Different projects require different equipment capabilities and such demands put heavy expectations on the performance and flexibility of your equipment. None more so than with your main production tool; your camera. You need a high performance yet lightweight and versatile camera that lets you deal with the everyday requirements, while still being able to step up and take on the challenges of the most demanding shoot. The exceptional quality of the new range of Panasonic handheld cameras do just that and more.
The AG- AC160AEN features the same Ultra Luminance Technology (U.L.T.) 1/3-type 2.2-megapixel 3MOS image sensor that is incorporated in our shoulder type P2HD camera recorders. This advanced image sensor is set to maximise the performance of the lens and signal processing circuit under standard shooting conditions.
The high-performance zoom lens was developed specifically for professional HD video production. While inheriting the wide-angle capabilities of the DVX and HMC Series, it adds the same level of operating ease as you'd expect from an interchangeable lens model for broadcasting and other professional uses. it raises resolution with the newest optical technologies available. Zooming from 28mm to 616mm (35mm equivalent), this 22x zoom lens covers a wide field of view, from wide-angle to telephoto, without a conversion lens. The lens unit is provided with three rings - a mechanical (cam-driven) zoom ring, a focus ring, and an iris ring. The positive operating feel of these rings gives you manual control similar to an interchangeable lens.
The AG- AC160AEN uses the AVCHD recording format and also supports the high-image-quality PH mode. AVCHD complies with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Profile, the latest motion picture compression technology. Boasting more than twice the compression efficiency of MPEG-2 systems (such as HDV), this advanced video file format delivers superb image quality and low data rates.
The Variable Frame Rate (VFR) function was inherited from the Panasonic VariCam, which is widely used for producing movies, TV series and TV commercials. It creates a wide range of film-camera-like images, such as overcranking for slow-motion and undercranking for quick-motion effects. The AG-AC160AEN VFR function* supports Full-HD (1920 x 1080) progressive mode.
The AG-AC160AEN is equipped with an HD/SD SDI output terminal for outputting HD signals, including 1080/24PsF, or down-converted SD video signals (selectable from the menu). The terminal also supports Auto Rec to enable backup recording in link with Rec Start/Stop when a Panasonic recorder equipped with the same function, such as the AG-HPD24E, is used. Embedded audio is also supported.