WFTV Bolsters News Operations with AG-HPX600s

WFTV, a Cox Media Group property and the ABC affiliate for Orlando and central Florida, recently equipped its news team with eight AG-HPX600 P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorders and two more are on the way. These new models replaced AJSPX800 camcorders, which introduced the station to solid-state P2 recording and performed well for nearly a decade.

WFTV HPX 600The rest of WFTV’s two dozen photographers currently shoot with AJ-HPX2000 P2 HD 2/3-inch camcorders, with plans in place ultimately to switch out these models with the more contemporary HPX600.

WFTV locally produce six hours of news programming each day—42 hours each week. In addition, the station produces several weekly half hour shows. WFTV was among the first in the country to convert its ENG operations to P2, and has been shooting news in P2 for more than seven years.

The news photographers really appreciate the features of the HPX600, especially its ability to use interchangeable lenses, its superior mobility and its low weight of only 6.2 pounds. The camera’s very low power consumption—only 18 Watts—is also a big plus in terms of battery life between charges.

The full version of this article is available from TV Technology: WFTV Bolsters News Ops With Panasonic HPX600s