Panasonic announced the new UX series of 4K video cameras at NAB this week. The AG-UX180 is strangely reminiscent of the game changing SD camera the DVX-100 in terms of body form.
These new UX cameras will feature a single 1" chip, and 4K recording up to 60fps. Variable frame rate recording in 1080P is planned. Slated release is Fall 2016.
Personally, I loved the DVX-100. It was a great camera in a small form factor that could do almost everything I wanted to back then. I actually miss the simplicity of shooting run and gun with a single fixed lens. While I agree that for cinematic purposes interchangeable lenses and full frame sensors reign supreme, I think there is still a place for a fixed lens smaller sensor camera.
A 1" sensor comes in at 25mm which places it somewhere between 35mm and 16mm film in depth of field terms. A little more leeway for focus is handy when shooting run and gun in addition to fast moving subjects.
For interviews, a nice shallow depth of field is still achievable, but on a slightly longer lens and further focal distance.
The AG-UX180 is said to be priced at under $4000 US, so this should service a wide range of videographers quite well. I'd love to get my hands on one of these to check out!
Chris Stenberg is a creative director, photographer, filmmaker, and traveller. In his spare time you can find him biking and boarding in the mountains of British Columbia.