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Panasonic AG-HMC80 Pro AVCCAM HD Shoulder Mount PAL Camcorder

B&H # PAAGHMC80P Mfr # AG-HMC82E
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WARNING: This is a "PAL" product and CANNOT be used with USA/NTSC systems.

Product Highlights
  • 3.05MP 3MOS Sensors (1/4.1" Type)
  • AVCHD Recording to SD Memory Cards
  • Full HD 1080/50i and 720/50p Capture
  • 12x Optical Zoom HD Lens with OIS
  • HDMI, Component, and Composite Outputs
  • 10.6MP Still Images
  • DRS Controls Highlights and Shadows
  • 2.7" LCD/EVF Combination Monitor
  • Shoulder-Mounted Design for Stability

The Panasonic AG-HMC80 Pro AVCCAM HD Shoulder Mount PAL Camcorder is a professional-grade camcorder featuring AVCHD recording for full HD 1080/50i and 720/50p video. The camera features 1/4.1" type 3.05 megapixel progressive 3MOS sensors for high image resolution and quality. This attention to quality is further extended to the HD lens, featuring low-dispersion glass and aspherical elements to reduce aberrations in color and distortion. This lens is backed by 12x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom for a wide range of magnifications. An optical image stabilizer can also be employed, correcting camera shake that commonly occurs when shooting at long focal lengths or in low lighting situations. A dynamic range stretch (DRS) feature is also integrated into the system, providing a wider dynamic range when shooting in scenes with a great deal of contrast. By analyzing the contrast of individual pixels, the DRS helps to reduce blown highlights and blocked shadows resulting in images that appear wider ranged and full of depth.

Playback and monitoring is possible with this camera via the combination LCD monitor and EVF. This 2.7" screen converts from one to the other by flipping the viewfinder. The entire mechanism also tilts and slides for comfort and rotates 180° for use of the monitor from in front of the lens. Once clips have been recorded, you can simplify your playback process by using the LCD monitor thumbnail view, helping you to navigate through clips in any order you choose.

Other features inherent to this camera include advanced pro tuning functions for refining your exposure, the ability to take 10.6MP still images, HD focus assist with face detection, and a waveform monitor display that produces a histogram for analyzing exposure values. All of the data and files are conveniently recorded to SD memory cards, which is compatible with the HDMI output terminal for digital transferring of HD video and audio.

AVCHD Recording for Full HD
1080/50i, 1080/25p, 720/50p, and 720/50p recording formats are supported in AVCHD modes. DV mode is also supported, recording in 576/50i and 576/25p formats. When recording in PH mode, a maximum AVCHD bit rate of 24MB/s (21MB/s) is possible.
1/4.1" Type 3.05MP Progressive 3MOS Sensors
The 3MOS sensors capture full HD imagery with a total 3.05 megapixel resolution for fully rastered images with high resolution and image quality. Each of the 3 sensors captures one of the primary colors of light, RGB, and individually renders it for more precise color depiction and detail.
HD Lens and 12x Optical Zoom
The HD lens features 13 glass elements in 10 groups, including low-dispersion glass and aspherical lenses. This configuration helps to reduce color aberration and distortion across the image plane as well as increasing contrast and color portrayal. A multi-coating process also improves image quality and aids in lessening lens flare and ghosting.

Working in conjunction with the HD lens is a 12x optical zoom, allowing a 35mm equivalent focal length of 490mm. Little to no image degradation is visible when used at full power, and when used in combination with the 10x digital zoom, up to 120x magnification is possible.
Optical Image Stabilizer
Helping to correct camera shake, the optical image stabilizer provides sharper, well-defined images in situations where camera shake is an issue; low lighting conditions and when zooming. Because the image stabilization is done optically, instead of digitally, there is no image degradation associated with the feature.
Dynamic Range Stretch
Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) provides a wider dynamic range when shooting in scenes with a great deal of contrast. By analyzing the contrast of individual pixels, the DRS helps to reduce blown highlights and blocked shadows resulting in images that appear wider ranged and full of depth.
10.6MP Digital Still Images
In addition to high definition video, this camera is able to produce high quality still images with a resolution of 10.6MP. By using Quad-Density Pixel Distribution technology, a 4x equivalent resolution is possible from the 3MOS sensors.
Cine-Like Gamma Curves
Drawing from technologies from the Varicam HD camera recorder, 7 different gamma modes have been developed for a variety of shooting scenarios, including a cine-like gamma for a warmer picture more akin to film recording. These modes are:

  • HD Norm - For general purpose HD recording
  • Low - For flattening out levels in a high contrast scene
  • SD Norm - For normal rending of scenes
  • High - For opening the shadows and brightening the overall image, with softer contrast
  • B. Press - For sharper contrast when compared to the Low setting
  • Cine-Like D - For an emphasis on a wider dynamic range when in Cine-like mode
  • Cine-Like V - For an emphasis on more contrast within the scene when in Cine-like mode
  • Extended Bit Rate in PH Mode
    An image-enhancing PH mode is available that allows for a maximum AVCHD bit rate of 24MB/s, with an average of 21MB/s. This mode allows you to record in 1080/25p and 720/25p in addition to the 1080/50i format.
    DV Compression Supported
    In addition to AVCHD recording, a DV mode is also available due to P2 HD technologies. This allows the continued use of certain editing workflows and programs while being able to utilize the convenience of recording to SD media.
    Solid State Recording Functions
    By using SD memory cards; there is no need for cueing tapes or worrying about recording over pre-existing footage. 5 different functions make use of this technology:

  • Shot mark - Allows you to mark and sort clips that you deem important
  • Pre-REC - Allows you to record images and sounds for 3 seconds before the record button is pressed when in standby mode
  • REC check - Allows you to quickly check the end of the most recently recorded clip with one-touch convenience
  • Last clip delete - Allows you to delete the most recent clip with one-touch functionality; this mode can also be designated as a user button
  • Metadata recording - Allows you to encode metadata to the video files, including the date, camera operator, location, title, and other info
  • 2.7" LCD/EVF Combo with Thumbnail View
    Playback and monitoring is possible with this camera via the combination LCD monitor and EVF. This 2.7" screen converts from one to the other by flipping the viewfinder. The entire mechanism also tilts and slides for comfort and rotates 180° for use of the monitor from in front of the lens. Once clips have been recorded, you can simplify your playback process by using the LCD monitor thumbnail view, helping you to navigate through clips in any order you choose.
    Manual Focus Ring
    A multi-function ring that can switch between focus, zoom, and iris control modes. When using autofocus, the ring can be designated to control the zoom or iris. You are able to decide which of the 3 functions you would like to manually control while the other variables are handled automatically.
    Waveform Monitor Display
    This feature produces a histogram on the LCD/EVF screen for analyzing exposure values. With this information, you can more accurately adjust the black and white levels for producing the appropriate exposure.
    HD Focus Assist
  • Center zoom/Focus bar function - This function allows you to enlarge the center portion of the frame for more precise inspection of the scene. A bar is also displayed that provides a visual indication of the degree of focusing.
  • Push Auto function - By pressing the Push Auto button in manual mode, auto focus is temporarily enabled for quick, broad focusing. Fine tuning is then achieved in manual mode.
  • Face Detection function - This function automatically recognizes faces within the center of the frame and automatically changes focus to best portray them.
  • On-Site Recording Functions
  • Interval recording - You can make intermittent recordings from 1 frame per second to 1 frame every 2 minutes. This mode is ideal for recording time-lapses of moving sites, sunsets, or other slow-paced movement situations.
  • Time stamp - You can place a time stamp over the video signal for objective time readings. This mode is ideal for surveillance, legal uses, or for comparing growth or change over time.
  • User Buttons and Key Functions
    You are able to assign 3 of the following functions to the User buttons for instant, one-touch accessibility.

  • INH
  • BLACKFADE
  • HIGH GAIN
  • LAST CLIP
  • (PUSH) AF
  • WHITEFADE
  • D.ZOOM
  • WFM
  • BACKLIGHT
  • ATW
  • EVF DTL
  • SPOTLIGHT
  • ATW LOCK
  • SHOT MARK
  • Other Professional Features
  • White balance - 2-value memory (channel A, channel B), 2-value preset (3200K, 5600K), and Auto Tracking White (ATW).
  • Mode check - Displays a list of the camera settings on the viewfinder and monitor.
  • Zebra - Select any level from among 50% to 105%, in 5% steps.
  • Center marker - Provides an accurate numeric display of the brightness at screen center.
  • Color bar - Provides a useful test pattern for setting up your monitor and 1 kHz audio test tone.
  • TC/UB recording - Provides a built-in SMPTE time-code generator.
  • Camera remote - Controls zoom, REC, focus, and iris.
  • Smooth zoom stop - Use the menu to select standard or smooth zoom stopping.
  • XLR Line/Microphone Input
    In addition to the built-in stereo microphone 2 XLR-type audio input terminals (mic/line switchable, 48V compatible) are integrated on the rear panel. You can switch audio channels 1 and 2 separately to either line or front microphone input, which is especially useful when recording interviews or narration.
    Down-Conversion to Standard Definition
    Utilizing the HDMI, component video, and composite outputs HD images can be down-converted to standard definition while being recorded or during playback. A 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio can also be applied for proper sizing during conversion. Audio output, through the RCA terminal, also enables viewing on an external monitor for standard definition dubbing.
    Optics
    Sensor 3MOS 1/4.1"
    Lens 4-48 mm f/1.8-2.8 Video 35 mm equivalent (video): 40.8-490 mm (16:9) Still equivalent (still image): 41.3-496 mm (3:2) 40.8-490 mm (16:9), 45.0-540 mm (4:3)
    Zoom 12x
    Image Stabilization Optical image stabilizer
    Filter Diameter 43 mm
    Minimum Focus Distance 35.4" / 90 cm
    White Balance ATW, ATW LOCK, 3200K, 5600K, Ach, or Bch
    Recording
    System AVCHD mode:
    1080/50i, 1080/25p (over 50i)
    720/50p, 720/25p (over 50p)
    HA, HG and HE mode: 1080/50i only


    DV mode:
    576/50i, 576/25p (over 50i)
    Format AVCHD standard (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264), DV standard (AVI Type2)
    Audio Dolby Digital 2-channel and 48 kHz/16-bit, Linear PCM 2-channel (switchable in PH mode of AVCHD)
    Dolby Digital 2-channel (PM/HA/HE modes of AVCHD) 48 kHz/16-bit, Linear PCM 2-channel (DV)
    Audio I/O Input:
    2x XLR 3-pin (input 1, input 2)
    Line/Mic/+48V switchable
    Line: 0 dBu
    Mic: -50 dBu / -60 dBu switching via menu
    Internal stereo microphone

    Output:
    1x 3.5 mm diameter stereo mini jack for headphones
    Via HDMI: 2-channel (linear PCM) & 5.1-channel (Dolby Digital)
    Memory Card Slot SD/SDHC
    Display
    Display Type 230,000-dot LCD
    Display Size 2.7" / 6.9 cm
    Viewfinder EVF/LCD monitor combination
    General
    Power Requirements DC 7.2 V with battery, 7.3 V with AC adapter
    Power Consumption 11 W
    Operating Temperature 32-104° F / 0-40° C
    Operating Humidity 10-80% relative humidity
    Dimensions 10.5 x 9.2 x 18" / 26.7 x 23.3 x 45.8 cm
    Weight 7.3 lb / 3.3 kg
    Panasonic AG-HMC80 Pro AVCCAM HD Shoulder Mount PAL Camcorder
  • AC Adapter/Charger
  • 2640 mAh Battery Pack
  • AC Cable
  • DC Cable
  • Wireless Remote Controller with Battery
  • Eye Cup
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Hood and Cap
  • XLR Audio Adapter Cap
  • CD-ROM
  • AVCCAM Restorer (PC/Mac)
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • Required item: Recording media is not included. A memory card is required to record your footage.

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