AVCCAM - the Industry's Next Generation Affordable HD...
The AG-HMC150 handheld is Panasonic's exciting new introduction to the AVCCAM series. Representing a major step forward in affordable HD video capture, the HMC150 utilizes highly efficient AVCHD recording, the industry's new long GOP standard based on MPEG-4, to provide stunning image quality and longer record time.
The new handheld incorporates three 1/3-inch progressive CCD imagers to produce stunning 1920 x 1080 resolution picture quality far exceeding older Long GOP formats like HDV.
It's equipped with a high-performance wide-angle* Leica Dicomar 13x zoom lens and 24-and 30-frame progressive capture in a full range of HD formats, making it well suited for all types of projects.
With an excitingrange of professional video and audio features and a compact, well-balanced design, the HMC150 is a "must have" for video professionals and enthusiasts looking for the best in affordable HD.
Extra-Long Solid-State Recording: Forget minutes! With AVCHD technology and high-capacity SD memory cards, the HMC150 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 i ncluding: Apple iMovie, Apple Final Cut Pro 6.0.1, Adobe Premier Pro CS3, Grass Valley Edius PROv4.5, 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
This place is very unreliable, especially the customer service. I bought the first video camera from Adorama and it had a problem, returned it for repair and no one got back to me untill couple of days later when I called to find out about what's going on with my camera; that was when I got information about the camera being exchange. They're not trusted and also they're the worst people ever. My salesman shipped my video camera in a plastic bag and a box without the accessories like I call him to begged for it. I spoke with the supervisor about my situation and she was just as useless. Every time I called their customer service, they keep on pushing me around. Warranty is also one of the unless people cause I wasn't even informed when they exchange my camera and only to to received it in a trash bag. I've purchased so many large purchases from Adorama, this is the final purchase they've gotten from me.
Perhaps the greatest testament to this camera is the fact that it came out over 4 years ago and still gets excellent reviews today. Look at how many people are still buying it despite newer successors! I had eagerly watched the AG AC130/160 and HPX250 since their original press releases and was planning on getting them because they looked great on paper. But my company shoots everything from car chases, sports, dance recitals to weddings and everything in-between. I need a camera that can work properly on a jib, steadicam or be handed off to someone less skilled and still be able to get good footage in auto mode if necessary. After considerable reserach I noticed the older 150 was still getting great reviews and ended up buying some of them instead because I decided getting the shot was more important than risking not getting the shot at all, even though the 150 is less sharp than the newer 3MOS cameras. It's CCD chips are immune to rolling shutter issues like flash banding, skew and jello. And it's autofocus works well. The HMC 150 produces great images and it's settings can be tweaked for a variety of looks from the event videographer wanting a "live look" to a cinematographer wanting a filmic look. It performs well in low light and is a good size/weight for a handheld camera, unlike the extra large 130/160/250. It's wide angle Leica lens is great for tight spaces and for getting that wide angle look. It only uses a single SDHC card at a time, but can record over 3 hours of footage at the highest setting on one card. The 130a/160a can record to two cards simultaneasly or in sequence, but if one card fails, the other stops recording as well so that pretty much defeats the redundant recording option "advantage" they have. The AC90 however, can continue recording to the 2nd card should the first one fail. Go ahead and buy the large capacity Panasonic battery when you get the camera, because the included battery is tiny and only good for around 1.5 hrs recording time. If you want a solid camera that produces good reliable results, at a good price, and has stood the test of time, I recommend the still viable HMC150. It has so much going for it. It is very much like the beloved DVX100, but shoots HD. Sadly there will be no further development in 1/3 CCD cameras so this camera and it's brother, the HPX170, will be the end of the line. It's not a perfect camera, but there still is no perfect HD camera. If there were to be an HMC150a (and there won't) I would like a better LCD screen with focus in red like the HPX250, a longer zoom, backlit sensors and the super OIS like the AC90, and the option to shoot 1080 /60P like the AC160a. But as it is, it's still a great camera.
This is a more sophisticated camcorder than typical consumer cameras. It records all digital to SDHC cards, so you have to understand the AVCHD format, have software to handle it and know how to purchase the best quality SDHC cards. The SDHC cards are the weak link, as a low-quality or counterfiet card could fail and lose all the shots on it. Has analog video/audio for simultaneous backup. Okay for low light, not great. Produces excellent quality HD images and a key component to an all-digital work flow.
It's light, reliable and has a great image. There are newer cameras out there, but this is great for the $.
Industrials, education, doc., reality tv.
Great video and sound excellent for sports and other uses. Great in low light
I use for weddings and events. The picture quality is fabulous. Using flash cards makes for a fast and easy work flow.