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Panasonic AG-AF100A Digital Cinema Camcorder

Panasonic AG-AF100A Digital Cinema Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • Micro 4/3" MOS Image Sensor
  • Micro 4/3" Lens Mount
  • Records HD 1080 at 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p
  • Built-in Neutral Density Filters
  • XLR Inputs (Line/Mic and Phantom Power)
  • Up to 1080/60fps in VFR Mode
  • PS Recording Mode for up to 25Mbps
  • Uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit via HD-SDI
  • Six Built-in Customizable Scene Files
  • Timecode and Timecode Synchronizing
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The Panasonic AG-AF100A Digital Cinema Camcorder features a Micro 4/3" MOS image sensor and interchangeable lens mount for capturing video with shallow depth-of-field and a wider field-of-view than more traditional, smaller format camcorders. The AF100A can record Full HD 1920x1080 resolution video at 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p and 24p as well as 1280x720 resolution at up to 60p/50p. In addition to the aesthetic merits of a large sensor, interchangeable lens system, the AF100A offers many of the features that professional videographers expect from the camcorder form factor, such as built-in ND filters and XLR audio inputs.

In addition, variable frame rate recording can capture between 12 and 60 frames per second in the 1080/30p/24p format. Panasonic's PS, PH, HA and HE recording modes offer variable bit rates from approximately 6 to 25 Mbps, and an uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit signal can be output via HD-SDI. Other professional features include six built-in customizable scene files, timecode, timecode synch, a 3.45" LCD display. Finally, dual SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots support relay recording with automatic clip spanning for up to 12 hours of continuous recording time.

Full HD Video Recording
The AF100A can records 1920x1080 resolution video at native 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p and 24p frames per second and 1280x720 resolution video at up to 60p/50p. The AF100A complies with the AVCHD ver. 2.0 (AVCHD Progressive) standard with a new PS mode (average approx. 25Mbps, maximum 28Mbps) for recording, playing and outputting Full HD progressive images via HDMI.
HD-SDI Output for Uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit
In addition to the on-board recorder, the camera's HD-SDI connection can output uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit for external recording and monitoring.
Built-in Optical ND Filters
The AF100A features built-in, optical neutral density filters, in 2 stops, 4 stops and 6 stops. ND filters are essential for working in brightly lit environments, especially when pairing the large sensor with a fast lens for shallow depth-of-field.
Professional Audio Recording Features
Two XLR audio inputs are built-in, and both inputs are line/mic selectable with phantom power. They also offer high-quality pre-amps, full manual audio level control and the ability to disable all Audio Gain. The camera's PH mode records Dolby Digital/2ch, linear PCM/2ch and uncompressed 48 KHz 16-bit audio. The AF100A also features a built-in stereo microphone.
Variable Frame Rate Recording
20 variable frame rates from 12 to 60 frames per second enable fast-motion and slow-motion recordings. Up to 60P or 50p (dependent on 60 or 50Hz mode) is compressed as 1080/24p/30/25p.
Two Memory Card Slots
Using two SDXC memory cards, the AG-AF100 can record and store up to 12 hours in PH mode or 48 hours in HE mode. Relay recording with automatic clip spanning enables a maximum continuous recording time of up to 12 hours. Class 4 or higher SD/SDHC/SDXC cards are required for recording in PH or HA mode, but for other recording modes Class 2 or higher is sufficient. Video clips can also be copied from one card to the other for an easy back-up.
Dynamic Range Stretch Function
The DRS function recognizes the average brightness of highlight and shadow areas and automatically adjusts settings for a wider dynamic range with minimal blown highlights and blocked shadows.
SMPTE Timecode and Timecode Synch
The built-in SMPTE timecode generator lets you select 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 connector allows the slave camera, to synchronize with the master camera. Note: After synchronization, each camera's timecode runs separately and is not guaranteed to match precisely.
Customizable Scene Files
Six built-in, customizable Scene Files can be utilized for matching distinctive looks between multiple cameras or on different shooting days. Built-in gamma curves including HD Norm, HD Low and High, Cine-like D, Cine-like V and B.Stretch. Four selectable color matrices including Norm 1 and Norm 2, Fluorescent and Cinelike. Other controls include Color Phase and Saturation as well as Pedestal and Detail image control.
Manual Focus Assist and AF
The AF100A is equipped with an HD focus assist function. The focus bar indicates the focus level and the focus-in-red (peaking) display highlights the hard edges of in focus objects. These features can be extremely helpful when making manual focus adjustments. Auto focus is also available when using compatible Lumix lenses, and AF features include face detection and area auto focus.
LCD Monitor and Electronic Viewfinder
The AF100A features a 3.45" 16:9 LCD display with approximately 920K dot resolution for monitoring, playback and adjusting menu settings. There is also an electronic viewfinder with approximately 1,226K resolution.
Monitoring Features
Monitoring features include two sets of zebra display markers, Waveform and Vectorscope accurate monitoring of Broadcast Safe Levels. In addition, Spotmeter "marker" provides instant feedback on key exposure values.
Additional Features
  • Manual and preset white balance choices
  • Preset black balance options
  • Syncro-scan shutter and Slow shutter mode
  • Pre-record and an intervalometer function for up to 24 hours
  • Aspect ratio markings (16:9, 2.35, 1.85, 14:9 and 4:3)
  • Programmable user buttons
  • ATW Lock and Shot Mark
  • Smart Battery interface (recording times of up to 4 hours with a 5400mA battery)
  • Metadata allows users to assign clip names
  • Down-converted standard definition composite output
  • Professional color bars and 1000Hz tone
  • Standard Panasonic communication protocol for remote control
  • Wireless infrared remote controller
UPC: 885170093201
Sensor Type 4/3" MOS
Sensor Size Valid image range: approx. 17.8 x 10 mm
Color Filter Primary color filter
Effective Pixels Approx. 12,400,000 pixels (single panel, 16:9)
Gain Video Cam mode: -6dB ~ 18dB (in 3dB steps)
Film Cam mode: ISO 200 ~ 3200
Normal Sensitivity f/8.0 normal (2000lx, 3200K, 89.9% reflex, 1080 59.94i)
Horizontal Resolution 800 TV lines (at center standard)
Color Temperature ATW, ATW LOCK, preset 3200K, preset 5600K, preset VAR, Ach, Bch
Shutter Speed Preset (59.94 Hz)
60i/p mode: 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
30p mode: 1/30, 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
24p mode: 1/24, 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
Preset (50 Hz)
50i/p mode: 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
25p mode: 1/25, 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
Syncro Scan in Video Cam mode (59.94 Hz)
60i/p mode: 1/60 ~ 1/250.6
30p mode: 1/30 ~ 1/250.6
24p mode: 1/24 ~ 1/250.6
Syncro Scan in Video Cam mode (50 Hz)
50i/p mode: 1/50 ~ 1/250
25p mode: 1/25 ~ 1/250
Syncro Scan in Film Cam mode
10 to 180 to 360 d (in 0.5 d steps)
Slow Shutter (59.94 Hz)
60i/p mode: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30
30p mode: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15
24p mode: 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12
Slow Shutter (50 Hz)
50i/p mode: 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25
25p mode: 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12
Recording Media SD memory cards: up to 512MB, 1 GB, 2 GB (FAT12, FAT16)
SDHC memory cards: 4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB, 12GB, 16 GB and 32 GB (FAT32)
SDXC memory cards: 48 GB, 64 GB (exFAT)
Note: Class 4 is supported in PH and HA modes, and Class 6 is supported at VFR recording and in PS mode.
Recording Format AVCHD ver.2.0 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264/AVCHD Progressive)
Recording Modes PS mode (59.94 Hz): 1080/59.94p,
PH mode (59.94 Hz): 1080/59.94i, 1080/29.97p, 1080/23.98p, 720/59.94p, 720/29.97p, 720/23.98p
HA/HE mode (59.94 Hz): 1080/59.94i
PS mode (50 Hz): 1080/50p,
PH mode (50 Hz): 1080/50i, 1080/25p, 720/50p, 720/25p,
HA/HE mode (50 Hz): 1080/50i
Transmission Rate PS mode: approx. 25 Mbps (VBR)
PH mode: approx. 21 Mbps (VBR)
HA mode: approx. 17 Mbps (VBR)
HE mode: approx. 6 Mbps (VBR)
Recording Time Approx. 12 hours (PH mode 1920x1080 or 1280x720 with two 64GB SDXC memory cards)
Interval Recording Off/1 sec. /10 sec. /30 sec. /1 min. /2 min.
Note: recording mode is fixed to PH 1080/24p (59.94 Hz) and PH 1080/25p (50 Hz) and the maximum shooting time is 24 hours.
VFR Recording 1080/24p, 30p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 48, 54, 60 frames per second
1080/25p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50 frames per second
Audio Recording PS/PH mode formats: Dolby Digital/2ch, linear PCM digital/2ch
Audio Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
Encoding: 16 bit
Dolby Digital Bit Rate: 384 kbps (PS/PH mode), 256 kbps (HA/HE mode)
HD/SD-SDI Connector: BNC x1 (0.8 V [p-p], 75Ω)
59.94 Hz formats: 1080/60i, 1080/24PsF, 720/60p, 480/60i
50 Hz formats: 1080/50i, 720/50p, 576/50i
HDMI Connector: HDMI TypeA terminal x1 (VIERA Link not supported)
59.94 Hz formats: 1080/60p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 480/60p
50 Hz formats: 1080/50p, 1080/50i, 720/50p, 576/50p
Video Connector: RCA pin jack x1 (1.0 V [p-p], 75Ω)
59.94 Hz formats: 480/60i [50 Hz] 576/50i
Audio Input Connector: XLR x2 (3 pin, line/mic selectable, high impedance)
Line: 0 dBu
Mic: -50/-60 dBu (menu selectable)
Audio Output Connector: RCA pin jack x2 (Ch1/Ch2, 316 mV, 600 Ω)
Embedded SDI audio: 2ch (linear PCM)
Embedded HDMI audio: 2ch (linear PCM), 5.1ch (Dolby Digital)
Headphone: 3.5 mm diameter stereo mini jack (x1)
Speaker: 20 mm round x1
Remote Camera Remote: 2.5 mm Super mini jack (S/S), 3.5 mm mini jack (focus, iris)
Index Remote: 2.5 mm Super mini jack
Timecode Input: 1.0 V to 4.0 V [p-p], 10 KΩ
Output: 2.0 V ±0.5 V [p-p], low impedance
Note: the TC interface is also used for video output
USB Connector: USB mini B (compliant with USB ver. 2.0)
Card reader function (no copyright protection support)
Monitor Type: LCD (color)
Size: 3.45" (diagonal)
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: approx. 920,000 dots
Viewfinder Type: LCD (color)
Size: 0.45" (diagonal)
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: approx. 1,226,000 dots
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds system
Built-in ND Filter Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Power Supply DC 7.2 V (when the battery is used)
DC 7.3 V (when the AC adaptor is used)
Power Consumption 12.4 W (when recording)
Operating Temperature 32 ~ 104° F (0 ~ 40° C)
Operating Humidity 10 ~ 80% (no condensation)
Dimensions 6.4 x 7.7 x 11.4" (163.4 x 195 x 290.4 mm)
Note: including the handle and grip
Weight Approx. 2.9 lb (1.3 kg)
Note: excluding the handle, grip, battery and other accessories
Packaging Info
Package Weight 9.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.0 x 15.0 x 13.0"
Panasonic AG-AF100A Digital Cinema Camcorder
  • Battery
  • AC Adaptor/Battery Charger
  • AC Power Supply Cable/DC Cable
  • Wireless Remote Control and Battery
  • Eye Cup
  • Microphone Holder
  • Microphone Holder Screws
  • Microphone Holder Adaptor
  • Cable Clamper
  • Screws for Cable Clamper
  • Manuals
  • CD-ROM
  • Bodycap
  • Detachable Handle
  • Detachable Grip
  • 2 x Input 1/2 Terminal Cover
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty (3-Year Service Warranty with Registration)

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    By andy

    from omaha

    About Me Pro Videographer

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    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Large Clear LCD


      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting

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      By Hayzens productions

      from Greensboro nc

      Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100A Digital Cinema Camcorder:

      This camera is solid. I have 2 gh3 cameras as well. The af100a has a crisp image with more detail than tue gh3. The added nd filters and xlr bring the professional feel back. Color grading the avchd footage still has a lot of information and latitude. Im getting the samuri blade to record uncompressed 8 bit. The over crank to 60fps is great. In my opinion the image is just as good as the fs700 at half the price. If you want 240fps or 4k you need the fs700. I would not even consider the c100 as it does not have hdsdi only hdmi.

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      Great Mid-Level Option

      By Midwestern

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer


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


      • Lacks Functionality

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

      Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100A Digital Cinema Camcorder:

      Built in ND filters. Similar chip to GH2 and GH3. Increasingly large option of relatively low-priced lenses. Panasonic should bring this camera back! And come out with and update with a larger chip!

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      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


      AG-AF100A is a little tight but nice.

      By Teton Video Services

      from Idaho Falls, ID

      About Me Pro Videographer

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


      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Corporate Videography
      • HD Shooting

      Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100A Digital Cinema Camcorder:

      Another Panasonic hit. Its a little ergonomically awkward due to the width on the camera since you can't really hold it by hand easily. But It has some good options and features and that makes up for it. There are some good interface things, like the playback mode allows you to preview clips through HDMI easy and quick. It would be nice if there were more settings on the rotating presets on the front switch since some appear too dark, others blown out in day lighting. The camera outputs 1080i 29.97 through the HDMI, so if you are trying to capture the format you shot it in, I received a conflict error until I figured that one out with tech suppport from AJA. Camera has a little softer look than I would like, but that may be because of film mode, ad I have not tried the video mode yet. Its images are incredible compared to SD, and I am going to have a lot of fun with it. The audio features are impressive compared to a SLR type camera. Everything is adjustable on it for settings so have the manual handy to figure out which menu path you will need to do what you want to do. I liked how you can have an adjustable tally light to turn the front indicator off but a back one on, or even off altogether. The adjustable interval recording is fun too. Have lots of batteries on hand when you go out for a shoot. Multiple user setups are easily accessible. Lots of pro features on a relatively inexpensive camera. Lens control from the camera would be a great plus, but its not designed for fancy zooming in or out... its a better camera for setup stills. My next accessories for it will be a K5 Konovo slider or a Kessler Pocket Jib Traveller. Yeah, and a external microphone for on - camera.

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