The technology has move forward pretty fast in recent years, including the video and still picture taking devices. The newer standard for video and still picture taking device is the 4K capabilities. If you are currently looking for a camera that have the capability to take 4K resolution, in this article we will introduce you to two of Panasonic cameras that might fit your preference.
In this article we will give you information about:
– What is Panasonic HC X1000 and GH5
– What Panasonic HC X1000 and GH5 can offer to you
– Panasonic HC X1000 vs GH5
About Panasonic HC X1000
Panasonic HC X1000 is a professional camcorder that offers you the 4K Ultra HD 60p/50p video qualities and still comes in an affordable price. This camcorder have a medium size and is pretty compact, it weighs only around 3.5 pounds, which make this camcorder suitable for handheld shoots. When you look at it, you will notice that most of HC-X1000 body is made with plastic, however somehow it doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy. It comes with a standard grip configuration, which consist of a handgrip on the right and an overhead handle. Each one of them has their own record buttons and zoom buttons.
The rest of control buttons is placed on the left side of HC-X1000, these buttons include density filters, audio controls and SD card access. You also can find the adjustment rings on the lens barrel control focus, zoom and iris. However this adjustment rings is not accessible from the right side. The HC-X1000 comes with a 3.5” LCD screen that slides neatly from the inside of the handle and can be rotated until 270 degrees along its axis. This screen can be fold alongside the body and which means that the LCD is not visible directly from the side.
The LCD in HC-X1000 is a touchscreen; you can use it to adjust the settings. However you will need to press it a bit harder, since it is pretty firm compare to average smartphones. This camera also compatible with the Panasonic Image App for smartphones and tablets, which will allow you to adjust the camera using your devices to adjust zoom, focus, gain and white balance. You can even make the camera to start and stop recording or shutting it down with your smartphones or tablets.
The Wi-Fi connection in HC-X1000 also allows you to see where the camera is pointing with your smartphones, although it is not in 4K resolutions. You can find two SD cards slots for either SDHC or SDXC placed behind the tinted plastic door. However if you want to record a 4K video, you will need a U3 rated card.
When tested HC-X1000 autofocus is responsive in full-wide shooting and the result were satisfying in full telephoto. The optical image stabilization system is also good. It able to produced little jittery handheld shots when tried with distant fishing boat shooting.
The HC-X1000 also has a switched labeled as iA/MANU that when switch to “Intelligent Auto” will lets the camera to control focus, iris, gain, white balance, ND filter settings, and shutter speed. However this iA mode is close to beginner mode, so if you want more specific shoots, it is necessary to switch over to manual. The time-lapse mode in this camera is capable of five intervals setting in range between one second to two minute without audio.
About Panasonic GH5
Panasonic GH5 is 4K mirrorlesscamera, that was released by Panasonic back then in 2017. Mirrorless camera is a digital camera that used different kind of lenses, its other name is mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, hybrid camera, and compact camera. Mirrorless camera has a slimmer body compare to DSLR because it doesn’t use a mechanical mirror to switch the scene between the optical viewfinder and image sensor.
The Panasonic GH5 is a camera that designed to be a versatile interchangeable lens camera that able to handle both still pictures and videos, the camera also suitable for every levels of users. GH5 is as already stated on its name, taken from its website, this camera is capable of taking 4K video until the battery is dead or the memory is full. This camera is able to record twice the frame rate of any other 4K mirrorless camera that was released around the same time as GH5.
The Panasonic GH5 is capable of shooting 12 frames per second still photos, when using focus fixed on he first frame and 9fps when using autofocus, which is pretty awesome, but if it is not enough for you, you also can use the 6K photo mode to take short 6K videos at 30 frames per second and extract each frame. However the resolution will slightly lower compare to the native burst mode.
The autofocus in GH5 is considered pretty quick, they will allow you to select a small area of the focus on in the pinpoint area and one focus mode. In pinpoint AF the camera will be able to capture a sharp shots in almost every time. The autofocus in video mode is also quick and accurate, as long as the subjects is stays within the frame and beyond the minimum focusing distance the tracking mode will work well.
Aside from what have been said above, the GH5 also pretty quite when performing. You can turn on the “silent mode” in this camera to silent any beeps and engages the electronic shutter to reach almost noiseless operation. For those who like to capture the wildlife, this feature will surely make you happy.
Panasonic HC X1000 vs. GH5
As you already know, both of HC X1000 and GH5 release date is quite far from each other. The GH5 is released at least 2 years after the HC X1000, so some technology has move forward from then. We will recommend you the GH5, for some reason, first it is more compact, second it is cheaper, and third it has similar quality to HC X1000 for both still pictures and videos.