Full-featured and very portable camera Panasonic HC-X1500 experience evaluation
Thanks to the continuous development of imaging technology, today’s shooting equipment can maintain an even lighter design while improving the shooting performance. In January this year, Panasonic released the industry’s smallest and lightest 4K 60p camcorder: HC-X1500. The target audience and application scenarios of this product are very wide. It can be used by amateurs to shoot daily Vlog, 4K video and other subjects, and it can also be qualified for professional-level live reporting, live broadcast and other needs.
The super applicability of HC-X1500 is inseparable from its own power This camera supports MOV/MP4/AVCHD file format. In addition to shooting 4K 60p, it also supports 200 Mbps HEVC 4:2:0 10bit mode recording, and 4:2:2 10bit internal recording. In addition, HC-X1500 supports auto focus when recording super slow motion shooting mode 120/100fps. In terms of audio, it supports 24-bit high-resolution linear PCM audio, which can better record live sound for later convenience.
The above-mentioned recording mode alone can cover all our daily shooting needs, and the strength of the HC-X1500 is far more than that. Let us experience it through testing.
Lightweight design, quick look at appearance
HC-X1500 is very lightweight, with a length of 257mm, a width of 129mm, a height of 93mm, and a weight of 1.2kg. It is convenient for users to store and carry, and is also suitable for handheld shooting.
Built-in 1/2.5 type 8.29 million MOS sensor, support 4K 60p Shoot. The front of the fuselage is equipped with a LEICA Dicomar lens, which is an integrated lens with a 25mm wide-angle end. It has a 24x optical zoom capability, which can cover from 25mm wide-angle to 600mm telephoto. It can also achieve 32x zoom at 4K resolution after i.ZOOM is turned on , And full HD 48x zoom.
The right side of the fuselage is equipped with a hand strap to provide stability when holding it and effectively prevent the device from accidentally falling. In addition, the right side of the fuselage is slightly bulging. I originally thought that this was just to increase the comfort when holding it, but in fact, there is a mystery hidden here. We will go into details later.
Most of the fuselage interfaces are also concentrated on the right side, close to the lens The place is MIC audio interface, REMOTE interface, micro USB interface.
Near the rear of the machine is the HDMI interface, 3.5mm monitor interface, and power interface.
In order to meet the needs of professional shooting, the HC-X1500 is equipped with a tiltable viewfinder that wears an eye mask. The 1.56 million dot equivalent color viewfinder can be tilted. More convenient. A large eye mask can make the eyes more comfortable.
Open the LCD screen on the left side of the fuselage, you can see the control area of the camera. There are a wealth of physical buttons, which can easily adjust the common parameters and functions of the camera.
The 3.5-inch LCD screen supports electrostatic touch, which is convenient for menu selection or modification. With an RGB pixel structure of about 2.76 million dots, it has high-definition resolution under strong light. It can be flipped at 270 degrees to facilitate observation of the composition when shooting from different angles. In addition, it also supports LCD/EVF simultaneous output and continuous display of LCD monitor images, regardless of whether you view EVF, eliminating the cumbersome steps of switching the viewfinder mode.
top of the fuselage In order to expand the area, optional accessories such as handles and microphones that match the HC-X1500 can be installed to expand its professional functions.
Professional design, hidden mystery
front We mentioned that the right side of the fuselage is slightly bulging. In addition to providing users with a comfortable grip, the main reason is that there is an ultra-thin cooling fan. You can see the air inlet at the rear and the air outlet at the front by close observation
This cooling fan is currently the smallest and lightest device in the industry, and its power consumption Not high yet. After being equipped with it, the HC-X1500 has the powerful performance of unlimited recording of 4K 60p video. You can record unlimitedly without having to worry about the heat dissipation of the body.
It is also a big problem to want unlimited recording storage, and HC- X1500 also takes this into consideration and is equipped with a dual SD memory card slot design. The advantage is that unlimited relay recording can be realized by simply replacing the SD memory card, and automatic continuous recording from slot 1 to slot 2. Of course, simultaneous recording and backup recording can also be performed to meet the shooting needs of different projects.
Also to meet the usage habits of different people, HC-X1500 is designed There are very rich user buttons, a total of 12 user buttons: 5 on the body, 7 on the LCD touch screen. O.I.S. And AE level buttons can also be used as user buttons. And each user button can assign as many as 38 functions, which is quite user-friendly design.
HC-X1500 has two manual rings behind the lens, One user focuses on another user’s zoom or iris operation. The front and rear manual rings are of different sizes and can be distinguished by fingers, which improves the use of manual rings.
At the same time, you can see the ND filter lever behind the manual ring. The built-in ND filter can suppress the amount of incident light. Four options are provided 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 or off to control the filter to match different shooting environments.
Look at the battery, HC-X1500 is equipped with one The 5900mAh large-capacity battery is enough to meet the battery life requirements of daily shooting, and if you want to shoot for a long time, it is the best choice to connect directly to the power source.
It is worth mentioning that HC-X1500 supports full HD real-time Streaming, compatible with RTSP/RTP/RTMP/RTMPS high-definition streaming media format, can directly connect and distribute large-scale event broadcasts and social, video and other platform websites. At the same time, there is a built-in Wi-Fi module, which can be connected to the body through an application, so that other smart devices can be used to wirelessly control the body parameters and lens.
Performance balance, real shooting experience
4K image quality has a significant improvement in the look and feel, and the higher-definition image quality allows people to see more details, and therefore more willing to click Watch. HC-X1500 has the function of unlimited recording 4K 60p image quality, which is very suitable for the shooting needs of creators.
Full HD screenshot
We know that the HC-X1500 equipped with a LEICA Dicomar lens has a telephoto capability of 25mm to 600mm. After i.Zoom is turned on, it supports seamless zooming from the telephoto end 32x 4K or 48x FHD images, and the resolution will not be reduced.
HC-X1500 is equipped with face detection autofocus/ The automatic exposure function provides very smooth and precise focusing performance when shooting 4K and Full HD videos.
The lightweight body allows the HC-X1500 to face handheld shooting The situation has increased significantly, so the importance of anti-shake is self-evident. Panasonic equipped it with a hybrid image stabilizer, combined with the shake compensation function of the optical and electronic cameras, it can correct the camera’s five-axis shake in both UHD and FHD modes.
It can be clearly seen that after opening the OIS function, The screen jitter has improved significantly.
Summary: Through the real shooting experience, you can clearly feel the powerful performance of the HC-X1500. Not only has a wealth of shooting functions, but all functions can be used quickly without the need for complicated professional theoretical knowledge. It is a boon for most users.
With the continuous improvement of communication technology, the trend of dynamic dissemination of content and information through videos, live broadcasts, etc. is becoming more and more significant. Coupled with the quiet popularity of 4K resolution, even ordinary people will start to compete The equipment undergoes a round of reshuffle. The Panasonic HC-X1500 has balanced strength and is light and easy to use. It will definitely be the first choice for most users and small and medium-sized professional teams.
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