P2 Breaks New Ground in
Mobility and Reliability - The
solid-state P2 card records and plays back without requiring the
mechanisms found in conventional tape or disc systems. This gives the
AJ-SPX800 CamputerTM Camcorder exceptional shock and
vibration resistance, and makes it the ideal choice for reliable
recording in harsh conditions.
Instant Rec Start - Another Memory Card Advantage - Thanks to the
solid-state memory, recording response is much faster than with tape or
disc recorders. You can begin recording an instant after powering up,
making it possible to capture fleeting moments that other systems miss.
You won't worry about missing the shot.
Next-Generation Recording Functions - The AJ-SPX800 has slots for
five P2 cards and lets you record continuously onto all five in sequence.
It also provides several entirely new recording functions that are
possible only with memory cards.
Data protection - The P2 card records only onto blank spaces, so
there's no danger of accidentally writing over data. 1
- Hot-swap recording: You can replace a full memory card with a blank
one while the P2 cam is recording onto a second card. Successively
swapping cards this way gives you virtually unlimited recording
- Loop recording: By loop recording onto a specified recording area, you
can continue to record over fixed area.
- Pre-rec: While in standby mode, you can continuously store, and
subsequently record, up to 15 seconds of images and sounds (in DVCPRO).
In effect, this lets you record footage of events that occur even before
you press the rec start button, giving you a way to "go back"
and capture moments you otherwise would have missed.
Wide 2/3" 3-CCD for High Sensitivity and High Image Quality
- The AJ-SPX800 features a 2/3" 520,000-pixel 3-CCD imaging system,
plus progressive scanning capability and an F13 lens with high
sensitivity. You can shoot in light as low as 0.01 lux 2
with minimal smear. With 750 lines of resolution and a 65-dB S/N, the
AJ-SPX800 meets virtually any recording need. And it's versatile, with
menu-selectable 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios.
Digital Super Gain (cumulative mode) - The AJ-SPX800 has a
digital super gain function (in cumulative mode) that allows extra gain
of +12 dB (at 15 fps) and +20 dB (at 6 fps). Unlike conventional gain
adjustment, digital super gain is virtually noise-free, 3
so picture quality remains intact. With high gain and digital super gain,
the AJ-SPX800 allows ultra-high-sensitive shooting at up to +68 dB.
2X Digital Zoom - You can digitally enlarge the viewfinder image
to twice the normal lens magnification, producing images four times the
normal size. Progressive images retain their superior resolution even
with zooming, and -- unlike when a lens extender is used -- brightness
is not reduced. Ideal as both a shooting technique and focusing support.
Newly Developed Gamma Curve for News - The gamma functions
featured in Panasonic VariCam models have earned wide acclaim. Now
Panasonic has developed a new gamma curve for the AJ-SPX800: news gamma.
This new function, offered in addition to conventional video gamma,
helps to preserve important image data by suppressing over-saturation in
highlight areas during sudden changes in contrast.
24p/30p Progressive Mode - The frame rate can be switched between
the normal 60i (60 fields/sec), 24p (24 frames/sec) and 30p 4
(30 frames/sec). In both 24p and 30p modes, a complete progressive scan
image is produced for each frame. You'll find the AJ-SPX800 suitable for
a host of applications, from production of documentaries, commercials,
and music video clips to up-converting for HD.
DVCPRO/DVCPRO50/DV Switchable - The versatile AJ-SPX800 can
record in DVCPRO, high-quality 4:2:2 digital component DVCPRO50, and DV.
A single 4GB P2 card 5 holds up to 16
minutes of DVCPRO/DV data or 8 minutes of DVCPRO50 data. Using the
camera's five slots and hot-swapping function, you get virtually
unlimited continuous recording.
Four-Channel Digital Audio in All Formats - In all formats -
DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, and DV - the AJ-SPX800 can record full 48-kHz/16-bit
digital audio on each of the four channels. You can freely select the
audio source for each channel, choosing from mic, line, wireless
receiver, and other sources.
Proxy Data Recording 6 - Mount
an optional proxy (low-resolution) codec card into the option card slot
or one of the P2 card slots, and the AJ-SPX800 records MPEG4 proxy data
- useful for news flash or other studio news system use - onto the card
along with the full-resolution data. Proxy data can also be recorded
onto an SD Memory card mounted in the slot provided, for easy viewing on
a laptop PC. The codec card, available as an option, lets you upgrade as
future image codec systems evolve.
PC Connection via Wireless LAN or USB 2.0 - Mount a wireless LAN
card (optional) into the option card slot, and you can connect the P2
cam directly to a LAN. This is an extremely simple solution for live,
on-air broadcast of proxy data 7 The
AJ-SPX800 comes equipped with USB 2.0 interfaces that let you use the P2
card slot as an external drive for a PC. This gives you the flexibility
to perform in-the-field nonlinear editing or network data transfers.
Slip Thumbnail Function
- Thumbnails: The AJ-SPX800 automatically generates a thumbnail image
for each clip. These can be used for nonlinear editing or by the
- Displaying thumbnails on the Color LCD Monitor: You can view up to 12
thumbnails at once on the 3.5" Color LCD Monitor. Any of the
corresponding clips can be accessed instantly.
- Seamless playback of selected clips: Using the thumbnails, you can
specify a number of clips for seamless playback or on-air broadcasting.
Voice Memo and Shot Marker - If desired, to each clip you can add
a simple OK/NG shot marker and/or a voice memo with an audio comment
linked to the time code. You can do this either while recording or after
recording, such as to support post-recording processing.
Four User Scene Files - Store specific camera settings in
built-in memory, then retrieve them when needed for quick, easy setup.
Four files with settings can be stored in the camera's memory. Files can
also be copied onto an SD Memory Card, allowing storage of up to eight
Customized User Buttons and Menu - Three user buttons are
provided. Assign a function to each, and then you can select those
functions with pushbutton ease. You can also customize the on-screen
menu with the items you use most often, then display them by simply
pressing a button.
Auto Tracking White Balance - White balance is automatically
adjusted, in real time, as the lighting changes. This makes it easy to
get natural color even when shooting scenes under difficult lighting
conditions, like when following a subject walking from indoors to
Enhanced Functions and Specifications
- The electronic shutter has speeds of 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500,
1/1000, and 1/2000 sec, plus synchro-scan capability (1/60.3 to 1/250
- 4-position optical filter
- Select from a variety of finder markers, or make your own.
- Zebra pattern can be displayed for contrast adjustment, Auto White
Balance setting, and onto color bar output.
- One touch of the mode check button displays the camera settings for
- Built-in SMPTE time code generator/reader, with time code In/Out
Device (size & type)
||F 13.0 at
2000, 89.9% reflect
(F 1.4, +48dB +20dB gain)
2/3" bayonet mount (optional)
Focus Assist with Digital Zoom
50/25, DV switchable
1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
Shutter Speeds (sec.)
Digital Super Gain: 1/6, 1/15, 1/30
+3, +6, +9, +12, 15, +18, +21, +24, +27, +30; Super Gain: +30,
+36, +42, +48; Digital Super Gain: +6, +12, +20
A+B, color correction
Color Bar Generator
Memory Card Slot
2.0", 5.0" (optional)