We’re pleased to announce the recent addition of the new Panasonic HPX170 to our camera package lineup. The AG-HPX170 is an ultra-mobile P2 HD handheld camcorder featuring full, 4:2:2 independent frame production quality HD and solid-state recording. Based on the AG-HVX200 series, the lighter HPX170 is fully solid state (no DV mechanism), and comes with a host of enhancements including a new 1/3" progressive 3-CCD imager system, wider Leica Dicomar 13X lens, and an HD-SDI out for direct connection to one of our HD monitors. It shoots in 1080i or 720p, with completely variable frame rates.

The HPX170 serves as an excellent little brother to our HDX900 packages, for those who want HD on a smaller budget, or prefer the P2 workflow.

Like all of our Camera/Crew packages, the HPX170 package comes complete with tripod, HD monitor, lighting and sound. It also comes with several P2 cards, and our Media Management kit with Mac laptop for downloading.

In this photo, we're shooting with the HPX170 up in Breckenridge for an interview with snowboarder Steve Fisher about his career and quest for the 2010 Olympics, for a Getty Images production. Click here to see the results.

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This Article first appeared in the January 2010 issue of Big Pictures News. Written by Tom Miller, Copyright 2010, Big Pictures Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved