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Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder

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Panasonic AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder
Key Features
  • 1/4.5" High-Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • 1080/60p AVCHD Recording
  • Wide-Angle 28mm (Equivalent) Lens
  • 21x Optical Zoom / 50x Intelligent Zoom
The AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder from Panasonic provides 1080/60p recording capabilities in an ergonomic shoulder-mount design ideal for event videography. It features a wide-angle lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28mm that allows you to fit more people and backgrounds into the frame. Powerful 21x optical and 50x intelligent zooms let you capture scenes that are difficult to access, while a 1/4.5" high-sensitivity MOS sensor provides sharp images even in low light situations.
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Panasonic AG-AC8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Wide Range of Recording Formats
  • 31/4.5" High-Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • 4Wide-Angle 28mm f/1.8-3.5 Lens
  • 521x Optical & 50x Intelligent Zoom
  • 6Dual SD Card Slots with Relay Auto Switch
  • 7Ergonomic and Functional Design
  • 85-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+
  • 9Multi-Purpose Lens Ring
  • 10Level Shot Function
  • 1120.4 Megapixel Still Images
  • 12Additional Features

The AG-AC8PJ AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder from Panasonic provides 1080/60p recording capabilities in an ergonomic shoulder-mount design ideal for event videography. It features a wide-angle lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28mm that allows you to fit more people and backgrounds into the frame. Powerful 21x optical and 50x intelligent zooms let you capture scenes that are difficult to access, while a 1/4.5" high-sensitivity MOS sensor provides sharp images even in low light situations.

The camcorder records at resolutions up to 1080/60p with a maximum bit rate of 28Mbps to dual SD card slots. Choose to record to both cards simultaneously for data security, or use the relay mode which will switch to the second card when the first one is full, for extended recording times. The ergonomic design of the camcorder provides 4-points of contact for increased stability and provides a suitable distance between the 3.0" touchscreen LCD for comfortable viewing. Video outputs available are HDMI, component, and composite. A USB 2.0 interface allows footage to be transfer to external storage devices.

Other features include a 5-Axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer, a Level Shot Function for correcting tiled shots, and a multi-purpose manual lens ring that controls focus, zoom, iris, white balance or shutter speed. A dynamic range stretch (DRS) feature is integrated into the system, providing a wider dynamic range when shooting in scenes with a great deal of contrast.

The camcorder also offers a photo mode that captures up to 20.4 megapixel 16:9 or 15.1 megapixel 4:3 still images. While recording video, it can take 9.4 megapixel 16:9 or 1.4 megapixel 4:3 images. A stereo microphone comes included with the camcorder.

Wide Range of Recording Formats
The camcorder records AVCHD footage in a wide range of recording formats, including 1920x1080/60p at 28Mbps, 1920x1080/60i at up to 24Mbps, 1440x1080/60i at 5Mbps, 1280x720/60p at 8Mbps, and 720x480/60i at 9Mbps.
1/4.5" High-Sensitivity MOS Sensor
The high sensitivity MOS sensor features larger photodiodes beneath each pixel than on a conventional sensor, allowing it to capture a more light and offer improved low light performance.
Wide-Angle 28mm f/1.8-3.5 Lens
With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28mm, the wide-angle f/1.8-3.5 lens lets you fit more people into the background when shooting in narrow spaces. It also is great for capturing expansive landscape shots. The large 3.9 x 5.5" lens hood blocks out unwanted light when shooting outdoors or in bright conditions.
21x Optical & 50x Intelligent Zoom
Capture scenes in areas that your camera can't get close to with a powerful 21x optical zoom range. A 50x high-resolution Intelligent zoom features lets you push the range farther, while preserving image resolution.
Dual SD Card Slots with Relay Auto Switch
The AG-AC8PJ features dual SD card slots that accept SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards. You can choose to record simultaneously to two memory cards for extra data security, or use the Relay Auto Switch mode to continue recording to a second card when the first one is full. For gapless audio playback, use the Relay Scene combining function, available when transferring the files to an external HDD via USB connection.
Ergonomic and Functional Design
The shoulder-mount designed of the camcorder provides a 4-points of contact for increased stability. The 3.0" touchscreen LCD is 7.9 inches away from your eye, providing a comfortable distance for viewing. For good weight balance, the battery jacks are placed at the rear of the camera.
5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+
Suppresses blurring and jitters of shaky footage, allowing you to capture clear images in a variety of shooting conditions.
Multi-Purpose Lens Ring
The manual ring on the lens barrel can be programmed to provide fine and precise adjustment control of focus, zoom, iris, white balance, or shutter speed.
Level Shot Function
When enabled, the camcorder will automatically detect and correct non-level images. This lets you record more horizontal images without a tripod when shooting in unstable positions such as high-angle or low-angle shot.
20.4 Megapixel Still Images
In addition to HD video, the camcorder is able to produce high quality still images with a resolution of 20.4MP in 16:9 mode, and 15.1MP in 4:3 mode. While recording video, 9.4MP 16:9 stills and 1.4 megapixel 4:3 stills can be captured simultaneously.
Additional Features
  • External Stereo Microphone Included
  • 3.0" touchscreen LCD with viewfinder
  • Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) provides a wider dynamic range when shooting in scenes with a great deal of contrast
  • Red focus peaking for manual focus assistance
  • Illuminated LED ring for verification that recording is in progress
  • Eye-Fi card compatible for sharing files via a wireless network
  • Back up data to portable HDD via USB

Panasonic AG-AC8 Specs

Image Sensor
Image Sensor
1/4.5-type MOS
Effective Pixels
Motion Image:
3.11 megapixels (4:3)
4.14 megapixels (16:9)

Still Image:
3.24 megapixels (3:2)
3.24 megapixels (4:3)
4.14 megapixels (16:9)
Camera
Illumination
Standard:
1,400 lx
Minimum:
2.0 lx (Low Light scene mode)
1.0 lx (Color Night View)
Image Stabilizer
HYBRID O.I.S.+
Level Shot mode
Focus
Auto/manual
White Balance
Auto
Indoor1
Indoor2
Sunny
Cloudy
White set
Shutter Speed
Motion Image:
Auto Slow shutter ON: 1/30 to 1/8000
Auto Slow shutter OFF: 1/60 to 1/8000

Still Image:
1/2 to 1/2000
Iris
Auto/manual
Backlight Compensation
Yes
Lens
Focal Length
2.82 to 59.2 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length
Motion Image:
28.0 to 729.6 mm (16:9)
36.2 to 893.0 mm (4:3)

Still Image:
33.2 to 697.6 mm (3:2)
33.9 to 712.6 mm (4:3)
28.0 to 729.6 mm (16:9)
Maximum Aperture
f/1.8 (wide-angle) to f/3.5 (telephoto)
Zoom
Optical: 20x
Intelligent Zoom
Intelligent Zoom OFF: 26x
Intelligent Zoom: 50x
Digital Zoom
60x / 1500x
Monitor
Electronic View Finder
Yes
LCD Display
3" (7.5 cm) touchscreen LCD
460,800 dots
Recording
Video System
NTSC
Compression
AVCHD (MPEG4-AVC/H.264)
Recording/Playback
1080/60p: Max. 28 Mbps/VBR, 1920x1080/60p
PH: Max. 24 Mbps/VBR, 1920x1080/60i
HA: Average 17 Mbps/VBR, 1920x1080/60i
HG: Average 13 Mbps/VBR, 1920x1080/60i
HE: Average 5 Mbps/VBR, 1440x1080/60i
PM: Average 8 Mbps/VBR, 1280x720/60p
SA: Average 9 Mbps/VBR, 720x480/60i
Audio Compression Format
Dolby Digital (2-channel)
Microphone
Stereo
Speaker
Dynamic type
Photo Mode
Recording Format
JPEG
Image Size
Still Picture:
20.4 megapixels (6016 x 3384), 16:9
15.1 megapixels (4480 x 3360), 4:3
15.1 megapixels (4752 x 3168), 3:2

Simultaneous Recording
9.4 megapixels (4096 x 2304), 16:9
1.4 megapixels (1440 x 1080), 4:3
Interfaces
Inputs/Outputs
1 x HDMI Type A
1 x Stereo mini audio out
1 x Stereo mini headphone jack
1 x USB 2.0
1 x Composite AV
1 x Component Video
Recording Media
2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots
Mounting
1 x Hot Shoe
General
Power Consumption
Recording: Max. 6.7 W
Charging: Max. 10.7 W
Power Supply
7.2/9.3 VDC
Dimensions
8.07 x 8.54 x 18.85" (20.50 x 21.70 x 47.88 cm)
Weight
Approx. 5.00 lb (2.27 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
11.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
23.8 x 13.2 x 12.8"

Panasonic AG-AC8 Reviews

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question

I have owned this camcorder for three months, and recently, the camcorder image (via both viewfinder and screen) started freezing both while recording, and not recording, often into a green slate. Turning off the camcorder does not eliminate the frozen image. I have to take the battery off and put it back on. Anyone experience this? The camera has been dry all along, and not involved in any collisions.
Asked by: Anonymous
We are sorry to hear about any issues you are facing. You will really want to reach out to Panasonic directly for assistance. If you need help with that feel free to email us at [email protected].
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-02-21

question

I need a replacement AC Adapter for this camera. Help?
Asked by: Billy W.
This part is sold by Panasonic.The following are the part numbers need to purchase the AC supply for the Panasonic AG-AC8P:- AC Power Supply - - VSK0732- AC cord w/plug - - - K2CA2YY00259These can be purchased from Panasonic parts by calling 855-772-8324 option 6.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Could it be use in Pal system? As spec say only NTSC..
Asked by: Thana or (Danny) P.
This camcorder is NTSC only.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

What types of batteries to use for the Panasonic AG-AC8 camera?
Asked by: Dylan D.
i purchased the PANASONIC VW-VBT 190 LITHIUM BATTERY 3.6V 19
Answered by: Lelia G.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

how many minutes can you get out of the camera at one time?
Asked by: EUGENE B.
At 1080p, using two 64GB SD cards, you can record for 10+ hours
Answered by: STL S.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

How long to charge the battery?
Asked by: Richard R.
The included battery will take approximately 4 hours to fully charge from empty and will give you around 3 hours of filming time. This camera will also accept a larger capacity CGA-D54 battery, B&H #WACGAD5, which will take 7 hours to fully charge and will run for a bit over 6 hours.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

WiFi enabled
Asked by: Rhett C.
No, does not have built-in WIFI feature but you can use a Eye-Fi card.
Answered by: John K.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

slow mo?
Asked by: Anonymous
doesn't film in slow mo...however you can slow mo via editing software...and it looks great.
Answered by: STL S.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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