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Panasonic shows no slowdown in camcorder offerings (pictures)

Traditional camcorders may not be selling as well as they used to, but Panasonic's still churning them out.

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A 4K push

Panasonic announced not one but two prosumer 4K models at CES -- four models if you count the variations with internal memory that will be available in selected regions.

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WX970, the one with everything

The WX970 includes all the latest technologies, including UHD 4K video, Panasonic's HDR Movie capability and the Twin Camera for picture-in-picture recording that debuted last year in the W850.

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Power connector

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Shoe adapter

The WX970 ships with a bundled accessory adapter.

The big missing feature in the higher-end models is an electronic viewfinder.

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Connectors and controls

In addition to the usual HDMI, headphone and mic ports plus power, Wi-Fi and record-mode buttons, Panasonic has an automatic video leveling option.

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Twin Camera

Panasonic has rolled the rotating picture-in-picture camera further down the product line. On the 4K models, the second camera records HD.

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Twin Camera close-up

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Manual controls

Panasonic offers several models with manual controls, starting at the $600 price point with the V750 and V770, and all the models except the cheap V160 now incorporate five-axis Hybrid OIS.

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5.1 sound still lives

Like Sony, Panasonic continues to incorporate 5.1-channel microphones in its camcorders. Panasonic also puts the NFC receiver on the top of the recorder where most manufacturers typically put the accessory shoe.

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Most mainstream model

AT $450(directly converted, £294 or AU$557) with a 50x optical zoom and the wireless Twin Camera, I think the W570 is probably the model that should have the most mainstream appeal.

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