Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder

Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder

Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 3MOS Sensor
  • 10.6MP Stills
  • 1080p
  • 24p
  • 12x Leica Lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Optional XLR Input Available
  • Compact Frame
  • Lightweight
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Panasonic AG-HMC40 Overview

  • 1Description

The Panasonic AG-HMC40 is a camcorder designed to record in high definition on standard Secure Digital (SD) and SDHC memory cards. The camera is extremely portable and lightweight, weighing in at just over 2 lbs. While SD-based camcorders have been gaining ground in the consumer market, the AG-HMC40 has the ability to record AVCHD images at significantly higher bitrates. This enhancement makes the camera's codec 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. The handle is detachable and can hold an optional XLR audio system.

Note: XLR option not included.

3MOS Sensor Technology
The progressive 3MOS image sensors record full HD images with an effective motion-picture resolution of 2.51MP. This produces full-raster HD images with high resolution and superb image quality. Because each of the three separate image sensors receives one of the three primary colors of light (red, green and blue), they render more precise images and more faithful colors than the single light-receiving 1MOS sensor.
Sharp Rendering
With a lens that features 13 elements in 10 groups, the newly developed Leica Dicomar is ideal for full HD recording. The new lens system uses low-dispersion glass and aspherical lenses to reduce color aberration and boost resolution. Use of a special multi-coating process dramatically reduces flare and ghosts. The result is a sharp, crisp, beautifully rendered picture with vivid colors, delicate nuances, and exceptional shading.
120x Digital Zoom
Even at the 490mm zoom setting (35mm lens equivalent), this advanced 12x optical zoom lens is free of image degradation. Additionally, the AG-HMC40 is equipped with a digital zoom that instantly magnifies the image by any of three fixed values: 2x, 5x or 10x. Use it together with the 12x optical zoom lens and you get super magnification equivalent to a 120x zoom, without the drop in light intensity that happens when using a lens extender.
Optical Image Stabilization
Because the hand-shake correction is done by actually driving the lens, there's none of the image degradation that occurs with electronic stabilization. You can capture beautiful, high-quality shots even in situations where hand shake is typically a big problem such as when zooming, shooting indoors in dim lighting, or shooting outdoors at night.
Dynamic Range Stretch
A gamma curve and knee slope are estimated to match the contrast of each pixel and applied in real time. When dark, bright, and intermediate shades are all contained in the same scene, this produces excellent gradation for each shade and minimizes blocked shadows and blown highlights. The images that result are enhanced by a visually wider dynamic range.
High-quality 10.6MP Digital Stills
The new 3MOS sensors also combine with Panasonic's proprietary Quad-Density Pixel Distribution technology to achieve a resolution that is equivalent to 4 times the normal level. The AG-HMC40 captures still images with approx. 10.6-megapixel resolution (in still image mode, 3:2 aspect ratio), which approaches the level of a high-performance digital still camera. For example, you can use it to shoot both motion and still images for a website.
Cine-Like Gamma Curves
Drawing on technologies developed for the VariCam HD camcorders for digital cinema, Panasonic has equipped the AG-HMC40 with advanced gamma functions that address seven different shooting scenarios and enhance your creative abilities. This includes the cine-like gamma, which produces the characteristic warm tone of film recordings.
Exceptional AVCHD Image Quality
The AG-HMC40 features the image-enhancing PH mode that Panasonic developed exclusively for AVCCAM camcorders. It delivers a maximum AVCHD bit rate of 24 Mbps (average: 21 Mbps). Designed for professional image production, this mode lets you record 1080/30p, 1080/24p and 720 progressive images in addition to 1080/60i from the AG-HMC40's 1920 x 1080 full-raster HD images.
Reliable Media
Unlike with videotape, there's no need for cueing with the SDHC memory card because recording automatically begins in a blank section of memory. Nor do you have to worry about accidentally recording over important footage. You can delete unwanted clips instantly right on the spot to preserve memory capacity. Editing after shooting is smooth and easy, with no need for digitizing. The tiny SDHC Memory Card is durable, too. Its operating range is from -13-185°F, so you can stop worrying about harsh temperatures or condensation while never having to deal with dropouts or clogged heads.
Shot Mark
To simplify shot selection, you can add a mark to the thumbnail images of each clip. You can then display and play only the clips that have shot marks.
Pre-Record Function
This helps to ensure you always get the shot you want, by letting you continuously store, and subsequently record, images and sounds for three seconds before the REC button is pressed in standby mode.
Fast On-Screen Clip Searching
Image data is recorded as a file for each scene. Thumbnail images and file information are automatically attached to each file to enable smooth, easy confirmation and deletion of files displayed on the LCD monitor.
Easy On-Screen Touchpad
The 2.7", 230,000-dot (approx.) LCD monitor is especially convenient when shooting wide-screen images. Just use a finger on the touch panel screen to start playback, make menu settings, and even focus the camera. You can rotate the LCD monitor 270° for easier viewing when shooting low-angle or other difficult shots. This lets you check the framing and parameter display on the LCD monitor as you shoot.
HD Focus Assist
There are multiple focus assist functions on the AG-HMC40, including both the standard center zoom, as well as a focus bar. Additional focus assists include a face "detection" which "recognizes" faces near the center of the screen and focuses on them.
Manual Focus Ring
The manual focus ring can be used to control the iris too, by switching the Focus Ring (Focus/Iris) selector. Use it whichever way best fits the shooting situation. For example, you can set the camera to Auto Focus and use the manual focus ring to control the zooming. You can also add backlight correction or spotlight correction to the auto aperture function.
Waveform Monitor Display
A horizontal analysis of the input signal's brightness level can be displayed on the monitor. This lets you adjust the standard black and white levels while checking the Waveform Monitor (WFM), making it easy to get highly accurate adjustments.
Interval Recording
You can make automatic, intermittent recordings at set intervals from one frame per second to one frame every two minutes. For example, use Interval REC to record operations at a construction site, to shoot sunsets, or to capture time-lapse recordings of growing plants.
Slow Shutter and Syncro Scan
The slow shutter function uses image accumulation to allow shutter speeds with frame rates reduced by half or more. The accumulation method provides bright-color images with less noise than those captured using conventional gain-up, so you get the higher sensitivity needed for nighttime shooting without illumination. And the Synchro Scan function is ideal for capturing images on monitors.
Optional XLR Adapter Available
The AG-HMC40 comes equipped with a built-in stereo microphone and a 3.5mm EXT, mic-in jack. Adding the optional AG-MYA30G XLR adapter provides compatibility with professional-use XLR terminals for audio output from microphones and Public Audio (PA) systems in studios and auditoriums. Line recording and +48V Phantom powered microphone recordings are possible from the XLR terminals. Featuring two XLR audio input terminals and level controls, the adapter lets you independently switch ch 1 or ch 2 to microphone or line input, with each having its own level adjustment. (Input 2 can be assigned to both ch 1 and ch 2.)
SD Downconversion
The AG-HMC40 is equipped with both component (Mini D4) video outputs and AV output (AV multi terminals), allowing HD images to be down-converted and output as SD images while they are being recorded or played. At the same time, a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio can be selected for side crop, letterbox, or squeeze images. Audio output (AV multi terminals 2 channels) enables a wide variety of applications, such as viewing on an external monitor or SD dubbing.
The AG-HMC40 is equipped with an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output terminal for digital transferring of high-quality HD video and audio signals.
Tilt-up Viewfinder
The viewfinder can be tilted upward about 70° and the large eyecup is excellent for blocking out light from the sun and other sources.
REC Check
You can check the end of the most recently recorded clip with one-touch ease.
Last Clip Delete Function
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.
Record Meta Data
The date, camera operator, location, title and other information can be added to the video data.
In the Box
Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder
  • AC Adapter/Charger
  • 2640 mAh Battery Pack
  • AC Cable
  • DC Cable
  • Wireless Remote Controller
  • Eye Cup
  • Shoulder Belt
  • Component Video Cable
  • AV Cable
  • PIN-BNC Conversion Plug
  • Handle
  • Touch Pad
  • CD-ROM
  • AVCCAM Restorer
  • 3-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic AG-HMC40 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 1/4" 3MOS Sensors
    Lens Leica Dicomar 12x Zoom
    4-48mm f/1.8-2.8 (35mm Equivalence 40.8-490mm)
    43mm Filter Diameter
    Video 35mm Equivalent (Video): 40.8-490mm (16:9)
    Still Equivalent (Still Image): 41.3-496mm (3:2)
    40.8-490mm (16:9), 45.0-540mm (4:3)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Horizontal Resolution 1080 Lines
    Sensitivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Minimum Illumination 1 lux (Gain +34 dB, Slow Shutter: 1/2 sec.)
    Built-in Filters ND: Auto On/Off
    LCD Monitor 2.7", 230,000 Pixels
    Viewfinder 0.26", 113,000 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: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30 s 30p: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15 s 24p: 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12 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: Mini-D (x1 Output)
    HDMI: HDMI (x1 Output)
    Mic: 3.5mm Mini Jack (x1 Input)
    Headphone: Stereo Mini Jack
    USB: USB 2.0
    Camera Remote: Super Mini Jack for Zoom, Mini Jack for Focus and Iris
    Power Requirements 7.2VDC (with Battery)
    7.9VDC (with AC Adapter)
    Power Consumption 7.8W
    Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.3 x 5.3 x 11.9" (13.6 x 13.5 x 30.4cm)
    Weight 2.2 lbs (1kg)
    3.1 lbs (1.4kg) with Battery
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    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.7 x 9.5 x 10.3"

    Panasonic AG-HMC40 Reviews

    AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 189.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent for the dough The camera does not have XLR input, only 1/8. You have to buy an adaptor to input XLR audio. However, the camera does not allow you to select the ability to take an input to the adaptor, and use the other channel for the camera mounted microphone. in other words, if you want to take a line input from a board, but also want some ambient room audio, you will have to use another mike. The only way to use the on board mikes is to unplug this device. I do like that the Zebra's are adjustable down to 70%, which is the proper level for skin tone, my DVX 100b was only good to 80%. It does seem a little plasticy. On the othe is light! Long battery life. Not bad for the price.
    Date published: 2010-03-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Panasonic nails the 2k price point If the HMC 150 is a little much for you application the 40 will be perfect. Panasonic really has taken over the tapeless pro-sumer category. The interface works well battery life is great it's ultra light and portable and shoots great HD for the price. I like just about everything and I've given it 5 stars, but there are some things you should know. It takes a good amount of light, more than I was used to to make shots look good as is the case with most AVCHD compared to SD LCD touch screen can be a bummer if you are leaving smuges all the time. The viewfinder could be better. Only 10x AVCHD transcode into Final Cut can take some time Not a very wide angle lens
    Date published: 2010-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great video camera at a great price! I bought this to do videos for my e-marketing business and I made a great decision. B&H did a great job of packaging the camera and accesories and it came on the date promised. The camera works like a dream; video quality is impeccable and it is easy to use. It comes with a great book on using the camera written by an industry professional. It is so easy to take the SDHC card from the camera, slip it into the card reader on my computer and upload to my NLE software. I am coming from a DV environment and this cuts my production time down significantly. I have always liked B&H Photo and once again am a satisfied customer.
    Date published: 2010-11-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great second camera for Events I had a few concerns about the HMC-40 before I bought it, including hot its footage would cut with footage from my HMC-150, how well audio was captured, and how well it responded when in manual mode. Upon its arrival, I was happy to find out that the manual controls were good, far from consumer cameras. I tested it on a small project and was happy with the audio capture as well as cutting footage. In this video, I used the 150 and the 40, and it's hard if not impossible to tell the difference between the two. @ It's not great in low light and has no ND filter - use shutter speed instead.
    Date published: 2010-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great value in a little package I have started to shoot couple short movies. Things that i liked, a superb picture quality, light weight and a very ergonomic design.I didn't like the footage under low light, a bit grainy for my liking, but I expected it with CMOS censor of that size. At first it's a bit hard to get used to touchscreen on the lcd panel for controls instead of buttons, but after a while you get a hang of it. I would definitely recommend it to any serious enthusiast or semi-pro. Oh one more thing, get an external directional mic to supplement.
    Date published: 2010-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Love Affair I absolutely love this video camera. Great image quality, even the still shots. I used this product the first day I received and the quality is stunning. I mainly work on short films and Broadcast Journalism and this camera comes in handy when you don't want to attract much attention when a breaking news happens. I also do weddings and corp videos and this camera is also helpful in those situations. I love the optics, the image stabilizer, small profile and manual control. The Pricing is just right. If you're thinking about buying this, just do it. Trust me you'll be happy.Also the music that plays in the background while the photo slide show happens gives it a nice little touch!
    Date published: 2010-08-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great package for semi-pro video We purchased two HMC40 cameras for studio shooting for our YouTube channel. One is in a fixed position capturing a wide-angle view of the interviews we conduct, while the other one takes close-ups of the individuals. We record sound with wireless studio mikes feeding into the static camera. The HMC40 has the features we needed: custom white balance, manual sound levels, touch-screen focusing, multiple formats (we use the 1080 and 720 settings), use of SD cards, etc.. It took a bit of reading to get the hang of all the options, but after an hour of shooting we were comfortable with the gear and the resulting footage was of excellent quality.
    Date published: 2011-06-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bang For Buck I am a freelance videographer who shoots everything from weddings and training vids to short films. This little camera is a great video tool, and will satisfy the needs of most entry-level video professionals. It offers almost complete control over audio and video settings, and has intuitive, easy to master controls. The touchscreen is something that most video producers will have to get used to, as it's quite different than what we're used to.If you don't have any reservations about the AVCHD format (I think it's great), and you don't do a lot of very low-light shooting, this camera is most likely perfect for you. Its light weight and small size make it the perfect take it with you anywhere type camera that will deliver a great picture every time. Highly recommended!
    Date published: 2010-06-23
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    Is there a power adapter plate that attaches to ...

    Is there a power adapter plate that attaches to the camera so that I will not need to use a battery?
    Asked by: Mark
    This camcorder did come with an AC Adapter when it was being sold. If you are looking for an AC adapter for it your best bet would be to reach out to Panasonic directly to see if they still have it available as a service part.
    Answered by: Joseph
    Date published: 2019-02-12

    is there a 100mm or more lens for this Cam?

    is there a 100mm or more lens for this Cam?
    Asked by: Jose
    The camera as is has a 4-48mm f/1.8-2.8 (35mm Equivalence 40.8-490mm). You can get tele conversion lenses such as the Raynox HD2205 37mm 2.2x Telephoto Converter Lens B&H # RAHD2205 or the Raynox HDP-7700ES 37mm High Definition 3.0x Super Telephoto Conversion Lens for HDV Camcorders B&H # RAHDP7700ES. Your long end would be respectfully 1078mm and 1470mm 35mm full frame equivalence FOV.
    Answered by: Dennis A
    Date published: 2018-12-17
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