The P2 card grows
Panasonic will soon be releasing the 32GB version of its P2 card early next year. One of the most popular tapeless recording medium around, the new P2 cards will be priced at US$1,650 each, and will be fully compatible with the current 16GB P2 cards.
Users who have already updated their products and computer systems to work with the 16GB cards using the free firmware need not re-update.
Also new from Panasonic is the AJ-HPX3000 camcorder which can hold up to five P2 cards at one time. When fully loaded with five of the new 32GB cards, the camcorder can record over 3 hours of footage in 24p using the new AVC-Intra 100 or the DVCPRO HD compression. This can be translated to over 6 hours (in 24p) if the camera is set to record using AVC-Intra 50 or DVCPRO 50.
The HPX3000 is already for sale from Panasonic, and has a colour sampling of 4:2:2, and records at a maximum bitrate of up to 100 MBPS, in either 60/50Hz in 24p, 30p, 60i, 50i, as well as in SD.
First unveiled at NAB 2007, the camera has a 14-bit A/D conversion and a 12-pole matrix colour correction function to produce full raster 10-bit 1920 x 1080 images.