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Panasonic HC-WX970K 4K Ultra-HD Camcorder with Twin Video Camera

Model # HCWX970K

Regular Price $997.99

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"Product Highlights
-4K Ultra HD Video and 25.9MP Stills
-1/2.3"" Back-Illuminated MOS Sensor
-Articulating 5.27MP Secondary Camera
-20x Optical Zoom / 50x Intelligent Zoom
-HYBRID OIS 5-Axis Image Stabilization
-1080p Slow Motion Video up to 240 fps
-HDR (High Dynamic Range) Video Recording
-Capture 4K Frame Grabs from Video
-Twin Cam with Wi-Fi and NFC Connectivity
-IR Night Mode

Record 4K picture-in-picture video with the Panasonic HC-WX970 4K Ultra-HD Camcorder. This camcorder can capture video at 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution at 30 frames-per-second, four times the resolution of full-HD video. With that resolution, you can us the 4K Photo Mode to extract individual frames from your videos and create high-quality photographs. Panasonic's CrystalEngine 4K chipset reduces rolling shutter artifacts from the sensor by increasing readout speed. When stepping down to full HD resolution, the CrystalEngine 4K can record slow-motion video at up to 120 frames-per-second, with frame interpolation it can slow the video even further by emulating a 240 fps recording.

Through their lens design partnership with Leica, Panasonic incorporated a Leica Dicomar 20x optical zoom lens with four separate optical groups and a maximum aperture of f/1.8. To keep excessive image vibration to a minimum, for steadier handheld shooting, the HC-WX970K features Panasonic's HYBRID O.I.S. , which combines optical and digital image stabilization to provide 5-axis correction. Adjustable settings allow you to find a stabilization mode most appropriate for the kind of shooting you are doing. From OFF for tripod work, to Normal for regular handheld work, all the way up to Strong for those times when things really get shaky.

The WX970 camcorder is capable of recording two video streams simultaneously with its picture-in-picture mode. On the side of the articulating screen, there is a rotatable secondary camera to capture a self-portrait or another angle while recording 4K video with the main camera. The picture-in-picture mode is expandable using the built-in Wi-Fi. Instead of using the integrated secondary camera, you can use the camera on your smartphone for more flexibility. You can preview a live image on your mobile device using the Panasonic Image App and change camera settings. If the camera has Internet access, you can even upload web-friendly copies of videos and photos directly to social media websites. Plus, there's a Baby Monitor function which lets you use the camera like an IP surveillance camera, viewing a remote feed across the Internet.

Twin Camera Operation

The HC-WX970 features a secondary camera built into the edge of the LCD monitor. This additional camera provides 270 panning and 20 tilting for recording two angles simultaneously. The twin camera operation also features a narration mode to record ongoing commentary while shooting. For more versatility, you can connect your smartphone via Wi-Fi and use that instead of the built-in secondary camera. With this functionality you can shoot from alternate distances or angles for a variety of picture-in-picture images.

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.

Baby Calendar / Stop-Motion Animation Assist

Set the baby's name and birthday to display thumbnail images of scenes recorded on and around that date, making it easy to find the scenes you want. By moving the subject slightly and shooting still images, you can create a unique animated slideshow. Previously taken photos are displayed with an onion skin effect for easy layering.

Creative Control

Built-in filter effects including Miniature, 8mm Movie, Silent Movie, and Time Lapse Recording let you match your video recordings to the shooting situation.

Full-HD Slow Motion Video

The HC-WX970K records Full-HD (1920 x 1080) video at 120 fps. For a more dramatic slow motion effect the of the Crystal Engine's Intelligent Frame Creation interpolates frames to achieve an equivalent of 240 fps. You can easily switch to slow motion while recording with a simple touch on the LCD screen.

High-Speed Precision Autofocus

The image sensor has a 60 fps readout enabling quick focusing speed, stability, and tracking performance.

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.


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

Multi-Manual Dial

Several in-camera functions can be controlled by the Multi-Manual Dial these features include:

  • Focus

  • White Balance

  • Shutter Speed

  • Iris

  • Sharpness

  • Color Saturation

  • Brightness

Wi-Fi Functionality

  • One-touch Connection - NFC lets you instantly connect a smartphone or tablet to the camcorder with just one touch. Even without an NFC phone, QR codes are provided to make Wi-Fi settings.

  • Remote Shooting / Remote View - The ""Panasonic Image App"" lets you use a smartphone or tablet as a real-time remote to control the camcorder from a distance. View photos and video directly from the camcorder on a smartphone or tablet, and upload to a social networking site.

  • Real-Time Broadcasting - You can live-stream events on USTREAM as they are being recorded in Full-HD resolution (requires a wireless access point).

  • Baby Monitor - Check on the baby anytime from anywhere with a smartphone or tablet. Push Notification sends an instant alert when the audio sensor detects the baby waking or crying (requires a wireless access point).

  • Home Monitoring - When you are away from home, your camcorder can record high-quality live video and you monitor and speak to your family or pets at home from your smartphone or tablet.

  • Auto Transfer (Wireless PC Copy) - Images are transferred from your camcorder to your PC via the wireless access point at home.

  • Highlight Playback and Easy Share - You can enjoy Highlight Playback with a smartphone or tablet right after shooting. Favorite scenes can be shared on SNS with simple drag and drop operation.

  • Wireless TV Playback - An access point at home can be used to transfer data wirelessly to the TV or a tablet in the living room, or other rooms in the house (requires a wireless access point).

Image Sensor 1/2.3" BSI MOS Sensor
Total Pixels 18.91 megapixels
Effective Pixels (Motion Image) 4K: 8.29 megapixels [16:9], Full-HD: 6.10 megapixels [16:9], Level Shot Function OFF or Normal
Effective Pixels (Still Image) 7.00 megapixels [3:2]
Effective Pixels (Still Image) 8.29 megapixels [16:9]
Effective Pixels (Still Image) 6.22 megapixels [4:3]
Image Sensor 1/4" MOS Sensor
Total Pixels 5.27 megapixels
F Value F1.8 (WIDE) / F3.6 (TELE)
Optical Zoom 20x
Focal Length 4.08 - 81.6 mm
35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Motion Image) 4K: 30.8 - 626 mm [16:9], Full-HD: 37.0 - 752 mm [16:9], Level Shot Function OFF or Normal
35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Still Image) 34.5 - 690.3 mm [3:2]
35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Still Image) 30.8 - 626 mm [16:9]
35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Still Image) 37.6 - 752.8 mm [4:3]
Filter Diameter 49 mm
Lens Brand Leica Dicomar Lens
F Value F2.2
Focal Length 3.54 mm
35 mm Film Camera Equivalent (Motion Image) 37.2 mm (Motion picture recording mode)
Standard Illumination 1400 lx
Minimum Illumination 2 lx (Scene Mode Low Light 1/30), 1 lx (Night Mode (Color)), 0 lx (Night Mode (IR))
Focus Auto / Manual
Intelligent Zoom OFF 20x
Intelligent Zoom ON 4K: 25x, Full-HD: 40x
Digital Zoom 60x / 1500x (The maximum value of zoom magnification can be set in two patterns)
White Balance Auto / White Set / Sunny / Cloudy / Indoor1 / Indoor2
Shutter Speed
Motion Image [60p / 60i]
Motion Image Auto Slow Shutter ON : 1/30 - 1/8000
Motion Image Auto Slow Shutter OFF : 1/60 - 1/8000
Still Image 1/2 - 1/2000
Iris Auto / Manual
Image Stabilizer HYBRID O.I.S.+ with Active Mode, O.I.S. Lock, Level Shot Function
Creative Control Miniature Effect, Silent Movie, 8mm Movie, Time Lapse Rec
Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Recording Format [AVCHD] AVCHD Progressive
Recording Format [iFrame / MP4] MP4
Compression Method MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Recording/ Playback Mode 1080/60p (28Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60p)
Recording/ Playback Mode PH (24Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)
Recording/ Playback Mode HA (17Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)
Recording/ Playback Mode HG (13Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)
Recording/ Playback Mode HE (5Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)
Recording/ Playback Mode MP4/2160p(72M) (72Mbps / VBR), (3840 x 2160/30p)
Recording/ Playback Mode MP4/1080p(50M) (50Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60p)
Recording/ Playback Mode MP4/1080p(28M) (28Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60p)
Recording/ Playback Mode MP4/720p(9M) (9Mbps / VBR), (1280 x 720/30p)
Recording/ Playback Mode iFrame (28Mbps / VBR), (960 x 540/30p)
Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery Approx. 50 min (60p mode)
Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery Approx. 50 min (PH mode)
Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery Approx. 50 min (HA mode)
Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery Approx. 50 min (HG mode)
Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery Approx. 50 min (HE mode)
Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery Approx. 50 min (MP4 50M)
Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery Approx. 50 min (MP4 28M)
Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery Approx. 55 min (MP4 720p)
Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery Approx. 55 min (iFrame)
Actual Recordable Time with Supplied Battery * Twin Camera OFF
Thumbnail Display 20 thumbnails/page, 9 thumbnails/page, 1 thumbnail/page
Audio Recording System AVCHD: Dolby Digital (5.1ch / 2ch)
Audio Recording System iFrame, MP4: AAC (2ch)
Microphone 5.1ch Surround, Zoom, Focus and Stereo Microphone
Speaker Dynamic type
Recording Format JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2)
Recording Image Size
Still Image [16:9] 25.9megapixels (6784 x 3816), 14 megapixels (4992 x 2808), 2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)
Still Image [3:2] 20 megapixels (5472 x 3648), 10.6 megapixels (3984 x 2656 , 2.0 megapixels (1728 x 1152)
Still Image [4:3] 20.4 megapixels (5216 x 3912), 10.9 megapixels (3808 x 2856), 0.3 megapixels (640 x 480)
Simultaneous Recording 2160p: [16:9] 20.4 megapixels (6016 x 3384), 8.3 megapixels (3840 x 2160)
Simultaneous Recording Other than 2160p: [16:9] 14.0 megapixels (4992 x 2808), 2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)
Flash -
Power Supply 3.6V (Battery) / 5.0V (AC Adaptor)
Power Consumption Max. 7.6W (Recording) / Max. 7.7W (Charging)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 65 x 73 x 139mm (2.559 x 2.874 x 5.472 inch)
Weight (w/o battery and SD card) Approx. 360g (0.794 lb)
LCD Monitor 7.5cm (3") Wide LCD monitor (460,800 dots)
Touch Panel Yes
View Finder -
Manual Ring / Dial Yes (Dial)
AV Yes
HDMI Yes (micro)
Microphones (stereo mini) Yes
Headphone (stereo mini) Yes
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
USB Charge Yes
LED Video Light Yes
Accessory Shoe Yes (cold)
Lens Cover Yes (Auto)
On-Screen Display Language English, French, Spanish, Chinese Traditional
Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Frequency 2.4GHz band
AC Adaptor Yes
AC Cable -
DC Cable Yes (USB Type)
Rechargeable Battery Pack Yes (1,940mAh)
Battery Charger -
IR Remote -
HDMI Cable Yes (micro)
AV Multi Cable -
AV Cable -
Shoe adaptor Yes
Lens Hood Yes
USB Cable Yes
Editing Software HD Writer AE 5.2 (Download)

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