I was lucky enough to have the new Panasonic HPX 301e, which is the European version of the HPX 300, for the weekend. I went to film some ducks, to Piccadilly Circus (again) but the really nice stuff was when I nipped down to St Margarets Bay near Dover in Kent whilst visiting my parents. I know, I went to see my folks and spent most of the time out shooting. Bit of an addiction this shooting lark!
I love filming water. It fascinates me and I could watch it for hours. I also like tired English seaside resorts. St Margarets is really just a bay with a short promenade, not much there but a nice place to knock off a few shots. Everything was shot with the stock lens and filmed in AVCi 100. Edited in FCP using Pro Res 422
The camera was a joy to use. The LCD may not be as good as the EX1 but it’s still good. The viewfinder is also superb. I struggled a little with the camera, mainly due to my familiarity with Sony cameras and limited experience with Panasonic cameras. Just getting my head around the menus, how to change things. I couldn’t get a picture profile (scene file) that I was really happy with. Think this will take time. Also I found it annoying that in thumbnail mode to view my overcrank material I had to change the camera system to play it back. I suppose this is the same as my F350, but in the EX1/EX3 the dedicated media mode plays everything. These are just niggles that I will get used to.
The lens is fine, a 20x would be better but it performed well. There is CA in some shots but what do you expect at this price point?