Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM 1/3" Handheld Production Camcorder with Focus Assist and Turbo Speed Auto Focus

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About Panasonic AG-AC130A

The Panasonic AG-AC130A is an upgrade version of the AG-AC130 camera. In addition to all the features of the AG-AC130, this AG-AC130A adds an expanded focus assist functionality and a "turbo speed" one-push auto focus function.

The AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD handheld camcorder offers a high-sensitivity 1/3", full-HD 2.2 megapixel U.L.T. (Ultra Luminance Technology) 3-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 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 AC130A 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 AC130A 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 AC130A 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.

Panasonic AG-AC130A Features

  • High-Quality AVCHD Image Quality: The AC130A records video in four pro AVCCAM HD recording modes, including the highest-quality PH mode (average 21 Mbps/Max 24 Mbps); 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.
  • High-Performance 2.2 Million Imager: Equipped with high-sensitivity, low-noise 1/3", Full HD 2.2 megapixel Ultra Luminance Technology (ULT) 3-MOS imagers and a 20-bit Digital Signal Processor, this camera delivers superb low-light images in native 1920 x 1080 resolution.
  • High-Powered 22X Zoom Lens: With a long lens (a wide 22X zoom w/3 adjustable rings for Zoom/Focus/Iris), this camera lets you nail virtually every shot you're after, even in dimly lit scenes. With a wide 28mm to 616 mm (35mm full frame equivalent) viewing angle, it covers most shooting situations without the need for a wide-angle lens.
  • Exceptional Recording Flexibility: The AG-AC130A records at 60Hz in the following HD formats in PH mode: 1080/59.94i, 1080/29.97p, 1080/23.98pN, 720/59.94p, 720/29.97p and 720/23.98pN. In HA and HE modes, it records in 1080/59.97i, while in DV, these solid-state units record at 480/59.94i, 480/29.97p, 480/223.98p.
  • New Focus Assist Functions: In addition to conventional focus-in-red assist, improved functionality in the AC130A includes expanded focus assist and "turbo speed" one-push autofocus. Focus assist enables the camera to zoom in on the picture to check focus. Turbo-speed one-push auto focus ensures that the camcorder quickly attains focus.
  • Create Fast and Slow Motion Effects: The camera provides 22-step variable frame rate capability in 1080/23.98pN, 29.97p and 25p to support undercranking/overcranking for fast or slow motion effects.
  • Versatility in Professional Interfaces: The AG-AC130A offers a range of professional interfaces, including an HDMI output (AVCHD only), USB 2.0 (mini B-type), IEEE 1394 output (DV only), and a built-in stereo microphone.
  • Extended Record Times: Record for up to 12 hours on two 64GB SDB cards in PH mode, with automatic clip spanning across the two cards. In 6Mbps HE mode, the AC130A can record for up to 48 hours.
  • New SDHC Full Class 10 UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed) Memory Cards: With storage capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB, Panasonic's UHS-1 Memory Cards are faster, smarter and more robust than current SDHC media and have been fully optimized for professional use with the AVCCAM line of affordable HD camcorders.

Panasonic AG-AC130A Specifications

Image Device
3x 1/3-type progressive 2.2 Mp CMOS
Prism color separation
Lens
22x optical zoom - 2x, 5x, 10x digital zoom - 3.9-86mm (28-616mm 35mm equivalent) - f/1.6-3.2 - 18 elements in 12 groups
Minimum Object Distance (M.O.D.)
Approx. 3.3' (1 m)
Filter Diameter
72mm
Minimum Illumination
0.4 lux (f/1.6, gain +30 dB, shutter speed 1/30 second)
Signal System
NTSC
Built-in Filters
ND filter: OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
LCD Monitor
3.45" (87.63mm) color LCD monitor with approx. 921K dots (16:9)
Viewfinder
0.45" (11.43mm) color LCoS monitor with approx. 1226K dots (16:9)
Memory Card Slot
2x SD/SDHC/SDXC slots
Shutter Speed
60i mode: 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second - 30p mode: 1/30, 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second - 24p mode: 1/24, 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second
Slow Shutter
60i mode: 1/8, 1/15, 1/30 second - 30p mode: 1/8, 1/15 second - 24p mode: 1/6, 1/12 second
Synchro Scan Shutter
60i mode: 1/60.0 to 1/249.8 second - 30p mode: 1/30.0 to 1/249.8 second - 24p mode: 1/24.0 to 1/249.8 second
Shutter Opening Angle
3-359.5deg. in 0.5deg. increments
Frame Rates
24, 30, 60 fps
Gain Selection
0/+3/+6/+9/+12/+15/+18/+24/+30 dB (+24 dB, +30 dB: USER button S.GAIN only)
Recording Media
SD memory card (FAT12, FAT16 formats supported): 512 MB, 1 GB, up to 2 GB - SDHC memory card (FAT32 format supported): 4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB - SDXC memory card (exFAT format supported): 48 GB, 64 GB (up to 2 TB)
Recording Formats
AVCHD standard (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264), DV standard (AVI Type2)
Maximum Recording Time
With 2x 64 GB SDXC cards: Approx. 12 hours in PH (highest-quality AVCHD); 48 hours in HE mode (lowest-quality AVCHD); 8.5 hours in DV mode
Video Signals
PH mode: 1080/59.94i, 1080/29.97p, 1080/23.98pN, 720/59.94p, 720/29.97p, 720/23.98pN
PM mode: 720/59.94p
HA/HE mode: 1080/59.94i
DV mode: 480/59.94i, 480/29.97p, 480/23.98p
Sampling Frequency
4:2:0 (AVCHD)
4:1:1 (DV)
Video Compression
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)
DV (DV)
Video Bitrates
PH mode: Approx. 21 Mb/s (VBR)
PM mode: Approx. 8 Mb/s (VBR)
HA mode: Approx. 17 Mb/s (VBR)
HE mode: Approx. 6 Mb/s (VBR)
Interval Recording
1 sec / 10 sec / 30 sec / 1 min / 2 min interval, maximum 168 hours (1 week) recording (PH 1080/24p mode is fixed)
Audio Signal
Dolby Digital 2-channel (AVCHD)
48 kHz/16-bit, Linear PCM 2-channel (DV)
Audio Bitrates
PH mode: 384 kb/s
PM/HA/HE mode: 256 kb/s
Speaker
1x 20mm diameter
Video Outputs
HDMI: 1x HDMI Type A, VIERA Link not supported
Composite Video: 1x Pin jack, 1.0 V [p-p], 75 ohm
Audio Input
2x XLR 3-pin (input 1, input 2)
Line/Mic/+48V switchable
Line: 0 dBu
Mic: -40 dBu / -50 dBu / -60 dBu switching via menu
Built-in Mic In supports stereo microphones
Audio Output
2x pin jack (channel 1 / channel 2), 316mV, 600 ohm output
1x 3.5mm diameter stereo mini jack for headphones
Via HDMI: 2-channel (linear PCM) & 5.1-channel (Dolby Digital)
Other I/O Connections
Time Code Preset In/Out: Via Composite Video Out dual-purpose (In: 1V [p-p] to 4V [p-p], 10 k-ohm; Out: Low-impedance, 2.0±0.5V [p-p])
Camera Remote: 1x 2.5mm diameter super mini jack (zoom, shutter speed); 1x 3.5mm diameter mini jack (focus, iris)
Index Remote: 1x 2.5mm diameter super mini jack
IEEE 1394: 1x 6-pin, digital output only
USB 2.0 (Device): 1x Type Mini B, 4-pin USB 2.0
Power Requirements
7.2V DC via battery
7.3V DC via AC adapter
Power Consumption
11.6W when recording
Operating Temperature
0 to 40 Deg.C (32 to 104 Deg.F)
Operating Humidity
10-80% (no condensation)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
7 x 7.69 x 17.25" (180 x 195 x 438mm) excluding protrusions
Weight
5.3 lb (2.4 kg) Camcorder main body only

Panasonic AG-AC130A Reviews

Reviewed by 1 customers

 
5.0

Stunning

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from Ruston, LA  -  Semi-pro Videographer

I needed a universal video camera that could also handle pageants, graduations, and weddings (my money makers). This one is it, though it has a large camera body by today's standards. I like the large size because so many options and settings are in the form of buttons and switches on the outside of the camera, thus not buried in digital menus. The ability to record directly to SD and the large 22x zoom were key features.

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