REVIEW: Panasonic AG UX90 4k Camcorder
I wanted to like it. I do.
For the last several years I have been using a Panasonic AG AC130a model, and the jump into the new UX series is striking.
The two key features in the new models are the full 1” sensor and the ability to shoot in either 24 or 30p in full 4K. If you don’t think you need the 4k, you do. You just don’t know it yet.
For those of you also selling on stock video sites, the writing is on the wall and it is only a matter of time until new submissions in 2k mode aren’t accepted.
The price point on the new UX90 is about $1,200 less than I paid for the older AC130a model. There just isn’t an excuse anymore as 4k has hit the mainstream. At just over two thousand dollars, the camera isn’t inexpensive. Until you compare the features of just a few years ago in the five thousand dollar range.
The UX series is a run and gun camera system and perfect for stock video production, news work, interviews, etc. It isn’t a movie camera, although……but that would be a subject for another posting.
About two pounds lighter and a quarter shorter and compact, the UX is much easier to pack with you while climbing into hard to reach areas for landscapes or difficult shots. It’s weight will also allow it to be put on a much lighter duty tripod. Cutting down the carry weight when important.
Even on full auto the camera seems to know what to do without asking anything from it. Sharp, clear, and the cropping ability with the 4k settings is incredible. In standard 2k mode, in my opinion, the camera really shines. Compared A/B with same footage from the previous models with 1/3 sensors….well there just isn’t a comparison.
Unless specifically shooting in a 4k situation for stock footage, the 2k setting is just fine. They also bumped up the 2k to a 60p shooting. Much appreciated.
All controls, ND filtering, and menus, are well thought out. Audio functions are top notch with two XLR inputs, and build quality is tight and up to Panasonic standards.
Over the next few weeks I will be posting some examples as I move out of the testing range. The camera is so new that there isn’t much out there in the way of instruction videos as yet.
One nice feature is the lens is a leica 67mm. Which means that all of your 67mm filters will fit it nicely. Initial experimentation with them……try the polarizer….you will like it.
I give it a strong buy recommendation and purchased mine from B and H with the usual great service and support.
AG UX90 product brochure
AG UX90 MANUEL