The Panasonic AG-HMC40 3MOS Handheld AVCCAM Camcorder combines full HD AVCHD video recording with high-resolution 10.6-megapixel still photo capture, giving you the benefits of two professional cameras. Compact and lightweight at 2.16-pounds, the HMC40 is a versatile HD camcorder offering high-quality AVCHD recordings, high-resolution still photo capture, an easy-to-use SD card workflow and professional audio capabilities for a wide range of applications and markets including schools, government agencies, event videographers, web designers and more.
With a full resolution 3-megapixel, 1/4-inch 3MOS imager, the HMC40 produces stunning 1920x1080 video in AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264), delivering images far superior to HDV. When used for digital still photography, the camera captures photos with 10.6-megapixel resolution directly onto the SD card as a JPEG image. The camera can also be connected directly to a PictBridge photo printer (no PC required). And unlike HDV tapes, video and photos can be accessed randomly and immediately from the SD cards and played back on a number of consumer devices. The camcorder's advanced Leica Dicomar lens system offers 12x optical zoom, wide-angle setting (40.8mm) and an optical image stabilizer (O.I.S.) feature for precise shooting.
The compact camera is also packed with professional video and audio features (HDMI out, date/time stamp, remote zoom, XLR option, etc.). Using high-capacity SD memory cards, the HMC40 provides hours of beautiful high definition recordings at professional level bit rates. It records in a range of 1080 and 720 formats with all four professional AVCCAM recording modes: PH mode (average 21 Mbps/Max 24Mbps), the HA mode (approx.17 Mbps), the HG mode (approx.13 Mbps), HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps). AVCCAM offers the benefit of a fast, file-based workflow using widely available and reasonably priced SD memory cards.
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