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Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder

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Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • Three 1/4.7" Full HD 2.19MP MOS Sensors
  • 12x Zoom Lens: 29.8 to 357.6mm
  • 1920x1080 60p, 60i, 30p, and 24p
  • 480/60i Mode for Cloud Server Uploading
  • Nano Surface Lens Coating Reduces Flare
  • 5-Axis OIS / Pixel Shifting Technology
  • Intelligent 25x Digital Zoom Function
  • Dual SD Memory Card Slots
  • Copy Content from One SD Card to Another
  • Two-Channel XLR Audio Inputs
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The Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder features three 1/4.7" sized MOS sensors (3MOS), with 2.19MP each, to capture Full HD 1920x1080 resolution video at up to 60p. It is an update to the AG-AC90A, offering additional 720p60 and 480i/60 3.5Mbps recording modes, as well as other enhancements such as the ability to copy content from one SD card to another in-camera. Features inherited from the AG-AC90 include the 12x zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 29.8 to 357.6mm, Nano Surface Coating for reduced ghosting and lens flares, and three manual control rings for focus, zoom, and iris.

The AG-AC90A records Full HD 1920x1080 video in a variety of frame rates using the AVCHD codec, including 60p, 60i, 30p, and 24p. A 1280x720 60p mode is available for lower resolution files with smooth motion, ideal suited for sports recording and coaching applications. You can also record SD video, including a low 3.5Mbps bit-rate mode for easy uploading to cloud servers. Date and time stamps can be super-imposed over the video, a feature useful for law enforcement and legal depositions.

Two SD memory card slots are available for expanded memory or simultaneous recording to both cards for an instant back-up. The camcorder is compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC card up to 64GB, with support for ultra high-speed UHS-I speed class 1. It is also compatible with optional Eye-Fi SD cards for Wi-Fi transfer to your mobile device A five-axis image stabilizer improves stabilization for handheld shooting, and 4x pixel shifting technology helps to create a sharper image. An Intelligent 25x digital zoom function makes automatic adjustments of edge, gradation, and detail.

In addition to a built-in microphone, two XLR audio inputs provide an interface for professional grade, external microphones. Audio Channel 1 and Channel 2 feature individual level controls and input selection, including 48V phantom power supply on/off.

New Features
The AG-AC90A provides the following updates over the AG-AC90:
  • PM mode (1280x720, 8Mbps)
  • CS mode (720x480, 3.5Mbps) for cloud service utilization
  • Ability to copy content from one SD card to another
  • Date and time superimpose function, ideal for law enforcement and legal depositions
  • Freeze Frame on video out
  • Eye-Fi card support
  • Variable White Balance function
  • Additional marker displays
  • Digital Range Stretch (DRS) on/off user button
1/4.7" Full HD 2.19MP MOS Sensors
Three 1/4.7" sized MOS sensors - a configuration Panasonic calls 3MOS - featuring 2.19MP each. These sensors capture native Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution video.
Fixed Lens with 12x Zoom Ratio
The camera's fixed lens features up to f/1.5 brightness and produces an angle-of-view equal to 29.8-357.6mm on 35mm format. Nano Surface lens coating reduces ghosting and flare, and three manual control rings facilitate adjustments for focus, zoom and iris.
Variable Frame Rates
The AG-AC90A can record 1920x1080 resolution at 60p, 60i, 30p and 24p; in addition to standard 1280x720 60p and SD 480/60i.
LCD Touch Panel
The 3.5" touchscreen LCD has a 1,152,000 dot resolution and slides into the handle front for quick access. It rotates 270° for high-angel, low-angle, or self-shooting (in Mirror mode). Menu settings and playback can be controlled using the touchscreen display
Dual SD Memory Card Slots
Two media card slots accept SD memory cards for expanded memory or simultaneous recording to both cards for an instant back-up. The AG-AC90A is compatible with Sd, SDHC, and SDXC cards, with support for ultra high-speed UHS-I Speed Class 1 cards.
Five-Axis OIS and Pixel Shifting
Five-Axis optical image stabilization makes for smoother handheld videos, and pixel shifting helps to create a sharper image.
Intelligent 25x Digital Zoom Function
An intelligent digital zoom achieves up to 25x seamless zooming. The digital zoom function is also available in 2, 5, and 10x zoom.
3MP Still Photographs
3MP still photographs can also be captured during video recording.
Versatile Recording Functions
Interval Recording captures one frame at a time in set intervals (1 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min). Pre Record prevents missed opportunities by storing about 3 seconds of video and audio data in temporary memory prior to pressing the Rec button. Record Check lets you check the end of the most recently recorded clip with one-touch ease, and Last Clip Delete provides one-touch delete of the most recently recorded clip.
XLR Input and Other Professional Audio Features
In addition to a built-in 5.1-channel surround sound mic, the AG-AC90A features 2-channel XLR audio input terminals for external mic use. Input (Mic/Line) can be selected for CH1/CH2 independently, and a 48 V phantom power supply (ON/OFF) and level control are provided.
Professional Interfaces and Design
An HDMI output supports digital output of video and audio signals to a wide variety of HD devices. Other connections include an AV Multi output for analog video and audio, an analog component video (component terminal), analog composite video (pin jack), and analog audio (L/R pin jacks) through the bundled cable. USB 2.0 connectivity aids users in transferring files to a PC, and remote terminals enable remote operation of iris, focus, zoom and Rec Start/Stop functions.
Focus Assist and Push AF
The Focus Assist (Focus in Red) button shows when your subject is in focus by outlining subject edges in red on the LCD monitor. Push AF activates the AF function while in Manual mode with the press of a button (allocated to an User button). This provides handy support for manual focusing.
Scene Files
Six scene settings allow for immediate response to a variety of shooting situation.
  • DRS (Dynamic Range Stretcher): Suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights by visually expanding the dynamic range. This function can be assigned to the user button.
  • 7 Mode Gamma: Allows selection from seven gamma curves: HD NORM / LOW / SD NORM / HIGH / B.PRESS / CINE-LIKE D / CINE-LIKE V
  • Other settings: H detail level, V detail level, detail coring and skin tone detail, chroma level, chroma phase, color temp and master pedestal, auto iris level, knee (LOW/MID/HIGH), matrix (NORM1/NORM2/FLUO/CINE-LIKE)
Additional Features
  • Zebra patterns
  • Color bar / test tone
  • Display/Mode check button
  • Auto slow shutter
  • White balance adjustment
  • Intelligent Auto (iA) mode
  • Screen markers
  • Seven user customizable function buttons
Sensor
Sensor Type 3x MOS (with backside illumination)
Sensor Size 1/4.7"
Sensor Resolution 2.19 MP (2,190,00 effective pixels) each
Minimum Illumination Approx. 3 lux (iA mode, auto slow shutter ON)
Lens
Focal Length 2.84 - 34.1 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 29.8 - 357.6 mm
Zoom Ratio 12x optical
25x i.Zoom
2x, 5x, 10x digital zoom
Aperture f/1.5 to f/2.8
Optical Image Stabilization 5-Axis Hybrid OIS
Lens Coating Nano Surface Coating
Control Rings 3 (focus, zoom, iris)
Filter Thread 49 mm
Image Stabilization Optical (hybrid optical image stabilizer, active mode)
Recording Specifications
Signal System NTSC (60 Hz)
Video Format AVCHD version 2.0 compliant, AVCHD Progressive
Compression Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: Dolby Digital (5.1ch/2 ch)
Still Picture: JPEG (based on Exif 2.2 standard)
Recording Modes PS Mode: 1920x1080 59.94p (25 Mbps average; 28 Mbps max)
PH Mode: 1920x1080 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p (21 Mbps average; 24 Mbps max)
HA Mode: 1920x1080 59.94i (17 Mbps average)
HE Mode: 1440x1080 59.94i (6 Mbps average)
PM Mode: 1280x720 59.94p (8 Mbps average)
SA Mode: 720x480 59.94i (9 Mbps average)
CS Mode: 720x480 59.94i (3.5 Mbps average)
Maximum Recording Time With two 64GB SDXC memory cards:

PS Mode: Approx. 10 hours 40 minutes
PH Mode: Approx. 12 hours
HA Mode: Approx. 16 hours
HE Mode: Approx. 48 hours
PM Mode: Approx. 38 hours
SA Mode: Approx. 33 hours
CS Mode: Approx. 82 hours
Shutter Speed 60i/60p/30p: 1/30 to 1/2000 (auto slow shutter ON), 1/60 to 1/2000 (auto slow shutter OFF)
Note: at motion picture recording, manual mode
Audio Channels CH1, CH2
Audio Format Dolby Digital
Still Capture 3 MP still photographs (can be captured during video recording)
Interface
Recording Media 2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC (compatible with UHS-I Speed Class 1)
Input/Outputs 1 x HDMI output (1080p/1080i/480p)
1 x AV Multi output (D-connector, component video, composite video and audio 2 channel)
1 x USB 2.0
1 x 2.5mm remote terminal for zoom and REC START/STOP
1 x 3.5mm remote terminal for iris and focus
2 x XLR audio input (MIC/LINE/+48V selectable)
General Specifications
LCD Monitor 3.5" (8.8 cm) touchscreen
1,152 K dot resolution
270° rotation
Viewfinder 0.24" LCOS color EVF with 263 K dot resolution
Supply Voltage DC 12V (when the AC adaptor is used)
DC 7.2V (when the battery is used)
Power Consumption 12.9 W
Operating Temperature 32 to 104° F (0 ~ 40° C)
Operating Humidity 10 to 80% (no condensation)
Dimensions (WxHxD) Excluding protrusions: 6.30 x 7.68 x 13.78" (16.0 x 19.5 x 35.0 cm)
Weight Main Unit Only: Approx. 3.3 lb (1.50 kg)
With Battery and an SD Card: Approx. 3.9 lb (1.78 kg)
Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Adaptor
  • 2 x AC Cable
  • Eye Cup
  • Remote Control
  • CD-ROM (Operating Instructions)
  • USB Cable
  • AV Multi Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Microphone Holder
  • 2 x Input Terminal Cap
  • Microphone Holder Adaptor
  • Microphone Holder Screws
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty (Extendable to 3 Years with Production Registration)
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    PanasonicAG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder
     
    4.4

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (3)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Well built / quality (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Reviewer Profile:
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          • Business (3)
          • Was this a gift?:
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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Profession features at a consumer price!

        The Panasonic AG-AC-90 has earned its solid reputation; the AC 90A is pretty much the same camera, with a few key upgrades and a new recording mode. (Note: AC-90 owners...Read complete review

        The Panasonic AG-AC-90 has earned its solid reputation; the AC 90A is pretty much the same camera, with a few key upgrades and a new recording mode. (Note: AC-90 owners will find they can get many of the new features in a free firmware upgrade, but not the added recording modes.)User finesse over the 2K HD video image is what the AC-90/A is all about; on that score I'm fully satisfied! The image is ultra-sharp and with some drilling down through the menus, good lighting and post-production you can coax video out the AC-90A I'd stand up against a camera with a 5-figure price tag.If you're a professional or prosumer will it be the sole camera in your locker? No. It's a great hybrid studio and field camera, with feaures you just can't get on most camcorders under $. Panasonic identified and nicely filled a niche market for serious shooters on a tight capital equipment budget. I'm using my AC-90A for critical interviews, VFX plates and studio work. It might be fine for some 'run & gun' documentary stuff, but I'll likely keep counting on my Canon HF G30 and/or XA-20 for hectic shoots where I'm forced to default to auto-exposure and autofocus.The AC-90A is *not* for consumers or hobbyists who rely soley on auto-exposure/autofocus. The AC 90A yields great images, but shooters need enough skill to be able to quickly set their own exposures, focus and white balance. (The auto metering on all three AC-90A units I tried tended to overexpose almost everything in exterior daylight settings.)Overall the AC-90A feels solid, though the focus, iris and zoom rings have a bit more 'play' in them than I'd like. The EVF demonstrates chromatic strobing in dark area. The pull-out LCD screen is novel, but efficient. It does make the camera feel a bit 'frail". I'd hate to be in a hurry to grab a one-take ENG shot with it. The EVF is adequate at best and demonstrates chromatic strobing in dark areas. I find it soft and too dark. Those who wear glasses may be frustrated attempting to adjust it for their eye "sans spectacles." The LCD menus and options are as byzantine as they are on most camcorders. Panasonic's manuals have always been risibly bad. (Seriously —the ones for the AC90A are like "The Handbook for the Recently Deceased" in "Beetlejuice.") I advise anyone who relies on instruction manuals to only read the Volume #1 set-up guide and then watch some of the excellent video reviews and tutorials for the legacy AC-90 on-line. Also: "The AC-90 Book" by Barry Green is worth its weight in dollar bills! It does not pretend to replace the manual but will come as a welcome supplement for serious shooters. I believe B&H seems it and you'd do well to order one along with you C-90 or 90A.

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        Not for Filmmakers

        I have had this product for almost six months and I wish I never bought it. It is nice but it is not what I thought it was going to be. Under really good...Read complete review

        I have had this product for almost six months and I wish I never bought it. It is nice but it is not what I thought it was going to be. Under really good circumstances, its a decent camera.
        This thing is real real nasty in low light. I went on a trip to Europe and brought this camera with me and I almost wanted to give up because it was not performing as well as I wanted too. There were a couple of really cool buildings that were lit up at night. I wanted to get a few shots of that and it was terrible. I didn't have the lens opened all the way or the iso speed all the way up and it was disgusting to look at. If you are in low light the image quality is terrible, not for someone like me that wants to push a camera to its limits.
        Another thing I don't like about the camera are the three rings that control the lenses. They are electronic so you don't get real time reaction. There is actually a few moments of delay between moving the rings and the lens reacting. Really poor.
        However the best thing about this camera is the audio. I actually took this camera on for a few shoots just for it's audio capabilities. Its acting more and more as my audio recorder than a video recorder.
        If you are into indie filmmaking don't even waste your time, this camera is not for you. Save a few extra bucks and invest in the Sony A7s. Its a real solid body that performs excellent (like wow! its amazing) in low light, and definitely something you can expand on.
        Im curious however to see how this camera performs using an external recorder because I am sure the sensors are decent. Anyway it was a waste of money for me but a good learning experience.

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        4.0

        Great step up into the prosumer arena...

        By Stonecoldmark

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Pros

        • Dual Sd Card Inputs
        • Dual Xlr
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to Use
        • Efficient
        • Pro Features
        • Quality Construction
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentary
          • Events
          • Interviews
          • News Gathering
          • Organization
          • Presentations

          Comments about Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder:

          I bought this camera to boost my profile for video jobs. While I felt at ease shooting HD with my then trendy Canon Vixia M-41. I always viewed my work as it's not what you shoot, but what you do with the footage.

          That's all fine and good until you want the higher end gigs. I was urged to get a camera that "means business" when you show up for a job. I did tons of research at the time. I have had the camera a bit over a year now and this is what I can say.

          This is my first camera of this caliber, do I cannot compare it it similar ones on the market. This was a purchase based on features and price point.

          Normally I am a Canon shooter, both photos and video, but this camera really screamed professional. So I decided to go with it.

          The camera offers so much for what is a very good price. I see that the price on B&H now is not that much different than what I paid for it, which I think speaks volumes.

          Picture quality is excellent, especially if you go out of the way to get good lighting. It's OK in low light, but not great. Very muddy picture especially at weddings or indoor night events.

          The surround sound mic is excellent, crips and high quality. The additional dual XLR inputs provides added versatility. I have not had to use both inputs at the same time, but it's nice to know they are there. I use a Rode Shotgun NTG-2 with it, and it sounds great.

          The menu is super easy to use, the camera is light enough for hand held work, but should really be on a tripod.

          I have used this camera for speaking engagements, travel videos, interviews and events of all sorts. It's been a learning process and some of the more pro-features I have not had that much experience with. I am a one-person shooter/editor so I handle all of this myself.

          The dual SD card slot is great. You can use it as relay or set it up for back-up mode. It will record the same thing on 2 cards incase there is a failure. I have been using that for interviews that I would never be able to redo again. It's excellent and offers great peace of mind.

          If you are looking to upgrade to the next level of camera and you have experience with video cameras this might be for you. If video is more of a hobby, then I would stick with a higher end camcorder.

          My last thought is that I know the world is already talking 4K, with this I feel I have several years left in it. I also think that most of my stuff ends up on the web, and I am not going to reinvest in new cameras unless I am forced to. Shooting everything in HD is already crazy in terms of housing all the files. 4K I would not know where to begin.

          Don't get bogged down with the latest and greatest. Evaluate your needs and what the final product is going to be. You don't need 4K if you are doing a daily video about hair styling. If you need to spend money to make better videos, think about a good mic, always more important than the camera. You can use an iPhone these days, but if they can't hear you, you talent is being wasted.

          Great camera, great quality, great price.

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          • Business
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          4.0

          Great Effort By Panasonic

          By ed

          from phoenix, az

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to Use
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

          • Short Warranty
          • Small Sensor For 4k

          Best Uses

          • Everyday Use

          Comments about Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder:

          Although I wish the sensor was a bit bigger to accommodate the massive pixel count (causing the cam to suffer in low light)- there is allot to love about this camera. Great form factor, easy menu navigation, sharp touch screen, and lots of recording options. This is every bit a pro camera like their AG models, however Panasonic has chosen to limit the warranty to 1 year instead of the 3 for other cameras like this. This was a disappointment. If you can live with that, and can manage light appropriately- it's a great camera.

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          • Business
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          3.0

          Japan-only - Cannot be registered in US

          By Furutan

          from Texas

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to Use
          • Efficient
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday Use
            • Presentations
            • Training Videos
            • Tv Commercials

            Comments about Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder:

            This is good camera at a friendly price. The digital zoom is not all that spectacular (at least not through the LCD) but the controls and menus are easy to access and use. The output looks good and the color is good.

            Please note that the AG-AC90A, while listed on the Panasonic USA website, is not intended for sale in the US. When trying to register this camera for the free Panasonic 3-year warranty, you must enter Japan as the country of sale. Naturally, the warranty only is valid if you have the unit repaired in Japan.

            I suggest that you buy a third party warranty from B&H and move on.

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            • Business
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            5.0

            Don't be fooled by spending more

            By R.C. M.C.

            from Carson City NV.

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • 60p Capability
            • Great Audio With Xlr
            • price
            • SD cards

            Cons

            • Needs Nd Filter

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Outdoors
            • Professional use

            Comments about Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder:

            I have used this camcorder for about a year with great success professionally. We mainly shoot aviation action dvds. I use 1080 60P in case we need to edit up some smooth slow motion. I have shot in low light, bright light and with the sun at me. The camera performs well however I suggest learning to use it in manual mode and lock down the ATW or you will see some lighting variances in your raw video. I went through various stabilization setups and finally settled on a varizoom product which i can use a 7" monitor or go right to the eye piece. The built in stabilization is pretty good but if you are going on a tripod turn it off or it will get choppy. Also in very bright conditions it has a automatic ND setting but we use a 0.3 ND filter most of the time outdoors its like one stop down and is just the right amount to calm things down. The Zoom is decent and can go in fast or slow. The rings are fine another reviewer complained but I just don't think they know how a camera works. I find no fault in the manual rings. Audio from the XLRs is fantastic just make sure you set your levels to max out at the line or you will get clipping. A tad over is fine. I use an azden shot gun condenser microphone and also have a audio technica wireless lavalier and hand microphone available for interviews with just a change of xlr jacks. I only use the built in microphone along with the shotgun microphone for indoor shoots. Because I find its pretty sensitive and will pickup lots of wind noise.Bottom Line its a good price point for lots of camera. Shop around and read real reviews you can compare yourself. I will buy another one sometime this year.

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            3.0

            Not for Filmmakers

            By Drew

            from Dover, DE

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                  Comments about Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder:

                  I have had this product for almost six months and I wish I never bought it. It is nice but it is not what I thought it was going to be. Under really good circumstances, its a decent camera.
                  This thing is real real nasty in low light. I went on a trip to Europe and brought this camera with me and I almost wanted to give up because it was not performing as well as I wanted too. There were a couple of really cool buildings that were lit up at night. I wanted to get a few shots of that and it was terrible. I didn't have the lens opened all the way or the iso speed all the way up and it was disgusting to look at. If you are in low light the image quality is terrible, not for someone like me that wants to push a camera to its limits.
                  Another thing I don't like about the camera are the three rings that control the lenses. They are electronic so you don't get real time reaction. There is actually a few moments of delay between moving the rings and the lens reacting. Really poor.
                  However the best thing about this camera is the audio. I actually took this camera on for a few shoots just for it's audio capabilities. Its acting more and more as my audio recorder than a video recorder.
                  If you are into indie filmmaking don't even waste your time, this camera is not for you. Save a few extra bucks and invest in the Sony A7s. Its a real solid body that performs excellent (like wow! its amazing) in low light, and definitely something you can expand on.
                  Im curious however to see how this camera performs using an external recorder because I am sure the sensors are decent. Anyway it was a waste of money for me but a good learning experience.

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                  5.0

                  The Best Pro Video Camcorder

                  By Freedby Him

                  from Seattle, WA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder:

                        Clean audio through the xlr inputs, picture quality and colors are awesome

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                        4.0

                        Profession features at a consumer price!

                        By Tigo Unlimted

                        from Marin County, CA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Finesse On 2k Image
                        • Ultra-sharp Lens

                        Cons

                        • Auto-exposure Metering
                        • Evf Is Weak And Strobes

                        Best Uses

                        • Critical Interviews
                        • Studio Vfx Plates
                        • Studio Work
                        • Vfx Plates

                        Comments about Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder:

                        The Panasonic AG-AC-90 has earned its solid reputation; the AC 90A is pretty much the same camera, with a few key upgrades and a new recording mode. (Note: AC-90 owners will find they can get many of the new features in a free firmware upgrade, but not the added recording modes.)User finesse over the 2K HD video image is what the AC-90/A is all about; on that score I'm fully satisfied! The image is ultra-sharp and with some drilling down through the menus, good lighting and post-production you can coax video out the AC-90A I'd stand up against a camera with a 5-figure price tag.If you're a professional or prosumer will it be the sole camera in your locker? No. It's a great hybrid studio and field camera, with feaures you just can't get on most camcorders under $. Panasonic identified and nicely filled a niche market for serious shooters on a tight capital equipment budget. I'm using my AC-90A for critical interviews, VFX plates and studio work. It might be fine for some 'run & gun' documentary stuff, but I'll likely keep counting on my Canon HF G30 and/or XA-20 for hectic shoots where I'm forced to default to auto-exposure and autofocus.The AC-90A is *not* for consumers or hobbyists who rely soley on auto-exposure/autofocus. The AC 90A yields great images, but shooters need enough skill to be able to quickly set their own exposures, focus and white balance. (The auto metering on all three AC-90A units I tried tended to overexpose almost everything in exterior daylight settings.)Overall the AC-90A feels solid, though the focus, iris and zoom rings have a bit more 'play' in them than I'd like. The EVF demonstrates chromatic strobing in dark area. The pull-out LCD screen is novel, but efficient. It does make the camera feel a bit 'frail". I'd hate to be in a hurry to grab a one-take ENG shot with it. The EVF is adequate at best and demonstrates chromatic strobing in dark areas. I find it soft and too dark. Those who wear glasses may be frustrated attempting to adjust it for their eye "sans spectacles." The LCD menus and options are as byzantine as they are on most camcorders. Panasonic's manuals have always been risibly bad. (Seriously —the ones for the AC90A are like "The Handbook for the Recently Deceased" in "Beetlejuice.") I advise anyone who relies on instruction manuals to only read the Volume #1 set-up guide and then watch some of the excellent video reviews and tutorials for the legacy AC-90 on-line. Also: "The AC-90 Book" by Barry Green is worth its weight in dollar bills! It does not pretend to replace the manual but will come as a welcome supplement for serious shooters. I believe B&H seems it and you'd do well to order one along with you C-90 or 90A.

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                        5.0

                        AG-AC90A

                        By jmmusic

                        from NY

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                          • Headphone Volume Too Low

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                          • Enterviews Documentary

                          Comments about Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder:

                          Are you kidding me? This is the best camcorder dollar for dollar in its price range and above.
                          The image quality is amazing. This camcorder beats even more pricey cameras with bigger sensors. Even if you have a budget of $3,000 don't be afraid to grab this one even if you see a more expensive camcorder. You won't be dissapointed.

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                          5.0

                          Amazing camera for the price

                          By BigJohn

                          from Tennessee

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                                Comments about Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder:

                                One of the best cameras with XLR inputs for the price that I have found. Excellent low light ability. Lots of manual features (fast set up), not too heavy, long battery life, excellent audio. The 1920 1080p AVCHD files work great with Edius 7. Highly recommended.

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                                5.0

                                Great camera

                                By shipuchin

                                from Los Angeles, CA

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                                      Comments about Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder:

                                      I've been a panasonic user for many years and once again I am very pleased with my decision with the new AG_AC90A. This camera is much lighter than previous version and I very much love the three-rings design which allows met to have more control.

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                                      5.0

                                      AG-AC90A ROCKS!!!!!!!!

                                      By SuperHugo

                                      from Washington, DC

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                                            Comments about Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder:

                                            Amazing. For the price? AMAZING.

                                            What a great and versatile camera this is. Loving it.

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                                            Required item: Recording media is not included. A memory card is required to record your footage.

                                            SanDisk - 8GB Extreme Plus UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
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                                            Panasonic - CGA-D54 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
                                            • Reg. Price: $169.00
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                                            • Limited supply at this price
                                             
                                            Watson - CGA-D54 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 5400mAh)
                                            • You Pay: $69.00
                                             

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                                            An additional lens mount adapter ring is not included and required to mount this lens. (B&H # RAAR5249)

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