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SKU
101591
MPN
HC-VX981K
UPC
885170266285

Panasonic HC-VX981K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder

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  • Ultra HD 4K Video at 24/30 fps
  • 1/2.3" BSI MOS Sensor
  • 20x Leica Dicomar Optical Zoom Lens
  • Wireless Multicamera Support
  • 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ and Level Shot
  • 3" Touchscreen LCD
  • In-Camera 4K Cropping and Editing
  • Capture Stills from 4K Video Frames
  • HDR Movie Mode

The Panasonic HC-VX981K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder lets you capture high-quality UHD 4K and Full HD video with a simple yet powerful operation. The HC-VX981K combines Ultra HD 4K video recording and in-camera 4K cropping and editing tools for an easy-to-use camcorder packed with advanced features. The HDR Movie Mode retains more highlight and shadow information, and a Wireless Multicamera function that lets you add and record up to two picture-in-picture video feeds from mobile devices connected via Wi-Fi. This gives you the ability to capture multiple angles and viewpoints simultaneously for a unique video experience.

The camcorder features a 1/2.3" backside-illuminated (BSI) MOS sensor with an 8.29MP effective resolution that combines with a Crystal Engine 4K image processor to support UHD 4K video at 24/30 fps and 1080p video up to 60 fps. The camera is also able to take up to 25.9MP interpolated still images, and offers the ability to extract still photos directly from your 4K video frames using the 4K Photo Mode. It also adds 4K editing tools that allow you to perform in-camera cropping, zooming, panning, tracking, and stabilizing to your 4K footage. The edited video is saved in 1080p resolution.

Optically, the camcorder utilizes a Leica Dicomar lens that provides a 20x optical zoom range and a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 30.8mm at the wide end. Intelligent zoom boosts that range up to 40x for Full HD and 25x for 4K recording. To keep excessive image vibration to a minimum, for steadier handheld shooting, the HC-VX981K features Panasonic's HYBRID O.I.S.+ which combines optical and digital image stabilization to provide 5-axis correction. It can then be combined with Panasonic's Level Shot function to produce clearer, level, and more stable looking handheld footage.

The camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi supports the Wireless Multicamera feature, along with other functionality through the Panasonic Image App. These functions include remote camera control, live image monitoring, and file uploading directly to social media sites. Once connected to your smartphone, you can even live stream video using USTREAM to share moments and events with your friends and family as they are being recorded. Additionally, there's a Baby Monitor function which lets you use your smartphone to quickly check in on a sleeping baby in another room when both the camcorder and mobile device are connected to the same home network.

Wireless Multicamera

Wireless Multicamera enables picture-in-picture recording using Wi-Fi connected mobile devices. You can connect up to three mobile devices at a time and use two of them to record picture-in-picture images. This makes it easy and fun to capture multiple angles and viewpoints at once.

In-Camera 4K Cropping and Editing Tools

Built-in editing tools allow you to crop your 4K video and add effects such as zooming, panning, tracking, and stabilizing. The edited videos are saved at 1080p resolution.

4K Photo Mode

Pause and extract 4K (8.29MP) still images from 4K video frames using the 4K Photo Mode.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Movie Mode

By combining two images taken with different exposure times, the HDR Movie function suppresses blown highlights and blocked shadows for crisper, clearer videos. With HDR you can maintain gradation in your images in difficult shooting situations, like when your subject is back-lit.

5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+

Stabilized on 5 axes (pan, tilt, and roll axes, plus horizontal and vertical directions), the HYBRID O.I.S+ suppresses blurring and jitters in your videos when not using a tripod or other stabilizer.

Level Shot Function

Level Shot automatically detects and corrects tilting in images. It can be adjusted to three different levels-OFF, Normal or Strong-depending on shooting conditions.

Wi-Fi Functionality

In addition to Wireless Multicamera, the camera is also able to take advantage of remote control and image sharing from a smartphone or tablet using Panasonic's mobile app. Once connected to your smartphone, you can even live stream video using USTREAM to share moments and events with your friends and family as they are being recorded.

Built-in Wi-Fi also enables you to take advantage of the Baby Monitor feature, which lets you use your smartphone to quickly check in on a sleeping baby in another room when both the camcorder and mobile device are connected to the same home network. You also can speak to your baby via your smartphone or have a notification sent to you when the camera detects that your baby is crying.

In the Box

Panasonic HC-VX981K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder

Rechargeable 1940mAh Battery

AC Adapter

Micro-HDMI Cable

USB Cable

Lens Hood

Shoe Adapter

HD Writer AE 5.3 (Download)

Limited 1-Year Warranty on Parts

Limited 90-Day Warranty on Labor

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SKU 101591
Brands Panasonic
MPN HC-VX981K
UPC 885170266285
Specifications
Camera
Sensor 1-Chip 1/2.3" MOS
Backside Illumination Yes
Sensor Resolution 18.91 MP
Effective Pixels 8.3 MP (16:9 Video)
6.1 MP (16:9 Video)
8.3 MP (16:9 Photo)
7 MP (3:2 Photo)
6.2 MP (4:3 Photo)
Optics
Focal Length 4.08 to 81.6mm
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 30.8 to 626 at 16:9 4K (Level Shot Function OFF)
37 to 752 at 16:9 Full HD (Level Shot Function Off or Normal)
30.8 to 626 at 16:9 Photo
34.5 to 690.3 at 3:2 Photo
37.6 to 752.8 at 4:3 Photo
Maximum Aperture f/1.8 - f/3.6
Zoom Optical: 20x
Intelligent: 25x 4K
Intelligent: 40x (in HD)
Digital: 60x
Digital: 1500x
Filter Size 49 mm
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 24/30 fps (72 Mb/s MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 24/60 fps (50 Mb/s MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s MP4)
1280 x 720p at 30 fps (9 Mb/s MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (13 Mb/s AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (5 Mb/s AVCHD)
960 x 540p at 30 fps (28 Mb/s iFrame)
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 25.9 Megapixel, 6784 x 3816 (16:9)
JPEG: 14 Megapixel, 4992 x 2808 (16:9)
JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
JPEG: 20 Megapixel, 5472 x 3684 (3:2)
JPEG: 10.6 Megapixel, 3984 x 2656 (3:2)
JPEG: 2.0 Megapixel, 1728 x 1152 (3:2)
JPEG: 20.4 Megapixel, 5216 x 3912 (4:3)
JPEG: 10.9 Megapixel, 3808 x 2856 (4:3)
JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480 (4:3)
Audio Format AAC
Dolby Digital 2ch
Dolby Digital 5.1
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3"
Screen Resolution 460,800 Dots
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed 1/24 - 1/8000 Second (Video)
1/2 - 1/2000 Second (Photo)
Features
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Scene Modes Preset: Yes
Lux 1400 (Standard Illumination)
2 (Low Light Scene Mode)
1 (Night Mode, Color)
0 (Night Mode)
White Balance Modes Auto
Cloudy
Custom
Daylight
Indoor 1
Indoor 2
Creative Effects Yes
Built-In Mic Yes
Built-In Speaker Yes
Built-In Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - No
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Accessory Shoe 1 x Cold
Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
1 x A/V
1 x USB 2.0
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
General
Battery Rechargeable Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1940 mAh
Max Runtime: 1 Hours per Charge
Charging Method AC Adapter
USB
Power Adapter 5 VDC
Power Consumption Recording: 7.1 W
Charging: 7.7 W
Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.6 x 2.9 x 5.5" / 65.0 x 73.0 x 139.0 mm
Weight 12.38 oz / 351 g without battery and SD card
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 5.9 x 4.1"
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