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AJ-PX230 microP2 AVC-ULTRA Handheld Camcorder Discontinued

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AJ-PX230 $$4,495 MSRP

Product details

P2HD handheld camera recorder to feature the AVC-ULTRA codec family and microP2 cards

Key features

  • AVC-Intra 200100/50 + AVC-LongG50/25/12
  • High quality 10bit/4:2:2 recording video recording
  • Compact / lightweight 22x lens (f=28mm-616mm/35mm)
  • Professional Outputs for Flexible Shooting
  • Dual microP2 card slots for cost efficient microP2 cards & simultaneous recording capabilities
  • HDMI logo
  • AVC-Ultra
  • AVC-Intra
  • AVC-LongG
  • Micro P2
  • SDXC logo
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Specification Description
Weight Approx. 2.2 kg (4.9 lbs.)
(body only, excluding lens hood, battery, and accessories)
Approx. 2.6 kg (5.7 lbs.)
(including lens hood, supplied battery, and microphone holder)
Power DC 7.2 V (when the battery is used)
DC 12 V (when the AC adapter is used)
Operating temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)
Power consumption 19.5 W (when the LCD monitor is used)
Operating humidity 10 % to 80 % (no condensation)
General -
LENS Optical image stabilizer lens, optical 22x motorized zoom
F1.6 to F3.2 (f=3.9 mm to 86 mm)
35 mm conversion: 28 mm to 616 mm (16:9)
Dimensions 176 mm (H) x 171 mm (W) x 329 mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
(6-15/16 inches × 6-23/32 inches × 12-15/16 inches)
Camera Unit -
Pickup Devices 1/3-type 2.2 megapixels, MOS solid state image sensor × 3
ND filter OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Filter Diameter 72 mm
Optical system Prism system
Gain setting L/M/H selector switch, −3 dB to 18 dB (in 1 dB steps)
(Negative value of gain is only in [HIGH SENS.] mode.)
(When assigning [S. GAIN] to the USER button:
Switching between 24 dB, 30 dB, and 36 dB)
Shortest Shooting Distance (M.O.D.) 1.1 m from the front lens
Approx. 0.06 m from front lens (When Macro=On, at wide-end)
Color Temperature Setting ATW, ATW LOCK, Ach, Bch, preset 3200 K/preset 5600 K/VAR (2000 K to 15000 K)
Shutter Speed When [SYSTEM MODE] = 59.94 Hz
60i/60p mode: 1/60 (shutter off) sec, 1/100 sec, 1/120 sec,
1/250 sec, 1/500 sec, 1/1000 sec, 1/2000 sec
30p mode: 1/30 sec, 1/50 (shutter off) sec, 1/60 sec,
1/120 sec, 1/250 sec, 1/500 sec, 1/1000 sec, 1/2000 sec
24p mode: 1/24 sec, 1/50 (shutter off) sec, 1/60 sec,
1/120 sec, 1/250 sec, 1/500 sec, 1/1000 sec, 1/2000 sec

When [SYSTEM MODE] = 50 Hz
50i/50p mode: 1/50 (shutter off) sec, 1/60 sec, 1/120 sec,
1/250 sec, 1/500 sec, 1/1000 sec, 1/2000 sec
25p mode: 1/25 sec, 1/50 (shutter off) sec, 1/60 sec,
1/120 sec, 1/250 sec, 1/500 sec, 1/1000 sec, 1/2000 sec
Slow Shutter Speed Setting is possible when [VFR]=[OFF]
When [SYSTEM MODE] = 59.94 Hz
60i/60p mode: 1/1 sec, 1/2 sec, 1/4 sec, 1/6 sec, 1/15 sec, 1/30 sec
30p mode: 1/1 sec, 1/2 sec, 1/4 sec, 1/6sec., 1/15 sec
24p mode: 1/1 sec, 1/2 sec, 1/4 sec, 1/6 sec, 1/12 sec

When [SYSTEM MODE] = 50 Hz
50i/50p mode: 1/1 sec, 1/2 sec, 1/4 sec, 1/6 sec, 1/12 sec, 1/25 sec
25p mode: 1/1 sec, 1/2 sec, 1/4 sec, 1/6 sec, 1/12 sec
VFR Recording Frame Rate 1080/59.94p: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 48, 54, and 60 (frames per second)
1080/50p: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, and 50 (frames per second)
Synchro Scan Shutter When [SYSTEM MODE] = 59.94 Hz and [SYNC SCAN TYPE] = [sec]
60i/60p mode: 1/60.0 sec to 1/249.8 sec
30p mode: 1/30.0 sec to 1/249.8 sec
24p mode: 1/24.0 sec to 1/249.8 sec

When [SYSTEM MODE] = 50 Hz and [SYNC SCAN TYPE] = [sec]
50i/50p mode: 1/50.0 sec to 1/250.0 sec
25p mode: 1/25.0 sec to 1/250.0 sec
Shutter Open Angle 3.0 deg to 180.0 deg to 360.0 deg (in 0.5 deg steps, angle display)
DIGITAL ZOOM x2/x5/x10
Lens Hood Hood with lens cover
Sensitivity [HIGH SENS.] mode
F11 (2000 lx, 3200 K, 89.9 % reflection, 1080/59.94i)
F12 (2000 lx, 3200 K, 89.9 % reflection, 1080/50i)
Minimum Subject Illumination 0.02 lx (F1.6, gain 18 dB, [1S.EXP.], [HIGH SENS.] mode)
Sampling Frequency AVC‑Intra200/AVC‑Intra100/AVC‑Intra50/AVC‑LongG50/
Y: 74.1758 MHz, PB/PR: 37.0879 MHz (59.94 Hz)
Y: 74.2500 MHz, PB/PR: 37.1250 MHz (50 Hz)
Y: 13.5 MHz, PB/PR: 6.75 MHz
Y: 13.5 MHz, PB/PR: 3.375 MHz
Recording Media microP2 card
Recording Format AVC‑Intra200/AVC‑Intra100/AVC‑Intra50/AVC‑LongG50/AVC‑LongG25/AVC‑LongG12
Quantizing AVC‑Intra200/AVC‑Intra100/AVC‑Intra50/AVC‑LongG50/
AVC‑LongG25: 10 bits
Recording video signal 1080/59.94p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/29.97pN, 1080/23.98pN,720/59.94p, 720/29.97pN, 720/23.98pN, 480/59.94i, 480/29.97p
1080/50p, 1080/50i, 1080/25pN, 720/50p, 720/25pN, 576/50i, 576/25p
Memory Card Recorder -
Digital Video -
Recording slot microP2 card slot ×2
System format 1080/59.94p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/23.98PsF, 720/59.94p, 480/59.94i, 1080/50p, 1080/50i, 720/50p, 576/50i
Recording/Playback Time*1 16 GB ×1 32 GB ×1 64 GB ×1
AVC‑Intra200: Approx. 8 min Approx. 16 min Approx. 32 min
AVC‑Intra100: Approx. 16 min Approx. 32 min Approx. 64 min
AVC‑Intra50: Approx. 32 min Approx. 64 min Approx. 128 min
AVC‑LongG50: Approx. 32 min Approx. 64 min Approx. 128 min
AVC‑LongG25: Approx. 64 min Approx. 128 min Approx. 256 min
AVC‑LongG12: Approx. 120 min Approx. 240 min Approx. 480 min
DVCPRO HD: Approx. 16 min Approx. 32 min Approx. 64 min
DVCPRO 50: Approx. 32 min Approx. 64 min Approx. 128 min
DVCPRO/DV: Approx. 64 min Approx. 128 min Approx. 256 min

Meet the AJ-PX230

Introducing the economical AJ-PX230PJ AVC ULTRA handheld camcorder, providing the quality, image control and much of the functionality of its predecessor, the popular AJ-PX270. Offering 10-bit, 1080p AVC-Intra and AVC-LongG codecs, extensive video control, a 22x zoom and lens and OLED Viewfinder, the PX230 is ideal for a wide range of applications, including broadcasting, documentary, education, house of worship and live event work. The camcorder provides the same video recording quality and body design as the PX270, minus network functionality (wired/wireless and FTP/Streaming), dual codec recording (proxy) and Genlock/TC interface, delivering a significantly lower-cost version for shooters who need a higher quality image, but who don’t require these features. 

The five-pound PX230 features high-sensitivity, low-noise 1/3” 3-MOS imagers produce stunning pictures, even in low light conditions. With its AVC-ULTRA codec, the camcorder features a wide range of recording modes: for high-quality recording, the camera records in 100Mbps AVC-Intra100, as well as 200 Mbps AVC-Intra200. For applications where file size is critical, it incorporates a choice of AVC-LongG quality levels, including AVC-LongG50, AVC-LongG25 and AVC-LongG12. These 10-bit, 4:2:2 sampled codecs (LongG50/25*) record in much smaller file sizes, saving storage cost and transfer time while maintaining equal or better video quality to existing legacy codecs. The camcorder also offers legacy recording in DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV.

The camcorder’s compact, 22X zoom lens offers a wide 28 mm to tele 616 mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range. The PX230’s three manual operation lens rings — zoom, focus and iris -- provide a comfortable manual control similar to interchangeable lenses, but without the need for actual lens changes. The zoom ring's solid feel and smooth action allow delicate ultra-slow zooming. Also, the camera’s multi-step zoom control provides fast response and smooth zoom action, providing the creative freedom every camera operator wants. The zoom control on the handle enables variable speed zoom, allowing fine zoom control even for low angle shots.

The PX230 is equipped with Panasonic’s Emmy® Award-winning Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) technology to maximize lens performance; a Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) function to optimize scene image contrast at the pixel level, reducing overexposure and crushed shadow content and dramatically improving human skin rendition; and a highly accurate flash band detection and compensation algorithm that minimizes partial image exposure due to strobe lighting.  The camcorder delivers seven-mode (HD/SD/FILMLIKE 1/FILMLIKE 2/FILMLIKE 3/FILM-REC/VIDEO-REC) gamma selection and extensive digital image settings, including 12 + 3 Axis Matrix Control to fine tune skin tone.

Two microP2 card slots enable cost-effective operation. In addition to 1080/60i, the PX230 supports 1080/24p, 30p, 60p (AVC-Intra100, LongG25, LongG12 only), 720p multi HD format and SD recording. Also, 50i, 50p, and 25p are supported by 59.94 Hz/50 Hz switching. Variable frame rates in 1080-59.94p in 25 steps from 1fps to 60 fps, including 24 fps, 25 fps, and 30 fps, are standard.

Professional interfaces include HDMI out, HD/SD-SDI out, 3G-SDI out to support 1080 60p video output, USB 3.0 (host), and USB 2.0 (device). The PX230’s three 2.2M pixel MOS sensors deliver a horizontal resolution of 1000 TV lines; the camcorder achieves high F11 (59.94 Hz)/F12 (50 Hz) sensitivity and produces excellent images. Minimum illumination is impressive at 0.02lx. Gain control is measured as -3dB to18dB, 1 step=3dB (-3dB is only on High-Sensitivity mode). Super Gain (24,30,36dB) can be assigned to a user button.

Other key features include an OLED viewfinder for true-to-life tones and 1.56-QHD LCD color monitor. Audio capabilities include two, separated XLR audio inputs, and recording up to four channels of 48kHz, 24-bit audio in AVC-Intra formats (16-bit in AVC-LongG, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO, and DV). An XLR connector is conveniently located at the rear, off to the side for easier cable connection during handheld shooting. The audio recording level control is located towards the front for easy adjustment during shooting.

Standard features include a wide range of shutter speed in 60i/60p mode (1/60 to 1/2000), 50i/50p mode (1/50 to 1/2000), 30p mode (1/30 to 1/2000), 25p mode (1/25 to 1/2000) and 24p mode (1/24 to 1/2000);  an Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) for hand shake correction; Digital Zoom function for 2x, 5x and 10x boosts; and a four‐position optical ND filter (OFF, 1/4 ND, 1/16 ND, 1/64 ND).