Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Panasonic AG-AC160 And AG-AC130 Cameras


At DV Expo, September 2011, Panasonic was showing two new camcorders that videographers and video journalists will be interested to know more about.

Panasonic AG-AC160 Camcorder

1/3″ 2.2-megapixel MOS imager AVCCAM Hand-held Camcorder w/ HD-SDI output

The Panasonic AG-AC160 AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder incorporates top production features including variable frame rate recording in 1080p, Linear PCM audio, an HD-SDI output, and switchability between 59.94Hz/50Hz for worldwide use. The AC160 is equipped with high-sensitivity 1/3″, full-HD 2.2 megapixel U.L.T. (Ultra Luminance Technology) MOS imager as well as an astonishing 22X HD zoom lens (the longest in its class), to offer a wide field of view and operability much like an interchangeable lens.

The Panasonic AG-AC160 records video in four professional AVCCAM HD recording modes at 60Hz, including the highest-quality PH mode (average 21 Mbps/Max 24Mbps), the HA mode (approx.17 Mbps), the extended recording HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps), and a PM mode (approx. 8 Mbps, 720p only). The AC160 has an additional feature that allows switching between 59.94 Hz or 50 Hz to support video production systems used around the world. At 50Hz, the AC160 also records in 1080/50i and 1080/25p, in 720/50p and 720/25p, and in 576/50i and 576/25p.

The AG-AC160’s Variable Frame Rate (VFR) function was inherited from the Panasonic VariCam HD Cinema Cameras. VFR provides overcranking for slow-motion and undercranking for fast-motion effects. The AC160 offers 22-step variable frame rate capability in 1080/23.98pN, 29.97p and 25p.

It has three independent adjustable rings for zoom, focus and iris and records two channels of LPCM audio in the PH and DV modes, and Dolby Digital in all HD modes.

U.S. List Price (B&H): $4,675.00

Panasonic AG-AC130 Camcorder

1/3″ 2.2-megapixel MOS imager AVCCAM Hand-held Camcorder

The Panasonic AG-AC130 AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder offers a high-sensitivity 1/3″, full-HD 2.2 megapixel U.L.T. (Ultra Luminance Technology) MOS imager to capture native 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 AVCHD utilizing the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec.

Coupling a 22X zoom lens (best in class) with three independent adjustable rings (zoom, focus and iris), recordings look clean and crisp, without image degradation or dropouts, and cover most shooting situations without the need for a wide-angle conversion lens.

The Panasonic AG-AC130 records video in four professional AVCCAM HD recording modes, including the highest-quality PH mode (average 21 Mbps/Max 24Mbps), the HA mode (approx.17 Mbps), the extended recording HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps), and a PM mode (approx. 8 Mbps, 720p only), which is ideal for shooting sports training and web video.

With two SD Memory Card slots for relay or simultaneous recording, the AG-AC130 can record up to 12 hours on two 64GB SD cards in PH mode, with automatic clip spanning across the two cards. In addition to SDXC and SDHC cards, the AC130 supports Panasonic’s new SDHC full Class 10 UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed) Memory Cards, with transfer rates of 90MBs — 4-1/2 times as fast as the previous generation of SDHC media.

It records two channels of Dolby Digital in all mode and has a compact, stylish, well-balanced ergonomic body.

U.S. List Price (B&H): $3,795.00

Both cameras come with:

  • HDMI output (AVCHD only), USB 2.0 (mini B-type), and IEEE 1394 output (DV only),
  • Two locking XLR inputs with switches for mic/line, two RCA audio outputs, and +48V Phantom Power capability
  • Pre-record, interval recording, shot marker and metadata capture
  • Waveform and vectorscope display, focus assists, auto focus with face detection
  • White balance, mode display, zebra display, color bar, tally lamps, 4-position ND optical filter controls
  • Slow shutter and synchro-scan shutter functions
  • Built-in stereo microphone
  • Two wired remote control terminals (for zoom, focus, iris, REC start/stop controls)
  • Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S) for smooth stable shooting
  • Built-in SMPTE time-code generator/reader
  • Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) which helps compensate for wide variations in lighting
  • Widescreen 1,226,000-pixel LCOS color viewfinder
  • Widescreen 921,000-pixel 3.45-inch LCD color monitor
  • Weighs just over 5 lbs.
  • Power consumption is under 12 watts
  • Three-year limited warranty (one year plus two extra years upon registration)
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