Panasonic AG-DVX200

The DVX200 was introduced in 2015.

It is a 4K-capable camera with fixed optics and a relatively large MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor. The camera is lightweight, compact and well balanced. As it has a fixed lens, it’s ready to shoot straight away and is designed for rig-free operation, although there are four points on the top of the handle for mounting external devices.

The built-in optics includes a Leica Dicomar 13x zoom lens with an initial aperture of f2.8-4.5, internal ND filters, and an image stabilizer (although this cannot be used in UHD /4K recording). The Micro Four Thirds sensor is designed for 4:3, so it uses a windowing technique to capture the 16:9 images. This means that 4K and HD formats use a percentage (but not all) of the sensor. In 4K 24p, an impressive 5032x2654 pixels are read and downscaled to 4096x2160. In UHD (3840x2160), 4787x2692 pixels are used and downscaled. If the frame rate is increased to 60fps a slightly smaller output area of 3934x2213 pixels is used.

The DVX200 records on SDHC/SDXC cards (via two memory slots) in 8-bit 4:2:0 at data rates upto 200 MBit/s. Recording externally via SDI or HDMI enables capture at 8 or 10 bit 4:2:2 . This is in addition to the H.264 and AVCHD codecs supported in the camera.

If you choose 10 bits for external recording, a parallel internal recording is not possible. Higher frame rates up to UHD 50p in 10-bit 4:2:2 are possible via external recording.

Panasonic indicates a dynamic range of 12 stops, achieved via use of it’s V-Log L curve, similar to the Canon and Sony log curves. The "L" stands for "Lite" and distinguishes the curve from the V-Log, used in the VariCam 35 .

V log L has been developed specifically for the DVX200 and GH4 to make the most of the sensor signal output. The optics and a basic speed of ISO 500 limit the use in very low-light situations. In average light conditions the picture performance is, however, comparable to the GH4.

The camera is equipped with a classic viewfinder and a 4.3-inch, touch-sensitive OLED viewfinder, which collapses into the handle when not in use. The menu is touch controlled. 

The camera is suitable for compact, flexible working for news, documentaries and events and provides a data-economic and cost-effective workflow.