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Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive

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Product Highlights
  • Offload P2 Cards to Computer
  • Windows/Mac Compatible
  • USB 2.0

The Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ is an affordable single-slot P2 memory card drive designed for offloading footage in the field. Using two USB slots--one for data transfer, the other for power--the drive lets you offload footage from a P2 card to any computer or laptop. Rugged and reliable, the AJ-PCD2GPJ works with all P2 cards and formats, and is compatible with Windows 7, XP, Vista and Mac OS X operating systems.

Single-slot P2 card drive with USB 2.0 interface
Light and compact construction makes it portable and ideal for field work with a notebook PC
Supports both Windows and Macintosh operating systems
USB bus power eliminates need for AC adapter
Compatible Memory Cards P2
Computer Interface USB 2.0
Data Transfer Rate 480Mbps
Power Requirements 5VDC (powered by USB 2.0)
0.5A
System & Software Requirements Windows 7, XP, Vista
Mac OS X operating systems
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.8 x 1 x 4.4" (9.7 x 2.6 x 11.3 cm)
Weight 0.44 lbs (0.2kg)
Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive
  • 2 x USB Cables
  • CD-ROM
  • 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty
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    PanasonicAJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive
     
    4.3

    (based on 106 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (48)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (47)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (59)
    • Compact (45)
    • Lightweight (43)
    • Professional quality (41)
    • Highly compatible (33)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (17)
    • Flimsy construction (3)
    • Limited compatibility (3)
    • Short cable (3)

    Best Uses

    • In the studio (31)
    • Independent films (30)
    • Complex projects (18)
    • Image transfer (11)
    • Digital capture (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (34), Professional artist (25), Professional (19), Enthusiast (4), Multimedia professional (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (9)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (83)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Reliable, Rock Solid Card Reader

    I use this card reader to import footage off my P2 cards taken with my HPX170. Much like how I can't rave enough about the camera, I can't rave enough about this card...Read complete review

    I use this card reader to import footage off my P2 cards taken with my HPX170. Much like how I can't rave enough about the camera, I can't rave enough about this card reader.

    I work off of a Macbook Pro Unibody from October of 2008 and for the longest time, I like everyone else, was stuck with the Duel Adapter which created and endless stream of Kernel Panics and headaches. This card reader just works. Every time. Even though it's plastic, it feels like a tank and from Panasonic, I would expect nothing less.

    The only reason that I am giving this four and not five stars is because of the USB 2.0 interface. Don't get me wrong, this reader is FAST! By having independent signal and power interfaces you get the full power out of USB 2.0, but with USB 3.0 here, and that being backward compatible, I don't see why it wasn't used here. I suppose it's the same excuse for Macs not having Blu-Ray. Oh well, I'll deal with a smile :)

    Just wish I had it two years ago! GET THIS READER!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Works although inconvenient.

    2 1/2 stars would be more appropriate. Dual Systems worked out a way to ingest p2 footage into your mac a couple of years ago, but since the mac os 10.6 release,...Read complete review

    2 1/2 stars would be more appropriate. Dual Systems worked out a way to ingest p2 footage into your mac a couple of years ago, but since the mac os 10.6 release, the Duo-Adapter (which worked in the 34 pin slot of mac book pros) will no longer work. So, for 3x the cost of a Duo-Adapter, you can finely now buy the Panasonic. My biggest gripe about this product is the fact that it uses 2 usb slots. I don't know about you, but my macbook pro only has 2 usb slots. Oh, sure, you can use a powered hub, but you better get used to unplugging and plugging it all back in when you want to ingest.... A usb and a power cable would have been better for my application. AND what about the transfer speeds? USB 2.0? get real, Panasonic! I know you want me to buy your fancy-dancy 5 slot P2 reader, but [$]?? Yikes!

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    4.0

    What You Need for Full Sized P2

    By TertlTank

    from Baltimore, City

    About Me Broadcast Professional, Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Only Usb20
    • Uses 2 Usb Ports

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films
    • In the field
    • In The Studio

    Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

    It's the basic reader for all of the OG P2 cards that are based off of PCMCIA cards. Unless you want to read it off camera and burn battery and take up space on your desk, or unless you want to purchase a more expensive one.

    THIS GUY IS IT.

    Not the fastest, and not the most convenient, but it works as advertised for the price. Built out of plastic, but very robust.

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    4.0

    OK product depending on the application.

    By Steveo

    from Florida

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Limited Compatibility
    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

    • In The Studio

    Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

    Good quality, but a bit pricey.

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    4.0

    I agree with the other reviews

    By Victor

    from Indiana

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

      Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

      It's sort of a must have/necessary evil. Panasonic could have and should have made it USB 3.0 and it's plastic, but it does everything you need it to do and what other options do you have for this price?

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      4.0

      Not cheap but a must for P2 users

      By SageHill

      from Santa Barbara, CA

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

        Downloading from the camera is a pain. I've been using my older laptop with a pcmi slot and a dual adapter. This simplfies life and is easy to pass from computer to computer

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        5.0

        Reliable data transfer

        By JD

        from Philly, PA

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films
        • In the field
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

        On or OSX and Win 7 Computers no drivers are required to use. USB 3 provides speed and power for easy in the field data transfers. This unit is highly portable, well built although a tad pricey.
        We send these out with P2 Cams so folks can access footage in the field.

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        3.0

        Works Good

        By Films4U

        from North Carolina

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Pricey / Poor Value

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films

          Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

          This memory card drive works good but is rather slow and was expensive for a card reader. It seems that anything associated with P2 cards is expensive as compared to other formats.

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          5.0

          Best Price on the Web!

          By Andrew

          from Orlando

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

              Needed a P2 card reader for my production company. Looked online at dozens of sites. This was by far the best price for a new one!

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              5.0

              Worked perfectly out of the box.

              By Rex

              from Lexington, KY

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

                  Great cross platform tool for reviewing and transferring P2 footage.

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                  5.0

                  Works every time!

                  By Jimmy Bones

                  from Altamonte Springs, FL

                  About Me Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects

                    Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

                    While other brands of card readers require several attempts to injest video, this one works 100% EVERY time. It's the best choice for reliability and worth the extra money.

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                    4.0

                    Make sure to update the drivers!

                    By Ted

                    from New Lebanon, NY

                    About Me Hobbyist

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

                      I purchased this so that I don't have to endure any risks with connecting the AG-HPX170 to my computer. It works as intended. I wish that Panasonic made a card reader than has two-slots. I believe the next one up is a 5 card reader and it's quite expensive. If you're using Mountain Lion on your Mac, make sure to update the drivers to the computer to read the P2 cards.

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                      4.0

                      Great device, a little pricy tho...

                      By Taffypro

                      from Santa Fe NM

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance

                      Cons

                      • Pricey / Poor Value

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects

                      Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

                      Does what it says. I finally broke down and bought one. Download speeds much faster. Kinda expensive for a card reader though.

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                      4.0

                      faster than expected

                      By rp

                      from Taos, NM

                      About Me Business Owner, Videographer, Video producer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Pricey / Poor Value

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Home Movies
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

                      I use this P2 card reader to ingest footage into the computer for editing. I had been using firewire from my HVX and expected this USB device to be slower than the firewire, but it is in fact faster. So far it has worked beautifully. I only gave it 4 stars because it seems overpriced for what it is.

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                      5.0

                      Best price I could find

                      By engineer65

                      from ohio

                      About Me Engineer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Field Editing
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

                        Drives work well and B&H had the best price around for this .

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                        4.0

                        Costly little thing gets the job done

                        By pacody

                        from Vermont

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance

                        Cons

                        • Limited Compatibility

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

                        I put off buying this reader for long enough; at over $ I thought it was a bit much for what it is...a card reader. But I could only hold out so long, and, as it happens, it's also the most affordable way to offload P2 footage (other than through the camera, which I had done for far too long). The workflow has proven to be more efficient, the transfer times are faster, and now I can't help but thinking I was being too stubbron for too long.

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                        5.0

                        awesome

                        By Blue Voyage TV

                        from Savannnah, GA

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Pricey / Poor Value

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

                        Works great. out in the field when my 128gb of p2 cards are full, I can load my footage to my HD while my camera is still rolling.

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                        4.0

                        "I would buy this product again and agai

                        By Carlo Manfredini

                        from São Paulo - Brazil

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                        • Pricey / Poor Value

                        Best Uses

                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

                        Reliable, robust

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Works great!

                        By Doug_EX

                        from Gaspé, Qc

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

                            A bit expensive but worth it.

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                            4.0

                            It Does The Job

                            By g_gomm

                            from San Antonio, TX

                            About Me Video Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                            • Lacks Functionality
                            • Pricey / Poor Value

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

                            The P2 reader is a must for me. I use it along side my MacBook Pro while shooting in the field. It is solidly built from plastic and basically does what it says it can do - offload files from P2 cards to a computer. This uses two separate USB cables. One is for transferring data, and the other is to power the unit. There is no optional power supply so be sure you have two extra USB ports on your computer. This is one thing I find disappointing about this item as it seems to me that an optional power in would not have been too difficult to make. It also seems rather expensive for what it is. But all in all, it's small, simple, easy to use, and does what it claims to do.

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                            3.0

                            Solid Peripheral

                            By Dore

                            from San Francisco, CA

                            About Me Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Pricey / Poor Value

                            Best Uses

                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

                            This device worked as planned and is fairly rugged for field use. I bought this because most new laptops no longer have a pcmcia card slot, and I'm using P2 cards from an HVX200. That said this was certainly overpriced (hence the 3 stars) but Panasonic does have the monopoly on this one.

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                            5.0

                            No PCMCIA but need P2, forget the ECards

                            By Moon Wolf

                            from Regina SK

                            About Me Video Specialist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • USB 20 only

                            Best Uses

                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Panasonic AJ-PCD2GPJ Single-Slot P2 Memory Card Drive:

                            Our new laptops lacked PCMCIA, as do virtually all new laptops.

                            Don't even think about the express card for PCMCIA because that is about a strong as a toothpick. Once you insert a P2 card into the Express card, it is a nightmare waiting to happen.

                            Just get one of these, plug in the two USB cables, one for data and one for power and you are on your way to importing MXF off your P2.

                            Too bad they didn't have a USB 3.0 interface, it would be faster to export but either way, these work... all four of them and would recommend to anyone.

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