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Panasonic unveils two consumer camcorders that can shoot 4K video

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Panasonic has released two new consumer camcorders capable of shooting cinema-quality 4K video with four times the resolution of full high definition.

Customers complaining that there is no content to enjoy on their 4K Ultra High Definition televisions can now create their own to showcase their high-resolution screens.

The HC-WX970 and the HC-VX870 both have a Leica 30.8mm wide-angle Dicomar lens that offers up to 20x optical zoom and an 8.29M back-illuminated sensor.

The onboard Crystal Engine 4K processor captures enhanced detail and can easily handle the added data that comes with 4K video with a resolution of 3,840 x 2160.

The Panasonic HC-VX870 4K camcorder
The Panasonic HC-VX870 4K camcorder

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Movie is a world first feature for consumer camcorders.

It can shoot 50 images per second with 25 images exposing for highlights and 25 exposing for shadows and combines these in real time for lifelike video and added clarity.

Twin Camera is an innovative new feature that allows users to capture two angles of a scene at the same time.

The Panasonic camcorder can link wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet and add that device’s camera feed to your video recording.

The Panasonic HC-WX970 4K camcorder
The Panasonic HC-WX970 4K camcorder

Similarly users can also turn the Panasonic camcorders into a baby monitor using your home’s wi-fi network. Parents can see the live video feed from the camcorder on their smartphone.

And you can be assured of smooth shake free video courtesy of the hybrid OIS (optical image stabilisation) that uses a five-axis correction whether you’re shooting wide-angle or zooming right in on your subjects.

The HC-WX970 and HC-VX870 4K camcorders are priced at $1,349 and $999 respectively and will be available in March.