Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCCAM Camcorder

Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCCAM Camcorder

Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCCAM Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 1/3" Progressive CCD
  • 1080 60i, 30p, 24p / 720 60p, 30p, 24p
  • AVCHD Recording
  • Wide Angle 13x Zoom Lens
  • Full Manual Controls
  • Dual XLR Inputs
  • Cine-like Gamma
  • Dynamic Range Stretch
  • Records to SD/SDHC Cards
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Panasonic AG-HMC150 Overview

  • 1Description

The Panasonic AG-HMC150 is a camcorder designed to record in high definition on standard SecureDigital (SD) and SHDC memory cards. While SD-based camcorders have been gaining ground in the consumer market, the AG-HMC150 has the ability to record AVCHD images at significantly higher bitrates. This enhancement makes the camera more efficient than comparable HD interframe codecs, such as HDV and XDCAM EX. Using H.264 as its compression algorithm, the camera can record incredibly detailed images at a fraction of the file size.

AVCHD at Your Fingertips
AVCHD is a variation on interfame codecs such as HDV and XDCAM. The advantage is that it uses a standard H.264 compression algorithm, making it highly efficient without sacrificing large portions of memory. Less bandwidth allows the camera to record directly to SD and SDHC media.
Good Things Come In Small Packages
The AG-HMC150 will feel much like the acclaimed AG-DVX100, as opposed to its more similar and larger cousin, the AG-HVX200. Reducing weight makes the camera easy to hold; at 4.2 lbs the camera is very comfortable on long shoots.
SD and SDHC Flash Memory Recording Storage
The AG-HMC150 provides AVC HD video in a class of its own. The ability to record up to 24Mb/s onto a single SDHC makes the camera not only incredibly versatile, but allows users to record onto inexpensive media.
Superior Quality Lens
The 13x zoom lens system features 13 lens elements in 10 groups, including three aspherical lenses. Panasonic has reduced the front lens element from 67mm on the AG-HVX200 to 53.2mm on the AG-HMC150. The use of low-dispersion glass reduces color aberration while a multi-coating process minimizes flare and ghosting.
Super Sensitive CCDs
Each pixel has a large light-receiving area, giving this advanced 1/3" progressive CCD the kind of high sensitivity not available in previous compact HD cameras. This advanced CCD combines with a newly developed 14-bit digital signal processor (DSP) to achieve a balance of high resolution and high S/N ratio that rivals even the most sophisticated HD broadcasting cameras.
Advanced Digital Signal Processor
The camcorder's advanced digital signal processor uses 14-bit A/D conversion and 19-bit inner processing to attain unprecedented accuracy. While the camera does not record 1080/60p, it is from this capture that all other signals are made. The DSP performs a variety of adjustments, including eight types of gamma settings, for each of the R, G and B channels. It also converts the signals to HD or SD format. With a performance equivalent to the processors used in many higher-end HD cameras, this DSP helps the camera deliver beautiful images in all video formats.
Optical Image Stabilizer
The optical image stabilization system ensures glass-smooth images even with moderate shaking while shooting hand-held.
SMPTE Time-Code Generator/Reader
The built-in SMPTE time-code generator/reader lets you select the Drop Frame/Non-Drop Frame and Free Run/Rec Run modes, preset and regenerate. User bits are also provided.
Versatile Solid-State Recording
Shot Mark: The shot mark allows convenient OK and NG marking, and can be added to each clip during or after recording.

Pre-Rec: While in standby mode, you can continuously store, and subsequently record, up to 3 seconds. This helps to ensure that you always get the shot you want.

Index: Scenes can be marked with up to 100 index flags per clip.

Rec Check: You can check the end of the most recently recorded clip with one-touch ease.

Last Clip Delete: Only the most recently recorded clip is deleted with this one-touch function, adding practical convenience to everyday operation. It can be assigned as a User button function if desired.

Time Stamp: The date and time can be stamped onto recorded images. Commonly used for recording evidentiary depositions and procedures
In the Box
Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCCAM Camcorder
  • AC Adapter/Charger
  • 2640mAh Battery Pack
  • AC Cord
  • DC Cord
  • Wireless Remote Control
  • Eye Cup
  • Microphone Holder
  • Shoulder Belt
  • Component Video Cable
  • PIN-BNC Conversion Plugs
  • Ferrite Core
  • CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Warranty (Expands to 3-Years Once Camera is Registered)
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    Panasonic AG-HMC150 Specs

    Signal System 1080/60i, 1080/30p (over 60i), 1080/24p (native), 720/60p, 720/30p (over 60p)
    720/24p (native)
    HA, HG and HE mode: 1080/60i only
    Image Device 3-CCD, 1/3"
    16:9 Native Aspect Chips
    Lens Leica Dicomar 13x Zoom
    3.9-51mm f/1.6-3.0
    (35mm Equivalence 28-368mm)
    72mm Filter Diameter
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Horizontal Resolution 1080 Lines
    Sensitivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Minimum Illumination 3 lux
    Built-in Filters ND: 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
    LCD Monitor 3.5", 210,000 Pixels
    Viewfinder 0.44" Color, 235,000 Pixels
    Scan Matching Yes
    Different Ranges for Different Record Modes
    Memory Card Slot SD, SDHC
    Recording Time (Using 32GB SD Card)
    PH: 21 Mpbs (1920x1080) - 3 hrs
    HA: 17 Mpbs (1920x1080) - 4 hrs
    HG: 13 Mpbs (1920x1080) - 5.3 hrs
    HE: 6 Mpbs (1440x1280) - 12 hrs
    Shutter Speed Range 60i/60p mode: 1/60 (OFF), 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 s
    30p mode: 1/30, 1/50 (OFF), 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 s
    24p mode: 1/24, 1/50 (OFF), 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 s
    Gain Selection 60i/60p: 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB
    24p/30p: 0, 3, 6, 9, 12 dB
    Audio Dynamic Range Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Audio Signal Format AC3, 2-Channel
    Audio Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Input and Output Connectors Component Video: Video Terminal (x1 Output)
    Composite Video: RCA (x1 Output)
    Analog Audio L/R: 3-Pin XLR (x2 Input)
    Line: Pin-Jack (x1 Output)
    USB 2.0: MiniB
    Headphone: 3.5mm Stereo Mini Jack (x1 Output)
    Camera Remote: 2.5mm Super Mini (Zoom), 3.5mm Mini (Focus/Iris)
    Power Requirements 7.2VDC (with Battery)
    7.9VDC (with AC Adapter)
    Power Consumption 9.8W
    Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.1 x 6.5 x 15.6" (15.4 x 16.4 x 39.7cm)
    Weight 3.7 lbs (1.7kg)
    4.3 lbs (1.98kg) with Battery
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.3 x 12.7 x 11.1"

    Panasonic AG-HMC150 Reviews

    AG-HMC150 AVCCAM Camcorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 222.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best camera for the price hands down I have used old sony u-max to M-2 to beta sp, beta sx, dvcpro 25, dvcpro 50, p2 SD, p2 HD and on and on. This camera will hold it's ground to all of the cameras out there. It uses sdhc cards and records stunning low light video. It has perfect wide angle lens for event shooters. Cheap media for wedding videographers and can hold 32gb of AVCHD footage in a single card for those who travel to remote areas of the world. It is a very balanced camera and never gives wrist fatigue. If you buy the B&H kit, the shotgun mic is good, the lens filter is a must, the large battery is also a must, the sd card is the best, but the bag is useless and cheap.
    Date published: 2009-03-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great transition from DVX 100x to HD! I bought 2 of these to replace my DVX100 Cams. All I can Say is WOW. Used for the First time in an interview setup. Both Cameras Match and have great image controls. Even a Built in Waveform and Vectorscope! The DVD and book that came with it got me running in no time. HDMI out was awesome as I impressed my client by outputting the signal to wide screen LED monitors! Only 4 stars because of small battery and no memory card provided. YOU HAVE TO GET ANOTHER BATTERY TO BE REMOTE FOR MORE THAN 1 Hour. But B&H has a bigger battery and a 32GB Class 10( why go with any class slower)you can order to get you up and running in one order!! SCORE!!
    Date published: 2010-11-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I shoot a variety of events, from Red Carpet at Austin South by Southwest Music and Film Festival, to weddings, interviews, and general B-roll. It's light, extremely easy to use, has great low-light capability, and an unusually wide 28mm lens for close-quarters shooting. Built in wave form display, zebra, and EVF detail features get me the perfect shot. For this price point and my needs, there really isn't any cons for me. Recently went on a B-roll shoot in Dallas with two other friends who had Canon's 5D and 60D. The Panasonic beat them out by far on night and day shots as well. the built-in ND filters made the difference.
    Date published: 2011-05-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCCAM Camcorder I just purchased this camera and as far as I can tell it is a great product of Panasonic. The only problems that I have had so far is the frustration from the iris/focus can get quite irritating trying to adjust between the two. As far as the new AVCCAM technology...premiere, final cut, and avid all don't support this technology yet, but their is a transcoder where you can transcode the footage into a P2 format in which the programs recognize. This of course is just like when the P2 first hit the market, had to capture, transcode, then edit. The card mechanism is excellent and I am very pleased not working with tapes any more. This is a great consumer friendly product!
    Date published: 2008-10-29
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beware: NOT full 1920x1080 Resolution! I bought this camera several months ago and for the most part it is a good camera, especially if you are stepping up from Standard Def as I was. However after working with camera for some time now, I have to say I was REALLY DISAPPOINTED to discover that this camera does NOT have full 1920x1080 CCDs. They are in the area of 1400x720 and are then scaled up to match the 1920 resolution!!! When you look at the image on a larger monitor you can see the aliasing from upscaling from 720 to 1080. If all you need is 720 then this camera will fill the bill, I feel it is really disappointing of Panasonic to market this camera as a 1920x1080 camera because it is not!
    Date published: 2013-02-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent camera I am a digital filmmaker/freelance videographer. So far I am very satisfied with the quality of the images I've taken with this camera. The built in scene files look as though you spent hours colorizing your footage. The lens is extremely wide for being a stock lens. It gives you full options between 1080p and 720p 24/30/60 and the shutter adjustments are a plus. My only complaints are that the viewfinder image is a little small (though 9 times out of 10 I'm using the LCD screen with a visor anyway) and the audio level adjustments are a little awkward to change on the fly. I'd recommend this to anyone seeking professional looking video on a budget.
    Date published: 2010-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An elegant camera! I make documentaries and this has proven to be an ideal camera for that, especially for the on-the-fly shots when you don't have time to light the subject, or you need to grab an event as it's happening. The camera's image stabilization really helps here. It's just as suitable for the well-lit, sit-down interview as well. I've worked with cameras that are three times as expensive that are no better than this camera. It is remarkably light-weight and easy to use. You can hold it for hours without getting tired. It's also so simple to operate. It does require some lighting if you're working in extremely low light levels but it will give you a good image in moderately low light.
    Date published: 2011-03-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very High Quality Footage I am a high school student and a member of my school's video news broadcast. I have used this camera for independent films, academic projects, and I am planning on using it for video contest entries. The lens of the HMC150 is exteremely wide angle and is protected by a very sturdy lens hood. The manual zoom is a big plus for snap zooms and action footage. The fact thta it records on an SD card is very conveniant and the quality of the footage is second to none. The wide variety of frame rates and resolution really makes this camera versatile. I have been able to achieve a very film-like picture and I couldn't be happier with this elegant piece of equipment.
    Date published: 2010-05-03
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