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Panasonic’s New Camcorder Range Provides Videographers and Families with Everything They Need for Picture Perfect Recording

From full-fledged 4K video production to recording memorable family moments in high image quality

Las Vegas, Nevada (5th January 2016)- Panasonic today announces two new  camcorders into its 4K ultrahigh-definition line-up HC-VXF990 and HC-VX980   and three into its Full-HD camcorder line-up (HC-W580, HC-V380 and HC-V180).

As a leader in 4K technology, Panasonic’s new 4K camcorders enable 4K Cropping and 4K Photo mode, alongside features unique to Panasonic such as Wireless Multi Camera and enhanced professional functions to simplify ease of use for any camcorder user.

Overwhelming 4K Beauty At the Touch Of A Button
HC-VXF990  and VX980
These new 4K camcorders build on the success of Panasonic’s first 4K camcorders which were introduced to the market last year.  By combining a wealth of advanced imaging technologies such as the LEICA DICOMAR Lens, BSI Sensor and Crystal Engine 4K, beautiful 4K images that boast four times the resolution of Full-HD can be captured for later viewing.  In addition, high-speed, high-precision auto focus technologies, highly critical for 4K shooting, help to increase image quality further.

Also by recording in 4K Photo mode, the user can obtain 8-megapixel still images of decisive moments that even the burst shooting of an SLR camera struggles to capture.

These 4K technologies are concentrated into a body that is almost as compact and lightweight as Panasonic Full-HD camcorders.

Professional Features and Functions for Full-Fledged Video Production
The HC-VXF990  is packed with advanced functions and features to satisfy the needs of both professionals and high-amateurs. With the new tiltable viewfinder¹, this model makes it easier to capture subjects more precisely. Cinema Like Effects are new features that allow the use of shooting techniques seen in cinemas, such as Slow & Quick Video, Slow Zoom and Dolly Zoom.

This high-end compact 4K camcorder is a great tool for creating cinema style videos.

4K Cropping of Recorded Videos without Using Editing Software
HC-VXF990  and HC-VX980 
Newly added 4K Cropping cuts out Full-HD images from 4K footage using only the camcorder. It allows effects to be added to a recorded video, such as zooming², panning³, tracking and stabilizing. The edited video is saved in Full-HD format. This function is especially appreciated by those who want to create high-quality Full-HD videos.

Capture everyone’s memorable moment with Simultaneous Recording
HC-VXF990 , HC-VX980  HC-W580 and HC-V380
Wireless Multi Camera is a new function evolved from Panasonic's original Wireless Twin Camera, which enables picture-in-picture recording using a Wi-Fi-connected smartphone as a sub-camera.

While Wireless Twin Camera links to only one smartphone, Wireless Multi Camera connects to as many as three smartphones and records up to two sub-window images instead of one. This lets the user shoot from a variety of angles and viewpoints to capture a level of emotional impact that simply is not possible with a single camera.

Twin Camera Lets You Capture Alternate Shooting Scenes
The Twin Camera feature with a pan/tilt sub-camera on the edge of the LCD monitor allows simultaneous recording of images from two different angles. Also provided are a Narration mode that emphasizes the camera user's voice in recording and a backup function that simultaneously records images without the sub-window giving great flexibility to the user.

5-Axis Level Shot Function for Blur and Tilt Free Images
HC-VXF990 HC-VX980  HC-W580, HC-V380 and HC-V180
All new models feature Panasonic's original Level Shot function, which detects and corrects the tilting of captured images, as well as 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+. No matter which model is selected, these functions thoroughly suppress blurring caused by various types of hand-shake and automatically correct the tilting of captured images that may be unnoticed by the camera user while recording.

¹The Viewfinder and LCD Monitor cannot be used simultaneously. Also, since the icons displayed in the Viewfinder cannot be operated, open the LCD Monitor for touch operation.
²Length of Pan/Zoom approximately either 20 seconds or approximately 40 seconds.
³Length of Pan/Zoom approximately either 20 seconds or approximately 40 seconds.

(Product Information)


VXF990 VX980 W580 V380 V180
EVF and Cinema Like Effect
For professional results, like never before





4K Video Recording and 4K
Photo Mode
With LEICA Dicomar lens / 4K high-precision AF technology / 4K cropping




Wireless Multi Camera
Recording multiple, simultaneous scenes


Twin Camera
Picture-in-picture twin camera recording





High Picture Quality
20x Optical Zoom / Level Shot
Function / 5-Axis Hand-Shake
Detection / 8M BSI Sensor




HDR (High Dynamic Range)
Crisp, clear detail in both bright and dark areas



Intelligent 90x Zoom and 28mm
Captures beautiful zoom shots and large groups



Wi-Fi Function


Level Shot Function
And 5-axis hand-shake detection

(Feature Information)

Cinema Like Effect for Creating Cinema Style Videos
HC- VXF990/999
This model comes with four special functions that allow professional-like shooting techniques commonly used in cinema films.

Slow & Quick Video
The recording mode can be changed to Quick Video during slow motion shooting. By combining Slow Video and Quick Video, the user can add dramatic effects to motion-filled scenes.

Slow Zoom
Slow zooming, which is also often used in cinema films and difficult to do manually, is easy to operate. It lets the user add tension to otherwise simple scenes, and express emotional shifts in subjects.

Dolly Zoom
This technique zooms only the background while maintaining the subject's size to express feelings such as confusion, distress, or surprise. The resulting footage can be thrilling and create suspense in the film.

Slow Motion Video
Smooth slow motion video turns everyday scenes into works of art.

Intelligent 90x Zoom/Optical 50x Zoom
W580, V380 and V180
When using Intelligent 90x Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving the image resolution. You get sharp images of highly detailed objects – without the blurry edges.

  VXF990 VX980 W580 V380 V180
Wide-Angle 30.8mm* 30.8mm* 28mm 28mm 28mm
Intelligent Zoom 25x* 25x* 90x 90x 90x
Optical Zoom 20x 20x 50x 50x 50x

* 4K

28mm Wide-Angle (35mm camera equivalent)
W580, V380 and V180
The 28mm wide-angle (35mm camera equivalent) fits more people and more of the background into the frame. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room. It fits your subjects in even when you shoot from up close and makes it possible to pick up even small sounds with the mic.

Wi-Fi Function
HC-VXF990 , HC-VX980  HC-W580 and HC-V380
The camcorders include the Baby Monitor feature which enables you to check on a sleeping baby in another room with the camcorder connected to home network with a smartphone. You can call out to the baby using your smartphone or have a notification sent to your smartphone when your baby's crying voice or other sound is detected. You can also provide live streaming of video over the Internet using USTREAM.

About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, enterprise solutions and device industries. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates 468 subsidiaries and 94 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.715 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2015. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic: