The AJ-HDX900 produces the high-quality HD content that's in growing demand as HD production and broadcasting continue to expand worldwide.
This new camera-recorder uses the DVCPRO HD format, with its long track record and proven reliability in broadcast use. Able to record in both the 720p and 1080i digital TV formats, the AJ-HDX900 excels in the HD production of TV programs, music and video clips, corporate video and other content for use virtually anywhere in the world.
A progressive HD CCD and 14-bit digital processing assure outstanding image quality. A new filmlike gamma curve and newly developed dynamic range stretching (DRS) function respond to high-end production needs.
The first DVCPRO HD shoulder-held camera-recorder to come equipped with IEEE 1394 digital output, the AJ-HDX900 offers quick, easy linking with IT systems such as hard disk recorders.
The AJ-HDX900 is also compatible with a newly developed Remote Control Unit (RCU), for added operational and functional flexibility. Even with all of these features and performance, the AJ-HDX900 is surprisingly affordable.
As the perfect complement to the AJ-HDX900, Panasonic is making available the AJ-HD1400 compact recorder. With these two new high cost-performance units, Panasonic is offering versatile, high-quality HD production systems at a cost of SD production.
The 720p/1080i HD Multi-Format Camera
Able to record in the 11 HD formats listed below, the AJ-HDX900 can produce content for use virtually anywhere in the world. And with its versatile features, the AJ-HDX900 can be used to produce virtually any kind of HD video content - TV programs, music videos, stock footage, corporate video and much more.
Progressive HD CCD Provides High Sensitivity and Superior Image Quality
The 2/3inch 1-million-pixel IT 3CCD system delivers superb HD imagery combined with exceptional sensitivity of F10 at 2,000 lx.
The AJ-HDX900 can capture outstanding shots in lighting as low as 0.032 lx (at +62 dB gain). The native progressive video format, which drives the CCDs continuously in progressive mode, outputs high-quality HD images that are suitable for use in filmlike production or in combination with computer graphics.
14-bit Digital Conversion
In the AJ-HDX900, we offer a 14-bit A/D conversion system, an upgrade over a conventional 12-bit system. We also incorporated a new high-performance digital signal processing (DSP) circuit. The 12-axis color correction matrix lets you make fine adjustments in specific color regions. Functions such as skin detail let you further fine-tune the image.
New Filmlike 3 Gamma Curve
We also added a new Filmlike gamma mode called Filmlike 3, to the popular Filmlike 1 and Filmlike 2 gamma modes found in the AJ-SDX900 and AJ-HDX400. Filmlike 3 produces a film-like texture that makes images more emotionally expressive. This makes Filmlike 3 a good choice for certain TV programs, music and video clips, and
DVCPRO HD: Professional Quality Pictures
Designed to broadcast specifications, the DVCPRO HD codec combines a video bit rate of 100 Mbps with 4:2:2 sampling and intra-frame compression. This reliable recording system also minimizes quality degradation with fast-moving subjects and is highly resistant to drop-out.
The DVCPRO HD-LP format allows 33 minutes of recording on a medium-size cassette with reliable
1/4inch metal particle tape.
New DRS (Dynamic Range Stretching) Function
DRS further extends the auto knee function. It recognizes the average brightness of highlight and shadow areas and then automatically adjusts the aperture and uses knee control to suppress blown highlights in the shadow areas. In scenes with mixed dark and light areas, such as when moving from indoors to outdoors, DRS automatically provides a wider dynamic range with minimal blown highlights and blocked shadows with no need to manually tweak the camera for each specific condition.
Digital Super Gain (Cumulative Mode)
The AJ-HDX900 provides an easy-to-use, pushbutton super gain function with a maximum gain of +36 dB. In addition, it introduces a new digital super gain (in cumulative mode) utilizing the variable frame rate technology of Varicam and allowing an extra gain of +20 dB (at 6 fps). Unlike conventional gain adjustment, digital super gain is virtually noise-free*, so picture quality is preserved intact. With super gain and digital super gain, the AJ-HDX900 allows ultra-high-sensitive shooting at up to +62 dB.
*At maximum gain (+62 dB) there may be a slight amount of noise.
48-kHz/16-bit, 4-Channel Digital Audio
The AJ-HDX900 can record full 48-kHz/16-bit digital audio on all four channels. You can freely select the audio source for each channel, choosing from mic, line, wireless receiver, and others.
A 5-pin XLR jack with 2-channel compatibility is used for the front mic input. Using the AJ-MC900G optional stereo microphone lets you record stereo with a single mic.
Shooting Assist Functions, Ease-of-Use Functions, and Multiple Recording Modes
User Scene Files
Store specific camera settings in built-in memory, then retrieve them when needed for quick, easy setup. Four files with settings can be stored in the camera's memory. Files can also be copied onto an SD Memory Card, allowing storage of up to eight files.
Customized User Buttons
Three user buttons are provided. Assign a function to each, and then you can select those functions with pushbutton ease. You can also customize the on-screen menu with the items you use most often, and display them by simply pressing a button. One of the three user buttons can be isolated as a USER MAIN button for easy blind-touch operation.
The AJ-HDX900 is ready to catch sudden, spontaneous scenes you might otherwise miss. When the camera is in standby mode, the prerecording function continually stores in memory up to 7 seconds (presettable) of the most recent video and audio material entering the camera. When you press the REC button, that material is recorded onto the tape before real-time recording begins.
Interval Recording and One-Shot Recording
The interval REC function records at preset intervals, which is useful in monitoring or observation applications, or when you want to create a frame-by-frame effect.
Use the One-shot REC function, which starts recording each time you press the REC button, to create claymation and other special-effect productions.
The AJ-HDX900 features the same easy-to-use menu layout that was so popular in the AJ-SDX900. You can customize the menu and create a unique user menu that displays the items you use most often.
Electronic Shutter with inchHalf-Speedinch and Syncro-Scan
The electronic shutter has six fixed speeds of up to 1/2000 sec, plus inchHalf-Speedinch (180 degree) slow and synchro-scan capability.
Lightweight, Well Balanced Body
The AJ-HDX900 offers a lightness in operation that is not entirely reflected in its 9.9-lb (4.5-kg) weight. Designed specifically to provide excellent balance while shooting, it doesn't become front-heavy when equipped with lens, battery, and wireless receiver. Camera work is comfortable because the AJ-HDX900 maintains a natural, horizontal position when held on the shoulder or lifted by the handle. The body height is also minimized to give the operator a clear view front and rear.
Designed for Ease of Operation
The position, function, and shape of all switches, dials and terminals have been designed in response to feedback from video professionals to allow quick operation and prevent errors for greater reliability.
･ The Audio Rec level adjustment features a push lock function.
･ The Audio Input level adjustment (front) can be switched ON/OFF and allocated to desired channels.
･ The Easy-Slide Shoulder Pad can be slid with one hand, and securely locked in position.
･ A 3-point locking viewfinder mount allows precise adjustment.
Power-Save Management (SAVE REC) Function
This function reduces power consumption during recording to a low 36 watts by interrupting playback-related circuits.
Enhanced Camera Functions and Specifications
･ Displays a zebra pattern for contrast adjustment, auto white balance setting, and color bar output.
･ One touch of the mode check button displays the camera settings for easy confirmation.
･ Displays markers for 4:3 screen (side cut) indication to let you check the trimming while shooting in SD.
･ ND filter (CLEAR, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, 1/64ND) and CC filter (Cross, 3200K, 4300K, 6300K).
･ Rec Review function for easy checking of recorded results
･ Quick response: enters standby mode about 3 seconds after the power is turned on; begins recording in about 0.5 second (2 seconds in Power Save mode).
Comes Equipped with IEEE 1394, HD-SDI,
and Down-Conversion Output. Supports the New RCU.
Supports the New RCU
The AJ-HDX900 comes equipped with a 10-pin RCU terminal for connecting the optional AJ-RC10G Remote Control Unit.
The AJ-RC10G comes with a 10-pin multi-cable that can connect to the AJ-HDX900's down-conversion video OUT terminal for monitoring at the RCU. The AJ-RC10G provides detailed control of gamma, flare and the AJ-HDX900's versatile paint functions. The AJ-RC10G has a slot for SD memory card; you can save scene settings on a memory card for easy transfer to other cameras.
IEEE 1394 for Easy Backup
The AJ-HDX900 comes with an IEEE 1394 (6-pin) output terminal for degradation-free output of DVCPRO HD compression data in all HD formats. Data can be captured directly to a DVCPRO HD-compatible nonlinear editor.
Also, connect the AJ-HDX900 to a DVCPRO HD digital VTR (such as the AJ-HD1400 or HD1200A) or FOCUS FireStore FS-100 hard disk recorder, and you can record on the AJ-HDX900 while simultaneously making a backup copy on
HD SDI/SD Down-Conversion Output
The AJ-HDX900 comes equipped with two BNC video line outputs for flexible monitoring or line recording use.
･ MON OUT: Outputs EE or VTR playback images in HD-SDI or HD-Y format
･ VIDEO OUT: Switchable between HD-SDI/SD-SDI (down conversion) and analog composite (down conversion) output.
AJ-RC10G Remote Control Unit
A dedicated selector switch improves operating ease. The HD/SD down converter comes built-in. Aspect mode is selectable. Provides the high image quality needed for either monitoring or live on-air transmission.
DC Power Supply for an LCD Monitor
A 1.5-A DC output (4-pin) is provided for powering the BT-LH900 or LH900A 8.4inch LCD monitor, which can serve as a viewfinder.
By mounting the optional AJ-GPS900G GPS unit, the AJ-HDX900 can record real-time position data (latitude, longitude, and altitude) onto the tape, conforming to UMID standards.
* GPS unit is not available in some areas.
･ Shading correction function that adjusts for use of a lens extender.
･ Color bar (switchable between SMPTE, ARIB, and full color) and standard audio signal (1-kHz test tone) output
･ Built-in SMPTE time code generator/reader, with time code In/Out terminal
･ Multiple battery support, including Anton Bauer batteries
･ UniSlot® wireless receiver compatible
* UniSlot® is a trademark of Ikegami Tsusinki Co., Ltd.
In 1918, Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of our company, rented a two-story home, establishing Matsushita Electric Devices Manufacturing Works on the first floor.
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