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PanasonicAG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder
 
4.5

(based on 90 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (57)
  • Easy to use (42)
  • Good in low light (40)
  • Great sound (30)
  • Large clear LCD (30)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (8)
  • Complicated to operate (6)
  • No image stabilization (6)
  • Poor still image (6)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Movies/short films (57)
  • HD shooting (49)
  • Documentaries (43)
  • Low light (24)
  • Weddings (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro videographer (46), Semi-pro (18), Enthusiast (5), Business owner (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Cine Quality & Pro Functionality for $5k

Lots of previous reviews cover the pros & cons of the AF100. After months of devouring "AF100 Test Footage" on Vimeo and YouTube, I was worried I might be disappointed;...Read complete review

Lots of previous reviews cover the pros & cons of the AF100. After months of devouring "AF100 Test Footage" on Vimeo and YouTube, I was worried I might be disappointed; however the camera exceeded my expectations. The picture quality is amazing, the 1080/24p has a beautiful cinema look. Color representation is outstanding; vibrant colors, deep rich blacks. And then there's the ability to utilize the shallow depth-of-field. Sound quality is underrated on the AF100 and having balanced XLR inputs with phantom power is HUGE. The AF100's on-board mic, while not very directional, is impressive, picking up clear sound from quite a distance. Post workflow using the AVCHD on-camera files is a breeze, simple Log & Transfer through FCP 7 and I was editing a couple of hours worth of footage in less than an hour. Much has been made about the low bit rate, although I haven't seen anything I've shot yet that suffered from the low bit rate, even on my 65" plasma. Granted, I have not tried chroma keying or any serious color correction...

Which is a con of the camera. If you expect to shoot a lot of fast motion, effects shots, green screen; or are shooting for broadcast or to go back to film, the low bit rate won't cut it. Luckily, if you are doing anything that intensive, you'll likely be adding an external recorder like the Ki Pro Mini, NanoFlash or Ninja/Samurai. Also, after a month, I'm finding the viewfinder eyepiece placement is horrible, useless when trying to use a shoulder-mount, meaning you'll end up adding another EVF, as well. Last major issue is not having any kind of automatic zoom control, finding zooming with the Lumix lenses can be very clunky.

One aspect of the AF100 that does not seem to get a lot of credit is the professional functionality of the camera. I work in a broadcast HD television environment, so I brought my AF100 in to go over with my camera operators and video engineers, all of whom were impressed, especially by the inclusion of most of the professional handles they would expect to find on our expensive studio or ENG cameras. One of my video engineers began with a, "isn't that cute" attitude, but as he kept pointing out, "see, on a professional camera, you'd have _______," and I was able to show him where the AF100 had it, he was more and more impressed. Having multi-step selectable Zebras, selectable (24/30p) HD-SDI out, timecode options and all of the master ped, knee, gamma, H&V detail and chroma adjustments available on our studios MCPs wowed him. By the time I showed him the Waveform/Vector, he was sold. Another video engineer friend was interested in the AF100 for a possible secondary/hand-held camera for a top-rated sitcom and, after getting some time with my AF100, he's convinced it can hold its own in any environment - broadcast, digital projection or even back to film.

All of the professional functionality of the AF100 does come with one warning - be ready to learn. Unless you are used to working with fully professional HD cameras, you'll need to spend a little time learning all the ins-and-outs. You'll also need to spend some time on photography/cinematography, if you are used to running in full autos on typical video cameras. The AF100 requires constant attention to the white/black balances, as well as focus, but the ability to create beautiful imagery with all that manual control makes the AF100 a true winner!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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The Panasonic AG-AF100 has lots of positives:

Its human engineering is excellent. The camera is small and comfortable to hand-hold. it has all the controls and features you expect in a...Read complete review

The Panasonic AG-AF100 has lots of positives:

Its human engineering is excellent. The camera is small and comfortable to hand-hold. it has all the controls and features you expect in a pro video camera. It has HDSDI/SDI output in addition to the usual HDMI output. It permits control of depth of field and also macro videography. It provides access to the fine Panasonic Micro Four-Thirds lenses. Although the camera is predominantly made of plastic, it still has a nice solid feel. The workflow is seamless, fast and efficient.

The quality in all respects is VASTLY superior to the (perfectly horrible) Sony NEX-VG10. The AG-AF100 has largely eliminated the moire problems that make the VG10 almost useless.

The patient is healthy ... except for the cancer.

Thanks to its consumer-grade 25 mb/s CODEC, The attainable image quality, as viewed on a Sony critical evaluation monitor (a BVM-L231), is visibly inferior to all of the following cameras:

Canon 5D Mark II (39 mb/s)
Sony PMW-EX1R (35 mb/s)
Sony PMW-EX3 (35 mb/s)
Canon XF305 (50 mb/s)

Of course, none of the above comes close to my Sony HDW-F900R with its 100 mb/s bit rate.

In short, the camera is impressive in every way except for the video it produces. That's no small problem. It may be that use of an external recorder attached to the HDSDI spigot would help materially. But why bother when there are cameras that do a great job without an external kludge for recording?

This long-awaited camera was a disappointment. I *may* put mine up for sale soon.

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4.0

Better quality and familiar function

By Howie

from Elsberry, MO

About Me Semi-pro Videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

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

Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

Being a Panasonic user i was excited when this camera came out. It took me a while to finally make the purchase while comparing other similar options. The main thing that attracted this to me was familiar funtion, versitility and price. So after my reasearch there are other cameras that may take a little bit better quality video but you will have to spend at least double the price of the AF100. And i havent been dissapointed with the finished product yet. The camera is very adjustible to change settings to get a look you will be happy with. A good versitile option for someone wanting to go for the DSLR look and still have better audio and more of a video camera functions. THere are also a lot of lens adapters so you wont have to do a brand overhall of lenses to use this camera.

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4.0

Powerful Camera on a low budget

By Tigerten

from Houston, TX

About Me Semi-pro Videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Picture Quality

Cons

  • Complicated To Operate

Best Uses

  • Documentaries
  • HD Shooting
  • Movies/Short Films

Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

I teach video production at a local university, and I have to say this camera exceeds my expectations. Properly set up, this camera can produce high-quality professional work rivaling that of $10,000 cameras. With the ability to use almost any photo and cinema lenses, this camera can be a complex but powerful motion picture tool. In some respects, this camera is less forgiving then others, but if you work with this camera and learn its quirks it can provide an amazing look.

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5.0

Best of both worlds

By em3

from Chicago, IL

About Me Semi-pro Videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Church Production
    • HD Shooting
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

    I rented this unit before I bought it and was hooked. If your looking for a DSLR film look, but don't want all the restrictions of a DSLR, this camera is the one to get. I would recommend that you buy the EF or EOS adapter and a good lens to achieve a good DSLR look. I also bought the panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm lens and it looks very sharp and is a nice lens, but not necessarily the image you'd get from a DSLR. I will say that the Lumix is great because it allow for automatic focus, iris control, et, whereas the EOS to 4/3 adapter doesn't allow for electronic control on the lens unless you get an active adapter like the one offered by RedrockMicro.

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    5.0

    Great Camera, If You Know Your Stuff

    By Bankinstein

    from England

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Low Budget Filmmaking
        • Movies/Short Films
        • YouTube

        Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

        People here are complaining about the internal codec being poor, well for 300 bucks you can grab yourself a blackmagic hyper deck shuttle and record uncompressed 422 from the SDI, so please if you want to go for this camera but are worried about the codec, don't be, grab a atomos or blackmagic! then broadcasters will accept your footage! but honestly if like me your only delivering to youtube 24mb/s is plenty.

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        4.0

        Great camera for the price

        By Jay L

        from Jupiter, FL

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Camcorder functionality
        • DSLR for videographers
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Pro audio

        Cons

        • Limited micro 43 lenses
        • Slightly awkward body

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

        I work for a medical practice and this camera is used for patient testimonials, lectures, instructional videos, depositions and commercials. For the price, this camera is outstanding. I choose this camera over a DSLR because I am a videographor and the AF100 operates like a camcorder and not a still camera. I did not have the time to buy a DSLR and attempt to trick it out to function like a video camera. The AG100 features pro audio connections, a nice, pivoting LCD, film and video camera functionality, interchangable micro 4/3 lenses and the AVCHD codec (which is fine for me). It also features a HDSDI output if you choose to work at higher resolution. On the negative side, this is NOT a ENG camera! The available micro 4/3 lenses that are available for this camera, which allow for auto focus and auto iris are very slow and not that great. This is a film style camera and works best in that type of production environment. Also, be aware that Canon and Nikon glass do not "talk to" this camera. That is fine if you don't plan on using auto focus but makes it a major pain to adjust aperature. Beyond that, it is a very nice camera and I would recomend it to anyone looking for a DSLR with camcorder functionality.

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        3.0

        Sad but Bcasters won't accept camera

        By Showrunner

        from New York

        Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

        Nice camera for the price, but I've had three networks say that the 25mbps isn't good enough for them. So, this is an industrial production camera only unless you use an external recording device like a nano flash. Too bad... If Panasonic upped the codec to broadcast specs, this camera would own a big share of the market since there's not a solid choice for the doc/reality market right now. The other large chip cameras all have big drawbacks too (plus they have bigger price tags.)

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        5.0

        Excellent Product!

        By Mike

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

          So far, being I've only had the camera for a few weeks, the AF-100 seems to be the perfect camera for my needs. I plan on music video and feature film production.

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          5.0

          Great value on the price-perf curve

          By Jeff Putz

          from Cleveland, OH

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Highly Compatible

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

            Long-time user of Panasonic cameras, lured into the hotness of big sensors by Canon DSLR's that shot video. As such, being able to use my collection of Canon glass (with the Redrock Micro LiveLens MFT) was a huge incentive.I suspect this audience targets people who love the look of DSLR's but hate the compromises they involve. The AF100 generally satisfies many of those shortcomings because it is, in fact, a bona fide video camera. That means XLR audio, headphone, waveform/vectorscope, zebras, and a surprisingly good form factor.The Micro Four Thirds system is nice, I suppose, but I find that the only lens I really needed outside of my Canon collection was the goofy looking Lumix 20mm f/1.7. I already have long and short zooms in fancy L glass, plus the 50mm f/1.4 which is the big surprise of the bunch. That lens looks great on this camera.Image quality is outstanding, for the most part, though you can expect a little bit of noise in the shadows, in part because of the AVCHD compression. With an SDI output, I suppose this is easily overcome with an external recorder.Overall, I'm really happy with the camera, particularly given its inexpensive price point.

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            1.0

            See For Yourself

            By Matt

            from New York

            About Me professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Design
              • Poor Performance

              Best Uses

                Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

                I am shocked by the positive reviews this camera has received. I'm curious to what those reviewers have used in the past, it is how I weigh this camera. The build quality immediately is shockingly inferior to anything I have used in the past. Buttons are huge with text that makes it look like it is a child's toy. The quality of the LCD is horrific, it is flimsy and compared to anything else is absolutely not professional. As soon as you open the LCD from the body it feels flimsy and could break off if you are not careful. How does it shoot? Well we have seen a lot of noise, even in well lit environments especially in the blacks. The image overall looks muddled when compared to our Sony EX3. I'm sad to say this is not a camera I can recommend. I would strongly suggest anyone thinking about this particular camera to see it before purchasing.

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                5.0

                Amazing Value

                By Cnooner

                from Wylie, TX

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

                  I am an independent film maker and this camera has given me an edge and the abilities of a much more expensive camera for a very low price. I have loved the images and DOF I am able to achieve with this camera.

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                  5.0

                  Step up from the DSLR game

                  By Danny J Page

                  from Orlando, Fl

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom
                  • No image stabilization

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

                  Let me first start off by saying: This camera is ONLY [$]!!!That's pretty important. Yes, it's not as awesome as an Alexa, or have the frame rates of a Phantom Flex, or the 4k of a Red Epic. Then again, I don't believe any of those cameras start for under $60,000. That's an extra 0 in there. Why do I bother mentioning this obvious fact? Because many people don't get that. They want this to be something it's not.What it IS is awesome. I worked with the 7D and 5D for the past 2 years while waiting for Canon to step up their game. Instead, they came out with a $16k over price camera that is nothing I need. I needed PROPER audio. None of this recording to a Zoom H4n with a bad pre-amp and 14k hum. No longer do I have to have a monitor for critical focus, lum values, zebras etc. I get all that in one complete package. Like a real camera.This is a real camera. It's a camcorder with a giant sensor. Yeah, it's no FF35. But who needs that for corporate work? For interviews? Commercials? Possible run and gun?What I do with this: everything.I shoot interviews; some locked down others run and gun style. I shoot corporate training videos, seminars, commercials and even indie films. Some of these you'll want an external recorder for. I's annoying, but it takes the footage to a new level. Not much of a level, but better color grading and meeting broadcast requirements.Overall:Great camera. Proper Audio. Zebras. HDMI, SDI out. Time lock. NO MOIRE!!! Well, much less moire. It's not perfect, but it blows my 7D out of the water.Cons:No focus magnification. The DSLR's had this and it's great. Yes, you can use Peaking but it's not for critical focus on my Zeiss primes. 1:1 or 2:1 pixel mapping would be amazing. Preferably up to 5:1. I understand this may be a limitation to the fact the sensor only has the right amount of pixels.Codec limitations. It's a beautiful codec don't get me wrong. It looks amazing. But, for the sake of being picky it'd be nice to have 4:2:2 and a option between Mbps rates. Say, 25, 35, and 50 (broadcast minimum.) I know I can do this on an external, but it'd be nice to do on camera. SD cards are fast enough to handle 50Mbps so why not?CANON MOUNT! Or better selection of M43 lenses. I'd love to see a 14-140 4.0 or 2.8 lens. I don't care if it costs 2k or weighs a small truck. Otherwise I'm using a Canon ENG lens. Ain't perfect, but it works.Better viewfinder. The EVF for the GX1 is nice. Make it something more like that, but bigger. Or remove it all together and make it an detachable. Think DP4 or similar view finders. Or move it to the front and give us a faux shoulder pad like the EX3 and the XL series.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome!

                  By Nick Ben Pro

                  from NJ

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

                  Great Camera

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                  1.0

                  audio hiss

                  By David Pacheco

                  from Chile

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound

                  Best Uses

                  • Movies/Short Films

                  Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

                  very noisy MIc preamp, a lot of hiss.

                  unacceptable

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                  5.0

                  Finally I found it!

                  By didien

                  from Jakarta, Indonesia

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor Still Image

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

                  I am looking video camera but with dslr image quality under $7K, and then I got panasonic hpx200, jvc hm700, sony fs100 and this camera. Hpx200 have good image, but cannot change the lens and also must buy expensive p2 card. jvc hm700 great over shoulder camera with native quicktime mov format, so easy to edit but small sensor with 1/3 ccd. sony fs100 is the best camera with large sensor (super 35mm), but the camera body not conform to use (small button, bad handling, the body from plastic! NO ND Filter), and it only have one screw handle. Finally I found AG AF100 and I raw ag af100 footage from youtube. That it! Video camera with dslr quality, cheap memory, strong body, have xlr audio connection, and have ND filter.

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                  5.0

                  From an Editors View

                  By Ryan

                  from Detroit, MI

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Pros

                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

                      This camera captures an excellent image! The dynamic range is comparable to the Sony version. However, the only draw back I noticed from an editorial stand point, is that the camera's media format only allows for clip size around ~4GB. This means that (for simple math) if you were to record 10 minutes, the camera would break it up into two 5 minute clips. Which doesn't sound like an issue, unless you are working on a multi-cam edit and you need to sync cameras.

                      Another issue I noticed, again from an editorial stand point as I was not the shooter, is that when the operator zoomed all the way out, I noticed a frame jitter on the edges. Again, not sure if this was operator error or camera.

                      Either way, I would buy this camera for sure!

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                      5.0

                      I love this camera!

                      By nyc_shooter

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Limited Auto Focus Lenses
                      • Limited Auto Lens Control

                      Best Uses

                      • Movies/Short Films

                      Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

                      I use this as a low-cost manual cinema camera, and so far it's working out really well. The chip yields a pretty pristine image even in very low light, and there are tons of parameters you can control. I use this with Nikon primes (and a few zooms) with a $25 f-mount adapter, and I control the aperture manually either from the lens or via the adapter for g-series lenses. Recording onto SD cards gives good results, but the HD-Sdi out makes hi-quality recording onto a Hyperdeck Shuttle or other recorder a breeze and the quality is fantastic. My faster Nikons give great DOF options, but for keeping focus a proper hi-res monitor is necessary. A good follow focus helps too. There are limited options for auto-focus lenses as of now, and there isn't even a zoom rocker on the camera, so no zoom control I guess. Maybe with a Varizoom remote? In all, this camera seems to be aimed more at filmmakers, so the manual controls are really useful. With a proper rig and the right lighting you can make beautiful images with this camera.

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                      5.0

                      Great camera

                      By edgevideo productions

                      from Birmingham, AL

                      About Me Pro Videographer

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                      Pros

                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Price

                      Cons

                      • No image stabilization

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

                      Use this in my video production company. It is an excellent camera and we used it first time this past weekend. Flexibility of the use of an existing set of lens I owned with an adapter. Those look for "film look" will not be disappointed. I still use standard video cameras for "run and gun" but this camera will no doubt be in much demand by our clients.John Jenkins [@],edgemarketing[@]

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                      4.0

                      Great camera

                      By Jim

                      from Anchorage, Alaska

                      About Me Pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

                        Great camera, regardless of the price. Strongly recommend getting the Nikon-to-4/3 adapter. Using still camera lens' offer all sorts of depth-of-field options.

                        We use the EX-1 as well, and this camera is a viable alternative.

                        Get a shotgun mic for it, though. The built-in is located under the handle, so you'll get rubbing noise.

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                        4.0

                        Great inexpensive digital cinema camera

                        By PixelPusher

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • 8 bit HD-SDI out

                        Best Uses

                        • Corporate work
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Movies/Short Films

                        Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

                        Coming from the DVX100, HVX200 and HPX500, this camera was very easy to get used to. I don't usually use auto features on any camera, so getting proper exposure and focus wasn't a problem. I think most of the negative reviews about the CODEC are coming from folks who don't understand the difference between Panasonic's implimentation of AVCHD for professional use and higher bit-rate MPEG2(XDCAM from the EX1)... and seriously, who doesn't know that H.264 and AVCHD are both MPEG4 (All DSLRs)? I also feel that some of these people were really wanting an HPX-170... or something with servo zoom and autofocus. If you don't like manual shooting or having to understand how your camera works, this one is not for you.

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                        4.0

                        Great camera with caveat

                        By bruce

                        from santa barbara

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries
                          • HD Shooting
                          • Movies/Short Films

                          Comments about Panasonic AG-AF100 Professional Memory Card Camcorder:

                          I read many user reviews about this camera before purchasing it. I love (finally) having depth of field control. As many have said, it's not a run/gun camera so it's advisable to have a camera around for that purpose.

                          I would give it 5 stars except for couple of annoyances that I didn't hear anyone heretofore mention.

                          1. Auto focus response is way slow. I put the Lumix 14-140mm on it and had it find focus from near to far. It took upward of 10 seconds (!) for the camera to find focus. I put the same lens on my GH-1 that I use for B-roll, and the find-focus was near instantaneous. The salesman I talked to said that the GH-1 was faster in auto-focus because it was a consumer camera. Where is it written that a pro camera should be slower in auto focus?

                          2. Shutter speed goes in 1 stop increments (60, 125, 250, etc). This is horrible for fine tuning exposure. Again, my "cheapie" GH-1 lets you adjust shutter speed in 1/3 stop increments.

                          It's possible above issues could be addressed with firmware updates but I'd doubt it. Improvements will probably come with updated models.

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