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Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder

B&H # PAAGAC130A Mfr # AG-AC130APJ
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Product Highlights
  • 1/3" 2.2 MP 3MOS Sensor
  • Expanded Focus Assist
  • Turbo Speed One-Push Auto Focus
  • Integrated 22x Lens / 28-616mm Equiv.
  • 3.45" 1920 x 480 LCD
  • AVCHD Professional PH Recording
  • 1080i60 / p30 / p24 / 720p60 Formats
  • Dual SD / SDHC / SDXC Card Slots
  • Standard Definition DV Recording Mode
  • 2-Channel XLR Inputs

The Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder is an upgraded version of the AG-AC130. The upgrade consists of expanded focus assist functionality and a "turbo speed" one-push auto focus function.

With expanded focus assist you can zoom in on an image to check focus; and one-push auto focus affords the option of very quickly attaining focus in circumstances requiring on-the-go focusing.

As for other features, the AG-AC130A is a high-definition workhorse of a professional handheld camcorder. With an integrated 22x zoom lens and a 1/3-type 3MOS three-element imager, the camera captures AVCHD video to two SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots as 1080p30, 1080i60, filmic 1080p24, and 720p60.

Panasonic's professional-level PH implementation of AVCHD is the top-quality choice at a max rate of 24 Mb/s; several other data rates will conserve card space as you capture hours of HD video. For projects that require standard-def capture, the AC130A has you covered with DV recording, which can then be output via its 6-pin IEEE 1394 (FireWire) port.

The camera offers a bevy of professional-level features, including dual XLRs with phantom power, SMPTE time-code generation, gamma settings for seven different scenarios, and manual control rings for iris, zoom, and focus. To monitor the status of all settings, and to perform critical focusing functions, the AVCCAM camcorder features both a high-quality 3.45" LCD screen and a full-color LCoS 0.45" viewfinder with 1,226,000 dots (852 x 480 x 3 [RGB]) of resolution.

(Current owners of the AC130 can simply have the upgrades added to their cameras. The additions would include a hardware modification and are offered for a total of $300 at a Panasonic Authorized Service Center.)

New Upgrades over the AG-AC130
The AG-AC130A is an upgraded version of the AG-AC130. The upgrade consists of expanded focus assist functionality and a "turbo speed" one-push auto focus function. With expanded focus assist you can zoom in on an image to check focus; and one-push auto focus affords the option of very quickly attaining focus in circumstances requiring on-the-go focusing
Panasonic Optical Technology
The high-performance 22x zoom lens was designed specifically for professional HD video production. Sharing the wide-angle capability found in the DVX and HMC series, the lens offers some additional telephoto capability for a 28-616mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range. The lens combines 18 elements in 12 groups and adds an ultra-high refractive (UHR) glass element, a low-dispersion element, and aspheric elements – technologies that combine to raise the resolution. This 22x zoom lens covers a wide field of view, from wide-angle to telephoto, without a conversion lens
Manual Control Rings
Three manual rings – mechanical (cam-driven) zoom, focus, and iris – allow you to operate as if you've got an interchangeable-lens camcorder, for fine, tactile control over the parameters of the captured image
Optical Image Stabilization
To compensate for any shaking of the operator's hand, the AC130A features an optical image stabilizer (OIS)
High-Sensitivity, Low-Noise 3MOS Image Sensor
The 1/3-type 2.2 Mp 3MOS sensor features the same Ultra Luminance Technology (ULT) that's incorporated in Panasonic's shoulder-mount P2 HD broadcast camcorders. This sensor maximizes the performance of the lens and the signal processing circuit in standard conditions
Digital Zoom
This can be assigned to a user button for digital zooms of 2x, 5x, and 10x. In combination with the optical zoom, this function provides a telephoto capability up to 220x
ND Filter
The AC130A features a four-position (OFF, 1/4 ND, 1/16 ND, 1/64 ND) optical neutral density filter wheel
18-Bit Digital Signal Processor
The AC130A's high-performance 18-bit DSP handles rendering processes such as gamma and detail-enhancement functions with uncommon precision
Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)
The DRS function automatically suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights in scenes that involve wildly varying contrast levels (such as indoor vs. outdoor elements in the same frame). DRS estimates a gamma curve and knee slope to match the contrast of each pixel and applies them in real time, producing excellent gradation for each shade and minimizing blocked shadows and blown highlights
Seven-Mode Gamma for Rich Gradation
Drawing upon the technology of the high-end VariCam line, the AC130A features gamma functions for seven shooting scenarios, including two cinema modes: HD NORM (for standard HD recording), LOW (flattens out a high-contrast scene); SD NORM (for standard SD recording); HIGH (softens contrast and expands the tone of dark parts, making an image brighter); B.PRESS (sharpens the contrast compared to LOW); CINE-LIKE D (prioritizes dynamic range); and CINE-LIKE V (prioritizes contrast)
Three-Position Gain Selection
There is a 3-position gain selector, with L, M and H settings. To each setting you can assign a gain value of 0, +3, +6, +9, +12 and +18 dB. There is also a Super Gain of +24 dB and +30 dB, accessible via a user button only
Other Camera Image Settings
Three values (A/B/Preset) of white balance are selectable with an auto-tracking white function. The preset can be set to 3200K, 5600K, and VARIABLE, which ranges between P2.4K and P9.9K. As with gamma, matrix setting includes a Cine-Like mode. H & V detail levels are adjustable, as are detail coring and skin-tone detail. That's not all: chroma level, chroma phase, color temperature, and master pedestal are all adjustable as well. The camera offers four settings for knee point: Auto, Low, Mid, and High
Focus Assist Function
A convenient Focus Assist button expands the center of the LCD screen, allowing you to check for correct focus quickly & easily. A Focus Bar that indicates the focus level can be displayed on the LCD, and the focus-in-red display shows the focus area. These two display functions help you to focus quickly and accurately. A face-detection function is also provided, and area auto focus and area auto iris are possible
High-Quality, Multi-Format Professional AVCHD PH Mode
The AC130A uses the AVCHD recording format and also supports the high-image-quality PH mode. AVCHD complies with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Profile motion-picture compression technology. Boasting a compression efficiency that is more than twice that of the MPEG-2 system (such as HDV), this advanced video file format delivers superb image quality and low data rates. The PH mode was developed for AVCCAM by Panasonic exclusively for high-quality professional video production. This mode boasts a maximum AVCHD bit rate of 24 Mb/s (average: 21 Mb/s) and records 1920 x 1080 Full-HD images. The AVCHD PH mode is also compatible with multiple HD formats, such as 1080/59.94i, 1080/29.97p, 1080/23.98p and 720/59.94p
DV Recording Mode
The camera records SD video as a DV-format file (AVI Type 2) for added flexibility. Standard DV output (FireWire/IEEE 1394) lets you ingest files to a PC or Mac
Double-Slot SD Card System
Not only can you record continuously on two SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (up to 64 GB), relay recording lets you seamlessly record images onto two memory cards consecutively for added data security, and simultaneous recording records the same images onto two different memory cards to increase reliability when recording. The slot to be used can be switched during normal recording, and clips can also be copied between the 2 slots 1
SMPTE Time-Code Recording and Synchro
The built-in SMPTE time-code generator lets you select the Drop Frame/Non-Drop Frame and Free Run/Rec Run modes and preset. User bits are also provided. Connecting two cameras with a TC preset in/out (video out) connector allows the slave camera to synchronize with the master camera
Other Recording Modes
Pre-Rec continuously stores in standby mode up to 3 seconds of HD video, and this pre-record cache is only recorded to the P2 card once you press Record. This helps you get the shot every time, even if you "miss" the crucial moment by a couple seconds. Interval Rec gives you automatic intermittent recording based on a set interval and recording time (1 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min) only in 1080/24p. Rec Check checks the beginning and end of the last recorded clip. If you don't like it, Last Clip Delete enables one-button delete of that last clip. Scenes can be marked with up to 100 Index flags per clip (AVCHD mode only). Time Stamp appends the date and time onto recorded images, which is a crucial feature for evidential images
Area Focusing and Area Iris Functions
Using the function knob (cursor key), you can select a desired area in the frame and set it as a target zone for focusing, iris adjustment, and YGET (brightness measurement). This increases shot-composing flexibility. In addition to the above three modes, there are two other modes: simultaneous focusing/iris adjustment and simultaneous focusing/YGET
Scene File / User File
The AC130A features a Scene dial that allows you to choose an appropriate matrix of settings instantaneously. You can modify the six preset files if you'd like, one set of which can be stored internally in the camcorder. Four more sets can be stored on an SD memory card. As for user files (camera setting values), one file can be stored internally, and four more sets can be stored on an SD card
Simplified Waveform & Vectorscope
The AC130A has waveform and vectorscope display functions for analyzing a captured video signal on the LCD
Three User Buttons
A total of three user buttons can be set to trigger any selection of 16 different camera functions: INH, FACE DETECT, WFM, EVF DTL, D.ZOOM, DRS, S.GAIN, ATW, ATW LOCK, SHOT MARK, INDEX, LAST CLIP, BACKLIGHT, SPOTLIGHT, BLACKFADE, and last but not least, WHITEFADE
High-Quality Color Viewfinder and LCD
The AC130A's color EVF uses a 0.45", approximately 1,226,000 dot-equivalent (852 x 480 x 3 [RGB]) LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon) display panel. It delivers bright, detailed, high-resolution images and a high response speed. The AC130A's LCD monitor has a 3.45", approximately 921,000-dot (1920 x 480) high-resolution panel. Various markers and grids can be displayed on the monitor/viewfinder, and with Mode Check, a list of the camera's settings can also displayed on the viewfinder and monitor
Stylish Design Boosts Mobility
Even with the high-powered zoom lens, the integrated camera and recorder sections are compact and stylish. Shifting the handle grip and LCD position forward (toward the lens) compared to the design of previous generations has improved the weight balance and visibility for handheld shooting, enabling a comfortably wide view. The magnesium-alloy die-cast chassis also excels in ruggedness and durability
Low-Angle Shots and Interviews
The upper part of the handle grip contains both the Rec Start/Stop button and a lens zoom speed control (three speeds). This design assures easy shooting even at low angles. The LCD monitor's mirror mode is convenient for shooting interviews that need to be monitored by one of the subjects of the shot
XLR Input for Pro-Quality Audio
In addition to the internal high-performance stereo microphone, the AC130A comes equipped with two-channel XLR audio input terminals with a 48V phantom power supply. The internal microphone, external microphone, or line input can be selected for each channel. Large, easy-to-use level dials are also provided
HDMI Digital HD Output Terminal
The AC130A is equipped with an HDMI output terminal for digital transfer of high-quality HD video and audio signals
Down-Converted SD Video Output
The AC130A has an internal down-converter so it can output SD (480/576) signals from VIDEO OUT or HDMI (progressive only). The 16:9/4:3 aspect conversion mode can be selected from three types (side crop, letterbox, squeeze)
Workflow Versatility
The Panasonic AVCCAM family enables tapeless recording, which means faster-than-real-time transfers to Windows & Mac computers for nonlinear editing – whether via a USB 2.0 connection or by offloading SD/SDHC/SDXC cards via a card reader. This allows for a speedy workflow and no time-consuming digitizing. For DV editing, simply connect the camcorder to a computer via the IEEE 1394-compliant (FireWire) 6-pin output terminal
Zebra
Select any two zebra levels from 50% to 105% (in 5% steps)
USB 2.0
The type mini-B USB port allows for connection to a PC in device mode
Remote Terminal
Enables remote operation of iris, focus, Rec Start/Stop and index functions
Color Bar
Outputs a color bar signal and test tone
Tally Lamps
Tally lamps are provided on the front and rear of the AC130A
Image Device 3x 1/3-type progressive 2.2 MP CMOS
Prism color separation
Lens 22x optical zoom
2x, 5x, 10x digital zoom
3.9-86 mm (28-616 mm / 35 mm equivalent)
f/1.6-3.2
18 elements in 12 groups
Minimum Object Distance (M.O.D.) Approx. 3.3' (1 m)
Filter Diameter 72 mm
Horizontal Resolution Not specified by manufacturer
Sensitivity Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Illumination 0.4 lux (f/1.6, gain +30 dB, shutter speed 1/30 second)
Vertical Smear Not specified by manufacturer
Signal System NTSC
Built-in Filters ND filter: OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
LCD Monitor 3.45" (87.63 mm) color LCD monitor with approx. 921K dots (16:9)
Viewfinder 0.45" (11.43 mm) color LCoS monitor with approx. 1226K dots (16:9)
Scan Matching Not specified by manufacturer
Memory Card Slot 2x SD/SDHC/SDXC slots
Shutter Speed 60i mode: 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second
30p mode: 1/30, 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second
24p mode: 1/24, 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 second
Slow Shutter 60i mode: 1/8, 1/15, 1/30 second
30p mode: 1/8, 1/15 second
24p mode: 1/6, 1/12 second
Synchro Scan Shutter 60i mode: 1/60.0 to 1/249.8 second
30p mode: 1/30.0 to 1/249.8 second
24p mode: 1/24.0 to 1/249.8 second
Shutter Opening Angle 3-359.5° in 0.5° increments
Frame Rates 24, 30, 60 fps
Gain Selection 0/+3/+6/+9/+12/+15/+18/+24/+30 dB (+24 dB, +30 dB: USER button S.GAIN only)
Recording Media SD memory card (FAT12, FAT16 formats supported): 512 MB, 1 GB, up to 2 GB
SDHC memory card (FAT32 format supported): 4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
SDXC memory card (exFAT format supported): 48 GB, 64 GB (up to 2 TB)
Recording Formats AVCHD standard (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264), DV standard (AVI Type2)
Maximum Recording Time With 2x 64 GB SDXC cards: Approx. 12 hours in PH (highest-quality AVCHD); 48 hours in HE mode (lowest-quality AVCHD); 8.5 hours in DV mode
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not specified by manufacturer
Video Signals PH mode: 1080/59.94i, 1080/29.97p, 1080/23.98pN, 720/59.94p, 720/29.97p, 720/23.98pN
PM mode: 720/59.94p
HA/HE mode: 1080/59.94i
DV mode: 480/59.94i, 480/29.97p, 480/23.98p
Sampling Frequency 4:2:0 (AVCHD)
4:1:1 (DV)
Quantization Not specified by manufacturer
Video Compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)
DV (DV)
Video Bitrates PH mode: Approx. 21 Mb/s (VBR)
PM mode: Approx. 8 Mb/s (VBR)
HA mode: Approx. 17 Mb/s (VBR)
HE mode: Approx. 6 Mb/s (VBR)
Interval Recording 1 sec / 10 sec / 30 sec / 1 min / 2 min interval, maximum 168 hours (1 week) recording (PH 1080/24p mode is fixed)
Audio Signal Dolby Digital 2-channel (AVCHD)
48 kHz/16-bit, Linear PCM 2-channel (DV)
Audio Bitrates PH mode: 384 kb/s
PM/HA/HE mode: 256 kb/s
Speaker 1x 20 mm diameter
Video Outputs HDMI: 1x HDMI Type A, VIERA Link not supported
Composite Video: 1x Pin jack, 1.0 V [p-p], 75 Ω
Audio I/O Input:
2x XLR 3-pin (input 1, input 2)
Line/Mic/+48V switchable
Line: 0 dBu
Mic: -40 dBu / -50 dBu / -60 dBu switching via menu
Built-in Mic In supports stereo microphones

Output:
2x pin jack (channel 1 / channel 2), 316mV, 600 ohm output
1x 3.5 mm diameter stereo mini jack for headphones
Via HDMI: 2-channel (linear PCM) & 5.1-channel (Dolby Digital)
Other I/O Connections Time Code Preset In/Out: Via Composite Video Out dual-purpose (In: 1V [p-p] to 4V [p-p], 10 k-ohm; Out: Low-impedance, 2.0±0.5V [p-p])
Camera Remote: 1x 2.5 mm diameter super mini jack (zoom, shutter speed); 1x 3.5 mm diameter mini jack (focus, iris)
Index Remote: 1x 2.5 mm diameter super mini jack
IEEE 1394: 1x 6-pin, digital output only
USB 2.0 (Device): 1x Type Mini B, 4-pin USB 2.0
Power Requirements 7.2V DC via battery
7.3V DC via AC adapter
Power Consumption 11.6W when recording
Operating Temperature 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Operating Humidity 10-80% (no condensation)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7 x 7.69 x 17.25" (18 x 19.5 x 43.8 cm) excluding protrusions
Weight Approx. 5.3 lbs (2.4 kg) excluding battery and accessories
Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder
  • AC Adapter/Battery Charger
  • AC Cord
  • DC Cord
  • CGA-E/625 7.2V 5800mAh Battery
  • Wireless Remote Controller with Battery
  • Microphone Holder
  • Eye Cup
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
    (Extends to Up to 3 Years with Online Registration)
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    by PowerReviews
    PanasonicAG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 30 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (37)
    • Easy to use (25)
    • Great picture quality (22)
    • Good in low light (15)
    • Image stabilization (13)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • HD shooting (21)
    • Documentaries (20)
    • Movies/short films (18)
    • Weddings (14)
    • Low light (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro videographer (19), Semi-pro (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (29)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Camera

    This is my first review here. I am not a high end professional yet wanted something better than the average fare you see in the stores. It is confusing. It seems all the...Read complete review

    This is my first review here. I am not a high end professional yet wanted something better than the average fare you see in the stores. It is confusing. It seems all the manufactures have something close in features and price. But what to get?

    I broke down and called the pro video department at B and H. The salesman took his time and asked questions of my use. Local sports events, some light studio work etc. And the price range. He suggested the Panasonic AC130a. And I am thankful he did.

    I don't know the terminology and didn't know what featured were even important. I found out quickly that the on board ND filtering is very very important. A friend bought another manufacturer brand and was shocked at the 3K price didn't include it.

    While it is a larger sized camera, it is quite easy to use hand held, although I bought it for primary use on a tripod. A lot of buttons, but easy to learn if taken one at a time. The manual is quite easy to read and understand.

    The twin sd card media system is a nice touch. I use Final Cut Pro X and the files are imported like a dream. I have also used the camera to stream live via the firewire connection. Another reason I bought this model as it has a firewire port. None of the others did. Even at this price range. If you want to stream live via any of the streaming services.....you need firewire.

    The onboard audio mic is good, but lets face it, if we are spending this type of money, we are going to spring for a nice shotgun mic. The twin XLR connectors are nice, my first venture into actual XLR onboard a camera. Crisp, clear with onboard 48volt phantom power.

    I have even bypassed the onboard controls and gone directly though a mixing board, but after comparing....I went back to just straight into the camera from both the shotgun mic and a sitting mic on my desk for studio work. It is that good. I can only imagine what those cameras in the high end price range do.

    At first I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out al the audio controls. Who would ever need all these features....I thought to myself. Well, a couple of weeks later, and having used the camera in various situations....I have used every one of them. And am so glad they are there. The ability switch to manual audio in low sound level areas is important for a good boost. The learning curve is easy once you figure out what is going on.

    It is a big jump up for most of us. By the time we are done with the camera and accessories we have spent a bit of money. But boy is it worth it.

    I am sure there are good cameras in the lower range as well, I just had the money to do what I always wanted to do and saved for a while to do it.

    The video quality is great. I am not sophisticated enough to compare cameras, and produce mainly for web delivery. The results were striking over my older camera. The camera just seems to know what to do. I haven't switched over into the manual settings yet.

    The incredible zoom capability of this camera will blow you away the first time you test it. I can't imagine why anyone would ever need to spring for additional add on lenses.

    Panasonic has done a good job on this camera and in this price range would recommend it highly. I have no experience with the other manufactures like a pro would.

    The camera seems well made, I don't expect any problems at all with the design.

    I think, (they don't mind the phone calls) , for those like me that don't understand the terminology - a call to the pro video department at B & H is a good first step. We are all different and different cameras sort of do different things. For me, their help made sure I didn't make any big mistakes and I couldn't be happier with this camera in my price range.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Disappointed

    Pros:
    • 22X Optical Zoom (some camcorders have only a 10x zoom - how Pathetic).
    • 72 mm lens (filter size)
    • Several External...Read complete review

    Pros:
    • 22X Optical Zoom (some camcorders have only a 10x zoom - how Pathetic).
    • 72 mm lens (filter size)
    • Several External Controls.
    • XLR Inputs.
    • Well Constructed, even the caps for the jacks are better than some others.
    • Even with the Camcorder being Heavier (see below) - the Side Grip is well positioned to make it really well balanced (really Helps on Handheld shots). This camcorder being well balanced.
    • Most Buttons are either recessed etc. to help with Accidental changing.
    • Relay Recording & Simultaneous Recording are some good Options.
    • Big viewfinder.
    • Big LCD Screen.
    • LCD Screen Placement (good that it is on the body of the camcorder instead of on the handle like some camcorders).
    • ND Filters.
    • Speaker placement is nice because you can Playback and hear the Audio Without the LCD Screen being Open (like it is on a lot of other camcorders).
    • HDMI Jack.
    • Audio Input can be either XLR or Internal Mic and the Level can be Auto or Manual.
    • Fader.
    • Time/Date Stamp.
    • Flat Bottom of Camcorder (makes it stable when placed on a surface).
    • Both Bottom of Camcorder and handle has Not Only 1 Tripod hole, but at least 2 different sized holes.
    • A Tally Light and Remote Sensor on both the Front and Back of the camcorder.
    • One or both Tally lights can be turned Off if you so choose.
    • It does seem to film good in low light – good bright visible and clear scenes until about physically dark (and that is Without Super Gain - which of course adds noise to the picture).
    • You can Limit the Auto Gain (which is good because the more Gain the more Noise in the Picture).

    Cons:
    • The camcorder needs "Scene Split" and "Scene Split & Delete" options - where you could remove only a portion of a scene - like the end of a scene (that is not wanted).
    • Audio in the Automatic setting changes abruptly (Not at all consistent Audio). When you start a scene and start talking - the Mic is super-sensitive and then immediately downgrades the sensitivity of the Mic (the scenes are at First LOUD and then normal). it is very irritating to have this LOUD/Normal Volume change in the scenes!
    • A little bit Big and Heavy (about 8 ounces heavier than the Canon XH A1s and bigger).
    • The Shoulder Strap is Too Small - too short – probably 5 inches or more and too Narrow. Being too small – it is very uncomfortable to take On or Off or Wear. Even adjusted at the furthest – it is still too Short.
    • Auto Focus Seems to take longer (at least 4-5 seconds) than it should at Telephoto (however I have a Windsock over the Internal Mic where it is be covering both the Front Remote Sensor and the Natural Light Sensor - might affect it).
    • The Auto/Manual Switch seems to Accidentally change easily.
    • The "Resume" function Clears its Resume point if the power is turned off.
    • On Playback, it does Not give Info on how much time is left on the card – it is nice to know for instance if you are 15 minutes or an hour into the video.
    • "Rec Check" does Not work once you turn the Power Off or change it to Play Mode (and then back to Camera).
    • The "Record" button on the Side Grip seems a little small (hard to get used to).
    • The Lock lever for the" Record" button on the Handle seems a too stiff (but I just leave it in Unlock).
    • For Interval Recording to work, you need to be record in 24P, it won't work in other modes.
    • You can Only Playback the Scenes that were Recorded in the same Format as the Playback Format, it needs an Auto Format that can Play back any Format.
    • I have noticed with this camcorder, if the camcorder says that you Need a ND Filter setting, you Need to use it or the Colors will NOT be right (ex. green is more blue, etc.).
    • Downloadable Manuals for the camcorder are in 2 parts - really hokey, combine them into 1 Manual.
    • Time is Only in 24-hour Format.
    • Guides on LCD Screen Can Not be Turned Off. When Guide is Set to 90% - the line of the Guide goes right through Time Code/UB Code - making it hard to see.
    • The Position of the TimeCode/UB Code is right at the Top - making it hard to see.
    • No Self-Timer (it is nice when you want to get into the scene before recording (and if the Remote does Not work - due to bright light, etc.).
    • Even with the "Optical Image Stabilizer", at full Telephoto (or even close) , the picture does seem to be a little jerkier than I would expect (from what I was reading – that is one of the quirks with the MOS Chips). As you Zoom back – it does Stabilize pretty well.
    • I was a little disappointed in the battery life (Recording time).
    • There is very little warning when the Battery is exhausted; when the battery is exhausted – the camcorder says "Low Battery" for maybe 15-20 seconds and it shuts Off!
    • Handle Zoom Speed is too Slow or too Fast (L is too Slow or M is too fast) – need to have it so the User can adjust the Speed of the L/M/H speeds.

    Some Additional Features that would be nice:
    • To be able to take Still Photos.
    • If the Camcorder Took Still Photos – to be able to have a Slide Show of the pictures.
    • Side Grip Zoom Speed to be Selectable: Variable/Constant Zoom Speed.
    • A 3rd Memory Card Slot that could be dedicated for Still Photos.
    • A few more User buttons.
    • Change it so that you can Down-Convert AVCHD to DV through the DV Port.
    • Should have an Option to Change the Time Format from the 24-hour Format to the 12-hour AM/PM Format.
    • To have a Recording Format of: 1080/60P.
    • Some Display Options – it would be nice if Display Options were separated - instead of grouped together as 2 or more items (ex. Zoom & Iris) – so you could Display Each Individual item or Not.

    Warranty Compaint - 5 Year Warranty Misleading and Discriminating!: When I bought the camcorder, Panasonic had a Rebate form that Extended the Warranty to 5 years. This 5 year warranty added to the decision to buy the camcorder. However, After I bought the Camcorder and got the Rebate Form- it was "Only for Educational Purchases". This really irritated me! Why should the rest of us be penalized just because it was not an "Educational Purchase"? That is Really discriminating! After all, Panasonic made a sell, it should NOT matter is it was an "Education Purchase" or Not!

    Bottom Line: This camcorder films nice and is well constructed. However, packing this camcorder around is a little uncomfortable because of it being so bulky and almost 6 pounds (including the battery) and with the supplied Shoulder Strap being too short. With the Auto Audio Changing from LOUD/normal Volume, the lack of a Scene Split (or scene divide), having to have the Playback Format in the Same as the Recorded Format, and other issues made me decide to Return this Camcorder.

    Because of some weird actions of some of the features of this camcorder - I would Not Recommend this camcorder. It could be better if they Fixed some of the hokey features that behave strangely.

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    5.0

    So Far So Good!

    By LEW

    from Fayetteville, NC

    About Me 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
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

      Haven't had it long enough to use it very much yet. However....what we have done with it has been excellent

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      5.0

      Great Camera

      By Tom in Washington

      from Montesano, WA

      About Me Video Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Easy to Use
      • Great Audio
      • Great Zoom
      • Media storage
      • Studio Work

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Movies/Short Films
        • Sports events
        • Studio

        Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

        This is my first review here. I am not a high end professional yet wanted something better than the average fare you see in the stores. It is confusing. It seems all the manufactures have something close in features and price. But what to get?

        I broke down and called the pro video department at B and H. The salesman took his time and asked questions of my use. Local sports events, some light studio work etc. And the price range. He suggested the Panasonic AC130a. And I am thankful he did.

        I don't know the terminology and didn't know what featured were even important. I found out quickly that the on board ND filtering is very very important. A friend bought another manufacturer brand and was shocked at the 3K price didn't include it.

        While it is a larger sized camera, it is quite easy to use hand held, although I bought it for primary use on a tripod. A lot of buttons, but easy to learn if taken one at a time. The manual is quite easy to read and understand.

        The twin sd card media system is a nice touch. I use Final Cut Pro X and the files are imported like a dream. I have also used the camera to stream live via the firewire connection. Another reason I bought this model as it has a firewire port. None of the others did. Even at this price range. If you want to stream live via any of the streaming services.....you need firewire.

        The onboard audio mic is good, but lets face it, if we are spending this type of money, we are going to spring for a nice shotgun mic. The twin XLR connectors are nice, my first venture into actual XLR onboard a camera. Crisp, clear with onboard 48volt phantom power.

        I have even bypassed the onboard controls and gone directly though a mixing board, but after comparing....I went back to just straight into the camera from both the shotgun mic and a sitting mic on my desk for studio work. It is that good. I can only imagine what those cameras in the high end price range do.

        At first I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out al the audio controls. Who would ever need all these features....I thought to myself. Well, a couple of weeks later, and having used the camera in various situations....I have used every one of them. And am so glad they are there. The ability switch to manual audio in low sound level areas is important for a good boost. The learning curve is easy once you figure out what is going on.

        It is a big jump up for most of us. By the time we are done with the camera and accessories we have spent a bit of money. But boy is it worth it.

        I am sure there are good cameras in the lower range as well, I just had the money to do what I always wanted to do and saved for a while to do it.

        The video quality is great. I am not sophisticated enough to compare cameras, and produce mainly for web delivery. The results were striking over my older camera. The camera just seems to know what to do. I haven't switched over into the manual settings yet.

        The incredible zoom capability of this camera will blow you away the first time you test it. I can't imagine why anyone would ever need to spring for additional add on lenses.

        Panasonic has done a good job on this camera and in this price range would recommend it highly. I have no experience with the other manufactures like a pro would.

        The camera seems well made, I don't expect any problems at all with the design.

        I think, (they don't mind the phone calls) , for those like me that don't understand the terminology - a call to the pro video department at B & H is a good first step. We are all different and different cameras sort of do different things. For me, their help made sure I didn't make any big mistakes and I couldn't be happier with this camera in my price range.

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        5.0

        Great camera for students

        By Mr. Henson the teacher

        from Navasota, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Sports

          Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

          We use three of these cameras with Revo 1000 shoulder mounts to film sporting events, and they are fantastic.
          Their auto settings are reliable, the transfer is extremely quick, and the lens and image are wide and high quality.
          Additionally, this camera comes with plug in audio for beginners in sound, and it comes with great manipulative rings for the kids who want to learn the manual settings for narrative productions.

          I highly recommend this camera for anybody wanting to take big camera body operation seriously on a limited budget!

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          5.0

          Not too shabby

          By Tall Cool Teach

          from Chesaning MI

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

            A great camera for the $$. However, I am actually more displeasd that the price difference between the 130 and 160 is [$]. I cannot see how one HDSDI connection justifies the price hike.

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            4.0

            3rd time I've bought a Panasonic & happy

            By CFA Weiss

            from Philly, Pa

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Legal Video Clvs
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

              I use this for legal video (#CLVS) mostly. It is great for live events, and Indie Filmmaking too. Lots of bells and whistles and of course the book doesn't come with. Just the general book does though. You can find the more informative user manual online though. The size is a touch bigger then I like. I miss the smaller size of my AG-DVX-100. This is about an inch and a half longer and 2 inches higher. Would be great if they kept the S-video plug too. Some legal work still needs that option.

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              4.0

              I like the settings of the camera

              By JMTV

              from Phoenix

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor Still Image

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

              This camera is excellent in low light. The setting for outside are the best with the filters.

              I shoot in Arizona where the light is very bright and the filters are an excellent way to go with this type of weather conditions.

              I don't like the way the LCD screen opens. It sticks more than the old version. But otherwise a great camera. I would recommend it to anyone working in professional or semi-professional film.

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              4.0

              Easy to freehand

              By GK

              from Baton Rouge, La

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Outdoors News Show

                Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                Just got this camera and so far so good. Even though it is unusual to freehand this camera, because of its size, it is balanced and designed well. The only complaint I have, and its because I missed it, you can only transfer SD video through the cables. If you shoot HD you must read from the SD card.

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                5.0

                Great new Model Pro HD Camera

                By Marty

                from Santa Monica

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Movies/Short Films

                  Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                  Being used for YouTube videos.
                  Sharp, awesome color.
                  Best of breed right now.
                  It's big, but is the right size. Could use a shoulder mount attachment. The AC130AP is not a hand held unless you lift weights routinely :)
                  In comparison, the Canons (XA 20 or 25) are too small. Great if you have tiny hands.

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                  4.0

                  What you should Expect

                  By Chris Evans

                  from Kansas City

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                    This is a Professional Camera. It's not consumer or even prosumer. This camera was designed for people who know how (and want) to use all the advanced features and manual controls. It was not designed to be a point and shoot camera. If you need a camera that shoots stills, get something else (that's a consumer feature, professionals don't need it IMO) If you don't understand why this camera only uses 24-hour time, you're not a professional. A professional camera does not need a slideshow feature.

                    To THAT end, this is a great camera. This camera produces a really great image. I use this camera for many things, including green screen work and they key I can pull with this camera is great. The dynamic range and detail is great.

                    The camera is a little large, but is not as heavy as it initially looks. Despite its size, the hand strap is in the perfect place due to the offset of the battery which balances the weight better, however, don't expect to walk around all day using this handheld (although you could probably to for a few hours). It is only the size it is to accommodate the amount of buttons, which is a huge bonus. Waveform monitor, vector scope, focus assist, ND, Auto/Manual, Optical Image Stabilization, Zebra, Audio Levels, Phantom Power, and and other settings are all available through the push of a button (or turning of a knob). It also has dedicated manual zoom, iris, and focus rings (also huge bonus). It also has dual XLR inputs which is essential on a camera like this. (the shotgun holder does not come attached to the camera and is a little complicated to put on so make sure you do it before you get ready to shoot)

                    The viewfinder and LCD screens are great. The Scene Selector is incredibly useful for shooting a variety of looks without going into the menu all the time. Even if you don't think you will use it, you will.

                    The only thing to keep in mind is the type of camera this is. It's a 1/3" sensor. That means you won't get the great DoF that you can with a DSLR or a larger sensor camera. Also, the sensor is natively 1080 which means that the image will not be as crisp as it would with a higher resolution sensor because of the Low-Pass Filter. However, the 3mos sensor does do extremely well in low light because it uses all the incoming light with no bayer filter.

                    I have not tested the Optical Image Stabilization extensively, but in what little I did handheld, it worked pretty well.

                    It is also important to notice the difference between this camera and the 160A. If you need 60p, or an SDI port, get that camera, if you don't need those specific features, this camera will solve all your needs. (Ok, it has a few other minor features that make it better, but those are the 2 big ones that will affect 99% of people.)

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                    2.0

                    Disappointed

                    By Scott From Idaho

                    from Boise, Idaho

                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                      Pros:
                      • 22X Optical Zoom (some camcorders have only a 10x zoom - how Pathetic).
                      • 72 mm lens (filter size)
                      • Several External Controls.
                      • XLR Inputs.
                      • Well Constructed, even the caps for the jacks are better than some others.
                      • Even with the Camcorder being Heavier (see below) - the Side Grip is well positioned to make it really well balanced (really Helps on Handheld shots). This camcorder being well balanced.
                      • Most Buttons are either recessed etc. to help with Accidental changing.
                      • Relay Recording & Simultaneous Recording are some good Options.
                      • Big viewfinder.
                      • Big LCD Screen.
                      • LCD Screen Placement (good that it is on the body of the camcorder instead of on the handle like some camcorders).
                      • ND Filters.
                      • Speaker placement is nice because you can Playback and hear the Audio Without the LCD Screen being Open (like it is on a lot of other camcorders).
                      • HDMI Jack.
                      • Audio Input can be either XLR or Internal Mic and the Level can be Auto or Manual.
                      • Fader.
                      • Time/Date Stamp.
                      • Flat Bottom of Camcorder (makes it stable when placed on a surface).
                      • Both Bottom of Camcorder and handle has Not Only 1 Tripod hole, but at least 2 different sized holes.
                      • A Tally Light and Remote Sensor on both the Front and Back of the camcorder.
                      • One or both Tally lights can be turned Off if you so choose.
                      • It does seem to film good in low light – good bright visible and clear scenes until about physically dark (and that is Without Super Gain - which of course adds noise to the picture).
                      • You can Limit the Auto Gain (which is good because the more Gain the more Noise in the Picture).

                      Cons:
                      • The camcorder needs "Scene Split" and "Scene Split & Delete" options - where you could remove only a portion of a scene - like the end of a scene (that is not wanted).
                      • Audio in the Automatic setting changes abruptly (Not at all consistent Audio). When you start a scene and start talking - the Mic is super-sensitive and then immediately downgrades the sensitivity of the Mic (the scenes are at First LOUD and then normal). it is very irritating to have this LOUD/Normal Volume change in the scenes!
                      • A little bit Big and Heavy (about 8 ounces heavier than the Canon XH A1s and bigger).
                      • The Shoulder Strap is Too Small - too short – probably 5 inches or more and too Narrow. Being too small – it is very uncomfortable to take On or Off or Wear. Even adjusted at the furthest – it is still too Short.
                      • Auto Focus Seems to take longer (at least 4-5 seconds) than it should at Telephoto (however I have a Windsock over the Internal Mic where it is be covering both the Front Remote Sensor and the Natural Light Sensor - might affect it).
                      • The Auto/Manual Switch seems to Accidentally change easily.
                      • The "Resume" function Clears its Resume point if the power is turned off.
                      • On Playback, it does Not give Info on how much time is left on the card – it is nice to know for instance if you are 15 minutes or an hour into the video.
                      • "Rec Check" does Not work once you turn the Power Off or change it to Play Mode (and then back to Camera).
                      • The "Record" button on the Side Grip seems a little small (hard to get used to).
                      • The Lock lever for the" Record" button on the Handle seems a too stiff (but I just leave it in Unlock).
                      • For Interval Recording to work, you need to be record in 24P, it won't work in other modes.
                      • You can Only Playback the Scenes that were Recorded in the same Format as the Playback Format, it needs an Auto Format that can Play back any Format.
                      • I have noticed with this camcorder, if the camcorder says that you Need a ND Filter setting, you Need to use it or the Colors will NOT be right (ex. green is more blue, etc.).
                      • Downloadable Manuals for the camcorder are in 2 parts - really hokey, combine them into 1 Manual.
                      • Time is Only in 24-hour Format.
                      • Guides on LCD Screen Can Not be Turned Off. When Guide is Set to 90% - the line of the Guide goes right through Time Code/UB Code - making it hard to see.
                      • The Position of the TimeCode/UB Code is right at the Top - making it hard to see.
                      • No Self-Timer (it is nice when you want to get into the scene before recording (and if the Remote does Not work - due to bright light, etc.).
                      • Even with the "Optical Image Stabilizer", at full Telephoto (or even close) , the picture does seem to be a little jerkier than I would expect (from what I was reading – that is one of the quirks with the MOS Chips). As you Zoom back – it does Stabilize pretty well.
                      • I was a little disappointed in the battery life (Recording time).
                      • There is very little warning when the Battery is exhausted; when the battery is exhausted – the camcorder says "Low Battery" for maybe 15-20 seconds and it shuts Off!
                      • Handle Zoom Speed is too Slow or too Fast (L is too Slow or M is too fast) – need to have it so the User can adjust the Speed of the L/M/H speeds.

                      Some Additional Features that would be nice:
                      • To be able to take Still Photos.
                      • If the Camcorder Took Still Photos – to be able to have a Slide Show of the pictures.
                      • Side Grip Zoom Speed to be Selectable: Variable/Constant Zoom Speed.
                      • A 3rd Memory Card Slot that could be dedicated for Still Photos.
                      • A few more User buttons.
                      • Change it so that you can Down-Convert AVCHD to DV through the DV Port.
                      • Should have an Option to Change the Time Format from the 24-hour Format to the 12-hour AM/PM Format.
                      • To have a Recording Format of: 1080/60P.
                      • Some Display Options – it would be nice if Display Options were separated - instead of grouped together as 2 or more items (ex. Zoom & Iris) – so you could Display Each Individual item or Not.

                      Warranty Compaint - 5 Year Warranty Misleading and Discriminating!: When I bought the camcorder, Panasonic had a Rebate form that Extended the Warranty to 5 years. This 5 year warranty added to the decision to buy the camcorder. However, After I bought the Camcorder and got the Rebate Form- it was "Only for Educational Purchases". This really irritated me! Why should the rest of us be penalized just because it was not an "Educational Purchase"? That is Really discriminating! After all, Panasonic made a sell, it should NOT matter is it was an "Education Purchase" or Not!

                      Bottom Line: This camcorder films nice and is well constructed. However, packing this camcorder around is a little uncomfortable because of it being so bulky and almost 6 pounds (including the battery) and with the supplied Shoulder Strap being too short. With the Auto Audio Changing from LOUD/normal Volume, the lack of a Scene Split (or scene divide), having to have the Playback Format in the Same as the Recorded Format, and other issues made me decide to Return this Camcorder.

                      Because of some weird actions of some of the features of this camcorder - I would Not Recommend this camcorder. It could be better if they Fixed some of the hokey features that behave strangely.

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                      4.0

                      Ideal Step Forward

                      By PhotoJim

                      from Southwest Florida

                      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                        I absolutley like this camera! In the 10 days since I received my AG-AC130 I have shot an indoor, live band peformance and an exterior short drama-documentary project. The camera performed above my expectations! Placing the ScanDisk 64GB in my computer card reader, a file cut & paste and I was editing with my NLE in seconds! What a time saver... I dragged my feet about giving up my old Panasonic camera (it was that good), but this investment was past due! I highly recommend the AG-AC130A...

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                        4.0

                        Reasonable Buy

                        By GM-CE-Prof

                        from Montana

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Pros

                        • Good Visual Quality
                        • Moderate Weight
                        • Scene File Setup
                        • Zoom Range

                        Cons

                        • Auto Iris Response
                        • Focus Hunting
                        • Poor In Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • Multicam

                        Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                        We purchased three of these for use in multi cam shoots in both field and studio setups for events, and single cam operation for wildlife and documentary. They match up much better than our old system consisting of a variety of brands and models. The 22x lens is a great length for a variety of situations. Color clarity is very good. XLR jack placement is well done and controls are easy to access other than the manual volume controls. However, the clear plastic cover is removable over the pots. The ergonomics are challenging, partly because of differences with other brands I use regularly, but also the number of functions that are deep in the menus. The placement of switches for ND filter, focus assist and focus behind the LCD is problematic when using the flip out LCD. I wish the ND filter was a slide switch rather than dial. The main power switch and battery charger/AC interface are very consumerish. Too bad a 12v system couldn't have been used to more easily interface with belts and high end batteries. 4 pin XLR power would have been a step up. Balance is good front to back. Having all output functions on the back of the camera is very helpful (HDMI, headphone, USB, firewire, etc). Analog in the same location would have been appreciated rather than on the side. The door on the SD chip housing seems flimsy. CMOS light sensitivity is poor; to be expected but gain is acceptable except with "super" boost.

                        Scene file setups are not overly complex and seem to provide a wide variety of functions. Record functions are adequate but my favorite time lapse interval is missing, 5 seconds. The need to go back into the menu each time to set time lapse is frustrating. Having to "reboot" the camera when going to and from DV mode is cumbersome as well as having to tell the playback function what the clip recording mode is seems odd. The camera identifies each clip format, why can't it then use the information that it has to play back properly? Autofocus seems to hunt at times, especially on distant scenes and the lack of hard stops on manual focus is disconcerting for rack focus situations. The auto iris function is very quick to act, too much so when only slight movements occur in a subject. Selectable response, slow/medium/fast would be very helpful rather than having to lock down iris and manually adjust.

                        It's been four years since we bought new cameras and the choices were tough. I do feel like the 130 is a good buy and I am so far impressed with AVCHD as I debated primarily over going to 50mbs 4:2:2. All cameras have advantages and drawbacks but I think we made the right choice even with my reservations.

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                        4.0

                        Great cutting edge camera for the price.

                        By Donna

                        from Southampton, N.Y.

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Poor In Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                        We needed a good camcorder to help a friend with his film project.
                        I initially did not want to pay a lot and wanted something smaller and lighter with an emphasis on low light capabilities.
                        However, for all of the features it comes with, it was a great camera for the price and super professional. My boyfriend loves the powerful zoom and lens.
                        He is the one operating it at the moment and says it is very easy to navigate.
                        It has produced a top quality end result.

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                        5.0

                        Great Options

                        By Stone Pixel Studios

                        from Boise, Idaho

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • HD Shooting
                          • Movies/Short Films

                          Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                          We use the camera to shoot quality TV commercials. Great options in a small package: smooth video, good exposure, easy to use, capable of a wide range of modes and formats, and the zoom rocks.

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                          5.0

                          Really Good Camera

                          By BradComLLC

                          from Carmel, IN (Indianapolis area)

                          About Me Pro Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • 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-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                            This is the first AVCHD camera that I have ever used or owned. I'm used to much larger cameras and shoot off-the-shoulder. It's light weight has taken some adjustment for me and I need to either buy or improvise a shoulder mount since I use the EVF 99% of the time.

                            Speaking of the EVF... It allows you to view a black and white image that I really love. Combine that with the focus assist that shows up as a red outline and it's pretty easy to get sharp focus in most instances. The only exceptions are high contrast situations. I was shooting outside and there was a black fence in the shot. Since the camera determines focus by the contrast... the black fence was almost constantly red outlined. Not a big deal, I just needed to be aware to make the adjustments.

                            The interval recording is really nice. We had a storm coming in and I set it up to record the clouds moving in. What a great timelapse. I couldn't see using the feature very much, if at all, until I tried it. Now, I may have to dream up some projects.

                            The camera is very customizable and has several ways to accomplish the same thing which makes it very flexible to fit many shooting styles and workflows. Since I shoot using manual controls for almost everything, I won't use half of the options on this camera, but it's nice to have. If you like to use all auto, the camera does a nice job and I don't think you'l be dissapointed. The Spotlight and Backlight function, I found to work quite well.

                            I haven't used the camera a lot at this writing, but the experiences I've had are all pretty good. Most of the time I've had the camera, has been spent exploring the menus and adjusting it to my liking. It has too many good features for me to list, but I guess that's what the "Product Description" is for.

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                            5.0

                            Amazing Camera

                            By Paul

                            from Dartmouth MA

                            About Me Pro Videographer

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                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Great Sound
                            • 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-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                              I purchaed the AG-AC130A to replace my AG-DVX100B. All I have to say is wow. The quality is amazing. Really up's the production value of weddings and other projects. The zoom is great for sporting events. All the New features make it a professionals must have.

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                              5.0

                              Phenomenal

                              By James the Kuhl

                              from Concord, NC

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light

                                Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                                We use this camera in a house of worship, primarily filming the message from 70 feet away from the pastor. The AG-AC130A was at a great price point for us, and the features like manual zoom/focus, video gain and multiple outputs suit our needs perfectly. We would have loved to have had the uncompressed audio feature which is on the AC160A, but you can't have it all!

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                                5.0

                                lot of bang for the buck

                                By Ed Zeppelin

                                from Northern Michigan

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                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                                      recording weddings, events, television commercials, sports, etc. love the fact that I can record in different resolutions, including sd. easy to use. very professional

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Camera...so far...

                                      By SOB

                                      from New Jersey

                                      About Me Pro Videographer

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                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Corporate Interviews
                                        • Documentaries
                                        • HD Shooting
                                        • Run and gun

                                        Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                                        Bought this camera based on the reviews I've read here and on suggestions from other pros. Haven't used it on any shoots yet, but am gearing up for our next corporate gig. It's light, feels great in my hand and is pretty easy to use.

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                                        4.0

                                        good experience

                                        By Jose

                                        from Mesa, Az

                                        About Me Pro Videographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Great Sound

                                        Cons

                                        • No External Mic Input

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Documentaries
                                        • News

                                        Comments about Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder:

                                        I use the camera for News sIts great cameraI recommend

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