Shooting with the Panasonic AJ-PX270 at Padre Island, Texas

Panasonic AJ-PX270 Footage Shot on Texas Coast

On Monday, I ventured down to Padre Island and Corpus Christi, Texas, to shoot some b-roll for a documentary project I’m doing this summer. I also wanted to take the opportunity to test out a couple of cameras: the new Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 AVC-Ultra small-body broadcast camera, and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, configured with a Century Optics 1.32X B4-to-Super16 converter and a Canon HD 18X ENG zoom lens.

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I’m more impressed with the PX270 every time I shoot with it. My last 1/3″ cam was the Panasonic HPX170, which was a great camera – for certain applications – but the PX270 is so much better, it’s usable in many more situations than the HPX170 was. To begin with, the picture is way better. The dynamic range and sharpness is greatly improved, as is the highlight roll-off, especially. Out of the box, the PX270 had a crappy image (over-sharp, gritty, and flat) because of the way the camera is set up from the factory, but after I spent a little time dialing in and customizing the picture by creating my own scene file, it became superb.

Shooting with the Panasonic AJ-PX270 at Padre Island, Texas
Shooting with the Panasonic AJ-PX270

The PX270 is the first small body camera in the Panasonic line that is AVC-Ultra equipped (AVC-Ultra is what Panasonic is calling its group of professional AVC codecs; there is no codec called AVC-Ultra). AVC-Ultra codecs include AVC-Intra 100 & 200 (upgradable option), AVC-Intra 50, & AVC-LongG 50/25/12. It also shoots in good old DVCProHD if you need it to. The PX270 also features many more professional menu options and picture/color tweaking capabilities than any previous small body Panasonic. I think it actually has the same menu structure and options as the new AJ-PX5000 2/3″ shoulder cam, which lists for about $25K, sans glass. The PX270 was intended to be used as a companion to the PX5000 if needed, and I can easily see how the quality could keep up with the big brother. The PX270 really is a broadcast-quality camera.

5 thoughts on “Panasonic AJ-PX270 Footage Shot on Texas Coast”

  1. hi, thanks for your review and sharing, i ve follow your video in Vimeo, and found the image exceptional sharp when compare to the same codec from other camcorder models, i wonder if you can tell a few words about how this new camera of Panasonic can holdup with the professional codec namely the Avc-I? also very interested with the new codec the ultra200 and how much image quality will it further takes the 1920×1080 full HD res to its advantage? Many thanks!

    1. Hi– The PX270, when shooting in AVC-Intra 100, is definitely much sharper and the color much smoother than previous models. I’m most impressed with the dynamic range of the new camera, as well as its color palette, which seems to be MUCH improved over previous models like my old HPX170. From what I’ve experienced so far, the PX270 really and truly is a broadcast quality camera, which shouldn’t be surprising, as it was always intended to be a compatible b-cam to the new PX5000 2/3″ camera. I’ve emailed Panasonic about the release date and cost for the AVC-Intra 200 option, but they have yet to respond. I wish I had more information to share about that. I’m really looking forward to it though, because it will have a data rate almost as high as ProRes422HQ. It will be superb for documentary work!

  2. Hi, thanks for the review! How well does this camera with rolling shutter artifacts? For example, when shooting while walking, doing fast paning shots, shooting passing vehicles, etc. I do a lot of handheld with DSLRs and I’m really really tired of having to deal with rolling shutter artifacts. I’ve not found tests of this camera that adress that matter.

  3. Hi there,
    Awesome video and review. I am REALLY hoping that you can share your custom scene file settings. You said you tweaked the image quality from the factory settings and that you got excellent results. I don’t know anything about the custom settings (I’m slowly learning) but I have an important shoot coming up and am hoping to get better results from the camera quickly. Thanks again, and I hope to hear back from you.

  4. Hi, any chance you could share your scene files for the 270. You are right, the setup from Panasonic is terrible. I’m trying to match it to a Canon 7dmkii.

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