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The AG-HPX171 has a camera section that features a 28mm wide-angle zoom lens - widest in the class - plus a 1/3-inch 16:9 progressive CCD that provides low-noise, low-smear performance. These high-end features combine with use of the DVCPRO HD codec, with its proven track record in broadcasting, to provide exceptional HD recording quality.
The AG-HPX171 offers a host of advanced features. Two P2 card slots allow hot swapping for extended recording. Pre-rec and loop-rec functions help ensure that you never miss an important shooting opportunity. There is also 20-step variable frame rate selection, HD-SDI output for uncompressed streaming output, and a waveform monitor/vector scope for outdoor recording convenience. With its superb recording quality, impressive feature set and exceptional mobility, the AG-HPX171 is an agile, powerful solution to today’s broadcasting and image production needs.
Compact, Lightweight and Perfectly BalancedAt 4.2 pounds (1.9kg), the super-compact AG-HPX171 is the lightest member of the P2 family. It combines small size and light weight with an ideal balance - the center of gravity is in the hand grip – to bring exceptional comfort and maneuverability to handheld recording. The zoom lens further enhances shooting ease and convenience, letting the AG-HPX171 handle a wide range of applications without requiring a conversion lens.
28mm Wide-Angle, 13x Zoom Leica Dicomar® HD Lens
The wide-angle zoom lens that gained high popularity in the HVX200 Series has been reduced in size, lightened, and further widened in this 13x zoom lens. The lens structure combines 13 lens elements in 10 groups, with 3 aspherical lenses. The diameter of the front lens element has been reduced from 67 to 53.2 mm, while still achieving a 28mm wide angle (35mm equivalent), the widest of the class.*The new lens covers most shooting situations without requiring a wide-angle conversion lens. Its minimum object distance (MOD) of about 1.9 ft (0.6 meter) at the telephoto setting helps to maximize the handheld camcorder’s inherent mobility. The same cam-driven zoom ring that was so popular in previous models ensures accurate zooming. The Leica Dicomar lens incorporates Leica optical technology and know-how throughout. A multi-coating process minimizes flare and ghosting. This results in sharp, crisp, beautifully rendered images with delicate nuances and exceptional shading.*HD camcorders with integrated lens and 1/3-inch CCD, as of September 2009 (according to a Panasonic survey)
Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)Panasonic’s advanced OIS dramatically reduces the blurring caused by hand-held camera work. Optical processing with an automatic correction function helps assure consistently clear, sharp images.
Progressive CCD Raises Sensitivity and Lowers Noise and SmearThe 1/3-inch 16:9 progressive CCD on the AG-HPX171 further raises image quality. It combines a significantly improved S/N ratio and better low-light performance than previous models. Backed by a high-performance digital signal processor, the CCD brings higher quality to HD images to meet the demands of broadcasters and high-end video producers.
High-Resolution Native Progressive 1080/60p ScanProgressive to interlace conversion, cross conversion and down conversion all start with the 1080/60p scan. That initial 1080p native progressive scan offers the highest level of vertical resolution possible at this level of camera. Keep in mind that the camera does not record this signal but uses it as a basis for all captures. The result is an HD or SD recording with a level of image quality that cannot be matched by electronically processed scans.
DSP with 14-Bit A/D Conversion and 19-Bit ProcessingThe digital signal processor developed for the AG-HPX171’s 1080/60p video signals uses 14-bit A/D conversion and 19-bit inner processing to attain unprecedented accuracy. The DSP performs a variety of adjustments, including seven types of gamma settings, for each of the R, G and B channels. It also converts the signals to HD or SD format. With a performance equivalent to the processors used in many higher-end HD cameras, this DSP delivers beautiful images in all video formats.
Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)In scenes with mixed contrast, such as when panning from indoors to outdoors, the DRS function automatically suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights. A gamma curve and knee slope is estimated to match the contrast of each pixel, and applied in real time. When dark, bright, and intermediate shades are all contained in the same scene, this produces excellent gradation for each shade and minimizes blocked shadows and blown highlights. The images that result are enhanced by a visually wide dynamic range.
7-Mode Gamma for Richer GradationDrawing on technologies developed for the VariCam, Panasonic has equipped the AG-HPX171 with advanced gamma functions that address seven different shooting scenarios and enhance your creative abilities. This includes the Cine-Like Gamma, which produces the characteristic warm tone of film recordings.