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The Panasonic HVX-200 is a low-cost professional fixed lens HD camera released in December 2005 (NTSC) and April 2006 (PAL).

Model number
Manufacturer Panasonic
Intro date 2005
Category Low budget HD
Price $6k
Format(s) DVCproHD, DVCpro50, DVCpro, DV
Mediums MiniDV, P2
Sensor resolution 1280x720 (0.9MP) with pixel shift
Aspect ratio 16:9 / 4:3 (SD only)
Sensor tech native 1080/60 progressive CCD (not confirmed by Panasonic, might be smaller and use pixel-shifting)
Sensor manufacturer
# sensors 3
Sensor size 1/3"
Recording res & fps 1080/60i, 1080/24p, 1080/30p, 720/60p, 720/24p, 720/30p, 480/60i, 480/24p, 480/30p
Some variable framerates in 720p
Shutter mechanism
Shutter speeds 1/30th - 1/2000th depending on mode
Luma sampling freq.
Chroma subsampling 4:2:2
Colour model
Colour depth
Low light performance 6 lux
Available sensitivities
Lens Wide angle Leica Dicomar high definition lens with optical image stabilizer
In-built filters ND, size=82mm
Adjustable gamma CineGamma™ and NewsGamma
Viewfinder electronic
LCD size 3.5"
Dynamic Range 7 stops?
Signal to Noise Ratio
Video outputs HD component (D4), composite, s-vid
Video inputs composite, s-vid
Audio inputs 2 x XLR
Audio Compression PCM
# audio channels 4
audio sample rate 48kHz
audio quantisation 16bit
Digital IO IEEE1394, USB2
Notes not yet released


  • Variable frame rates and resolutions, including (in the NTSC version):
  • 1080: 60i, 30p
  • 720: 60p, 48p, 36p, 32p, 30p, 26p, 24p, 22p, 20p, 18p, 12p
  • 480: 60i, 30p, 24p
  • Professional/Robust format (DVCPRO-HD)
  • Tapeless recording (P2 memory cards)
  • Professional Audio (48 kHz 16-bit 4-channel PCM audio, 2xXLR)



In the field of semiprofessional HDTV cameras, the main competitors of the HVX200 (all of which use the HDV format) are (as of January 2006):

Films made with the HVX200


Tips and tricks

  • Additional framerates: How to add 720p 2,3,4,6,8,10,14,16,23,27,28,34,38,40,42,44,46,50,52,54,56,58 fps: info
  • Flipping the internal LCD screen (for use with 35 mm adapters): info