The Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Handheld Camcorder is a compact professional UHD/4K designed for on-air broadcasting. The AG-CX350 features a 4k/UHD video resolution, 10-bit depth, HDR-compatible image quality, and a host of recording formats. This Camcorder features a 1” MOS sensor that supports 4k/UHD recording resolution in the MOV format using different data rates as 400Mb/s and HEVC up to 200 Mb/s. The HEVC Codec offers High-Image-Quality 10-bit UHD/60p recording at a low bit rate. The AG-CX350 is capable of recording in various formats at different compression rates. It can record UHD/60p videos in high-image-quality 10-bit on an SD memory card. It delivers a high-efficiency HEVC codec (Long GOP, 10-bit, 4:2:0, MOV). When a PC with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor is used, the hardware acceleration enables native decoding and playback. Some free software, including VLC Media Player or QuickTime Player, provides smooth playback on a notebook PC or MacBook with an Intel Core i7 processor.
The CX350 offers multiple forms of IP connectivity. It is the first handheld camcorder with in-camera NDI | HX compatibility (requires license purchase), allowing for high-quality IP video connectivity with live production switchers, including the Panasonic AV-HLC100 Stream Studio. The CX350 contains the RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol) function, which enables video streaming to key social platforms like Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Internal HD recording (MOV) while streaming content is also available. The CX ROP app for iOS/Android tablets enables IP remote control of the CX350 with Gigabit Ethernet LAN connector (RJ45), or wireless module (AJ-WM50). With the app, you can control functions such as camera settings, picture quality adjustment, REC start/stop, menu settings, and more. The AG-CX350 can be used for live coverage of concerts and sports events as well as for live streaming of breaking news.
HD streaming is possible while images are being acquired. The HX-ready IP connectivity, which serves as a live camera, and clearly expands the usability of the handheld camcorder further conventional newsgathering and recording applications to meet the demand of the wide range of professional needs. In addition, the users can choose from 8 different types of gamma settings as HLG. This offers an HDR output in the camera. The Camcorder recording offers dual SD card slots that offer concurrent, background recording, and relay.
The AG-CX350 features an integrated lens that allows the recording of wide-angle images with minimal distortion, without the use of a conversion lens. The optical 20x zoom covers up to 490mm telephoto in all modes. In addition, the iZoom enables seamless zooming of up to 32x in HD or up to 24x in UHD from the telephoto end with no degradation in resolution. The AG-CX350 also comes with digital 2x/ 5x/ 10x zoom.
15M MOS Sensor
The 1.0-type 15M MOS sensor offers outstanding depth of field and an excellent balance between image quality and sensitivity. It can support multi-formats, including UHD (3840 x 2160), FHD, HD, and SD, and provides images without cropping in all modes. This 1" MOS sensor boasts high sensitivity of F12 (60 Hz) /F13 (50 Hz) (in both UHD and FHD in High Sensitivity mode.
The AG-CX350 has a built-in hybrid image stabilizer that combines optical and electronic camera shake compensation functions. These features can correct the camera shake in 5 axial directions in all modes including UHD to provide powerful camera shake compensation power in low-angle shooting, high-angle shooting, and all other unstable conditions. There are 3 modes that you can choose from NORMAL (standard), STABLE (effective for fixed-frame shooting), and PAN/TILT (effective in panning and tilting).
HDR-Compliant HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma)
The AG-CX350 offers HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) to support HDR (High Dynamic Range). This feature helps to achieve a wide dynamic range on HDR-compatible TV monitors. The gamma mode can be selected from 8 different modes such as HD, SD, FILMLIKE 1, FILMLIKE 2, FILMLIKE 3, FILM-REC, VIDEO-REC, and HLG.
AF and Focus Assist
The AG-CX350’s autofocus system is Intelligent AF, which is equipped with a microdrive focus unit to achieve high focusing speed, excellent tracking performance, and incredible stability. It also equipped with Expand and Peaking (simultaneous display possible), Manual Focus Assist, LCD Touch Focus (switchable to Auto Iris or brightness display), and One-Push AF Focus Assist.
Manual Three Rings
The AG-CX350 Camcorder comes with Manual 3 Rings for zoom, focus, and iris control. They deliver quick responses and provide a tactile feel that pleases professionals.
The zoom lever located on the upper section of the handle has a multi-step variable zoom function, allowing smooth zooming from ultra-low speed when shooting from low angle shooting and when a tripod is used.
Remote Control Capability
The remote terminal 2.5-mm super mini jack enables the control of the focus, zoom, and iris using a remote controller from a third-party product. It can also support wireless control from a smartphone or a table. Here are some third-party remote controls that are compatible with AG-CX30.
10-bit Variable Frame Rate (VFR) without Cropping
In UHD, variable frame rate (VFR) recording at 1 fps to 60 fps is possible. In FHD, super-slow can be realized at a maximum of 120 fps. Both provide high-quality 10-bit, full-frame pictures with no image area cropping even at a high frame rate
Freeze Frame (Still Image Capture)
When playing back video clips on the AG-CX350, any desired frame can be captured as a still image (JPEG) and recorded onto an SD memory card. Video playback, frame advance (+/-), and still-image captures can all be done intuitively by touch panel operation.
Double Memory Card Slots
There are 2 SD memory card slots capable of using SDXC/SDHC/microP2 cards to enable unlimited relay recording by simply changing SD memory cards. Recording reliability is further improved with simultaneous recording and background recording. The AG-CX350 is equipped with Pre-Rec, Interval Rec, and Time Stamp recording functions.
The AG-CX350 can be controlled remotely and wirelessly using a smartphone/tablet app. You can download the app or free from the App Store or Google Play. In addition to zoom, iZoom, and focus lens control, the app enables remote control of various other functions, such as camera setting, picture quality adjustment, REC start/stop, and menu setting. The app can be used to select the camera to control from up to eight cameras.
Parallel Output of HDMI and SDI
The SDI and HDMI can be output in parallel. The output of the UHD video via HDMI and output of HD video in high-image-quality 10-bit, 4:2:2 via SDI enable a variety of uses. In HLG shooting, either HDR or SDR can be selected for each of the SDI, HDMI, and LCD video outputs.
TC Synchro Multi-Camera Recording
The TC IN/OUT terminal (BNC) allows synchronization of the time code in a multi-camera shooting. The camera number (A to Z) can be added* to the name of the recording folder to facilitate editing.
Simultaneous Display on High-Brightness
The AG-CX350 features a new 3.2-type high-definition LCD monitor (approximately 1,620,000 dots). This LCD monitor uses the RGBW (red, green, blue, white) pixel structure to provide high visibility even in bright sunlight. The 3:2 aspect ratio enables the display of timecode and camera status without superimposing on the image. The touch panel function allows convenient touch focus and menu setting. The viewfinder is a high-resolution color OLED (approximately 2,360,000 dots, with an image display area of approximately 1,770,000 dots) that offers superb color reproduction. Since the AG-CX350 newly supports simultaneous LCD and EVF outputs, the LCD monitor can display the captured image at all times even when you look away from the EVF.
Picture Quality Adjustment Functions:
24-bit PCM Supporting High-Resolution Audio
The use of the built-in stereo microphone or XLR input (switchable 48-V phantom power supply/MIC/LINE) allows 2-channel audio recording. In MOV mode, 24-bit linear PCM recording delivers higher sound quality. The future firmware update will enable 4-channel recording. Other audio features include manual volumes, OSD level meter, 1 kHz test tone output and headphone output (3.5 mm-diameter stereo mini jack).
The AG-CX350 boasts low power consumption of 11.5 W (in a factory setting, with no devices connected to the terminals), which is the industry’s lowest in the UHD/HD 10-bit recording camcorder segment. The maximum power consumption is only 17 W (HEVC recording, LCD turned ON, devices connected to the terminals). With the supplied battery pack (5900 mAh), the AG-CX350 operates continuously for about 3 hours and 20 minutes. This large-capacity battery pack supports quick charges