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Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • 3MOS Sensor
  • AVCHD
  • 10.6MP Stills
  • 1080p
  • 24p
  • 12x Leica Lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Optional XLR Input Available
  • Compact Frame
  • Lightweight

The Panasonic AG-HMC40 is a camcorder designed to record in high definition on standard Secure Digital (SD) and SDHC memory cards. The camera is extremely portable and lightweight, weighing in at just over 2 lbs. While SD-based camcorders have been gaining ground in the consumer market, the AG-HMC40 has the ability to record AVCHD images at significantly higher bitrates. This enhancement makes the camera's codec more efficient than comparable HD interframe codecs, such as HDV and XDCAM EX. Using H.264 as its compression algorithm the camera can record incredibly detailed images at a fraction of the file size. The handle is detachable and can hold an optional XLR audio system.

Note! XLR option not included.

3MOS Sensor Technology
The progressive 3MOS image sensors record full HD images with an effective motion-picture resolution of 2.51MP. This produces full-raster HD images with high resolution and superb image quality. Because each of the three separate image sensors receives one of the three primary colors of light (red, green and blue), they render more precise images and more faithful colors than the single light-receiving 1MOS sensor.
Sharp Rendering
With a lens that features 13 elements in 10 groups, the newly developed Leica Dicomar is ideal for full HD recording. The new lens system uses low-dispersion glass and aspherical lenses to reduce color aberration and boost resolution. Use of a special multi-coating process dramatically reduces flare and ghosts. The result is a sharp, crisp, beautifully rendered picture with vivid colors, delicate nuances, and exceptional shading.
120x Digital Zoom
Even at the 490mm zoom setting (35mm lens equivalent), this advanced 12x optical zoom lens is free of image degradation. Additionally, the AG-HMC40 is equipped with a digital zoom that instantly magnifies the image by any of three fixed values: 2x, 5x or 10x. Use it together with the 12x optical zoom lens and you get super magnification equivalent to a 120x zoom, without the drop in light intensity that happens when using a lens extender.
Optical Image Stabilization
Because the hand-shake correction is done by actually driving the lens, there's none of the image degradation that occurs with electronic stabilization. You can capture beautiful, high-quality shots even in situations where hand shake is typically a big problem such as when zooming, shooting indoors in dim lighting, or shooting outdoors at night.
Dynamic Range Stretch
A gamma curve and knee slope are estimated to match the contrast of each pixel and applied in real time. When dark, bright, and intermediate shades are all contained in the same scene, this produces excellent gradation for each shade and minimizes blocked shadows and blown highlights. The images that result are enhanced by a visually wider dynamic range.
High-quality 10.6MP Digital Stills
The new 3MOS sensors also combine with Panasonic's proprietary Quad-Density Pixel Distribution technology to achieve a resolution that is equivalent to 4 times the normal level. The AG-HMC40 captures still images with approx. 10.6-megapixel resolution (in still image mode, 3:2 aspect ratio), which approaches the level of a high-performance digital still camera. For example, you can use it to shoot both motion and still images for a website.
Cine-Like Gamma Curves
Drawing on technologies developed for the VariCam HD camcorders for digital cinema, Panasonic has equipped the AG-HMC40 with advanced gamma functions that address seven different shooting scenarios and enhance your creative abilities. This includes the cine-like gamma, which produces the characteristic warm tone of film recordings.
Exceptional AVCHD Image Quality
The AG-HMC40 features the image-enhancing PH mode that Panasonic developed exclusively for AVCCAM camcorders. It delivers a maximum AVCHD bit rate of 24 Mbps (average: 21 Mbps). Designed for professional image production, this mode lets you record 1080/30p, 1080/24p and 720 progressive images in addition to 1080/60i from the AG-HMC40's 1920 x 1080 full-raster HD images.
Reliable Media
Unlike with videotape, there's no need for cueing with the SDHC memory card because recording automatically begins in a blank section of memory. Nor do you have to worry about accidentally recording over important footage. You can delete unwanted clips instantly right on the spot to preserve memory capacity. Editing after shooting is smooth and easy, with no need for digitizing. The tiny SDHC Memory Card is durable, too. Its operating range is from -13-185°F, so you can stop worrying about harsh temperatures or condensation while never having to deal with dropouts or clogged heads.
Shot Mark
To simplify shot selection, you can add a mark to the thumbnail images of each clip. You can then display and play only the clips that have shot marks.
Pre-Record Function
This helps to ensure you always get the shot you want, by letting you continuously store, and subsequently record, images and sounds for three seconds before the REC button is pressed in standby mode.
Fast On-Screen Clip Searching
Image data is recorded as a file for each scene. Thumbnail images and file information are automatically attached to each file to enable smooth, easy confirmation and deletion of files displayed on the LCD monitor.
Easy On-Screen Touchpad
The 2.7", 230,000-dot (approx.) LCD monitor is especially convenient when shooting wide-screen images. Just use a finger on the touch panel screen to start playback, make menu settings, and even focus the camera. You can rotate the LCD monitor 270° for easier viewing when shooting low-angle or other difficult shots. This lets you check the framing and parameter display on the LCD monitor as you shoot.
HD Focus Assist
There are multiple focus assist functions on the AG-HMC40, including both the standard center zoom, as well as a focus bar. Additional focus assists include a face "detection" which "recognizes" faces near the center of the screen and focuses on them.
Manual Focus Ring
The manual focus ring can be used to control the iris too, by switching the Focus Ring (Focus/Iris) selector. Use it whichever way best fits the shooting situation. For example, you can set the camera to Auto Focus and use the manual focus ring to control the zooming. You can also add backlight correction or spotlight correction to the auto aperture function.
Waveform Monitor Display
A horizontal analysis of the input signal's brightness level can be displayed on the monitor. This lets you adjust the standard black and white levels while checking the Waveform Monitor (WFM), making it easy to get highly accurate adjustments.
Interval Recording
You can make automatic, intermittent recordings at set intervals from one frame per second to one frame every two minutes. For example, use Interval REC to record operations at a construction site, to shoot sunsets, or to capture time-lapse recordings of growing plants.
Slow Shutter and Syncro Scan
The slow shutter function uses image accumulation to allow shutter speeds with frame rates reduced by half or more. The accumulation method provides bright-color images with less noise than those captured using conventional gain-up, so you get the higher sensitivity needed for nighttime shooting without illumination. And the Synchro Scan function is ideal for capturing images on monitors.
Optional XLR Adapter Available
The AG-HMC40 comes equipped with a built-in stereo microphone and a 3.5mm EXT, mic-in jack. Adding the optional AG-MYA30G XLR adapter provides compatibility with professional-use XLR terminals for audio output from microphones and Public Audio (PA) systems in studios and auditoriums. Line recording and +48V Phantom powered microphone recordings are possible from the XLR terminals. Featuring two XLR audio input terminals and level controls, the adapter lets you independently switch ch 1 or ch 2 to microphone or line input, with each having its own level adjustment. (Input 2 can be assigned to both ch 1 and ch 2.)
SD Downconversion
The AG-HMC40 is equipped with both component (Mini D4) video outputs and AV output (AV multi terminals), allowing HD images to be down-converted and output as SD images while they are being recorded or played. At the same time, a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio can be selected for side crop, letterbox, or squeeze images. Audio output (AV multi terminals 2 channels) enables a wide variety of applications, such as viewing on an external monitor or SD dubbing.
HDMI
The AG-HMC40 is equipped with an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output terminal for digital transferring of high-quality HD video and audio signals.
Tilt-up Viewfinder
The viewfinder can be tilted upward about 70° and the large eyecup is excellent for blocking out light from the sun and other sources.
REC Check
You can check the end of the most recently recorded clip with one-touch ease.
Last Clip Delete Function
Only the most recently recorded clip is deleted with this one-touch function, adding practical convenience to everyday operation. It can be assigned as a User button function if desired.
Record Meta Data
The date, camera operator, location, title and other information can be added to the video data.

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Signal System 1080/60i, 1080/30p (over 60i), 1080/24p (native), 720/60p, 720/30p(over 60p)
720/24p (native)
HA, HG and HE mode: 1080/60i only
Image Device 1/4" 3MOS Sensors
Lens Leica Dicomar 12x Zoom
4-48mm f/1.8-2.8 (35mm Equivalence 40.8-490mm)
43mm Filter Diameter
Video 35mm Equivalent (Video): 40.8-490mm (16:9)
Still Equivalent (Still Image): 41.3-496mm (3:2)
40.8-490mm (16:9), 45.0-540mm (4:3)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Horizontal Resolution 1080 Lines
Sensitivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
Minimum Illumination 1 lux (Gain +34 dB, Slow Shutter: 1/2 sec.)
Built-in Filters ND: Auto On/Off
LCD Monitor 2.7", 230,000 Pixels
Viewfinder 0.26", 113,000 Pixels
Scan Matching Yes
Different Ranges for Different Record Modes
Memory Card Slot SD, SDHC
Recording Time (Using 32GB SD Card)
PH: 21 Mpbs (1920x1080) - 3 hrs
HA: 17 Mpbs (1920x1080) - 4 hrs
HG: 13 Mpbs (1920x1080) - 5.3 hrs
HE: 6 Mpbs (1440x1280) - 12 hrs
Shutter Speed Range 60i/60p Mode: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30 s 30p: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15 s 24p: 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12 s
Gain Selection 60i/60p: 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB
24p/30p: 0, 3, 6, 9, 12 dB
Audio
Audio Dynamic Range Not Specified By Manufacturer
Audio Signal Format AC3, 2-Channel
Audio Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
General
Input and Output Connectors Component: Mini-D (x1 Output)
HDMI: HDMI (x1 Output)
Mic: 3.5mm Mini Jack (x1 Input)
Headphone: Stereo Mini Jack
USB: USB 2.0
Camera Remote: Super Mini Jack for Zoom, Mini Jack for Focus and Iris
Power Requirements 7.2VDC (with Battery)
7.9VDC (with AC Adapter)
Power Consumption 7.8W
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.3 x 5.3 x 11.9" (13.6 x 13.5 x 30.4cm)
Weight 2.2 lbs (1kg)
3.1 lbs (1.4kg) with Battery
Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder
  • AC Adapter/Charger
  • 2640 mAh Battery Pack
  • AC Cable
  • DC Cable
  • Wireless Remote Controller
  • Eye Cup
  • Shoulder Belt
  • Component Video Cable
  • AV Cable
  • PIN-BNC Conversion Plug
  • Handle
  • Touch Pad
  • CD-ROM
  • AVCCAM Restorer
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PanasonicAG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder
     
    4.6

    (based on 189 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (129)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (49)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great picture quality (170)
    • Easy to use (145)
    • Zoom range/performance (141)
    • Image stabilization (101)
    • Great sound (84)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (67)
    • Limited zoom (18)
    • No external mic input (13)
    • Poor sound (9)
    • Poor still image (4)

    Best Uses

    • HD shooting (139)
    • Documentaries (119)
    • Weddings (114)
    • Movies/short films (110)
    • Travel (84)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro (77), Pro videographer (67), Enthusiast (33), Casual user (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (119), Yes (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing Product For The Price

    First of all, this is my entry into the prosumer camcorder market. I haven't really been interested in film until I started writing a script for a movie. I knew I needed something...Read complete review

    First of all, this is my entry into the prosumer camcorder market. I haven't really been interested in film until I started writing a script for a movie. I knew I needed something better than an ordinary camera for that, and I think I found the right one. The best part about this camera is the variety of capturing modes. It works in 1080 and 720 progressive and interlaced, as well as 60i, 30p, 24p, and the slow motion capable 720/60p mode. The full auto mode of this camera is really well designed. I thought I would be doing a lot of focusing and adjustments manually, but the full auto mode is really very nice looking. Transition between different lighting situations is really smooth, and yet fast enough that you don't get 10 seconds of blinding white. Zoom is nice and smooth. The rocker is somewhat analog, so you can zoom in fast or slow. That is a big big plus for me.

    It supports ordinary 1/8 line in, and xlr via the mic adaptor (sold separately). I ended up going with the Rode VideoMic (B&H# ROVM), as it supported the 1/8th inch plug. You will probably also want a shoe Y adaptor so you can have a light and a mic. I went with an LED light (B&H# BELED35D), and that works well with this camera.

    For lenses, it supports 43mm threads. It's not some weird proprietary thing. It's something I would expect on a camera that's not quite professional grade. But like I said, this is my first camera.

    The depth of field you get out of box with this camera is actually quite amazing. It's not quite the shallow depth of field you would see on a movie in the theater, but it provides a nice effect. You can always go with the Letus35 (B&H# LELT35M43) if you want to develop a more shallow depth of field.

    Positives on this camera:
    1) Comfortable sturdy weight. It's sturdy enough to feel like a pro camera. Nice weight, it does not feel flimsy.
    2) Good selection of framerates.
    3) AVCHD codec means full digital operation. No tapes, plus good quality to storage ratio.

    Downsides of this camera:
    1) When you have a mic plugged in, you have to take the rubber thing out and leave it dangling there. It just looks ugly, that's all.
    2) Lack of standard DV resolution. I don't always want to record full HD rez.
    3) Floppy and somewhat flimsy rubber eyepiece.
    4) Lack of a second accessory shoe.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    dreadful in low light

    The HMC40 is superior for it's price point. It has all the professional features you could ask for in such a small body.

    For outdoor daytime shoots, it rivals camcorders twice...Read complete review

    The HMC40 is superior for it's price point. It has all the professional features you could ask for in such a small body.

    For outdoor daytime shoots, it rivals camcorders twice it's size and price. BUT in low light situations, it is one of the worst performing camcorders I have ever used.

    The Canon HV and HF series of consumer cameras gave better low light than the HMC40. Even the Panasonic TM700 was better and it has a similar chip set.

    The HMC40 has a lot of great features packed inside the ugliest body design ever made. When the camera first came out, I didn't even want to try it because it was so unattractive. But the images speak for themselves and in good light, this camera rocks.

    The next model, Panasonic needs to include:
    * Bigger sensors - 1/4 ain't cutting it.
    * Wide angle lens - at least 35mm if not 28mm, like the HMC150.
    * Sleeker body design - the JVC HM100 is what the next HMC should look like.
    * Dual SD card slots
    * 3" or 3.5" LCD touch panel - 2.7" LCD is garbage.
    * XLR adapter included w/ camera, not optional.

    I recently sold my HMC40 to buy a Panasonic GH2. Although they are not the same kind of tools, I am able to adapt my GH2 to do all the things the HMC40 could do and much more.

    Reviewed by 189 customers

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    5.0

    Excellent camera!

    By Cool Dave

    from Knoxville, TN

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    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

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

      Documentary events and weddings. Impressed with size, ease of use, picture quality, features. No complaints. Arrived without eye cup but B&H made it right. Very pleased.

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      4.0

      Top Knotch Product

      By Soundman

      from Hartsville, SC

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

        Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

        I haved used the camera in several church services. I find that the camera was easy to set up and operate. I look foward in using this camera much.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Product for the Price

        By Web Video Guy

        from Ypsilanti, MI

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

        We use this for interviews and some sports shooting... has worked great and is so much nicer to have the files on a card rather than having to convert from a tape

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        • Yes

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        4.0

        Best value for the money

        By Jeremy

        from Gadsden, AL

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited in low light

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

        I shoot many church services as well as on location projects as well and this camera does it all very well. The audio wit the built in speaker is very good and the xlr adapter that can be purchased separately gives you cusp and clear audio. Light weight and portable only complaint is low light is not the best but when I shoot in lower light now I use a light source external and there are no problems there.

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        5.0

        A great camera

        By Native Notion

        from West Bloomfield, MI

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

        Overall I love this camera. I primarily use this to film sporting events, web commercials, live concerts, acoustic recording sessions, and action sports. It is great for all of those. Great size and weight. Very easy to use. Great manual controls. The XLR adapter is a must have with this camera. If that wasn't an option I wouldn't have bought it. The only complaints I have are the noise in lowlight and the iris and gain are built into the same ring. Overall the hmc40 is a great camera for the price and I would highly recommend it! I've clocked over 250 hours on mine and it still looks and works like new!

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        5.0

        Lets Roll

        By Dustin "Dada" Zerwas

        from Hudson, FL

        About Me Semi-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
        • Lightweight
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

        I do alot of short films, weddings and youth events. I have been waiting for a couple of years to purchase a really good camcorder that takes flash memory. I would recommend getting an external microphone (Don't get the microphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack). Someone recommended this camcorder because it had the BEST bang for my buck. I am totally impressed with the great quality.

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        5.0

        Great Camera and great image

        By Steveult

        from RI, USA

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Great Zoom

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

          The image from this camera are truly great. We added the BeachTech unit for XLR hookup and the audio is perfect. This cam proves that you don't have to spend a fortune as a pro event shooter. The quality is outstanding.

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          5.0

          Great Camera for every situation

          By Dr. Don

          from West Monroe, LA

          About Me Semi-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

          • Auto iris is tricky

          Best Uses

          • Better for less movement
          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

          This camera is light to carry, but does a heavy job. Do not underestimate this small package. i recommend it very highly. You can count this product to deliver a great clip!

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          4.0

          Nice little camera

          By J Wo

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

            I use this camera to shoot events for my videography company and it is great. It produces a nice picture, is easy to use, and easy to transport. It does pretty well in low light and has not given me any problems yet!

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            4.0

            Great Camera

            By Rachel

            from Mckinney, Texas

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

            I've had this camera for a little over a week and the quality is is great outdoors. I plan on using it mostly for news story type films and weddings and I think it will serve as a great low end professional camera. The focus is really nice and the big book accompanying the camera is very useful.

            The biggest problem with this camera is importing it into the computer for editing. Unfortunately the format of card is hard for final cut and avid to read. There are plenty of ways around this with avid and I've created some great quality video through it. Also, the camera may need external filters in sunny weather.

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            5.0

            Nice camera for the price and weight.

            By Neledithil

            from Bogotá, Colombia

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

            I think this is one of the greatest HD camera you can get for a low price. Nice image, nice format, easy to work with and the video is also easy edit. I love that is very light and you don't have to carry a heavy bag everywhere when you're recording.

            Cons: I doesn't perform very well at low light, so if you're recording at night or certain dark places, you have to get some external power light for that.

            It only has mini mic input, but you can work with that by getting an adapter or if just using it as a support camera.

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            4.0

            Pana-Apple

            By Joseph J.

            from Stuart, Florida

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

            i'm a semi-pro video/mac geek. This ag-hmc 40 works flawlessly with
            my small mac book. Will be purchasing bigger computer w six core processors. If you read all the instructions and read the down load dvd that
            comes with this panasonic 40, you will find it will do a great deal for your
            movie, dvd projects. One item. Low light. Buy a light set up for the 40 and you will have a better picture. I have shot motor cycle races, airplane shows and
            lots of outdoor scenery. No complaints. Enjoy
            JosephJ.

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            4.0

            Good blend of Professional with Consumer

            By JRepp

            from Branson, MO

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

              I am the video manager for a large summer sports kamp. This is the camera I send out with all of my college age summer videographers. they have varying levels of ability with video cameras. This camera can be used by a novice and has most all of the manual controls a professional would want. Only down side is that some controls are in the menu rather than externally. However, compared to other cameras at this price this has way more manual control. It has three sensors as well. The Sharpness and color are remarkable. Overall, a great little affordable versatile package.

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              5.0

              I would buy this camera again and again

              By Dyl

              from Wisconsin

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Zoom

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

                Its small and easy to use

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                5.0

                Great product for the price

                By newbreed films

                from Uncasville, CT

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

                just what you need from a pro consumer camera. vivid detail and excellent control. The only dowmfall is low loight conditions.

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                4.0

                Powerful HD Camera

                By Joe

                from Dallas, Texas

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

                  I am a wedding videographer. My company decided to purchase a second HMC40 because the camera is compatible with our IMac OSX system and IMovie, Final Cut, and Adobe software editing programs. The camera is lightweight and very user friendly. Great job Panasonic!

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                  5.0

                  Awesome video camera!

                  By Greg the wedding photographer

                  from Blairsville, GA.

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

                    This is my first real video camera and it has been great and easy to use. First clips I took of my granddaughter were great, right out of the box.I am a Real Estate agent and Vacation Rental Manager in the north Georgia Mountains and I am using this camera to shoot videos of each house on the rental program to put on our web site. [@] I am also a Wedding Photographer and can't wait to use this great camera at my next wedding shoot. I'm sure it will do great.

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                    5.0

                    Truly outstanding with minor issues...

                    By mpegfailsafe

                    from Pennsylvania, USA.

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Poor In Low Light

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

                    This is an outstanding camcorder for the price. The image quality it is capable of producing, provided that there is enough light, can be compared to significantly higher-end camcorders. I refer to this camera as the "Baby Panasonic." In essence, it has a significant number of the features found on their higher-ed professional broadcast gear, but in a form factor that, with no shotgun microphone attached, could pass for a consumer video camera. This can be very useful for gathering footage in areas where management is particularly picky about what gear is permitted inside a venue, or in areas where film permits are the thing to require...

                    That being said, there are significant limitations that this camcorder has that should not be overlooked. In particular, these limitations may make or break use of this camcorder in terms of it being used in a long-form production. These are:

                    -Lossy compressed audio, Dolby AC-3 (A/52). - At the highest quality recording mode, the audio is Dolby Ac-3 at 384kbps. To which extent this will hold up after manipulation, compression, eq, limiting, and multiple generations is up for debate. I would recommend using this audio as a sync reference and using an external recorder in uncompressed PCM. Yes, Linear PCM 16-bit, 44.1khz, is a step up from this...

                    -Very poor sensitivity: This camera needs a lot of light. If you want to use no gain whatsoever, you will need to be shooting either outdoors, or on a lit studio set. I would wager that this camcorder is very much comparable to the 3-tube prosumer camcorders of the mid 1980s in terms of sensitivity. That being said, the gain at +12dB is perfectly usable, provided that you do not crank up such things as the chroma level in your scene file. The higher gain settings become problematic in HD, though, if your final output is standard definition, you may very well be able to crank up the gain (provided that your chroma is not too high.) and have the noise go largely unnoticed.

                    -Gain cannot be controlled without the aperture being open: You do have full manual iris control, but it is setup so that you cannot dip into the gain until you are wide open. Keep this in mind if you plan on shooting indoors.

                    -Camera has poor sensitivity, but TOO MUCH sensitivity outdoors on a bright sunny day: This camcorder needs at least another stop of ND filter. I would recommend obtaining external filtering, despite the drawbacks in doing so.

                    Please keep in mind that these issues are, for the most part, quite minor. Especially if this camcorder is to be utilized for event video, newsgathering, talking head interviews, or just B-roll.

                    In order to see what can be done with this camcorder, I do plan to shoot a narrative on it. Having shot an entire production with an HPX500, it will be interesting to see how this little guy holds up.

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                    5.0

                    WOW! My video looks professional

                    By Christian [Winwithyourwoman.com]

                    from Meadow Vista, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great Zoom
                    • White Balance Zebras

                    Cons

                    • LCD screen a bit small

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting

                    Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

                    It was a bit of stretch for me going from my flip-cam style camera to this Panasonic. But wow, does it ever make a difference! Just completed my first video for a sales page in my coaching business, and it looks a thousand times better. Crisp video, lighting is great, and audio no longer a distraction. Love that focus and white balance and zebras are available with a click; and Final Cut Pro X imports the files like a dream. Best money I've spent in a very long time.

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                    5.0

                    Great little unit

                    By dion samsoondar

                    from Gulf View, Trinidad & Tobako

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                    • No External Mic Input

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder:

                    My JVC GY-HD100 died some weeks ago. Instead of spending $1500+ to repair it I bought the Panasonic HMC40.I needed extra power for HMC40 so I got the Anton Bauer Pouch style adapter to work with the Dionic90 from the JVC. Combining the HMV40 with a HDMI monitor, beachkek XLR adapter, a zoom - focus & iris controller makes a powerful and cost effective studio rig. The picture quality is outstanding for the price. Need CS5 to edit "mts" files

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