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The top of the range Panasonic WX970M boasts ground breaking quality in a a compact and easy to use package. If the best quality and amazing 4k HD recording is what you are looking for, then the Panasonic WX970 camera is the video camera of choice. The Panasonic HC-WX970M 4K Ultra HD Video Camera offers a Leica Dicomar lens, an 8.29M Back-Illuminated Sensor, the Panasonic Crystal Engine 4K processor to capture magnificent home movies and High Dynamic Range (HDR) Movie functionality, a world first for Full HD consumer camcorders. 4K video (3,840 x 2,160) has four times the resolution of Full HD video, and provides images in extremely high detail. Even if this footage is exported to Full HD, it will still have better definition and crisper detail than images originally shot in Full HD. The 4K Photo mode allows single frames to be extracted from 4K video and printed in sharp detail up to A3 size.
The 4-Drive Lens System enables 20x optical zoom in 4K resolution; and high-speed, high precision Auto Focus (AF) technology means you can capture the action perfectly, even when a scene suddenly changes – with superior focusing speed, stability and tracking. To support excellent imaging, the Leica Dicomar Lens renders crisp, sharp images, as well as producing distinctive nuances and subtle shading. The Crystal Engine Pro 4K processes the massive volume of 4K data quickly and accurately, and the noise reduction system achieves clear images with minimal noise even in low-light.
HDR Movie recording shoots 50 images per second, with 25 images exposing for highlights and 25 exposing for shadows, and combines these in real time. The result is a stunning, lifelike video with rich detail and balanced contrast between dark and light areas.
A sub camera placed on the edge of the WX970M’s LCD monitor captures a second feed in a picture-in-picture format, with a ±20° tilt function and a 2x zoom. This sub camera allows you to shoot different angles capturing two scenes simultaneously and layers the images onto one file with a Picture-In-Picture effect (PIP).
In addition to a host of other features, the creative ‘Wireless Twin Camera’ feature allows the user to shoot different angles capturing two scenes simultaneously by using the WX970M's screen and operating their Wi-Fi capable smartphone or tablet as a sub-camera.
Preserve Your Memories in All Their Beauty with 4K Definition
With four times the resolution of Full-HD, the VX870M records in 4K (3,840 x 2,160) definition. It delivers true-to-life images for a wide variety of shooting situations, in extremely high detail.
The Twin Camera Doubles Your Fun
This model includes a rotatable sub camera that lets you take shots from two angles at once. For example, you can capture the family and a selfie, or both tele and wide-angle shots. A Backup function records a picture in picture image and a main camera image without a sub window for backup. The sub camera image is recorded into any one of various sub windows, and its display position can be changed by touch operation.
Wireless Twin Camera
Using your smartphone with Wi-Fi operation as a sub camera, you can shoot from two angles at the same time. Since you are shooting with different cameras, you can use one at a distance, or at any angle you choose. This gives you a wide variety of Picture in Picture images.
High Dynamic Range: Clear Shots with Excellent Detail in Both Bright and Dark Areas
By combining two images taken with different exposure times, the HDR Movie function suppresses blown highlights and blocked shadows for crisper, clearer videos. This is the world's first consumer camcorder to feature the HDR Movie function. Even in difficult shooting situations, such as backlighting, you can easily capture natural videos with excellent gradation. (This function is not available with 4K mode.)
4K Photo Mode
4K also offers more options in extracting still images from your footage. 4K has four times the resolution of Full-HD Video and allows sharp, detailed prints of single frames up to the size of A3. Filming in 4K means you can easily grab those impressive moments in your video footage that are hard to capture with traditional photography.
20x Optical Zoom with 4-Drive Lens System & Leica Dicomar Lens
By driving each of four lens groups separately, the drive ranges are reduced, resulting in high image quality, high-powered zooming, and a compact camera body. This keeps the body compact even with a 20x optical zoom and 4K definition. The lens is a Leica Dicomar Lens, which, in addition to rendering crisp images, produces the subtle nuances and shading that Leica lenses are renowned for.
Level Shot Function
The Level Shot function automatically detects and corrects the tilting of captured images. The setting can be adjusted to one of three levels (OFF, Normal, Strong*) depending on the shooting conditions. * Except 4K mode.
5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. +
HYBRID O.I.S. + uses five-axis correction to thoroughly suppress blurring all the way from wide-angle to powerful zoom shots. This lets you capture crisp, clear images in 4K and other formats, without blurring, in almost every shooting situation.
4K High-Precision AF
An image sensor with 60-fps* readout and a precise focus lens drive for 4K images enable superior focusing speed, stability and tracking performance. Complex 4K focusing is also automated for comfortable framing of stunning 4K shots. * For NTSC area: 60-fps, for PAL area:50fps.
Crystal Engine 4K
This high-speed LSI processes the massive volume of 4K data quickly and accurately while reducing noise.
Wind Shield Zoom Microphone
A special damping material is provided in the space between the mic and the mic net to suppress wind noise for clear recording always. Additionally, four 6mm-diameter, high-S/N mics and aluminum electrolytic capacitors reduce sound distortion and increase clarity.
Multi Manual Dial
By pushing or rotating the manual dial, you can easily adjust allocated functions, like focusing and changing the iris.
Full-HD Slow Motion Video
Records Full-HD (1920 x 1080) at 120 fps.* And the Intelligent Frame Creation of the Crystal Engine interpolates to an equivalent of 240 fps,* for smooth slow motion. Switches to slow motion while you touch the icon on the LCD screen during shooting. *For NTSC area:60/120/240fps, for PAL area:50/100/200fps.
Infrared rays and IR-LED lighting let you shoot in the dark (0 lux). You can capture nighttime images without waking the baby up.
Wi-Fi & NFC
Without bothersome initial settings, NFC lets you connect a smartphone or tablet to the VX870M in one touch. QR codes are also provided for use by those who don’t have an NFC phone. You can live-stream events on USTREAM as they are being recorded in Full-HD resolution. The “Panasonic Image App” lets you use a smartphone or tablet as a live-view remote controller and operate the camcorder from a distance. Videos and photos inside the camera can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet, and uploaded to an SNS site. You can also check on the baby with a smartphone or tablet in another room. The Push Notification function alerts the smartphone or tablet if a voice sensor detects the baby waking up and crying. * A wireless access point (router) is required.
|SENSOR SECTION||SENSOR FOR MAIN CAMERA||Image Sensor||1/2.3 type (1/2.3") BSI MOS Sensor|
|Total Pixels||18.91 megapixels|
|Effective Pixels (Motion Image)||4K: 8.29 megapixels [16:9], Full-HD: 6.10 megapixels [16:9], Level Shot Function OFF or Normal|
|Effective Pixels (Still Image)||7.00 megapixels [3:2]|
|Effective Pixels (Still Image)||8.29 megapixels [16:9]|
|Effective Pixels (Still Image)||6.22 megapixels [4:3]|
|SENSOR FOR SUB CAMERA||Image Sensor||1/4" MOS Sensor|
|Total Pixels||5.27 megapixels|
|LENS SECTION||LENS FOR MAIN CAMERA||F Value||F1.8 (WIDE) / F3.6 (TELE)|
|Focal Length||4.08 – 81.6 mm|
|35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Motion Image)||4K: 30.8 – 626 mm [16:9], Full-HD: 37.0 – 752 mm [16:9], Level Shot Function OFF or Normal|
|35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Still Image)||34.5 – 690.3 mm [3:2]|
|35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Still Image)||30.8 – 626 mm [16:9]|
|35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Still Image)||37.6 – 752.8 mm [4:3]|
|Filter Diameter||49 mm|
|Lens Brand||Leica Dicomar Lens|
|LENS FOR SUB CAMERA||F Value||F2.2|
|Focal Length||3.54 mm|
|35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Motion Image)||37.2 mm (Motion picture recording mode)|
|CAMERA SECTION||Standard Illumination||1400 lx|
|Minimum Illumination||2 lx (Scene Mode Low Light 1/25), 1 lx (Night Mode (Color)), 0 lx (Night Mode (IR))|
|Focus||Auto / Manual|
|Zoom||Intelligent Zoom OFF||20x|
|Intelligent Zoom ON||4K: 25x, Full-HD: 40x|
|Digital Zoom||60x / 1500x (The maximum value of zoom magnification can be set in two patterns)|
|White Balance||Auto / White Set / Sunny / Cloudy / Indoor1 / Indoor2|
|Shutter Speed||Motion Image||[50p / 50i]|
|Motion Image||Auto Slow Shutter ON : 1/25 – 1/8000|
|Motion Image||Auto Slow Shutter OFF : 1/50 – 1/8000|
|Still Image||1/2 – 1/2000|
|Iris||Auto / Manual|
|Image Stabilizer||HYBRID O.I.S.+ with Active Mode, O.I.S. Lock, Level Shot Function|
|Creative Control||Miniature Effect, Silent Movie, 8mm Movie, Time Lapse Rec|
|RECORDING SECTION||Recording Media||Built-in memory (16GB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card|
|Recording Format||[AVCHD] AVCHD Progressive|
|Recording Format||[iFrame / MP4] MP4|
|Compression Method||MPEG-4 AVC/H.264|
|Recording/ Playback Mode||1080/50p (28Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50p)|
|Recording/ Playback Mode||PH (24Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50i)|
|Recording/ Playback Mode||HA (17Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50i)|
|Recording/ Playback Mode||HG (13Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50i)|
|Recording/ Playback Mode||HE (5Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50i)|
|Recording/ Playback Mode||MP4/2160p(72M) (72Mbps / VBR), (3840 x 2160/25p)|
|Recording/ Playback Mode||MP4/1080p(50M) (50Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50p)|
|Recording/ Playback Mode||MP4/1080p(28M) (28Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50p)|
|Recording/ Playback Mode||MP4/720p(9M) (9Mbps / VBR), (1280 x 720/25p)|
|Recording/ Playback Mode||iFrame (28Mbps / VBR), (960 x 540/25p)|
|Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery||Approx. 55 min (50p mode)|
|Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery||Approx. 55 min (PH mode)|
|Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery||Approx. 55 min (HA mode)|
|Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery||Approx. 55 min (HG mode)|
|Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery||Approx. 55 min (HE mode)|
|Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery||Approx. 50 min (MP4 50M)|
|Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery||Approx. 55 min (MP4 28M)|
|Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery||Approx. 1 h 00 min (MP4 720p)|
|Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery||Approx. 1 h 00 min (iFrame)|
|Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery||* Twin Camera OFF|
|Thumbnail Display||20 thumbnails/page, 9 thumbnails/page, 1 thumbnail/page|
|Audio Recording System||AVCHD: Dolby Digital (5.1ch / 2ch)|
|Audio Recording System||iFrame, MP4: AAC (2ch)|
|Microphone||5.1ch Surround, Zoom, Focus and Stereo Microphone|
|STILL IMAGE SECTION||Recording Format||JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2)|
|Recording Image Size||Still Image||[16:9] 25.9megapixels (6784 x 3816), 14 megapixels (4992 x 2808), 2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)|
|Still Image||[3:2] 20 megapixels (5472 x 3648), 10.6 megapixels (3984 x 2656）, 2.0 megapixels (1728 x 1152)|
|Still Image||[4:3] 20.4 megapixels (5216 x 3912), 10.9 megapixels (3808 x 2856), 0.3 megapixels (640 x 480)|
|Simultaneous Recording||2160p: [16:9] 20.4 megapixels (6016 x 3384), 8.3 megapixels (3840 x 2160), Other than 2160p: [16:9] 14.0 megapixels (4992 x 2808), 2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)|
|GENERAL SECTION||Power Supply||3.6V (Battery) / 5.0V (AC Adaptor)|
|Power Consumption||Max. 7.6W (Recording) / Max. 7.7W (Charging)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||Approx. 65 x 73 x 139mm (2.559 x 2.874 x 5.472 inch)|
|Weight (w/o battery and SD card)||Approx. 361g (0.796 lb)|
|LCD Monitor||7.5cm (3") Wide LCD monitor (460,800 dots)|
|Manual Ring / Dial||Yes (Dial)|
|Microphones (stereo mini)||Yes|
|Headphone (stereo mini)||Yes|
|LED Video Light||Yes|
|Accessory Shoe||Yes (cold)|
|Lens Cover||Yes (Auto)|
|On-Screen Display Language||English, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Thai, Arabian, Persian, Hindi|
|STANDARD ACCESSORY||AC Adaptor||Yes|
|DC Cable||Yes (USB Type)|
|Rechargeable Battery Pack||Yes (1,940mAh)|
|HDMI Cable||Yes (micro)|
|AV Multi Cable||–|
|Editing Software||HD Writer AE 5.2 (Download)|
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