two battery bays, surprisingly convenient for
multi-battery charging. When batteries charge,
the LEDs on the batteries blink. Well done.
If you want to attach things, the UX180 has
you covered here as well, with both 1/4-20 with
anti-rotation pin hole, and 3/8" screw holes on
the bottom of the camcorder. There are also two
1/4-20 and 3/8" holes on the top handle. There’s
a cold shoe over the camera’s lens, a 67mm
threaded ring on the lens for filters, screw holes
to mount the shotgun mic holder, as well as
holders to dress the cables and little loops for
the camera’s carry strap.
In other words, despite the fact that camcorders are already designed to include so many
things you’d have to add on to a DSLR to be able
to run-and-gun in the field, the UX180 makes it
easy to accessorize and add on still more gear,
like wireless mics, external LCD monitors, and
The Panasonic UX180 has plenty of ports, including SDI, HDMI, and AV video outs (Figure
3), but it can output video from only one port at
a time (Figure 4). By contrast, the JVC GY-LS300
I reviewed in 2015 ( go2sm.com/ls300) can feed
video to viewfinder, LCD, SDI, and HDMI simultaneously for maximum flexibility.
The UX180 does offer full-size HDMI, as well
as BNC jacks for 3G HD-SDI out and TC I/O. I
was hoping to find that the TC could possibly be
used for Genlock in a multi-camera shoot, but
I could find no confirmation of that capability.
The camera has a headphone and power port
under a small door. Under the big door housing the BNC jacks, you’ll find an AV port, as
well as separate ports for focus/iris, and zoom/
record. This is handy for putting two controllers on two handles of a tripod and using the
camera in a studio configuration. That’s where
Genlock would come in handy.
The UX180 has a USB 3.0 port on the back
next to the HDMI so you can connect it directly
to a computer, like an external card reader,
to dump your footage. There’s also a USB 3.0
port on top that enables you to connect an external HDD or USB stick to dump your footage
directly from the camcorder without needing
a computer in between (much like an Android
phone). You cannot use external media devices with a capacity of below 32GB or a capacity
above 2TB on the UX180.
You can also use this USB 3.0 port with an approved Wi-Fi dongle and the Wireless Remote
Control app from Panasonic to enable extensive
remote control of the camera without a cable.
This feature is iOS only. It seems you can get an
image preview only if you have the camcorder
recording the 8Mbps format. This is unlike the
Panasonic Image App that gives an image preview with 4K recording on Panasonic’s DSLRs.
This camera features extensive image controls, ranging from 16-axis independent color
correction to adjustments in skin detail, master detail, detail coring, V detail level, RB gain
control, chroma level, chroma phase, matrix
color correction, master pedestal, gamma, black
gamma, knee, knee master point, knee master
slope, DRS, DRS effect, auto iris level, auto iris
level effect, noise reduction control, and more.
Most of these ought to be packed away in an
The UX180 has
plenty of ports …
… but you can
output video using
only one at a time.