AVCHD is a variation on interfame codecs such as HDV and XDCAM. The advantage is that it uses a standard H.264 compression algorithm, making it highly efficient without sacrificing large portions of memory. Less bandwidth allows the camera to record directly to SD and SDHC media.
• Good Things Come In Small Packages
The AG-HMC150 will feel much like the acclaimed AG-DVX100, as opposed to its more similar and larger cousin, the AG-HVX200. Reducing weight makes the camera easy to hold; at 4.2 lbs the camera is very comfortable on long shoots.
• SD and SDHC Flash Memory Recording Storage
The AG-HMC150 provides AVC HD video in a class of its own. The ability to record up to 24Mb/s onto a single SDHC makes the camera not only incredibly versatile, but allows users to record onto inexpensive media.
• Superior Quality Lens
The 13x zoom lens system features 13 lens elements in 10 groups, including three aspherical lenses. Panasonic has reduced the front lens element from 67mm on the AG-HVX200 to 53.2mm on the AG-HMC150. The use of low-dispersion glass reduces color aberration while a multi-coating process minimizes flare and ghosting.
• Super Sensitive CCDs
Each pixel has a large light-receiving area, giving this advanced 1/3" progressive CCD the kind of high sensitivity not available in previous compact HD cameras. This advanced CCD combines with a newly developed 14-bit digital signal processor (DSP) to achieve a balance of high resolution and high S/N ratio that rivals even the most sophisticated HD broadcasting cameras.
• Advanced Digital Signal Processor
The camcorder's advanced digital signal processor uses 14-bit A/D conversion and 19-bit inner processing to attain unprecedented accuracy. While the camera does not record 1080/60p, it is from this capture that all other signals are made. The DSP performs a variety of adjustments, including eight 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 helps the camera deliver beautiful images in all video formats.
• Optical Image Stabilizer
The optical image stabilization system ensures glass smooth images even with moderate shaking while shooting hand-held.
Extra-long record times - one 32GB SDHC card can hold up to 3 hours in the PH mode mode, 4 hours HA, 5.3 hours at HG mode and 12 hours in the HE mode.
Records in a full range of HD formats including 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24p; 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p
1/3" 3-CCD progressive image system with excellent sensitivity, superb color reproduction and resolution
Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) that ensures stable images, critical to high definition video display
In-camera Waveform Monitor, Vectorscope and two Focus assist displays
A host of advanced video functions like Cinelike Gamma and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)
Professional-level connections including HDMI out, Component Out (D Terminal), Composite Out and RCA Audio out jacks, XLR audio inputs, USB 2.0 for file transfer, remote control for Zoom, Iris, Focus, Start/Stop
Features three neutral density filters and three user sets
Two locking XLR inputs with switches for mic/line, +48V Phantom Power, Auto/Manual level, and internal/external assignment
Useful time/date stamp feature for applications like legal depositions or surveillance
Includes professional-level assist functions like waveform monitor, vectorscope and two focus displays
Variety of editing solutions (Render files to almost any format or media)
Built with a durable, die-cast magnesium chassis frame for reliable performance in tough environments
Lightweight (under 6lbs.), handheld design similar to the popular AG-DVX100
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