europe) - 0.39-inch Wide OLED EVF (About 1,770,000 dots) (For North America / Asia)
Manual Ring Focus / Zoom / Iris
Accessory Shoe Yes

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Our Verdict

The Panasonic HC-X20 Camcorder captures high-quality 4K60p video and Full HD VFR, while also delivering advanced features to support pro handheld video and audio capture for broadcast. It includes an ultra wide to super telephoto equivalent 24.5mm – 490mm optical zoom lens, complete with 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S. for powerful correction in a variety of situations.

4K AF is fast and accurate, harnessing technology developed for cinema and mirrorless cameras with Face detection AF/AE, which tracks subjects when entering the frame and after objects pass in front of them. Numerous recording formats can be used for various situations, including 4K60p 4.2.0-10bit and 4K30p 4.2.2-10bit and you can record with 120 Super Slow 2-60 fps variable frame rate.

Several features add to the usability of the camera in the field or studio, such as versatile Streaming Protocols, XLR input, wired remote, triple manual ring and more. It combines the ability to handhold in virtual darkness, with new AF technology, optical stabilisation and captures high-quality 4K recording. These features ensure the HC-X20 Camcorder makes an excellent choice for solo filmmakers and broadcast professionals who don’t need the extended dynamic range and SDI output which the X2 offers.

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Condition guide

Our used products are subject to wear and tear in comparison to brand new products. This also applies to accessories that are supplied with the camera including batteries which may have a lower optimum performance level/life expectancy.

  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging and accessories. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order. Lenses are optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements and optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – The LCD screen may have small signs of wear that does not affect its display
    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen may have scratches or wear that is starting to affect the display.
    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen is heavily worn either by de-lamination or has scratches to it. Rubber grips are starting to come away from the body.
    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

*All of our used items are listed with the accesories that are included. If they are not listed then they will not be supplied at eh epoint of purchase.

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Peace of mind with our 6 month warranty

This product has been thoroughly tested by our team of photographers and we are happy to give a 6 month warranty as a result. The number of tests depends on the individual product but we are confident in this product having tested all the major functions. Anything that isn’t as you would expect, we then make a note of and show this in the condition notes on the page.

So you can be confident you are buying a great piece of kit that’s been looked after by a fellow photographer and seen many extraordinary sights, tested by our team of photographers and now looking forward to being set free to capture more great images!

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