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Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 (60i) Recording
  • Also Records Standard-Def 480i
  • 23x Intelligent / 16.8x Optical Zoom
  • 35.8mm (35mm Equivalent) at Full Wide
  • Professional-Style Ergonomics
  • Manual Focus Ring, Manual Iris & More
  • Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Touchscreen LCD Menu (2.7")
  • Long-Life Battery - Over 4 Hours
  • Records to SD/SDHC/SDXC Cards

The Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder is a highly affordable Full HD camera that enables a truly professional style of operation. Professional projects require stable operation over long periods of time and manual control over the picture, with smooth adjustments. High-def or not, most undersized handheld camcorders often will not fit the bill.

The AC7's shoulder-mount design, its relatively low power draw from the included long-life battery, and selectable-bit-rate AVCHD recording to high-capacity SD/SDHC/SDXC cards all serve to facilitate long days of shooting events, weddings, news, and anything else that requires you to be on the move, ready to shoot, camera on shoulder. It's also perfect for houses of worship and educational institutions that teach manual settings and a professional style of camera operation.

For ease in completing both SD and HD projects, the AG-AC7 camera features AVCHD recording at 1920 x 1080 and 720 x 480, both at 60i. The built-in 16.7x (optical) / 23x (Intelligent) zoom lens starts out nice and wide at 35.8mm (35mm equivalent), so indoor shooting does not become a challenge to see how deeply into the corner you can smash yourself. With a large grip and zoom lever and a large, easy-to-hold manual focus ring, you've got accessible, precise controls, and a zebra pattern assists you in setting exposure. In addition to extensive manual controls, there's also Intelligent Auto (iA) and Hybrid optical image stabilization, providing the high-tech help you need to ensure smooth, reliably crisp & clear capture of Full HD video.

Full HD 1920 x 1080 Recording
The AG-AC7 camcorder lets you shoot with Full HD picture quality (1920 x 1080 at 60i), allowing you to capture extremely fine details of the scenes and objects you're recording
Professional Shoulder-Mount Design
The camcorder has all the ergonomic features that a professional expects, starting with a large eyecup, a tiltable viewfinder, a shoulder pad, and a shoulder strap. There's also a large hand grip with a large zoom lever mounted on top (helpful for smooth operation during low-angle shooting). The wide-diameter, easy-to-hold manual focus ring enables smooth, positive operation and quick, precise control over focus
HD/SD Recording in the AVCHD Format
The AG-AD7 records to the AVCHD format in both HD and SD resolutions, with modes that range from 17 Mb/s HA mode (1920 x 1080) to 4.5 Mb/s SX mode (720 x 480). See Specifications tab for full details
Zoom Lens – 35.8mm (35mm Film Equivalent) at Full Wide
The AG-AD7's zoom lens achieves 35.8mm (35mm film equivalent) at the wide end. This is ideal for capturing a panoramic vista or a fuller view of a small room. The optional VW-4607H Wide Conversion Lens (sold separately) expands the view to an even wider 25mm
Intelligent 23x Zoom
The built-in Panasonic lens features optical zoom of 16.7x and Intelligent Zoom of 23x magnification. Intelligent Zoom employs the Intelligent Resolution technology of the camcorder's image-processing LSI to maintain the clear, beautiful HD image quality for images that go beyond the optical zoom range
Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization
Hybrid optical image stabilization (O.I.S.) combines the advantages of optical stabilization and those of electronic stabilization. It helps capture beautiful, shake-free images under a multitude of conditions by detecting and compensating for the instability caused by a variety of movement types. Enhancing optical stabilization, it provides more powerful electronic correction during high-power zooming
O.I.S. Lock
Pressing the O.I.S. Lock button on the camcorder's touchscreen LCD monitor maximizes the camera's blur-detection sensitivity and correction. This is ideal for telephoto applications such as birdwatching, which calls for zooming to a fixed angle
Touchscreen LCD Monitor – 2.7"
Control settings are executed by simply touching the AG-AC7's LCD screen. Operation is intuitive and easy, and the large letters are easy to read. Shooting and viewing can thus be simpler and more stress-free
Long-Life Battery Included
For long events, nothing is more convenient than a battery that can perform throughout the day's duration, without the need to change it out. The AC7 comes with Panasonic's VW-VBG260 rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, which is rated to record continuously for 4 hours and 35 minutes. For even longer battery life, the optional VW-VBG6 battery (sold separately) enables approximately 11 hours and 25 minutes of continuous recording. Now that camcorders' recording capacity can far outpace the life of their batteries, it's refreshing to use batteries that can actually keep up with an SDXC card.
Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode
In the powerful Intelligent Auto (iA) mode, the AC7 senses the particular shooting conditions at any given moment, and the camcorder automatically inputs the settings and activates the functions that will deliver optimal results.

Hybrid O.I.S.: Blur-free zooming and shooting on the move
Intelligent Contrast Control: Helps retain a natural contrast
Intelligent Scene Selector: Detects the situation and switches the scene mode
Built-In Zoom Microphones
The built-in stereo microphones "zoom" in proportion to the zoom setting of the lens, allowing the two electret condenser microphones (ECMs) to bring sound and image together to create an exceptional recorded atmosphere. There's also a 3.5mm input for an external microphone
Wind Noise Canceller
This function automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise, leaving natural sounds with lifelike ambience
Manual Functions for Creative Flexibility
Let your true creativity shine, with a wealth of manual controls at your fingertips. You can switch to auto mode at any time, of course, which is ideal for when you need to start shooting at a moment's notice. But for the ultimate in precise control over your image, the AG-AC7 gives you the following: Manual Focus, Manual Iris, Manual Shutter Speed, Manual White Balance, and On-Screen Assist Functions (Zebra-Pattern/Luminance Level/Histogram)
SD Memory Card Recording
This camera conveniently records to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (sold separately) to enable high-capacity recording to readily available solid-state media. SD memory card recording also provides rapid data transfer and outstanding compatibility with professional and prosumer editing applications. Capacities are so large – especially with SDXC cards – that you can literally spend the whole day shooting and not have to change your card once. A remaining media indicator lets you know where you stand regarding capacity. See Specifications tab for recording mode comparisons
Image Device 1/4.1 Type MOS (3.32 Mp)
Effective Pixels Motion Image
4:3: 1.02 Mp (tele) to 1.44 Mp (wide)
16:9: 1.36 Mp (tele) to 1.92 Mp (wide)

Still Image
3:2: 1.46 Mp (tele) to 2.08 Mp (wide)
16:9: 1.36 Mp (tele) to 1.92 Mp (wide)
4:3: 1.52 Mp (tele) to 2.16 Mp (wide)
Illumination Standard: 1400 lux
Minimum: Approx. 4 lux (1/30 Low Light scene mode); approx. 1 lux (Color Night View)
White Balance Auto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy / White settings
Shutter Speed Motion Image: (At 60i) 1/60 to 1/8000 sec
Still Image: 1/2 to 1/2000 sec
Image Stabilizer Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) / O.I.S. Lock
Focus Auto/manual
Iris Auto/manual
Backlight Compensation Yes
Lens Panasonic Lens, 2.9-48.7mm (16.8x optical zoom, 23x intelligent zoom)
Digital Zoom 50x / 1200x
35mm Equivalent Focal Length Motion Image: 35.8-716mm (16:9), 43.9-878 (4:3)
Still Image: 35.8-716mm (16:9), 35.8-716mm (4:3), 35.8-716mm (3:2)
F Number f/1.8 (wide) to f/2.7 (tele)
LCD Monitor 2.7" (6.7 cm) widescreen LCD (230,000 pixels)
Viewfinder Yes (no specifications provided)
Still Mode JPEG (design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard)
Still Picture Resolution Still Picture Only
3:2: 2.8 Mp (2064 x 1376)
16:9: 2.1 Mp (1920 x 1080)
4:3: 2.9 Mp (1952 x 1464); 0.3 Mp (640 x 480)

Simultaneous Recording
16:9: 2.1 Mp (1920 x 1080)
4:3: 0.3 Mp (640 x 480)

Creating Still Picture from Motion Picture
16:9: 2.1 Mp (1920 x 1080); 0.2 Mp (640 x 360)
4:3: 0.3 Mp (640 x 480)
Signal System 1080i60, 480i60
Compression MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
Recording Modes 1920 x 1080: HA (approx. 17 Mb/s VBR), HG (approx. 13 Mb/s VBR), HX (approx. 9 Mb/s VBR), HE (approx. 5 Mb/s VBR)
720 x 480: SA (approx. 9 Mb/s VBR), SX (approx. 4.5 Mb/s VBR)
Clip Splitting SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
Maximum Recording Time HA Mode: Approx. 8 hrs 30 min
HG Mode: Approx. 11 hrs
HX Mode: Approx. 16 hrs 50 min
HE Mode: Approx. 27 hrs 30 min
SA Mode: Approx. 16 hrs 30 min
SX Mode: Approx. 33 hrs 1
Please Note:

With 64 GB SDXC card

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Audio Compression Dolby Digital (2-channel)
Microphone 2-channel stereo (with zoom function)
1x 3.5 mm external mic-in jack
Speaker 1 round speaker, dynamic type
LANC No
Outputs HDMI
USB 2.0
Component connector video output level: Y; 1.0 Vp-p, 75 h/Pb; 0.7 Vp-p, 75 h/Pr; 0.7 Vp-p, 75 h
AV connector video output level: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 h, NTSC system
AV connector audio output level (Line): 316 mV, 600 h, 2 ch
Headphone: 77mV, 32 h (stereo mini jack)
Power Requirements 9.3 V DC (when using AC adapter)
7.2 V DC (when using battery)
Power Consumption 5.0W (recording)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.5 x 8.9 x 17.1" (216 x 224 x 432mm)
Weight Main body only: Approx. 3.97 lb (1.8 kg)
Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • DC Cable
  • VW-VBG260 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • AV Cable
  • Component Video Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Stylus Pen
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    PanasonicAG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder
     
    4.2

    (based on 57 reviews)

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

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      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (47)
    • Zoom range/performance (46)
    • Great picture quality (33)
    • Image stabilization (23)
    • Great sound (19)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (6)
    • Poor sound (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (28)
    • Weddings (28)
    • Documentaries (26)
    • HD shooting (22)
    • Movies/short films (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro (19), Pro videographer (15), Enthusiast (10), Business owner (5)
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    Initial Reaction

    First off, remember that this is a [$] (list) camera. If you are expecting too much just because it is a Panasonic AG series AVCHD, then you will be very disappointed. ...Read complete review

    First off, remember that this is a [$] (list) camera. If you are expecting too much just because it is a Panasonic AG series AVCHD, then you will be very disappointed. So I'm going to say that it is a good camera FOR THE MONEY. I bought it to try out as a "Camera 2" to my big 'ol P2 camera. So far it looks like I'm going to keep it, as it will serve this purpose. I would not use this as a primary camera because of it's limitations.Marketed as a prosumer model, it is much more "sumer" than "pro". The first thing I noticed was how light it is. Upon un-boxing I thought, "Did I just buy a toy?"I shot a test with it, and it looked pretty good. However, low-light was really grainy, but I don't do low-light, so this isn't an issue for me. I also got some lines while swaying side-to-side very swiftly, but this wasn't a deal-breaker for me. I was pleasantly surprised by the sound quality of the built in stereo mic. However, I didn't expect much. It still isn't going to give me the sound quality that I need. I will rarely, if ever, use audio from this camera (except for syncing purposes). There is a mini mic input, but I am doubtful about the quality of the audio section.It spits out MTS files, so they require third party conversion for me to edit in FCP. The manual controls are there, but configured in a way that might annoy a pro who is accustomed to finding controls in the usual places. You have to use a touch screen to adjust many of the settings. It is designed to be more user-friendly in full-manual mode. I must say that the intelligent auto-functions are a step or two above what you will find in a full-on consumer targeted camcorder. So this thing is really basic. It gives you a decent picture with no frills, limited connectivity, and basic operation. While I would not suggest this to someone wanting to start out as a wedding videographer, or serious hobbyist, it might be a good first camera for a student. Or, if you are like me, and you need a camera 2 that doesn't have to record audio or timecode, this might be a good buy. Of course, if you are going to be super-nit-picky about image quality, you are looking in the wrong price range. I usually put "B Roll" style effects on my camera 2 stuff, so my camera 2 doesn't have to be perfect.I think it begs the question, "Why not just go out and get a DSLR rig?"It still costs less than a good DSLR, handles like a video camera, and doesn't present you with typical DSLR issues like the "wavy" effect when moving, down-conversion problems, etc. You also get a video-camera style interface without dropping another 2-3 grand on mounts, handles, monitors, eyepieces, etc. For me, the image also matches my Camera 1 a lot better than a DSRL can.If I were NOT rating this camera in the context of it's price range, I would probably give it 2 stars. But for the money, and considering my specific applications, I'll go with 4.

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    It's good and bad but not too ugly

    I would love to own a RED camera with all the trimmings and editing capability but I have not the budget or the demand for something like that on every project. Thus I have...Read complete review

    I would love to own a RED camera with all the trimmings and editing capability but I have not the budget or the demand for something like that on every project. Thus I have been working with DSLR for the higher image quality. But like anyone that is in Video will tell you, DSLR is not right for every application. You lose a lot in the way of ergonomics and lens integration (the zoom for video is used way different than film). This camera is a good in-between Consumer and Prosumer HD camera.

    If you do events, church of low budget ENG, this camera looks professional, is easy to use and produces a decent enough image. If you're looking for professional accommodations, you may want to spend more or have to deal with adaptors and questionable jacks (we have an 1/8" hum on the mic/line IN where we connect a XLR adaptor on a regular). Also pros, beware: this is not your father's shoulder mount camera. Besides being light in the pants, this camera is EXTREMELY Plasticy. You can feel, even at the lens bonnet, this is made of brittle, water gun like plastic. The kind that is you squeezed it you could but your fingers through it (not that you'd want to, just to say if this one is knocked too hard or dropped don't look for the amazing "it still works perfectly" stories you have with all your other gear).

    One big plus for this camera is it uses standard SD Cards and you can get 4hrs on a 32GB card at high def. For you consumer guys you might say "so what don't they all?", the pros know that your general putting out a Grand or more for special cards on a lot of card based Pro cameras (look up Black magic Cinema Camera and Compare.) For events this is what makes this camera worth to me. No need to coordinate tape changes. You might think, "I record outside the camera", then you may not need this camera but a 4hr HD backup recording is SWEET.

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    5.0

    Jump into film-making

    By Dave

    from London

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films

      Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

      For this price it's all I wished for and more. Would be nice if it had a proper shotgun mike on it, but you can pick one up for a 100-200 bucks and then you have all you need. Great battery life and lo-light performance.

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      5.0

      Incredible!

      By Beth

      from Philly

      Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

      Best camera i ever owned!

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      5.0

      The best

      By Rudy Toro

      from Washington DC

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

          Very good

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          3.0

          It's good and bad but not too ugly

          By JR

          from Midwest

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Basic Interlace Hd Image
            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

            I would love to own a RED camera with all the trimmings and editing capability but I have not the budget or the demand for something like that on every project. Thus I have been working with DSLR for the higher image quality. But like anyone that is in Video will tell you, DSLR is not right for every application. You lose a lot in the way of ergonomics and lens integration (the zoom for video is used way different than film). This camera is a good in-between Consumer and Prosumer HD camera.

            If you do events, church of low budget ENG, this camera looks professional, is easy to use and produces a decent enough image. If you're looking for professional accommodations, you may want to spend more or have to deal with adaptors and questionable jacks (we have an 1/8" hum on the mic/line IN where we connect a XLR adaptor on a regular). Also pros, beware: this is not your father's shoulder mount camera. Besides being light in the pants, this camera is EXTREMELY Plasticy. You can feel, even at the lens bonnet, this is made of brittle, water gun like plastic. The kind that is you squeezed it you could but your fingers through it (not that you'd want to, just to say if this one is knocked too hard or dropped don't look for the amazing "it still works perfectly" stories you have with all your other gear).

            One big plus for this camera is it uses standard SD Cards and you can get 4hrs on a 32GB card at high def. For you consumer guys you might say "so what don't they all?", the pros know that your general putting out a Grand or more for special cards on a lot of card based Pro cameras (look up Black magic Cinema Camera and Compare.) For events this is what makes this camera worth to me. No need to coordinate tape changes. You might think, "I record outside the camera", then you may not need this camera but a 4hr HD backup recording is SWEET.

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            3.0

            NIce for work in low budget wedding

            By sofithi

            from miami

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

            VIdeo for wedding and quinces

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            5.0

            great product,service,free shippin, yea!

            By sojournerforge

            from louisville tn

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

              excellent service-free shipping arrived days ahead of schedule. Love the camera... great for a beginner at the pro level which is the case for me. wish it had the xlr jacks but knew it didnt up front. everything else is exactly as expected and I love stepping up to the prosumer level of this camera for the price. I will always use bh photo as I always have for all my pro audio and everything they sell. now that I am into video will be purchasing more from them in the near future. great hd cam

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              4.0

              Great camera

              By ED PILAR

              from Chicago, il

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel

                Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                I really like this Camera alot. It is fun to use and the results are good.

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                2.0

                Not really a professional camcorder.

                By I Review Stuff

                from whogivesash*tville, USA

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                      Well at first glance, this camera may have a professional appearance, but don't let its looks fool you! It's merely a mid-range consumer camcorder in a professional body. First off, the mic input is in a bad spot. And by that I mean, ITS RIGHT ABOVE THE FREAKING LENS! I'd love to know what engineering genius came up with that one! If you wanted to make the mic input easily accessible, why not put it under the lens so the wire doesn't drape over the lens hood when you plug it in?! Also, this camera has a single 1/4 inch CMOS sensor in it. If I remember correctly, the consumer level HC-X900 which is currently $[$] on B&H has 3 1/4.1 CMOS sensors, a Leica Dicomar lens with a 1.5 aperature, shoots in 1080/60P at 28mbps, 1080/60i, AND 1080/24P (although it does use a 2:3 pulldown, at least it has this feature!!) The AC7 an the other hand only shoots in 60i at 17mbps(would it KILL you to at least make it 24mbps?!) has no progressive frame rates, has a small lens on it that does not bare the Leica brand, and it only has 1 cmos sensor...By the way, it costs $406 more than the HC-x900!!! So your paying $406 for a hallow shell around a sub par consumer hd camcorder that doesn't even have as many features as Panasonics top of the line HD camcorder that has more features and costs less?!! Sorry, I'm calling BS on this one. Thats my 2 cents. Your welcome.

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                      4.0

                      Good Pro Camera (for the money)

                      By JD

                      from Yorkville, IL

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                        I really like the HD video quality. However, the audio input quality is not the greatest in my opinion and the housing is all plastic and not the best. Overall, for the price, I would recommend it as a good entry level camera.

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                        5.0

                        Wow - awesome entry level HD camera

                        By Percy C

                        from San Francisco

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Lcd Not Same As Movie

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • Home Movies
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                        This unit is a pretty awesome cam for first-time filmakers.

                        I'm using this to film in-house commercials for our company, and using the recommending lighting accessories (from BH) and their lighting tutorial, we blasted out our first 2 minute commercial in less than a week.

                        The camera itself is SUPER SUPER easy to use. The iA (full auto feature) does a nice job of capturing quickie shots in HD... and going to the slightly advanced manual mode for lighting wasn't too scary.

                        I love the plug-in audio jack - made adding an extended mic boom easy and accessories for sound so much easier to deal with.

                        The ONLY caveat is that the LCD screen doesn't always match what you are actually filming. It leans toward lighter/sharper... so mentally keep that in mind as you make your shots.

                        The workaround is to tweak your movie lighting settings when you go into production (we use iMovie). No biggie and results are still HD worthy! :)

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                        4.0

                        A good compromise

                        By Barry

                        from Patterson

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Zoom

                        Cons

                        • Awkward Eyepiece To Use
                        • Poor In Low Light

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                          I bought this specifically to create bird behavior videos on a tight budget. My critical requirements were HD quality, shoulder-mount, eye-piece viewfinder plus a good zoom range. I've visited canyons, wetlands and wildlife refuges intensively over the last 10 days for the purpose stated, and this is what I've discovered.
                          It is indeed HD format and the quality is good provided that you use the manual setting (not iA or intelligent auto)because the auto WB is not so good.
                          The eyepiece is the biggest letdown - incredibly uncomfortable and difficult to align with my eyes. As somebody else commented, it should have been able to pull out to the left about another inch. I use glasses and this camera wasn't designed for specs. I tried it without wearing glasses and it's much better - but of course I can't see what I'm going to shoot without my glasses on, so that doesn't help!
                          The shoulder mount is OK although I'm inclined to think that it could be greatly improved without additional cost.
                          The 23x zoom range is good for birding videos.
                          I've found the audio pick-up in the outdoors to be almost non-existent and so will need to buy a good shotgun mic - but that's what I expected to find, so I don't regard that as a real negative.
                          I'm concerned about the build quality which seems too flimsy for a reasonable life. It is, of course, the lowest cost such camcorder available and that cheapness shows very clearly.
                          Summarising. The fairly extensive outdoor footage that I have obtained in this trial period is good quality and I'm very happy with that, but the inferior eyepiece has been a constant annoyance and made me lose some sequences. Consequently, since this is still within the 30 days time limit, I shall check other camcorders to see how they perform even though that will mean spending extra money if I change. I gave this camcorder 4 stars because if this is your price range, it gives good video results outdoors.

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                          2.0

                          only good appearance

                          By Horacio Nuñez

                          from Mexico

                          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Sound
                          • Great Zoom

                          Cons

                          • Poor Image Quality

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                          Offers less than you expect by it's apearence. It's no easy get original complements as battery (panasonic brand). And the camera turn off without explication in anytime.

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                          4.0

                          Quality HD pictures, Great Sound quality

                          By Gorby

                          from Fairfield, OH

                          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Documentaries
                            • HD Shooting

                            Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                            I have been using Canon consumer HD camera for several years doing video for my church and editing with Pinnacle. A few months ago, I decided to go pro with a rental Panasonic DV camera but I hate DV so decided to get either flash drive or Hard Drive camera. I chose the AG-AC7 because of the price and the reviews as well.When you take the camera out of the box, the first thing you notice is the ultra light weight, you may mistake it for a display dummy. Give the camera a bigger battery and you can shoot for several hours on a single battery. The camera is very energy efficient. THe pictures are very sharp and the stereo sound from the camera is great. The microphone jack is stereo so when you add an external mic with mono jack, only one speaker will work on your playback on the computer. either use the inbuilt mic or buy a stereo mic. The inbuilt mic is very sensitive, so in a quiet environment, it picks up a few camera sounds as you operate it. The zoom is great and the auto focus responds quickly as you zoom in and out.What I did not like about the camera is the white balance. When you use the auto white balance in a room with both florescent and incandescent lights, the pictures turns yellow as you move close to the incandescent lights but gives you the natural color when you move to where the florescent light is. There are manual white balance settings but they did not help me much probably because am not good at it.Overall, this is a good camera and it is worth the investment. If your wallet is slim like mine, this is a good place to start and in no time your business will pay for the investment. I love the picture quality.

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                            4.0

                            Nice all-around camera

                            By Scott

                            from York, PA

                            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                              Video camera has just about everything I need and seems to record well in "medium lowlight" conditions. The high-def is crisp and clean. I am impressed with the zoom magnification. Not quite the best sound with built-in microphone, but it handles remote wireless mikes well. I expected more weight to the package -- which would help reduce jitteriness -- but on the good side the light weight doesn't tire you out as quickly. All in all, I'd recommend this for serious production/documentary work.

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                              5.0

                              Great Camera for low price

                              By MisterrBridge

                              from Mexico

                              About Me Video Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Zoom

                              Cons

                              • Poor Sound
                              • Poor Still Image

                              Best Uses

                              • Documentaries
                              • HD Shooting
                              • Home Movies

                              Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                              Its picture quality is awesome, the sound is clear but still needs a microphone if you want the best quality for the audio. A powerful zoom very useful and the weight is so low that you can record long periods without problem. The only thing I dislike is that the format of video is very weird and difficult to use in your computer unless you have proper codes or edit in special programs.

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                              4.0

                              Very good low price cam

                              By littti

                              from Fergus Falls, MN

                              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                                  looking for a good full size camera at a great price it is for you. Mic is also very good sound.

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                                  3.0

                                  Very light weight....

                                  By Choker

                                  from Vacaville, Ca.

                                  About Me Pro Videographer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Good Image Stabilization

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor In Low Light

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Documentaries
                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                                  If you are just staring out and on a extreme budget this unit will get you buy for a while till your skill level increases. The LCD and viewfinder screens are small...:-( and the viewfinder armature only slides out one half inch. If you are small person in stature the unit will fit you OK perhaps, but if you are say 70inches and taller you will not be using the viewfinder without craning your neck to the right side more than a bit, but then you'll find your own ear will be in the way....dumb design....very uncomfortable...it should slide out further say a minimum of one full inch of travel. Viewfinder screen is very low quality and very very small. Do not let the automatic gain control kick in above 12dB, your footage will take a bad hit and stay away from any of the digital zoom modes as well. Either will make your footage really grainy. The O.I.S feature will cause bands in your footage if you pan too quickly....keep all pans very slow and you'll be good to go. Automatic white balance leaves a lot to be desired - it will change on you during a shot - keep it in manual and set it yourself -period. Unfortunately the Iris/Gain controls are connected to each other. So if you do not trim the camera in the right order you'll mess up your previous settings, it's very silly....

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                                  5.0

                                  perfecta!!!!

                                  By david lescano

                                  from brewster, ny

                                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                                  Pros

                                  • Great Picture Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                                    Perfect for hd! I use it for weddings and concerts in bars and despite the fact that these events have low light shooting is great! full HD! very good zoom!! very good sound in the integrated mic and very libiana! ideal for advanced video!

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                                    5.0

                                    Awesome Camera and great service!!

                                    By Thelsleyjr

                                    from Cleveland Ohio

                                    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

                                    • Viewfinder is awkward to

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                                    This camera is awesome! For a beginning filmmaker this is an awesome price for a fantastic camera! B&H had the best service and did a great job at getting my product to me quick and efficient. I paid for next day shipping and got it by 10am the next day!!

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                                    4.0

                                    So far so Good

                                    By Barton Funk

                                    from Lincoln, NE

                                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Good in Low Light
                                    • 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-AC7 Shoulder-Mount AVCHD Camcorder:

                                      In the brief time that I have used the unit I have been pleased with the performance. I'm looking forward to gaining more experience and experimenting more.Everything that you guys adverstised was delivered. Thank you.

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