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Panasonic AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder

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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
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