Panasonic all-new AG-HMC151 AVCHD camcorder
Panasonic has announced the tapeless AG-HMC151 handheld camera, a competitively priced addition to the company's growing professional AVCHD product line that builds on the success of its popular DV-based AG-DVX100.
The AG-HMC151 provides enhanced HD production capabilities for budget-conscious operators desiring professional features, extended recording capability, and the fast, simple, and highly reliable workflow offered by tapeless, solid-state recording. The AG-HMC151 features three native 16:9 progressive 1/3-inch CCD imagers with an optical image stabilisation (OIS) function to ensure stable shooting and a 28mm Leica Dicomar wide-angle zoom lens (35mm equivalent). The AG-HMC151 handheld offers 1080i and 720p recording at 13 Mbps, comparable to current HDV compression formats with bit rates of 25Mbps. An additional, higher bit rate mode is incorporated for higher-level use. The AG-HMC151 supports a full range of HD formats including 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/30p, 1080/25p, 1080/24p native, 720/60p, 720/50p, 720/30p, 720/25p, and 720/24p native and is 50Hz / 59.94Hz switchable.
The advanced handheld utilises the second-generation long GOP HD standard - AVCHD. Based on MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high-profile encoding, AVCHD provides a near doubling of bandwidth efficiency and considerably improved video performance over the older MPEG-2 compression used in HDV formats. Announced by Panasonic and Sony, this industry-standard format is now supported by more than 30 companies and implemented in numerous camcorders, NLE systems, and consumer HD playback devices.
The AG-HMC151 offers professional HD performance with the simplicity of a digital still camera. And because the solid-state handheld camcorder records onto SD and SDHC memory cards, users can benefit from the reliability and random access of tapeless recording and capitalise on the cost advantages, widespread availability, and growing capacity of standard SD consumer cards. With the newly announced 32GB SDHC memory card and the camcorder's 6-Mbps recording mode, users can record up to 12-hours of HD video and audio on a single SD card.
"The AG-HMC151 is an exceptional camera combining leading-edge tapeless operation with a professional feature set at a very attractive price," said Carmen Mendoza, marketing general manager of Panasonic PBITS. "With the introduction of the AG-HMC151, Panasonic is making the enormous advantages of tapeless operation available to an even wider range of users."
Additional features of the AG-HMC151 include: professional XLR audio input connections; a wide range of data and signal interfaces including HDMI out, USB 2.0, component out (D-terminal), composite out and RCA audio out jacks; a 3.5-inch LCD monitor to display thumbnail images for quick viewing and playback; and a time code/user bits menu. The camera also has remote jacks for focus, iris and start/stop functions; a prerecord feature that allows the camera to capture footage occurring immediately before real-time recording begins; and a time/date stamp menu option for documentation purposes.
Panasonic's AVCHD camera line brings the benefits of solid-state recording to budget-conscious professionals. As with digital still photography, recording video onto SD/SDHC cards offers a fast and simple IT-compatible workflow with ultra-reliable performance and is resistance to shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, and weather. SD and SDHC memory cards are inexpensive, widely available, and can be reused repeatedly. As AVCHD records video as digital data files, content can be transferred and stored on affordable, high-capacity hard disk drives (HDD) and optical storage media - and transferred to future storage media as technology advances.
The AG-HMC151 will be available in the third quarter of 2008 at a price to be announced. More information is available at www.panasonic-broadcast.com
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 colour reproduction and resolution.
Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) that ensures stable images, critical to high definition video display.
13X 28mm to 368mm (35mm equivalent) Leica Dicomar™ wide-angle zoom lens.
Superb Manual & Auto focus.
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).
Free downloadable AVCHD Transcoder for conversion to DVCPRO HD available at www.panasonic.com/avccam
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.
Three-year warranty program (One year + two year extension upon registration).
Extra-Long Solid-State Recording
Forget minutes! With AVCHD technology and high-capacity SD memory cards, the HMC151 provides hours of beautiful high definition recordings at professional bitrates up to 21Mbps. And it's as easy to use as a digital still camera, with simple playback on many consumer devices and players, from computers and video game consoles to Blu-ray players and flat panel displays with SD card slots.
AVCHD is currently supported by variety of editing solutions including: Grass Valley Edius PRO v4.5, Apple iMovie, Apple Final Cut Pro 6.0.1, Pinnacle Studio Plus 11, Nero7 Premium Reloaded, Ulead Video Studio 11 plus and DVD Movie Factory 6 Plus.
Stunning, full pixel HD resolution with these professional bitrate recording modes:
PH - 21 Mpbs (1920x1080) -- Highest Quality Setting
HA - 17 Mpbs (1920x1080)
HG - 13 Mpbs (1920x1080)
HE - 6 Mpbs (1440x1280) - Perfect for Long-form Recording
The AG-HMC151 is an AVCHD equivalent to the HVX200, or a tapeless DVX100 if you like.
The official retail price is £2,850.
To download/open the Panasonic AG-HMC151 PDF brochure with pics click here
Just to clarify, when you download the below instruction manual or spec sheet, the model on the cover says AG-HMC150, not 151. This is because Panasonic now put a number 1 for European models. So the HMV151 is for Europe, while the HMC150 is for USA/Japan. This new model/numbering system has been implemented to prevent grey-imports; which is a good thing. In the past, grey-importers were simply rubbing off the Europe letter (i.e. Sony Z1e or Z1u etc) from the base of the camcorder.
To download/open the Panasonic AG-HMC151 PDF instruction manual click here
To download/open the preliminary Panasonic AG-HMC151 PDF spec sheet with pics click here
To download instructions on how to edit AVCCAM AVCHD with Final Cut Pro click here
To download instructions on how to edit AVCCAM AVCHD with AVID click here
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