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Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder

B&H # PAAGAC8PJ Mfr # AG-AC8PJ
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Product Highlights
  • 1/4.5" High-Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • 1080/60p AVCHD Recording
  • Wide-Angle 28mm (Equivalent) Lens
  • 21x Optical Zoom / 50x Intelligent Zoom
  • Dual SD Card Slots with Relay Recording
  • 3.0" Touchscreen LCD
  • 5-Axis Hybrid OIS & Level Shot Function
  • 20.4MP Still images
  • Multi-Purpose Lens Ring
  • HDMI, Component, and Composite Outputs

The AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder from Panasonic provides 1080/60p recording capabilities in an ergonomic shoulder-mount design ideal for event videography. It features a wide-angle lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28mm that allows you to fit more people and backgrounds into the frame. Powerful 21x optical and 50x intelligent zooms let you capture scenes that are difficult to access, while a 1/4.5" high-sensitivity MOS sensor provides sharp images even in low light situations.

The camcorder records at resolutions up to 1080/60p with a maximum bit rate of 28Mbps to dual SD card slots. Choose to record to both cards simultaneously for data security, or use the relay mode which will switch to the second card when the first one is full, for extended recording times. The ergonomic design of the camcorder provides 4-points of contact for increased stability and provides a suitable distance between the 3.0" touchscreen LCD for comfortable viewing. Video outputs available are HDMI, component, and composite. A USB 2.0 interface allows footage to be transfer to external storage devices.

Other features include a 5-Axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer, a Level Shot Function for correcting tiled shots, and a multi-purpose manual lens ring that controls focus, zoom, iris, white balance or shutter speed. A dynamic range stretch (DRS) feature is integrated into the system, providing a wider dynamic range when shooting in scenes with a great deal of contrast.

The camcorder also offers a photo mode that captures up to 20.4 megapixel 16:9 or 15.1 megapixel 4:3 still images. While recording video, it can take 9.4 megapixel 16:9 or 1.4 megapixel 4:3 images. A stereo microphone comes included with the camcorder.

Wide Range of Recording Formats
The camcorder records AVCHD footage in a wide range of recording formats, including 1920x1080/60p at 28Mbps, 1920x1080/60i at up to 24Mbps, 1440x1080/60i at 5Mbps, 1280x720/60p at 8Mbps, and 720x480/60i at 9Mbps.
1/4.5" High-Sensitivity MOS Sensor
The high sensitivity MOS sensor features larger photodiodes beneath each pixel than on a conventional sensor, allowing it to capture a more light and offer improved low light performance.
Wide-Angle 28mm f/1.8-3.5 Lens
With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28mm, the wide-angle f/1.8-3.5 lens lets you fit more people into the background when shooting in narrow spaces. It also is great for capturing expansive landscape shots. The large 3.9 x 5.5" lens hood blocks out unwanted light when shooting outdoors or in bright conditions.
21x Optical & 50x Intelligent Zoom
Capture scenes in areas that your camera can't get close to with a powerful 21x optical zoom range. A 50x high-resolution Intelligent zoom features lets you push the range farther, while preserving image resolution.
Dual SD Card Slots with Relay Auto Switch
The AG-AC8PJ features dual SD card slots that accept SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards. You can choose to record simultaneously to two memory cards for extra data security, or use the Relay Auto Switch mode to continue recording to a second card when the first one is full. For gapless audio playback, use the Relay Scene combining function, available when transferring the files to an external HDD via USB connection.
Ergonomic and Functional Design
The shoulder-mount designed of the camcorder provides a 4-points of contact for increased stability. The 3.0" touchscreen LCD is 7.9 inches away from your eye, providing a comfortable distance for viewing. For good weight balance, the battery jacks are placed at the rear of the camera.
5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+
Suppresses blurring and jitters of shaky footage, allowing you to capture clear images in a variety of shooting conditions.
Multi-Purpose Lens Ring
The manual ring on the lens barrel can be programmed to provide fine and precise adjustment control of focus, zoom, iris, white balance, or shutter speed.
Level Shot Function
When enabled, the camcorder will automatically detect and correct non-level images. This lets you record more horizontal images without a tripod when shooting in unstable positions such as high-angle or low-angle shot.
20.4 Megapixel Still Images
In addition to HD video, the camcorder is able to produce high quality still images with a resolution of 20.4MP in 16:9 mode, and 15.1MP in 4:3 mode. While recording video, 9.4MP 16:9 stills and 1.4 megapixel 4:3 stills can be captured simultaneously.
Additional Features
  • External Stereo Microphone Included
  • 3.0" touchscreen LCD with viewfinder
  • Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) provides a wider dynamic range when shooting in scenes with a great deal of contrast
  • Red focus peaking for manual focus assistance
  • Illuminated LED ring for verification that recording is in progress
  • Eye-Fi card compatible for sharing files via a wireless network
  • Back up data to portable HDD via USB
Image Sensor
Image Sensor 1/4.5-type MOS
Effective Pixels Motion Image:
3.11 megapixels (4:3)
4.14 megapixels (16:9)

Still Image:
3.24 megapixels (3:2)
3.24 megapixels (4:3)
4.14 megapixels (16:9)
Camera
Illumination Standard:
1,400 lx
Minimum:
2.0 lx (Low Light scene mode)
1.0 lx (Color Night View)
Image Stabilizer HYBRID O.I.S.+
Level Shot mode
Focus Auto/manual
White Balance Auto
Indoor1
Indoor2
Sunny
Cloudy
White set
Shutter Speed Motion Image:
Auto Slow shutter ON: 1/30 to 1/8000
Auto Slow shutter OFF: 1/60 to 1/8000

Still Image:
1/2 to 1/2000
Iris Auto/manual
Backlight Compensation Yes
Lens
Focal Length 2.82 to 59.2 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length Motion Image:
28.0 to 729.6 mm (16:9)
36.2 to 893.0 mm (4:3)

Still Image:
33.2 to 697.6 mm (3:2)
33.9 to 712.6 mm (4:3)
28.0 to 729.6 mm (16:9)
Maximum Aperture f/1.8 (wide-angle) to f/3.5 (telephoto)
Zoom Optical: 20x
Intelligent Zoom Intelligent Zoom OFF: 26x
Intelligent Zoom: 50x
Digital Zoom 60x / 1500x
Monitor
Electronic View Finder Yes
LCD Display 3" (7.5 cm) touchscreen LCD
460,800 dots
Recording
Signal System 1080/60i
480/60i
Compression AVCHD (MPEG4-AVC/H.264)
Recording/Playback 1080/60p: Max. 28 Mbps/VBR, 1920x1080/60p
PH: Max. 24 Mbps/VBR, 1920x1080/60i
HA: Average 17 Mbps/VBR, 1920x1080/60i
HG: Average 13 Mbps/VBR, 1920x1080/60i
HE: Average 5 Mbps/VBR, 1440x1080/60i
PM: Average 8 Mbps/VBR, 1280x720/60p
SA: Average 9 Mbps/VBR, 720x480/60i
Audio Compression Format Dolby Digital (2-channel)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Dynamic type
Photo Mode
Recording Format JPEG
Image Size Still Picture:
20.4 megapixels (6016 x 3384), 16:9
15.1 megapixels (4480 x 3360), 4:3
15.1 megapixels (4752 x 3168), 3:2

Simultaneous Recording
9.4 megapixels (4096 x 2304), 16:9
1.4 megapixels (1440 x 1080), 4:3
Interfaces
Inputs/Outputs 1 x HDMI Type A
1 x Stereo mini audio out
1 x Stereo mini headphone jack
1 x USB 2.0
1 x Composite AV
1 x Component Video
Recording Media 2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots
Mounting 1 x Hot Shoe
General
Power Consumption Recording: Max. 6.7 W
Charging: Max. 10.7 W
Power Supply 7.2/9.3 VDC
Dimensions (W x H x D) 8.07 x 8.54 x 18.85" (20.50 x 21.70 x 47.88 cm)
Weight Approx. 5.00 lb (2.27 kg)
Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder
  • External Stereo Microphone
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • Eye Cup
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    PanasonicAG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder
     
    4.4

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (23)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Zoom range/performance (12)
    • Professional quality (10)
    • Great picture quality (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (8)
      • Weddings (8)
      • Documentaries (6)
      • Home movies (6)
      • In the studio (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional artist (10), Business owner (9), Enthusiast (8), Semi-pro (4), Pro videographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Camera With A Mission

      This is a camera with a specific mission. To make professional videographers look professional, even on the leanest of budgets.We all know for most purposes, a modern HD handheld consumer camcorder is an...Read complete review

      This is a camera with a specific mission. To make professional videographers look professional, even on the leanest of budgets.We all know for most purposes, a modern HD handheld consumer camcorder is an amazing device in the right hands. A tiny 1000 dollar camcorder is capable of capturing video quality good enough to broadcast, and the viewer would never know the difference. Clients watching you in action is another story. If you show up to a gig with a Handycam sized device, no one will take you seriously, regardless of how well your video comes out or looks as a finished product. But while this large camcorder may look professional to wedding guests, any serious pro will know it's a consumer camera in a bigger box.Panasonic has taken the fine working guts of a high end consumer camcorder, refined them a bit, and placed them into a shoulder mounted camera that looks the part. Make no mistake about it, this isn't going to do the job of a RED cam or Cine Alta. However, for [$] bucks, it's the best game in town for looking more professional at a wedding or similar event shoot. And you won't have 10,000 dollars worth of gear at risk in the field.So, does this camcorder have what it takes to get the job done? Mostly, yes. The sharpness is about the best I've seen in a [$] dollar camera of any type, and it works well in low light. About as well as any [$] dollar consumer camcorder, and maybe just a bit better.The on screen menu controls are still a bit consumerish, but a few pro settings like time code, zebra stripes and video peaking have made it to the menu. A lack of three chips and XLR connectors keeps the shooting in the prosumer mode as opposed to professional, but for some venues, these features are not needed.Working with the AC8 is true joy compared to using a DSLR. This is a real video camera, and it will run all day on a single battery charge and a 32 gig SD card. Use two 32 gig cards, and you have simultaneous backup as you shoot. No problems with card speed or video stopping because of processor overheating. This camera will run flawlessly all day long and won't stop continuously shooting until you run out of space on the card, which is about 8 hours depending on your quality setting.The lowest data rate of 5 megabits per second looks quite good. The highest at 28 meg, which is 60P, looks stunning.What the camera gives up is that luscious depth of field and color saturation of a DSLR. The small chip keeps most of the frame in focus at the wide angle setting, but for most event shooters this is a plus. Color saturation can be turned up in the camera settings, or boosted in post. Even though there's no XLR connectors, the external eighth inch mike jack works good enough for most users. There's a headphone jack to monitor, too.Combined with the shoulder mounted design, the optical image stabilizer works wonders. I've stood for twenty minutes shooting rock steady video that looks like the camera was locked down. If you are used to shooting this way, it's silky smooth even while you walk with the camera.The one thing I dislike is the new battery size. It does not mix with the previous years of Panasonic prosumer cameras like the AC40, AC130 or AC150. You'll need all new batteries.

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      Love the camera except for one flaw

      For the price I am very impressed with the picture quality, image stabilization, battery life, light weight, everything. However, there is one tragic flaw with this camera that may render it useless...Read complete review

      For the price I am very impressed with the picture quality, image stabilization, battery life, light weight, everything. However, there is one tragic flaw with this camera that may render it useless for my needs. I noticed that when the Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) is on, pressing the rec/pause button causes a noticeable glitch, or shake in the image. It is particularly noticeable when zoomed in and it does not occur when the OIS is off. This glitch gets recorded at the end of every shot (but not at the beginning).

      I tried another unit and it did the same thing. Panasonic tech support seemed surprised to discover that their unit did the same thing also. Their suggested solution was to trim the end of each shot in editing, or not use the OIS, which are not options with my particular workflow.

      I am now in touch with a quality engineer at Panasonic who is helping me diagnose (and hopefully find a solution to) this problem. I may not be able to use this camera for my purposes, which is a shame because it is so perfect for my needs is almost every other way. If we find a solution I will write a follow up here.

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      5.0

      Awesome Camcorder

      By Harley

      from Myrtle Beach SC

      Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

      I used this cam to shoot the Good Guys Car Show in Scottsdale Az for the first time. Very easy to use and great quality..

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      4.0

      Excellent Camcorder

      By Deana

      from Birmingham, AL

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Great Zoom
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

          I purchased two of these camcorders for use in a high school broadcasting class. The cameras are easy to use and have an excellent picture. This particular model was ordered because of the options for output such as composite, component and HDMI. I needed all three for use with some of the current equipment in the studio. It also has two SD card slots which is an excellent option for remote video. Also, there is a headphone jack and microphone inputs. Overall, I have been extremely impressed with the quality and options for our low budget needs.

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          4.0

          Well Worth It!

          By Terry S.

          from Evansville, Indiana

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Movies/Short Films

            Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

            I use this camcorder for web videos, online news videos, web commercials and even TV commercials. When I show up at events, people often ask me what TV station I am with. I love it!

            It does fair in low light. You'll get the most out of this unit if you shoot manual though. It has really helped me to make the transition from shooting mainly in auto. I love shooting manual now, even with my DSLR.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Pro-Camara at Low price

            By Reyes Productions

            from West New York, NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • No External Mic Input

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

            This camara is great. For the price you can't ask for more. Looks really professional. Give the customer the waa factor when recording. Video and Sound quality are perfect. Thanks B&H

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            4.0

            So far so good

            By Grace Like Rain

            from Macon

            Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

            So far I don't have any real complaints about this camera. It's light and easy to use. The zoom works well as does the picture quality in low light. I really love that it is affordable and gets me started in the movie production business making movies that glorify God.

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            5.0

            High quality, semi-pro features

            By Roger Wilco

            from Fairfax, VA

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

            • No Remote For Playback

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Sports events
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

            This Panasonic camera is a thing of beauty, to use and to hold. It is the perfect size and weight for shoulder mount, and I've held it for hours at a time on my shoulder without feeling any fatigue. With very little effort, it produces video images and sound of stunning quality. Anti-shake is miraculous. It's super- easy to operate, using automatic focus, exposure, etc.. But switching to manual mode allows for fairly complex variables and a lot of creativity. If you're a beginner, the camera actually teaches itself. Before long you learn how to use a surprising array of professional features. There are only a couple things I don't like, which are minor and would not affect my decision to buy this camera. For example, it has no remote control for playing back video through camera. Also, although the quality of the picture and controls on the touch screen is fantastic, I wish you could move around and zoom in on segments while playing back.

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            • No

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            2.0

            OK, but not great

            By Nick Name

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

            • Auto Focus Performance
            • Size

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

              Got the camera and it is very large and very light. Just a guess that it is mostly empty space inside and so large for no real reason. It feels like very cheap quality. The only up sides to its size are that its easier to stabilize when used as a handheld and looks cool to someone who doesn't know better. The picture quality is good, except had 3 times where the auto focus blurred for no reason during a 2 hour recording of a presentation. I like that it records to 2 cards and don't use the included microphone(s) so can't speak to them.

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              5.0

              Crisp clean video, lightweight

              By Baunfire

              from Greenville, SC

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

                I use this camcorder for small video production and only marketing. Its light weight, controls are very simple and everything is right on the touch screen and easy to access that you may need without having to go through menus. Display is crisp and video extremely clean. I have not attempting to do any slow motion with the 60fps yet but in premier the video looks amazing.

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                4.0

                Great camera for the price

                By Captain video

                from Lincoln Nebraska

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                • No External Charger
                • Proprietary battery

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

                This is a great camera for the money, I use it for weddings special events and how-to videos, Looks very professional and like the old saying you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. Performance is excellent for this price range of camera. My only complaint there was really no reason to change the battery just a little bit so that it won't work on other Panasonic's. Additional batteries are pricey and I would rather pay more for the camera then have them play this game of forcing me to buy additional overpriced batteries. Also it does not come with an external battery charger, battery's have to be charged on the camera. So any of your old Panasonic chargers Will be worthless with this camera.

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                5.0

                Best shoulder video camera at this price

                By ajfotofilmagem

                from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

                  AG-AC8 has all the features that one might want in a camera shoulder that price. Panasonic has made great improvements over the old AC7.

                  I wish I had more dedicated buttons and XLR audio input, but no other cameras in this category has it.

                  The picture quality is very good, if the lighting is decent. Even in dark places, the image noise is quite acceptable.

                  Ergonomics are great, and the weight appropriate for the size of the camera, and the image stabilization works very well even recording as I walk.

                  I was pleasantly surprised with the truly wide angle lens 28mm (equivalent).

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                  • No

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                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Love the camera except for one flaw

                  By inthewild

                  from Provincetown, MA

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                  • See comments

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

                    For the price I am very impressed with the picture quality, image stabilization, battery life, light weight, everything. However, there is one tragic flaw with this camera that may render it useless for my needs. I noticed that when the Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) is on, pressing the rec/pause button causes a noticeable glitch, or shake in the image. It is particularly noticeable when zoomed in and it does not occur when the OIS is off. This glitch gets recorded at the end of every shot (but not at the beginning).

                    I tried another unit and it did the same thing. Panasonic tech support seemed surprised to discover that their unit did the same thing also. Their suggested solution was to trim the end of each shot in editing, or not use the OIS, which are not options with my particular workflow.

                    I am now in touch with a quality engineer at Panasonic who is helping me diagnose (and hopefully find a solution to) this problem. I may not be able to use this camera for my purposes, which is a shame because it is so perfect for my needs is almost every other way. If we find a solution I will write a follow up here.

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                    5.0

                    Me gustaría volver a comprar el producto

                    By SM AUDIO Producciones

                    from LAREDO TX

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

                      Es muy buena videocamara y su precio aun mejor, vale la pena la inversion

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Lightweight

                      By hilbro

                      from Michigan

                      About Me Educator, Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Limited Compatibility
                      • Made in Taiwan
                      • Made In Tiawan

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

                      We use it to record interviews and sporting events. It is very lightweight, but that is almost a downfall since the lack of weight seems to hinder on the stability of the equipment.

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                      5.0

                      AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM Delivers

                      By Donco

                      from Oregon Coast

                      About Me Hobbyist

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

                        First Impression- I just unpacked the camera yesterday. I loved the overall size which makes it easier for me to hold and get stable video. The zoom is awesome. Controls are easy to understand and use. I did pick up some noise in the audio caused by pressures that I exerted on the case by my hands and body. These were "plastic" sounds that sounded like something creaking. This noise was not objectionable and could be avoided. The picture quality was good. I do wish that the shoulder pad was adjustable fore and aft but at this price point, I am very happy. I own a high end prosumer 3mos camera that doesn't take any better video. The camera does not do some formats or 24 frame but it does the ones that I want (1080 I and P). I am very happy with the camera.

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                        3.0

                        Doesn't Even Shoot in 24 fps?

                        By Schaef

                        from Denver, CO

                        About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Pricey / Poor Value

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

                          After reading all the reviews on this camera I was very surprised that no one mentioned this. My fault for not reading the specs thoroughly, but I just assumed that this camera would have 24 fps capability since just about every CHEAP camera I've ever seen offers this option, not to mention something that is in Panasonic's "pro" category. It doesn't even offer 30 frames per second either! Just 60i and 60p. I mean, wow. Really? I was completely shocked to learn this when I got it and started playing around with it.

                          I'm a wedding videographer and I absolutely need the option of shooting in the cinematic 24 fps, or at least 30 so there can be a little bit of motion blur to make it look soft and natural. I'm pondering sending it back because of this.

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                          5.0

                          Very Nice Camera For teh Money

                          By JRC Digital Media, LLC

                          from Southwest Virginia

                          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Lightweight
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

                            We purchased the AG-AC8PJ to replace two Canon XA 10 cameras. We were incredibly impressed with the ease of use and more importantly, image quality.

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                            5.0

                            The Perfect Fit!

                            By Jake

                            from Detroit, MI

                            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

                                I've already had a client tell me:
                                "Now that's a camera!"
                                I couldn't be more satisfied with my new Panasonic AG-AC8PJ. I spent days investigating specs and comparing reviews from B&H, and I found this camcorder to be the perfect fit for my intentions as a videographer. The Dual SD Relay Record feature was a blessing at last weekend's event. The lightweight shoulder-mount/handheld capability makes it extremely comfortable, and also makes me look cool!!! :)

                                I will be buying a 2nd AG-AC8PJ as soon as I can.

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                                5.0

                                Love this camera!

                                By LisaP

                                from North Carolina

                                Verified Buyer

                                Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

                                I am a very new amateur videographer, and while I don't know yet how to use the more advanced camera functions, the basic filming functions were absolutely intuitive, and easier to use than our older, consumer version. Our final product looked great, and from start to finish this camera provided me with the tools I needed to make a professional impression.

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                                3.0

                                Great Event Camera

                                By Photographer at Large

                                from New York

                                About Me Professional Artist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Professional Look

                                Cons

                                • Lacks Functionality
                                • Low Quality Hd

                                Best Uses

                                • Events

                                Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

                                I do a lot of weddings and sweet sixteens and the best thing about the AG-AC8 is that it is automatic and has great sound quality. It also looks very professional when your carrying around a huge camera like this one. The reason why I gave it 3 stars because the picture quality to me doesn't feel like HD. I'm used to shooting with the Canon 5D Mark II and it doesn't even compare to it. I think my Canon GL2 is sharper than this camera, but for the price you can't go wrong. It also has a 1.8 aperture so it's great in low light.

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                                5.0

                                camera is worth the money

                                By Alexey Rodionov

                                from Kazachstan, Karaganda

                                About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects
                                  • Independent Films

                                  Comments about Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder:

                                  great and very comfortable camera for video reportage. well suited for a wedding video. lovely picture. great stabilizer.

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