AG-HMC150PJ

Professional 3-CCD Handheld AVCCAM camcorder

U.S. List Price: $3,495.00
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Overview

AVCCAM - the Industry's Next Generation Affordable HD

The AG-HMC150 handheld is Panasonic's exciting new introduction to the AVCCAM series. Representing a major step forward in affordable HD video capture, the HMC150 utilizes highly efficient AVCHD recording, the industry's new long GOP standard based on MPEG-4, to provide stunning image quality and longer record time.

The new handheld incorporates three 1/3-inch progressive CCD imagers to produce stunning 1920 x 1080 resolution picture quality far exceeding older Long GOP formats like HDV. It's equipped with a high-performance wide-angle* Leica Dicomar™ 13x zoom lens and 24- and 30-frame progressive capture in a full range of HD formats, making it well suited for all types of projects. With an exciting range of professional video and audio features and a compact, well-balanced design, the HMC150 is a "must have" for video professionals and enthusiasts looking for the best in affordable HD.

Extra-Long Solid-State Recording

Forget minutes! With AVCHD technology and high-capacity SD memory cards, the HMC150 provides hours of beautiful high definition recordings at professional bitrates up to 21Mbps. And it's as easy to use as a digital still camera, with simple playback on many consumer devices and players, from computers and video game consoles to Blu-ray players and flat panel displays with SD card slots.

AVCHD is currently supported by variety of editing solutions including: Apple iMovie, Apple Final Cut Pro 6.0.1, Adobe Premier Pro CS3, Grass Valley Edius PRO v4.5, Pinnacle Studio Plus 11, Nero7 Premium Reloaded, Ulead Video Studio 11 plus and DVD Movie Factory 6 Plus.

  • Stunning, full pixel HD resolution with these professional bitrate recording modes
  • PH - 21 Mpbs (1920x1080) -- Highest Quality Setting
  • HA - 17 Mpbs (1920x1080)
  • HG - 13 Mpbs (1920x1080)
  • HE - 6 Mpbs (1440x1280) - Perfect for Long-form Recording
  • Extra-long record times - one 32GB SDHC card can hold up to 3 hours in the PH mode mode, 4 hours HA, 5.3 hours at HG mode and 12 hours in the HE mode.
  • Records in a full range of HD formats including 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24p; 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p
  • 1/3" 3-CCD progressive image system with excellent sensitivity, superb color reproduction and resolution
  • Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) that ensures stable images, critical to high definition video display
  • 13X 28mm to 368mm (35mm equivalent) Leica Dicomar™ wide-angle zoom lens
  • Superb Manual & Auto focus
  • In-camera Waveform Monitor, Vectorscope and two Focus assist displays
  • A host of advanced video functions like Cinelike Gamma and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)
  • Professional-level connections including HDMI out, Component Out (D Terminal), Composite Out and RCA Audio out jacks, XLR audio inputs, USB 2.0 for file transfer, remote control for Zoom, Iris, Focus, Start/Stop
  • Features three neutral density filters and three user sets
  • Two locking XLR inputs with switches for mic/line, +48V Phantom Power, Auto/Manual level, and internal/external assignment
  • Useful time/date stamp feature for applications like legal depositions or surveillance
  • Includes professional-level assist functions like waveform monitor, vectorscope and two focus displays
  • Variety of editing solutions (Render files to almost any format or media)
  • Free downloadable AVCHD Transcoder for conversion to DVCPRO HD available at www.panasonic.com/avccam
  • Built with a durable, die-cast magnesium chassis frame for reliable performance in tough environments
  • Lightweight (under 6lbs.), handheld design similar to the popular AG-DVX100
  • Three-year warranty program (One year + two year extension upon registration)*

Specs

Power Supply: DC7.2V (using with battery)
7.3V (using with AC adaptor)
Power Consumption: 9.8W (when recording)
Operating Temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Operating Humidity: 10% to 80% (No condensation)
Weight: Approx. 3.7 lb. (Approx. 1.7 kg) camcorder only
Approx. 4.3 lb. (Approx. 1.98 kg) including SD memory cards, supplied battery, and microphone
Dimensions (W x H x D): 6-1/16 x 6-15/32 x 15-5/8 inches (154 × 164 × 397 mm) excluding the projection part
Pick-up Device: 3CCD (1/3-inch interline transfer type, and progressive modes supported)
Lens: LEICA DICOMAR lens with optical image stabilizer, motorized/manual mode switching, 13 × zoom, F1.6 - 3.0 (f=3.9mm to 51mm/35mm equivalent: 28mm to 368mm)
Optical Color Separation: Prism system
ND Filter: 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Gain Selection: 60i/60p mode: 0/+3/+6/+9/+12/+18 dB, (0dB fixed in slow shutter mode)
30p/24p mode: 0/+3/+6/+9/+12 dB, (0dB fixed in slow shutter mode)
Shutter Speed - Preset: 60i/60p mode: 1/60 (OFF), 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 sec.
30p mode: 1/30, 1/50 (OFF), 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec.
24p mode: 1/24, 1/50 (OFF), 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec
Shutter Speed - Synchro Scan: 60i/60p mode: 1/60.0 sec. to 1/249.8 sec.
30p mode: 1/30.0 sec. to 1/249.8 sec. 24p mode: 1/24.0 sec. to 1/249.8 sec.
Slow Shutter Speed: 60i/60p mode: 1/15, 1/30 sec. 30p mode: 1/15 sec.
Minimum Luminance: 3lx, (F1.6, Gain: +12dB, Shutter: 1/25sec.)
Digital Zoom: 2x/5x/10x (only in 1080/60i or 720/60p video format)
Filter Diameter: 72mm
Recording: Recording Format: AVCHD
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 24Mbps)
HA mode: approx. 17 Mbps (VBR),
HG mode: approx. 13 Mbps (VBR)
HE mode: approx. 6 Mbps (VBR)
Video System: Video Signals: 1080/60i, 720/60p
HDMI Output: HDMI × 1, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 480/60p (Not compatible with VIErA Link)
Component Output: Mini-D × 1, Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, PB/PR: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 Ω
Composite Output: Pin jack × 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
Audio System: Compression Method: Recording/Playback: Dolby Digital (Dolby AC3)/2 ch
Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
Quantization: 16 bit
Compression Bit-Rate: PH mode: 2 CH 384 kbps, HA, HG and HE mode: 2 CH 256 kbps
XLR Input: XLR (3 pins) × 2 (INPUT1, INPUT2), LINE/MIC selectable, High impedance LINE: 0 dBu, MIC: -50 dBu/-60 dBu (selectable in menu)
Internal Microphone: Stereo microphone
Line Output: Pin jack × 2 (CH1, CH2), Output: 316 mV, 600 Ω
HDMI Output: 2 ch (Linear PCM), 5.1 ch (AC3)
Headphone: Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm diameter) × 1
Built-in Speaker: 20 mm (round) × 1
USB: 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
TC PRESET IN/OUT (also used for VIDEO OUT): TC PRESET IN/OUT : (also used for VIDEO OUT)
IN: 1.0 to 4.0 Vp-p, 10 kΩ
OUT: 2.0±0.5 Vp-p, low impedance
LCD Monitor: 3.5 inches, LCD color monitor, 210,000 pixels
Viewfinder: 0.44 inches, LCD color viewfinder, 235,000 pixels
Accessories (attached to the unit):: Lens Hood Cap, INPUT 1/2 terminal cover
Standard Accessories: AC adapter/charger, 2640mAh battery pack, AC cord, DC cord, Wireless remote controller with button-type battery, Microphone holder, Eye cup, Shoulder Belt, Component video cable, PIN-BNC conversion plugs, Ferrite core, Binder, CD-ROM.
Footnotes: *SD/SDHC Memory card (8MB to 32GB) can be used for storing/reading scene file and user file, and reading metadata.
*Weight and dimensions shown are approximate. Specifications are subject to change without notice.
 

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