Finally. The wait is over. Panasonic has announced the release date for the Panasonic HVX200 – December 29. Ever since they released the final HVX200 specs a month ago, there’s been a lot of talk but most doubted that Panasonic will make their self-imposed deadline – 2005.
Along with the date there’s plenty of HVX200 related news as well.
HVX200 frame rates have been confirmed for 720p: 12, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 30, 32, 36, 48, and 60 FPS.
P2 memory has been confirmed as the only format cabable of handling DVCPRO HD and the various frame rates. There’s some hope that as early as Spring 2006, there will be hard drives that will be able to handle it. Right now, an 8GB chip will store about 20 minutes of 720/24p. (USB 1.1 vs USB 2.0 speed comparison).
True 24P: this is the best feature for indie filmmakers. Instead of the 3:2:2:3 pulldown, the HVX200 uses true 24p (or more accurately 23.98 fps).
For additional info, read the FAQ at Panasonic.
I’d say we got a winner!