Panasonic AG-HMC80 3MOS AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder - Deluxe Bundle - with Switronix Shoulder Mount, Switronix XP-L90S V Mount Battery, Switronix Power Tap Charger, Switronix TL-50 On Camera Dimmable LED Light, Light Stand Adapter, Switronix 48&quo

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About Panasonic AG-HMC80

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.

Panasonic AG-HMC80 Features

  • HD formats: 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24p (Native); 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p (Native)
  • Three newly designed 1/4.1" Progressive 3MOS Imagers for full HD resolution
  • 12x Leica Dicomar lens (13 elements in 10 groups), 43mm filter, zoom range of 40.8 - 490mm (35mm equivalent.)
  • Extremely slow, smooth zoom for the precise control needed for dramatic sequences
  • Time Date Stamp enables shooting Legal Depositions or Surveillance
  • Long record time: 3 hours with included battery (7 hours continuous with 5,800mAh Battery)
  • Remaining battery time readout in minutes so shooter is warned (Info Data Secure Battery)
  • 3-second pre-record function captures the shot from the beginning
  • Shooting assist functions: focus expand, focus bar and Face Detection feature in Auto Mode
  • Waveform monitor helps with luminance for green screen where lighting has to be evenly distributed
  • Professional interface with HDMI out, Component Out (mini D terminal), Composite Video Out and RCA Audio Out
  • Additional features include: three user set buttons, Time code (DF, NDF, REC RUN, FREE RUN) and USER BIT, two scene files, auto functions (Auto Focus, Auto White Balance and Auto Neutral Density)
  • Connects directly to PictBridge photo printers
  • 2.7-inch 16:9 Touchscreen LCD display (Just touch the thumbnail for playback)
  • Manual and remote control connection for Zoom, Focus, Iris, Start/Stop functions (similar to HMC150). Focus ring can also be used for Iris and Zoom
  • Min. Illumination: 1 lux, (F1.8, Gain: +34dB, Slow Shutter: 1/2 sec.)
  • Syncro Scan Shutter, 60i- 1/60-1/250, 30p- 1/30-1/250, 24p- 1/24-1/250
  • Selectable Gammas & DRS Dynamic Range Stretch
  • Lightweight, yet durable, design with removable handle

Panasonic AG-HMC80 Specifications

Pick-up Device
3MOS (1/4.1-inch progressive modes supported)
Picture Elements
Total: Approx. 3.05 megapixelsx3
Effective (video): Approx. 2.51 megapixelsx3 (16:9)
Effective (still image): Approx. 2.32 megapixelsx3 (4:3), Approx. 2.65 megapixelsx3 (3:2), Approx. 2.51 megapixelsx3 (16:9)
LEICA DICOMAR lens with optical image stabilizer, motorized/manual mode switching, 12x zoom, F1.8 to 2.8 (f=4.0mm to 48mm), 35mm equivalent (video): 40.8mm to 490mm (16:9)
35mm equivalent (still image): 41.3mm to 496mm (3:2), 40.8mm to 490mm (16:9), 45.0mm to 540mm (4:3)
Optical Color Separation
Prism system
ND Filter
Auto On/Off by IRIS
Minimum shooting distance
35.43 inches (0.9 m)
Gain Selection
Motion Image: 0 dB to +24 dB (Variable in 1-dB steps; USER button allocation; up to +34 dB using the High Gain setting)
Still Image: 0 dB to +18 dB (Variable in 1-dB steps)
Shutter Speed (Preset)
Motion Image 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)
Shutter Speed (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 Shutter Speed
60i/60p mode: 1/2 sec., 1/4 sec., 1/8 sec., 1/15 sec., 1/30 sec.
30p mode: 1/2 sec., 1/4 sec., 1/8 sec., 1/15 sec.
24p mode: 1/2 sec., 1/3 sec., 1/6 sec., 1/12 sec.
Minimum Luminance
Approx. 1 lx (Gain: +34 dB, Slow Shutter: 1/2 sec.)
Digital Zoom
2x/5x/10x (Assigned to the USER button, only available for 1080/60i, 720/60p)
Filter Diameter
43 mm
Recording Format
Compression Method
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Recording Media
SD Memory Card : 512MB, 1GB, 2GB (FAT12, FAT16)
SDHC Memory Card : 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 12GB, 16GB, 32GB (FAT32)
Recording Video Format
PH mode: 1080/60i, 1080/30p (over 60i), 1080/24p (native), 720/60p, 720/30p (over 60p) and 720/24p (native) HA, HG and HE mode: 1080/60i only
Transmission Rate
PH mode: Approx. 21 Mbps (VBR, Max. 24 Mbps)
HA mode: Approx. 17 Mbps (VBR), HG mode: Approx. 13 Mbps (VBR)
HE mode: Approx. 6 Mbps (VBR)
Interval REC
1 sec. / 10 sec. / 30 sec. / 1 min. / 2 min. / OFF
SD Memory Card
Max. recordable clips per card: 900 (after formatting, without removing/inserting the card)
Max. playable clips: 1,000 (up to 1,000 clips displayed)
Thumbnail View
Selectable from 20 frames/page, 9 frames/page and 1 frame/page
Editing Functions
Delete, write-protect
Formatting Function
Recording Pixels
[4:3] 9 megapixels / 8 megapixels / 5 megapixels / 0.3 megapixels
[3:2] 10.6 megapixels / 7 megapixels / 4.5 megapixels
[16:9] 10 megapixels / 6 megapixels / 3.5 megapixels
Flach Function
Number of Recordable Still Pictures
[4:3] 6030 (9M 3520 x 2640 pixels)
[3:2] 5300 (10.6M 3984 x 2656 pixels)
[16:9] 5580 (10M 4224 x 2376 pixels)
Video Signals
1080/60i, 720/60p
HDMI Output
HDMI x 1 (HDMI Type A terminal), 1080/60i, 720/60p, 480/60p (Not compatible with VIERA Link)
Component Output
Mini-D x 1, Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohm, PB/PR: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 ohm
A/V Output
1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohm
Sampling Frequency
48 kHz
16 bit
Compression Bit-rate
PH mode: 384 kbps, HA, HG and HE mode: 256 kbps
XLR Input
Exclusive terminal for AG-MYA30G
Internal Microphone
Stereo microphone
Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm diameter) x 1
Built-in Speaker
20 mm (round) x 1
External Microphone Input
-70 dBV (Mic sensitivity: -50 dB equivalent, 0 dB=1 V/Pa 1 kHz) Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm diameter) (Not compatible with plug-in power microphone)
Type mini B connector (compliant with USB ver. 2.0)
Camera Remote
Super mini jack (2.5mm diameter) x 1, for zoom and rec start/stop operations
Mini jack (3.5mm diameter) x 1, for focus and iris controls
LCD Monitor
2.7 inches, wide LCD color monitor, Approx. 230,000 pixels
0.26 inches, wide LCD color viewfinder, Approx. 113,000 pixels
Power Supply
DC7.2V (using with battery), 7.3V (using with AC adapter)
Power Consumption
7.8 W (max., when the AG-MYA30G XLR microphone adapter is connected)
5.8 W (in standalone condition)
Operating Temperature
32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Operating Humidity
10% to 80% (No condensation)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5-11/32 x 5-5/16 x 11-31/32 inches (136 x 135 x 304 mm) excluding the projection part
Approx. 2.16 lb. (Approx. 0.98 kg) camcorder only
Approx. 3.08 lb. (Approx. 1.4 kg) including SD memory cards, supplied battery, microphone and XLR adapter
Panasonic 3 years limited warranty

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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