Panasonic has launched the AJ-PX5000G, the manufacturer’s first P2 HD camcorder with native AVC-Ultra recording and built-in micro P2 card slots.

The 2/3-inch, 2.2M 3-MOS camera shoots 720p and 1080p/i, as well as 1080/50p.

Panasonic said the camera’s range of recording options made it suited to network news, documentary, high-end corporate and sports production, as well as the rental market.

Panasonic Professional Camera Solutions Europe product manager at Rob Tarrant said: “The PX5000G continues the ground-breaking developments of the HPX600 with a selection of cutting-edge options.

“Couple this with the versatility and the outstanding image quality of AVC-Ultra family of codec’s the PX5000G will appeal to a broad range of end users.”

The PX5000 can record in AVC-LongG and AVC-Intra100/50 as standard.

DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV are optional codecs, and the unit is 50Hz and 59.94Hz switchable for worldwide use.

Panasonic said the camcorder’s 2/3-type shoulder-mount design accommodates a variety of interchangeable lenses.

The PX5000G is the first P2 HD camcorder with built-in slots for the company’s new micro P2 cards, which have an SD card from factor.

It also has two micro P2 slots and two standard P2 card slots, as well as an SD card slot for proxy recording.

The AJ-PX5000G will ship this autumn at a suggested price of €25,000 (£21,000).