As detailed in my previous blog, I was fortunate enough to get a chance to play around with the new Panasonic HPX 301e on Tuesday. I was throughly impressed. Having had bad P2 experiences in the past and being a total Sony EX1/3 freak I didn’t go into it with a closed mind, just a skeptical one.
I am not going into which camera is better, the EX series or the HPX. Both are superb cameras and have their plusses and minuses. You need to look at what YOU need the camera for and how it would work best for you, also take into consideration if you are already heavily invested in P2 or SxS, this is a big decision if you want to jump ship either way so make sure you thoroughly test each camera before making a decision.
I am still madly in love with my EX cameras and have no intention of selling them. They produce stunning images and I love the SxS format, great for FCP. I will continue to use them most days, BUT I also now have had my head turned by a cheeky little number from Panasonic. This is a different sort of camera and has many advantages over the EX line and of course disadvantages…whoops started comparing again. Right, going to stop that.
This is a great world camera, shoots the incredible AVC intra 100 codec. THE gold standard out there. Has a superb form factor, great LCD, great Viewfinder, great chip (shame it isn’t 1/2″!)….well just watch the video and you will learn more!
This is a really nice camera and has a heck of a lot going for it. My only reservations are the noisy image and the rolling shutter issue, it’s certainly more pronounced here than on the EX3. Whether this is because it is a pre-production model or not I don’t know. I am very keen on getting one of these, am hoping the production model will have a tweaked shutter to minimise the rolling shutter issue and there are settings to minimize the nosie.
The video was made for CVP TV, part of www.cvp.com. The review parts where filmed on an HPX 171 by Mr. Dennis of Lennie, THE tapeless guru, check out his tapelessmadeeasy website. I filmed all the HPX 301e stuff as well as the 35mm adaptor shots using a Sony EX1 with the Shoot35 SGBlade Roto Razor 2.
No 35mm adaptor was used for any of the shots done on the 301e, all done using the stock lens creatively to get the best shallow depth of field out of it. Obviously the 1/3″ sensor will limit your ability to control the DOF, but luckily Mr Hien Le of The Letus Corporation is hard at work making an f1.5 relay for the HPX 301e which coupled with the Letus Ultimate will make one sweet combo!
I do love this camera, despite the couple of flaws I have found, I hope you can stomach (bad choice of words!) my review, it’s my longest one yet!
Here are some photos for you to print off and stick on your mantelpiece!