Apparently having lost all interest in consumer camcorders, Panasonic has wheeled out a minor update to its 4K line which add – well, pretty much nothing bar a tiltable viewfinder, it seems to us. Yawn.
Honestly, we thought Canon’s XA30 was a mere trifle of an upgrade but kudos to Panasonic for doing even less and spinning it as a new release.
The HC-VXF990 and HC-VX980 appear almost exactly the same as last year’s models (the WX970 and VX870) but add some gimmicky “cinema like “effects that no-one doing any proper shooting will surely use, and in-camera cropping to HD which likewise is much better done during editing (which we think anyone buying this kind of camera will do on a computer even if they’re using iMovie or Windows MovieMaker)
If you thought Panny’s wireless twin-camera feature – which overlays a WiFi connected second camera’s image on top of your main footage as a picture-in-picture – was rubbish, prepare to be amazed as the company has actually put their money and effort into expanding it. Now it will connect to three cameras and superimpose two of them all over what you’re filming. Really, truly, who on earth ever uses this other than from curiosity?
We suggest the best thing about these releases is that you should now be able to pick up the previous models at a discount price. Hooray!