Panasonic AG-HMC80 3MOS AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder - Bundle - with Switronix TL 50 30w Dimmable DC On Camera LED Light, Light Stand Adapter

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About the Panasonic AG-HMC80

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 Includes

  • Panasonic AG-HMC80 3MOS AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder
  • AC Adaptor/Charger
  • 2640 mAh Battery Pack
  • AC Cable
  • DC Cable
  • Wireless Remote Controller
  • Battery for Remote Control- Eye Cup
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • XLR Audio Adaptor Cap
  • AVCCAM Restorer (PC/Mac)
  • Panasonic 3 Year Warranty
  • Switronix TL 50 30w Dimmerable DC Powered LED Light
  • Adorama Light Stand Adaptor

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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 AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
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
Lens 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 43mm
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 2x/5x/10x
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)
Viewfinder 2.7", 230,000 Pixels (Flip-up for LCD)
Memory Card Slot SD, SDHC
Scan Matching Yes, Different Ranges for Different Record Modes
Audio Compression Dolby Digital (2 ch)
Linear PCM (Digital/2 ch)
Audio Sampling 48 kHz
Quantization 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 11W
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
Weight 7.06lbs / 3.2kg
7.3lbs / 3.3kg with battery
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