Panasonic DVX200 Has Some Nice Dynamic Range in Test Footage

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

When Panasonic announced the DVX200 at NAB, I have to be honest, I thought it was kind of a yawner. Just another 4K camcorder filling a rapidly crowded ultra high definition category. But now that we finally have some test footage for it, I have to say, in the hands of the right shooter, it’s pretty sweet.

This is the perfect camera for Documentaries and fast TV work, where you have to be fast and where you still want to achieve a cinematic image. – Sebastian Wiegärtner, Vimeo

The video was shot by Sebastian Wiegärtner while on the Panasonic “DVX4K tour in Kyoto, Japan using a pre production model of the DVX200 at 4K at ISO500 and at 50p. And even with a prototype, you have to admire just how nice detailed the 4K image really is, and the colors are gorgeous. Very impressive considering that the DVX200 uses a micro four thirds sensor. But Wiegärtner writes that the DVX200 is extremely easy to focus versus it’s larger frame competitors. than with a Super 35 or Full Frame sensor.

“Almost everything shot full wide open,” added Wiegärtner. “I used the flat V-Log profile, applied VariCam 35 Rec 709 and graded everything very hard, plus added some grain to the footage.”

A quick refresher of the DVX200 Specs:

  1. Single 4/3 MOS Sensor with 12 Stops DR
  2. DCI 4K 24P, UHD 4K Up to 60p
  3. Variable Frame Rate Up to 120 FPS in FHD
  4. MP4 / MOV Recording in 4K
  5. Integrated Leica Dicomar  13x f/2.8 – f/4.5 Lens
  6. 3 x Individual Lens Control Rings
  7. 2 x SD Cards Slots (U3 Compatible)
  8. HDMI 2.0, 3G-SDI Output
  9. Price estimated at under $5,000

Some people are questioning, though, that since the video image is pretty similar to that of the Panasonic GH4, why would you forsake being able to swap out lenses on the GH4 with the DVX200, priced at around $50000? Even if you bought Panasonic’s YAGH interface along with the GH4, you’re still coming in under $2,000 and you’re going to get the same kind of quality.

But for some, namely wedding videographers and electronic news gatherers, and even some documentary types who want a lighter equipment bag out in the field, they would appreciate the all-in-one compact nature of the DVX200, even if it does cost more than twice as much. And the legacy of the DVX100 series of cameras is still felt to this day.

Additionally, the DVX200 was believed to be designed to function also as a “C camera” to the Panasonic Varicam 35, so from that standpoint, it could be a smart option as well (though I’d argue the same for the GH4). Still, looking at the video quality, you can definitely see that you’re getting your money’s worth.

What do you guys think? Is the DVX200 worth around $5000 when you can get a GH4 and an external recording option for just as much or less?

Hat Tip – NFS

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