Panasonic AG-HMC80 3MOS AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder with HD and SD Recording

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A professional AVCCAM HD shoulder-mount camcorder that features solid state DV as well as HD recording capabilities, making it ideal for customers who desire both formats. The HMC80 with its high-resolution 3-megapixel imager offers multiple AVCCAM recording formats and enhanced professional functions for stable, shoulder-mount shooting.

The HMC80 uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high profile encoding which provides a doubling of bandwidth efficiency and improved video performance over the older MPEG-2 compression based formats (e.g. HDV) so recordings look clean and crisp, even during fast motion, without image degradation or dropouts. The camera offers useful solid-state recording functions including pre-record, interval recording, shot marker and metadata capture. Additional features include waveform monitor display, focus assists such as focus bar display and enlarged display, auto focus with face detection, white balance, mode display, zebra display, color bars, tally lamps, slow smooth zoom and soft landing, slow shutter and synchro-scan shutter functions and three programmable user buttons. A wireless remote is also included.

It can also take 10.6-megapixel still images and store them as standard JPEGs on the solid state card. AVCHD recordings and stills can be directly played back from the SD card on a wide range of low-cost players including Panasonic Blu-ray players, laptop PCs and advanced game consoles. Using just one 32GB SDHC memory card, a user can record three hours of full resolution 1920 x 1080 video and audio in PH mode, four hours at HA mode and 5.3 hours at HG mode. In the HE mode, the camera can record up to 12 hours of 1440 x 1080 HD content on a 32GB SDHC card. Up to 2 hours of DV content can be recorded on a single 32GB SDHC card.

Panasonic AG-HMC80 Features

  • Records stunning 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 AVCHD video with high sensitivity
  • Four professional AVCCAM HD recording modes: HA mode (approx.17 Mbps), HG mode (approx.13 Mbps), the extended recording HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps) and the highest-quality PH mode (average 21 Mbps/Max 24Mbps)
  • Supports the following HD formats in PH mode at 60Hz: 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24pN, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24pN; in HA, HG and HE modes, it records in 1080/60i
  • Records 480/60i, 480/30p, 480/24p in standard definition DV directly onto SD cards in the AVI Type 2 file format and offers squeeze, letter box and side crop options
  • User-assignable manual focus ring functions (Focus/Iris/Zoom) for added control; time code/UB recording; time/date stamp; and two wired remote control terminals (for zoom, focus, iris, REC start/stop controls)
  • Lens system captures super sharp images at up to 12x optical zoom and features a 40.8mm (35mm lens equivalent) wide-angle setting
  • Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) for smooth stable shooting
  • Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS), which helps compensate for wide variations in lighting
  • Cine-Like Gamma mode that gives recordings a more film-like look
  • Standard HDMI output (AVCHD only), USB 2.0 (mini B-type devices), composite output (BNC x 1), analog component (BNC x 3), IEEE 1394 output (DV only) and a built-in stereo microphone as well as a 3.5 mm external mic-in jack
  • Features two locking XLR inputs with switches for mic/line and +48V Phantom Power capability

Panasonic AG-HMC80 Specifications

Signal System
1080/60i, 1080/30p (over 60i), 1080/24p (native)
720/60p, 720/30p (over 60p), 720/24p (native)
HA, HG and HE mode: 1080/60i only
480/60i, 480/30p (over 60i), 480/24p (over 60i)
Recording Format
DV: AVI Type 2
Recording Modes: PH mode: Approx. 21 Mbps (VBR), HA mode: Approx. 17 Mbps (VBR), HG mode: Approx. 13 Mbps (VBR), HE mode: Approx. 6 Mbps (VBR)
Image Device
1/4" 3MOS Sensors
12x zoom, F1.8 to 2.8 (f=4.0 mm to 48 mm)
35mm equivalent (video): 40.8 mm to 490 mm (16:9)
35mm equivalent (still image): 41.3 mm to 496 mm (3:2),
40.8 mm to 490 mm (16:9), 45.0 mm to 540 mm (4:3)
Filter Diameter
Built-in ND Filter
Automatic On/Off Interlock w/Iris
Minimum Focus Distance
Approx. 35.4" (0.9m)
Gain Selection
Video: 0 dB to 24 dB (Variable in 1 dB step; USER button allocation; up to 34 dB using the High Gain setting)
Still Image: 0 dB to 18 dB (Variable in 1 dB step)
White Balance
ATW, ATW LOCK, preset 3200 K, preset 5600 K, Ach or Bch
Shutter Speed
Preset: Video: 60i/60p mode: 1/60 sec to 1/2000 sec (7 steps), 30p mode: 1/30 sec to 1/2000 sec (8 steps) 24p mode: 1/24 sec to 1/2000 sec (8 steps), Still Image: 1/2 sec to 1/2000 sec (16 steps)
Synchro Scan: 60i/60p mode: 1/60.0 sec to 1/250.0 sec, 30p mode: 1/30.0 sec to 1/250.0 sec, 24p mode: 1/24.0 sec to 1/250.0 sec
Slow: 60i/60p mode: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30 sec; 30p mode: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15 sec; 24p mode: 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12 sec
Minimum Illumination
1 lux (Gain +34 dB, Slow Shutter: 1/2 sec.)
Digital Zoom
Recording Time
AVCHD: Approx. 180 minutes (in PH mode with 1920 x 1080 pixels and using a 32GB SDHC Memory Card)
DV: Approx. 128 minutes (using a 32 GB SDHC Memory Card)
2.7", 230,000 Pixels (Flip-up for LCD)
Memory Card Slot
Scan Matching
Yes, Different Ranges for Different Record Modes
Audio Compression
Dolby Digital (2 ch)
Linear PCM (Digital/2 ch)
Audio Sampling
48 kHz
16 bit
Input and Output Connectors
Component: BNCx3 (x1 Output)
Composite: BNC (x1 Output, shared w/Component)
HDMI: HDMI (x1 Output)
FireWire: 6-pin IEEE 1394 (x1 Input/Output)
Line/Mic: 3-pin XLR (x2 Input)
Microphone: 3.5mm Stereo Mini (x1 Input)
Audio Out: Pin Jack (x2 Output)
Headphone: Stereo Mini Jack
USB: USB 2.0
Camera Remote: Super Mini Jack for Zoom, Mini Jack for Focus and Iris
Power Requirements
7.2VDC (with Battery)
7.3VDC (with AC Adapter)
Power Consumption
Operating Temperature
32-104 deg.C (0-40 deg.C)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
10.5 x 9.2 x 18in / 26.67 x 23.37 x 45.72cm
7.06lbs / 3.2kg
7.3lbs / 3.3kg with battery
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Panasonic AG-HMC80 Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers

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from Davenport, IA  -  Pro Videographer

I am using this for an event camera. I like the professional high end look, but the size of the camera is the trade-off. There have been some complaints about it not working in low light, but for a HD camera I have certainly seen worse. I have shot some pretty low light events and the camera has come through pretty good compared to others. This camera has a lot of features for a camera in this price-range. I waited to use this camera for a month and liked it enough to buy a second one. This camera takes nice DV and HD both. It has just about as many in and outs that you would want. If your on a budget this is the best camera for the money 4.5 stars


Great Camera - almost...


from Mobile, AL  -  Pro Videographer

I am a professional legal videographer. A bit big for weddings but could use it. Low light is a problem. Zoom seems limited too. Also, the DV port only works in DV mode. I have a Focus Enhancement FS5 for backup which is now useless to me if I want to shoot in HD. You have to choose to shoot in DV mode (AVI format) or AVHDC mode (high def with variety of options for storage format). I wish the date/time stamp was moveable or able to format... Still a good camera


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abhay k  is this value for money ? how is its result??
abhay k  the best vedio camera proffesional under 100000 rs in sd card
Shopper  I'm looking to use this for lower light, that also uses STAGE lighting (sometimes lower stage lighting) anyone know if this will perform in lower light situations?
SCOTT G  This is a fantastic camera for the money, but it's weakness is low light capability. You really need a lot of light to make this camera shine. In low light the image gets grainy and soft. If your stage is lit properly it should look fine, but if it is uneven and the light falls off, you will notice a big difference. So overall, great camera, but I wouldn't buy it as a low light performer.
Tom H  What is the standard warranty on the AG-HMC80 camera? Is it one year or three years? Thanks.
BOB B  Three-year limited warranty (one year plus two extra years upon registration).
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