Professional 3MOS AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder.

U.S. List Price: $2,095.00
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AVCCAM - the Industry's Next Generation Affordable HD

Panasonic's latest introduction to its popular AVCCAM line, the AG-HMC40 handheld, combines full HD AVCHD video recording with high-resolution 10.6-megapixel still photo capture, giving you the benefits of two professional cameras in one affordable package.

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.

Full HD Video & 10.6-Megapixel Stills -- All in One Compact Camera

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.)

High Definition Performance, Standard Definition Price

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.

  • 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 Ø, 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
  • Optional AG-MYA30G Professional XLR adapter available (features audio inputs with +48V Phantom Power, Mic/Line, Attentuation, Ch 1&2 or Ch2, Level Controls and Mic Holder (8 pin push on precision connector)
  • Extended warranty options are available. Visit the Panasonic Asset Support System (PASS) website for more information.

News & Reviews

DV Magazine: Incognito Cam (AG-HMC40 Review)


Millimeter: Panasonic AG-HMC40 Review



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)
Weight: 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
Dimensions (W x H x D): 5–11/32 x 5–5/16 x 11–31/32 inches (136 × 135 × 304 mm) excluding the projection part
Pick-up Device: 3MOS (1/4.1–inch progressive modes supported)
Picture Elements: Total: Approx. 3.05 megapixels×3
Effective (video): Approx. 2.51 megapixels×3 (16:9)
Effective (still image): Approx. 2.32 megapixels×3 (4:3),
Approx. 2.65 megapixels×3 (3:2), Approx. 2.51 megapixels×3 (16:9)
Lens: LEICA DICOMAR lens with optical image stabilizer, motorized/manual mode switching,
12× 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: AVCHD
Compression Method: MPEG–4 AVC/H.264
Recording Media*1: 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 (VB
HE mode: Approx. 6 Mbps (VBR)
Interval REC*2: 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: Yes
Still Picture - Compression Method: JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2 standard), DPOF
– Recording Media:
SD Memory Card: 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB (FAT12, FAT16)
SDHC Memory Card: 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 12GB, 16GB, 32GB (FAT32)
– 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
– Quality: Fine/Normal
–Flach Function: No
– Number of Recordable Still Pictures*3 (approx.):
[4:3] 6030 (9M 3520 x 2640 pixels)*4
[3:2] 5300 (10.6M 3984 x 2656 pixels)*4
[16:9] 5580 (10M 4224 x 2376 pixels)*4
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)
2 ch (Linear PCM), 5.1 ch (Dolby Digital)
Component Output: Mini-D x 1, Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, PB/PR: 0.7 Vp-p, 75Ω
A/V Output: 1.0 Vp-p, 75Ω
Output: 316 mV, 600 Ω, 2 ch
Audio System- Compression Method: Recording/Playback: Dolby Digital/2 ch
Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
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
Headphone: 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)
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
LCD Monitor: 2.7 inches, wide LCD color monitor, Approx. 230,000 pixels
Viewfinder: 0.26 inches, wide LCD color viewfinder, Approx. 113,000 pixels
Accessories (attached to the unit): Lens Hood Cap, XLR Adapter Terminal Cover
Standard Accessories: AC Adapter/Charger, 2640mAh Battery Pack (secure type), AC Cable, DC Cable (catch type), Wireless Remote Controller with button-type battery, Eye Cup, Shoulder Belt,
Component Video Cable, AV Cable, PIN-BNC Conversion Plugs, Handle, Touch Pen, CD-ROM, AVCCAM Restorer (Windows PC/Mac)
Footnotes: *1: SDHC/SD memory card (8MB to 32GB) can be used for storing/reading scene file and user file, and reading metadata.
*2: Records only in PH mode, 1080/24p. The maximum recording interval is 24 hours.
*3: The number of recordable still pictures varies depending on the subject and whether both Fine and Normal mode pictures are included.
*4: Fine mode, using one 32GB SDHC Memory Card.
*Weight and dimensions shown are approximate. Specifications are subject to change without notice.


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