The new HC-X1000, from Panasonic is a camcorder with an impressive set of features for the price. The headline feature is the ability to shoot 4K at 50p and 60p.
Having such a high resolution sensor means that when scaled to HD, it produces a very sharp image.
For me, this ticks many boxes for the camera I’ve been looking for. Of course, good features and price come with a downside. The small (1/3″ effective) sensor means it has very small photosites and will not perform too well in low light. I’ve also noticed easily blown highlights on many of the test videos posted on YouTube. However, other videos look remarkably good. I’m keeping my eye on this one.
Here is a pdf of the user manual for the HC-X1000:
Size:7.8 MB – 800 downloads