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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.
Reviewed by 2 customers
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
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