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Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder

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Key Features
  • Three 1/4.7" Full HD 2.19MP MOS Sensors
  • 12x Zoom Lens: 29.8 to 357.6mm
  • 1920x1080 60p, 60i, 30p, and 24p
  • 480/60i Mode for Cloud Server Uploading
The Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder features three 1/4.7" sized MOS sensors (3MOS), with 2.19MP each, to capture Full HD 1920x1080 resolution video at up to 60p. It is an update to the AG-AC90A, offering additional 720p60 and 480i/60 3.5Mbps recording modes, as well as other enhancements such as the ability to copy content from one SD card to another in-camera. Features inherited from the AG-AC90 include the 12x zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 29.8 to 357.6mm, Nano Surface Coating for reduced ghosting and lens flares, and three manual control rings for focus, zoom, and iris.
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Panasonic AG-AC90A Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2New Features
  • 31/4.7" Full HD 2.19MP MOS Sensors
  • 4Fixed Lens with 12x Zoom Ratio
  • 5Variable Frame Rates
  • 6LCD Touch Panel
  • 7Dual SD Memory Card Slots
  • 8Five-Axis OIS and Pixel Shifting
  • 9Intelligent 25x Digital Zoom Function
  • 103MP Still Photographs
  • 11Versatile Recording Functions
  • 12XLR Input and Other Professional Audio Features
  • 13Professional Interfaces and Design
  • 14Focus Assist and Push AF
  • 15Scene Files
  • 16Additional Features

The Panasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder features three 1/4.7" sized MOS sensors (3MOS), with 2.19MP each, to capture Full HD 1920x1080 resolution video at up to 60p. It is an update to the AG-AC90A, offering additional 720p60 and 480i/60 3.5Mbps recording modes, as well as other enhancements such as the ability to copy content from one SD card to another in-camera. Features inherited from the AG-AC90 include the 12x zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 29.8 to 357.6mm, Nano Surface Coating for reduced ghosting and lens flares, and three manual control rings for focus, zoom, and iris.

The AG-AC90A records Full HD 1920x1080 video in a variety of frame rates using the AVCHD codec, including 60p, 60i, 30p, and 24p. A 1280x720 60p mode is available for lower resolution files with smooth motion, ideal suited for sports recording and coaching applications. You can also record SD video, including a low 3.5Mbps bit-rate mode for easy uploading to cloud servers. Date and time stamps can be super-imposed over the video, a feature useful for law enforcement and legal depositions.

Two SD memory card slots are available for expanded memory or simultaneous recording to both cards for an instant back-up. The camcorder is compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC card up to 64GB, with support for ultra high-speed UHS-I speed class 1. It is also compatible with optional Eye-Fi SD cards for Wi-Fi transfer to your mobile device A five-axis image stabilizer improves stabilization for handheld shooting, and 4x pixel shifting technology helps to create a sharper image. An Intelligent 25x digital zoom function makes automatic adjustments of edge, gradation, and detail.

In addition to a built-in microphone, two XLR audio inputs provide an interface for professional grade, external microphones. Audio Channel 1 and Channel 2 feature individual level controls and input selection, including 48V phantom power supply on/off.

New Features
The AG-AC90A provides the following updates over the AG-AC90:
  • PM mode (1280x720, 8Mbps)
  • CS mode (720x480, 3.5Mbps) for cloud service utilization
  • Ability to copy content from one SD card to another
  • Date and time superimpose function, ideal for law enforcement and legal depositions
  • Freeze Frame on video out
  • Eye-Fi card support
  • Variable White Balance function
  • Additional marker displays
  • Digital Range Stretch (DRS) on/off user button
1/4.7" Full HD 2.19MP MOS Sensors
Three 1/4.7" sized MOS sensors - a configuration Panasonic calls 3MOS - featuring 2.19MP each. These sensors capture native Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution video.
Fixed Lens with 12x Zoom Ratio
The camera's fixed lens features up to f/1.5 brightness and produces an angle-of-view equal to 29.8-357.6mm on 35mm format. Nano Surface lens coating reduces ghosting and flare, and three manual control rings facilitate adjustments for focus, zoom and iris.
Variable Frame Rates
The AG-AC90A can record 1920x1080 resolution at 60p, 60i, 30p and 24p; in addition to standard 1280x720 60p and SD 480/60i.
LCD Touch Panel
The 3.5" touchscreen LCD has a 1,152,000 dot resolution and slides into the handle front for quick access. It rotates 270° for high-angel, low-angle, or self-shooting (in Mirror mode). Menu settings and playback can be controlled using the touchscreen display
Dual SD Memory Card Slots
Two media card slots accept SD memory cards for expanded memory or simultaneous recording to both cards for an instant back-up. The AG-AC90A is compatible with Sd, SDHC, and SDXC cards, with support for ultra high-speed UHS-I Speed Class 1 cards.
Five-Axis OIS and Pixel Shifting
Five-Axis optical image stabilization makes for smoother handheld videos, and pixel shifting helps to create a sharper image.
Intelligent 25x Digital Zoom Function
An intelligent digital zoom achieves up to 25x seamless zooming. The digital zoom function is also available in 2, 5, and 10x zoom.
3MP Still Photographs
3MP still photographs can also be captured during video recording.
Versatile Recording Functions
Interval Recording captures one frame at a time in set intervals (1 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min). Pre Record prevents missed opportunities by storing about 3 seconds of video and audio data in temporary memory prior to pressing the Rec button. Record Check lets you check the end of the most recently recorded clip with one-touch ease, and Last Clip Delete provides one-touch delete of the most recently recorded clip.
XLR Input and Other Professional Audio Features
In addition to a built-in 5.1-channel surround sound mic, the AG-AC90A features 2-channel XLR audio input terminals for external mic use. Input (Mic/Line) can be selected for CH1/CH2 independently, and a 48 V phantom power supply (ON/OFF) and level control are provided.
Professional Interfaces and Design
An HDMI output supports digital output of video and audio signals to a wide variety of HD devices. Other connections include an AV Multi output for analog video and audio, an analog component video (component terminal), analog composite video (pin jack), and analog audio (L/R pin jacks) through the bundled cable. USB 2.0 connectivity aids users in transferring files to a PC, and remote terminals enable remote operation of iris, focus, zoom and Rec Start/Stop functions.
Focus Assist and Push AF
The Focus Assist (Focus in Red) button shows when your subject is in focus by outlining subject edges in red on the LCD monitor. Push AF activates the AF function while in Manual mode with the press of a button (allocated to an User button). This provides handy support for manual focusing.
Scene Files
Six scene settings allow for immediate response to a variety of shooting situation.
  • DRS (Dynamic Range Stretcher): Suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights by visually expanding the dynamic range. This function can be assigned to the user button.
  • 7 Mode Gamma: Allows selection from seven gamma curves: HD NORM / LOW / SD NORM / HIGH / B.PRESS / CINE-LIKE D / CINE-LIKE V
  • Other settings: H detail level, V detail level, detail coring and skin tone detail, chroma level, chroma phase, color temp and master pedestal, auto iris level, knee (LOW/MID/HIGH), matrix (NORM1/NORM2/FLUO/CINE-LIKE)
Additional Features
  • Zebra patterns
  • Color bar / test tone
  • Display/Mode check button
  • Auto slow shutter
  • White balance adjustment
  • Intelligent Auto (iA) mode
  • Screen markers
  • Seven user customizable function buttons

Panasonic AG-AC90A Specs

Sensor
Sensor Type
3x MOS (with backside illumination)
Sensor Size
1/4.7"
Sensor Resolution
2.19 MP (2,190,00 effective pixels) each
Minimum Illumination
Approx. 3 lux (iA mode, auto slow shutter ON)
Lens
Focal Length
2.84 - 34.1 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length
29.8 - 357.6 mm
Zoom Ratio
12x optical
25x i.Zoom
2x, 5x, 10x digital zoom
Aperture
f/1.5 to f/2.8
Optical Image Stabilization
5-Axis Hybrid OIS
Lens Coating
Nano Surface Coating
Control Rings
3 (focus, zoom, iris)
Filter Thread
49 mm
Image Stabilization
Optical (hybrid optical image stabilizer, active mode)
Recording Specifications
Signal System
NTSC (60 Hz)
Video Format
AVCHD version 2.0 compliant, AVCHD Progressive
Compression
Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: Dolby Digital (5.1ch/2 ch)
Still Picture: JPEG (based on Exif 2.2 standard)
Recording Modes
PS Mode: 1920x1080 59.94p (25 Mbps average; 28 Mbps max)
PH Mode: 1920x1080 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p (21 Mbps average; 24 Mbps max)
HA Mode: 1920x1080 59.94i (17 Mbps average)
HE Mode: 1440x1080 59.94i (6 Mbps average)
PM Mode: 1280x720 59.94p (8 Mbps average)
SA Mode: 720x480 59.94i (9 Mbps average)
CS Mode: 720x480 59.94i (3.5 Mbps average)
Maximum Recording Time
With two 64GB SDXC memory cards:

PS Mode: Approx. 10 hours 40 minutes
PH Mode: Approx. 12 hours
HA Mode: Approx. 16 hours
HE Mode: Approx. 48 hours
PM Mode: Approx. 38 hours
SA Mode: Approx. 33 hours
CS Mode: Approx. 82 hours
Shutter Speed
60i/60p/30p: 1/30 to 1/2000 (auto slow shutter ON), 1/60 to 1/2000 (auto slow shutter OFF)
Note: at motion picture recording, manual mode
Audio Channels
CH1, CH2
Audio Format
Dolby Digital
Still Capture
3 MP still photographs (can be captured during video recording)
Interface
Recording Media
2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC (compatible with UHS-I Speed Class 1)
Input/Outputs
1 x HDMI output (1080p/1080i/480p)
1 x AV Multi output (D-connector, component video, composite video and audio 2 channel)
1 x USB 2.0
1 x 2.5mm remote terminal for zoom and REC START/STOP
1 x 3.5mm remote terminal for iris and focus
2 x XLR audio input (MIC/LINE/+48V selectable)
General Specifications
LCD Monitor
3.5" (8.8 cm) touchscreen
1,152 K dot resolution
270° rotation
Viewfinder
0.24" LCOS color EVF with 263 K dot resolution
Supply Voltage
DC 12V (when the AC adaptor is used)
DC 7.2V (when the battery is used)
Power Consumption
12.9 W
Operating Temperature
32 to 104° F (0 ~ 40° C)
Operating Humidity
10 to 80% (no condensation)
Dimensions
Excluding protrusions: 6.30 x 7.68 x 13.78" (16.0 x 19.5 x 35.0 cm)
Weight
Main Unit Only: Approx. 3.3 lb (1.50 kg)
With Battery and an SD Card: Approx. 3.9 lb (1.78 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
17 x 12 x 10"

Panasonic AG-AC90A Reviews

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question

Does this camera have split audio capabilities? For editing, I would need left and right audio on separate timelines. Cannot find any info about it. Thanks.
Asked by: Daniela S.
Not that I am aware of... This camera has internal and external mic. capabilities. I have used both with great success. I suppose if you selected your recording options to an external mic. with split audio capabilities, you should be good to go. Hope this helps...
Answered by: MAUREEN M.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

What about kelvin
Asked by: Anonymous
On the Panasonic AG-AC90A, you can adjust the White Balance in Kelvin increments. To do so, move the iA/Manu switch on the side of the camera to >Manual Mode > press W.B. button also on the side of the camera> touch VAR > touch up/down arrows to adjust increments of 0.1K > touch VAR to finish.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

I am having trouble disabling the time stamp from appearing on the final SD card file. I have all the timestamp functions turned off...what am I missing?
Asked by: weston g.
It sounds like you have a function defect and may need repair. Sorry, but it seems you are doing everything corrrect.
Answered by: Bryan S.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Debating between this and a canon 80d, any thoughts?
Asked by: Max L.
well I do a lot of interviews, day in the life's, skateboarding and surfing videos and YouTube stuff, but I get what your saying about the artistic but the zoom on this camera is what really grabs my attention. However I would like to eventually shoot 4K besides GoPro but can't a find a reasonable priced one does anybody know one off just have input?
Answered by: Max L.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

What are the best settings to make YouTutube videos with this AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder?Regarding the Record Setup, Rec Format? Is the Other function, HDMI resolution setting relevant to this? Thanks.
Asked by: Jeffrey G.
It's dependant on the conditions you're going to filming in, i.e. location, weather, etc.Regarding filming for youtube vids, it can def be used for that purpose, however, settings would again vary on the conditions you're filming in.
Answered by: Nigel A.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

What would be a good microphone to attach to this camera?
Asked by: Bernie M.
I've had good luck with both the Rode and Sony mics. the number on the sony mic (not sure if it's the serial number) is 1-542-296
Answered by: john h.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Does this camera allow me to send the signal out live while Im recording? For example if I am shooting a deposition and i want to send the live feed to a DVD recorder etc? Thank you
Asked by: Anthony V.
Yes,I make a back up DVD every time Record
Answered by: NICK B.
Date published: 2018-08-25

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i shoot legal video and need a TIME stamp and a record level that is NOT permanent. Does this camera have these capabilities?
Asked by: Anonymous
Can this camera be configured into a studio camera with viewfinder, zoom controls, focus, etc..?
Answered by: Mark N.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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