When cinematographer Mark Gambol
was searching for a user-friendly pro camcorder to shoot two national syndicated series, he purchased the Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD handheld camcorders with 10-bit, 4:2:2, full 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording.
, a new feature-length sports documentary shot on Panasonic P2 HD handheld camcorders, was chosen as a Critic's Pick by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. Guagua Productions (New York, NY), has already begun shooting the sequel, an in-depth portrait of current Minnesota Twins organization player Miguel Angel Sano, with the AG-HPX250
. The production team needed an additional camera for the sequel, and decided to amplify their handheld shooting with the HPX250
. "It's a beefed up version of the HVX200 and we love it," Guagua's Jon Paley said. "We already knew the ergonomics inside and out, and we love the HPX250
's crisper, longer lens, improved depth of field and the outstanding color quality."
Richard Hartwell, owner of Hartwell Digital Media
(Petoskey, MI), is a one-man operation, providing services including scripting, camera operation, lighting, sound, directing and editing to his clientele throughout Michigan's Lower Peninsula. His recent purchase of an AG-HPX250
has elevated the quality of his work for local resorts, political campaigns, boat and auto dealerships, and more. Hartwell said he views the HPX250
as an investment in his young production company, and his expectations for the P2 HD handheld's functionality and image quality have been exceeded." The HPX250
saved me about $10,000 over competitive products, yet the image quality allows me to charge a profitable rate that my clients consider fair," he said.
Emmy award-winning director of photography Bill Mills
, joined a 10-day safari last spring to three of the most important big cat conservation areas in southern Africa, which he documented with the AG-HPX250
. A longtime Panasonic shooter and the president of Florida Film & Video in Tampa, Mills was invited by Chris Liebenberg, the owner of Piper and Heath Travel, to cover the 2012 Exposé Safari, a sold-out trip that introduced its participants to the spectrum of big cat conservation in South Africa and Botswana. The master-quality video he shot in the Mala Mala Game Reserve, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Duba Plains Camp will be used by Piper and Heath as an on-line travelogue of the safari for media and prospective clientele. The AVC-Intra images that Mills captured are expected to generate interest in the 2013 Exposé Safari, which will focus on big apes. "My HPX3700 P2 HD VariCam would have been an ideal choice to photograph these unique and underexposed safari sites," he said. "However, we were traveling on small bush planes with stringent weight restrictions. The HPX3700 weighs close to 11 pounds, and that's before adding a lens and viewfinder. The HPX250
weighs half that, with lens, and includes an on-board EVF and monitor."
Independent filmmaker Scott Carver
is currently shooting a PBS-style documentary, Hop Capital, about the historic hops harvests in Oregon's Willamette Valley with the AG-HPX250
. The inspiration for Scott's subject—hops, one of the essential ingredients in beer—is his grandparents, who both worked in the hop yards growing up in Salem and Independence. Once Carver had committed to making the documentary, he decided that he would purchase a new camera outright. "I considered buying two DSLR cameras, but I knew that the problems I would run into with motion, continuous shooting and audio would be huge drawbacks," he said. "The HPX250
has all the familiar features I know from my prior work with Panasonic camcorders, but along with 1080p recording. I could start working with the HPX250
right away, shooting, manual focusing and zooming, and changing settings, all with very little learning curve."
Award-winning filmmaker Kevin J. Railsback
, couldn't wait to start shooting with the AG-HPX250
. "When you shoot nature and wildlife, more often than not you wish you had a camera that had a longer zoom," he said. "The bigger the zoom, the further away you can be from skittish wildlife and still get great footage." Kevin's initial work with the HPX250
included shooting wildlife and nature all over the state of Iowa, but some of his favorite shots turned out to be within 15 minutes of his home. "The two biggest improvements for me vs. prior P2 HD handhelds are that the HPX250
shoots AVC-Intra and has a 22X zoom lens. Other terrific features are the three independent adjustable rings (Zoom/Focus/Iris) all on the lens, and the 2X Focus Assist function."
In his latest documentary "An Honest Liar," filmmaker Justin Weinstein
, takes on the intriguing story of James "The Amazing" Randi. The project, which Justin is shooting with the AG-HPX250
, chronicles the life of Randi, a famous magician, escape artist, mentalist, writer and skeptic. "The fabulous 22x zoom lens on the HPX250
has given me great freedom shooting. I don't have to carry and swap three different lenses with different focal lengths," Justin said. "But we also needed a camera with really gorgeous image capabilities that would hold up on a big screen for a theatrically released documentary. Once we learned about the HPX250
and its master-quality recording and exceptionally fast P2 HD workflow, we knew it would fit the bill." The filmmaker has traveled all over Europe, chronicling Randi's everyday life. Thanks to the HPX250
's practical size (only 5½ pounds), Justin can capture candid footage at a moment's notice. He and his crew plans to wrap "An Honest Liar" in time for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
KPIC-TV 4, a Fisher Communications station
, is the CBS affiliate in Roseburg, Oregon, broadcasting to more than 100,000 viewers. The station has three videographers who each shoot two to three stories a day. The station's lead camera is the AG-HPX250
P2 HD handheld. KPIC's production department has been assigned a second HPX250
, which is used for shooting commercials and occasional long-form videos. News director Dan Bain said, "We chose the HPX250
because it's reasonably priced and has all the features we need in a small news department, including a color monitor and lengthy record time. It's small, easy to handle and to pack up, and the long-lasting batteries are a big selling point."