Panasonic AG-HPX500 DVCPRO HD Camcorder

Panasonic AG-HPX500 DVCPRO HD Camcorder
The AG-HPX500 P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder delivers a unique combination of high-end features never offered in a camcorder in this genre, including production-quality 2/3" progressive 3-CCDs, DVCPRO HD quality, multi HD and SD formats, variable frame rates, and four independent audio channels. In addition, the HPX500 offers the outstanding benefits of P2 solid state recording including ultra-fast IT workflow and no-moving-parts reliability, which makes the camera ideal for use in harsh environments.

At only 8.2 pounds, the HPX500 features a high-performance digital signal processor (DSP) with 14-bit A/D conversion and 19-bit processing that handles HD/SD format conversion simultaneously -- ensuring spectacular images in all video formats for applications ranging from news acquisition, independent filmmaking, corporate video, sports and much more. To give your productions tremendous flexibility, the HPX500 records in over 32 HD and SD formats. The camcorder records on re-usable, removable P2 cards. With Panasonic's new 16GB P2 card and HPX500's four P2 slots, the camera records for 68 minutes of DVCPRO HD; 136 minutes of DVCPRO 50; and 272 minutes of DVCPRO.

See also: Panasonic AG-HPX370 DVCPRO HD Camcorder


P2 Flash Memory Recording Storage
High-Quality 2/3" CCDs
Advanced Digital Signal Processor
Professional Camera Features
Chromatic Aberration Compensation
Reliable Work Flow Process



Supply Voltage: DC12V (11V to 17V)
Power Consumption: Approx. 23W (when 1.5"CRT viewfinder, 3.5" LCD monitor used)
Operating Temperature: 32 to +104oF (0 to +40oC)
Keeping Temperature: -4 to +140oF (-20 to +60oC)
Operating Humidity: 10% to 85% (no condensation)
Weight: Approx. 8.4 lbs (3.8kg) excluding battery and accessories
Dimensions (WxHxD): 5-9/16" x 10-7/16" x 12-9/16" (140 x 261 x 318 mm)
excluding handle and prominent parts


Pick-up Device: 3CCD (2/3-inch interline transfer type
and progressive modes supported)
Lens Mount: 2/3" bayonet type
Optical Color Separation: Prism system
ND Filter: 4 position (Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
Gain Selection: 60i/60p/50i/50p mode: 0/+3/+6/+9/+12/+18 dB
30p/24p/24pA/25p mode: 0/+3/+6/+12dB
[Slow Shutter Mode, Gain fix (0dB)]
Shutter Speed (Preset): 60i/60p mode: 1/60 (OFF), 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 sec.
30p mode: 1/30(OFF), 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec.
24p/24pA mode: 1/24(OFF), 1/50, 1/60,1/120,1/250,1/500,1/1000 sec.
50i/50p mode: 1/50 (OFF), 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 sec.
25p mode: 1/25(OFF), 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec.
Shutter Speed (Variable): 60i mode: 1/60.0 to 1/249.8 30p mode: 1/30.0 to 1/249.8
24p/24pA mode: 1/24.0 to 1/249.8
50i/50p mode: 1/50.0 to 1/249.8 25p mode: 1/25.0 to 1/249.8
Shutter Speed (Slow): 60i/60p mode: 1/15, 1/30 30p mode: 1/15
24p/24pA mode: 1/12 (720p mode only)
50i/50p mode: 1/12, 1/25 25p mode: 1/12
Variable Frame Rate : 60 Hz mode: 12/18/20/22/24/26/30/32/36/48/60 fps (frame/sec)
50 Hz mode: 12/18/20/23/25/27/30/32/37/48/50 fps (frame/sec)
Sensitivity: F10 (Typical) at 2000 lx

Video P2 HD General

Sampling Frequency: Y: 74.25MHz Pb/Pr: 37.125Mhz
Quantizing: 8 bits
Compression: Compression ratio 1/6.7, DCT + variable length code
Recording Bit Rate: 100Mbps

Audio P2 HD General

Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
Quantizing: 16 bit/4CH
Head Room: 20 dB

Memory Card Recorder

Recording Format: DVCPRO HD/DVCPRO 50/DVCPRO/DV selectable
Audio Recording Format: PCM digital recording 48 kHz /16 bits
4ch (DVCPRO HD / DVCPRO 50),
2ch/4ch selectable (DVCPRO / DV)
Recording Time*1: 8 minutes with one AJ-P2C008HG (DVCPRO HD, 4CH)
(Approx.) 16 minutes with one AJ-P2C016RG (DVCPRO HD, 4CH)
P2 Card Slot: 4 Slot (4G, 8G, 16G Card)
SD Card Slot: SD Format standard (MMC not used)
1 Slot (Camera setup, Reading/Writing)
Recording File: MXF File
File System: FAT32

Input/Output Signal

Gen Lock: BNC x 1, 1.0Vp-p, 75Ohm,
Component Out: D4 terminal (Component) , Y: 1.0Vp-p, 75Ohm, Pb/Pr: 0.7Vp-p, 75Ohm
Video Out: BNC x 1, 1.0Vp-p, 75Ohm
SDI Out: BNC x 1, 0.8Vp-p, 75Ohm
SD:SMPTE259M-C/272M-A/ITU-R.BT656-4 Standard)
TC In: BNC x 1, 0.5 to 8Vp-p, 10KOhm
TC Out: BNC x 1, Low impedance, 2.0 +/-0.5V p-p
IEEE 1394: 6 pin, Digital In/Out, based on IEEE 1394 Standard
DC In: XLR x 1, 4-pin, DC12V (DC11.0 to 17.0V)
DC Out: 4-pin, DC12V (DC11.0 to 17.0V), max 1.5 A.
Remote: 10 pin
Lens: 12 pin
EVF: 20 pin
USB 2.0 (Device): Type-B, 4-pin (USB ver2.0)

Audio lnput

MIC IN: XLR x 2 (FRONT1, FRONT2), High impedance, +48V compatible
MIC: -40/-50/-60 dBu (Switch on Menu)
AUDIO IN: XLR x 2 (REAR1, REAR2), High impedance,
LINE/MIC/+48V switchable
LINE: 0 dBu, MIC: -50/-60 dBu (Switch on Menu)
Line Out: Pin Jack x 2 (CH1/CH2), Out: 600Ohm, 316mV
Phones: Stereo Mini jack (3.5mm diameter)
Internal Speaker: 28mm round shape x 1


LCD Monitor: 3.5", LCD color Monitor, 210,000 pixels, 4:3

In the Box

1.5", CRT B/W Viewfinder (4:3 CRT, NTSC/PAL switchable)
Component Video Cable
Shoulder Strap
P2 Card Software Driver (CD-ROM)
Panasonic AG-HPX500 Manual


Reviewed by 1 Customers
Rating: 5.0
Good camera for general use.
Rating: 5.0
We got 3 HPX 500 and soon we'll take one more. Perfect for general use in
tv production. Good quality, confortable use, versatile. Pretty image
quality, but not much detail level. Its ok.

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