AG-HPX171 DVCPRO P2 Panasonic



Memory Card Camcorder with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens, Superb Image Quality and Advanced Functions

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The AG-HPX171 is the lightest member of the P2 Series of camcorders that have revolutionized news gathering and video production. Thanks to an exclusive, P2 card recording design, the AG-HPX171 weighs in at only 1.9 kilograms, assuring exceptional mobility. 

The AG-HPX171 has a camera section that features a 28mm wide-angle zoom lens - widest in the class — plus a 1/3-inch 16:9 progressive CCD that provides low-noise, low-smear performance. These high-end features combine with use of the DVCPRO HD codec, with its proven track record in broadcasting, to provide exceptional HD recording quality. 

The AG-HPX171 offers a host of advanced features. Two P2 card slots allow hot swapping for extended recording. Pre-rec and loop-rec functions help ensure that you never miss an important shooting opportunity. There is also 20-step variable frame rate selection, HD-SDI output for uncompressed streaming output, and a waveform monitor/vector scope for outdoor recording convenience. With its superb recording quality, impressive feature set and exceptional mobility, the AG-HPX171 is an agile, powerful solution to today’s broadcasting and image production needs. 

Compact, Lightweight and Perfectly Balanced

At 1.9 kilograms, the super-compact AG-HPX171 is the lightest member of the P2 family. It combines small size and light weight with an ideal balance - the center of gravity is in the hand grip – to bring exceptional comfort and maneuverability to handheld recording. The zoom lens further enhances shooting ease and convenience, letting the AG-HPX171 handle a wide range of applications without requiring a conversion lens.

Wide, High-Quality Images with High Sensitivity from Advanced Optical System and High-Performance DSP

28mm Wide-Angle, 13x Zoom Leica Dicomar® HD Lens

The wide-angle zoom lens that gained high popularity in the HVX200 Series has been reduced in size, lightened, and further widened in this 13x zoom lens. The lens structure combines 13 lens elements in 10 groups, with 3 aspherical lenses. The diameter of the front lens element has been reduced from 67 to 53.2 mm, while still achieving a 28mm wide angle (35mm equivalent), the widest of the class.*

The new lens covers most shooting situations without requiring a wide-angle conversion lens. Its minimum object distance (MOD) of about 0.6 meter at the telephoto setting helps to maximize the handheld camcorder’s inherent mobility. 

The same cam-driven zoom ring that was so popular in previous models ensures accurate zooming. The Leica Dicomar lens incorporates Leica optical technology and know-how throughout. A multi-coating process minimizes flare and ghosting. This results in sharp, crisp, beautifully rendered images with delicate nuances and exceptional shading.

Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)

Panasonic’s advanced OIS dramatically reduces the blurring caused by hand-held camera work. Optical processing with an automatic correction function helps assure consistently clear, sharp images.

Progressive CCD Raises Sensitivity and Lowers Noise and Smear

The 1/3-inch 16:9 progressive CCD on the AG-HPX171 further raises image quality. It combines a significantly improved S/N ratio and better low-light performance than previous models. Backed by a high-performance digital signal processor, the CCD brings higher quality to HD images to meet the demands of broadcasters and high-end video producers.

High-Resolution Native Progressive 1080/50p* Scan

Progressive to interlace conversion, cross conversion and down conversion all start with the 1080/50p* scan. That initial 1080p native progressive scan offers the highest level of vertical resolution possible at this level of camera. Keep in mind that the camera does not record this signal but uses it as a basis for all captures. The result is an HD or SD recording with a level of image quality that cannot be matched by electronically processed scans.

*When in 50Hz mode.

DSP with 14 Bit A/D Conversion and 19 Bit Processing

The digital signal processor developed for the AG-HPX171’s video signals uses 14 bit A/D conversion and 19 bit inner processing to attain unprecedented accuracy. The DSP performs a variety of adjustments, including seven types of gamma settings, for each of the R, G and B channels. It also converts the signals to HD or SD format. With a performance equivalent to the processors used in many higher-end HD cameras, this DSP delivers beautiful images in all video formats.

Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)

In scenes with mixed contrast, such as when panning from indoors to outdoors, the DRS function automatically suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights. A gamma curve and knee slope is estimated to match the contrast of each pixel, and applied in real time. When dark, bright, and intermediate shades are all contained in the same scene, this produces excellent gradation for each shade and minimizes blocked shadows and blown highlights. The images that result are enhanced by a visually wide dynamic range.

Production Quality DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO, and Multi-Codec Recording

The AG-HPX171 records HD video with outstanding image and audio quality onto a P2 card with the DVCPRO HD codec. This codec, thanks to a low compression ratio at a video bit rate of approximately 100 Mbps (1080i, 720p) and the easy-to-edit intraframe compression system, is suitable for recording fast-moving subjects with no motion artifacts other than motion blur. The 4:2:2 sampling rate minimizes jaggies at chroma edges. Sound quality is excellent too, thanks to uncompressed 16 bit, 4-channel digital audio recording capability. The AG-HPX171 can record in 1080i, 1080p or 720p HD, and it’s compatible with the SD (480i or 576i) format. The multi-codec system allows you to record in DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO or DV. 

Large-Capacity P2 Cards - Compact, Speedy and Reliable

The P2 card offers a large capacity of up to 64GB*1 in a small and light weight package. Its rugged design withstands even harsh professional use. It is highly resistant to temperature fluctuations, dust, impact and vibrations, and is free of the problems that are common in tapes, such as condensation, head clogging and dropouts. The P2 card promises solid reliability and excellent mobility under the often difficult conditions of field recording. Because data is automatically recorded in blank card spaces, there is no need for cueing and the risk of accidentally overwriting valuable data is eliminated. The newly released, low-cost E series*2 (AJ-P2E016XG/ AJ-P2E032XG/AJ-P2E064XG) provides a new level of lower cost recording capability for those customers budgetary concerns.

1080/480 24p Advance Mode

The 1080 and 480 progressive recording systems convert recordings to 60i in 24p, 30p, or 24pA (Advance) mode. The 24p Advance mode uses 2:3:3:2 pulldown, which allows for an easy extraction to a 24p timeline and no quality loss in the process with NLEs that are compatible.* This lets you maintain superior image quality throughout the production process.


Weight Approx. 1.9 kg Camcorder only
Dimensions (WxHxD) 154 (W) mm ? 179.5 (H) mm ? 397 (D) mm
Imaging Device 3CCD (1/3-inch interline transfer type, and progressive modes supported)
Power consumption 13.8W (Max)

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