Panasonic AG-HMC80 3MOS AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder

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Panasonic AG-HMC80 3MOS AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder
Key Features
  • HD and SD Capture
  • 1080i/p, 720p, 480i/p
  • 24p, 30p, 60i
  • 12x HD Lens
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The Panasonic AG-HMC80 3MOS AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder adds solid-state DV recording, XLR inputs, and an ENG form factor to the high-definition imaging capability of the popular AG-HMC40. At the same time, it maintains the smaller camera's bang-for-the-buck affordability by offering a laundry list of professional features unmatched in its class. Utilizing a highly efficient AVCHD codec to record stunning images to SD and SDHC memory cards, the AG-HMC80 gives you a wealth of shooting options, formats, and frame rates to give you exactly the look your application needs--whether that means weddings, events, educational, or even indie filmmaking. With this rock-solid unit perched on your shoulder, you'll have the professional stability--and versatility--every working videographer hopes for.
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Panasonic AG-HMC80 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 23MOS Sensor Technology
  • 3New HD Lens
  • 412x Optical, 10x Digital Zoom
  • 5Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • 6Dynamic Range Stretch
  • 7High-quality 10.6MP Digital Stills
  • 8Cine-Like Gamma Curves
  • 9High Bit Rate, Pro-Use PH Mode
  • 10DV Compression Recording Supported
  • 11Large-capacity SDHC Memory Card
  • 12Solid-state Recording Functions
  • 13Three DV Screen Sizes
  • 142.7" Wide-screen EVF/LCD Monitor
  • 15LCD Monitor Thumbnail View
  • 16Manual Focus Ring
  • 17Waveform Monitor Display
  • 18HD Focus Assist
  • 19Interval Recording
  • 20Time Stamp
  • 21Slow Shutter and Synchro Scan
  • 22XLR Line/Microphone Input
  • 23SD Down-Conversion
  • 24HDMI Output Terminal
  • 25USB 2.0 (Type B)
  • 26DV Terminal Provided as a Standard Feature

The Panasonic AG-HMC80 3MOS AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder adds solid-state DV recording, XLR inputs, and an ENG form factor to the high-definition imaging capability of the popular AG-HMC40. At the same time, it maintains the smaller camera's bang-for-the-buck affordability by offering a laundry list of professional features unmatched in its class. Utilizing a highly efficient AVCHD codec to record stunning images to SD and SDHC memory cards, the AG-HMC80 gives you a wealth of shooting options, formats, and frame rates to give you exactly the look your application needs--whether that means weddings, events, educational, or even indie filmmaking. With this rock-solid unit perched on your shoulder, you'll have the professional stability--and versatility--every working videographer hopes for.

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.

New HD Lens

With a lens that features 13 elements in 10 groups, the newly developed lens 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.

12x Optical, 10x 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-HMC80 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 (OIS)

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-HMC80 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-HMC80 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.

High Bit Rate, Pro-Use PH Mode

The AG-HMC80 features the image-enhancing PH mode that Panasonic developed exclusively for AVCCAM camera recorders. It delivers a maximum AVCHD bit rate of 24 Mbps (average: 21 Mbps). Designed for professional image production, this mode lets you record 1080/24p and 720 progressive images in addition to 1080/60i from the AG-HMC80's 1920 x 1080 full-raster HD images.

DV Compression Recording Supported

In addition to AVCHD recording, the AG-HMC80 provides DV recording thanks to the application of a number of P2 HD based technologies to this shoulder-type AVCCAM. This means that you can continue using your present editing system just as it is. Images are recorded onto an SD Memory Card, for greater efficiency than conventional tape-based recording.

Large-capacity SDHC Memory Card

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.

Solid-state Recording Functions

  • 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-REC: 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.
  • 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.
  • Metadata Recording: The date, camera operator, location, title and other information can be added to the video data.

Three DV Screen Sizes

The AG-HMC80 has three modes for shooting and recording in DV mode. It can be selected from Side crop, Letter box or Squeeze.

2.7" Wide-screen EVF/LCD Monitor

The 230,000-pixels (approx.) electronic viewfinder (EVF) lets you check even fine details in the image. Raising the viewfinder instantly switches it to a 2.7 inches wide LCD monitor, so you can easily check the result after shooting. Plus, the viewfinder tilts up or down, and slides to the right or left, to provide the optimal position for use.

LCD Monitor Thumbnail View

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.

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.

HD Focus Assist

There are multiple focus assist functions on the AG-HMC80, 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.

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.

Time Stamp

You can insert time and date information into the video signal. This could be convenient, for example, when observing animals over an extended period, in certain academic uses, in surveillance, court reporting, legal depositions or law enforcement applications.

Slow Shutter and Synchro 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.

XLR Line/Microphone Input

The AG-HMC80 comes equipped with a built-in stereo microphone and with XLR-type audio input terminals (2 channels, mic/line switchable, 48V compatible) on the rear panel. You can switch audio channels 1 and 2 separately to either line or front microphone input, which is especially useful when recording interviews or narration. In addition, an external microphone terminal (3.5mm stereo mini jack) is equipped.

SD Down-Conversion

The AG-HMC80 is equipped with HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output, component video outputs and composite output (BNC), allowing HD images to be down-converted and output as Standard Definition 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, Letter box, or Squeeze images. Audio output (RCA terminal) enables a wide variety of applications, such as viewing on an external monitor or Standard Definition dubbing.

HDMI Output Terminal

The AG-HMC80 is equipped with an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output terminal for digital transferring of high-quality HD video and audio signals.

USB 2.0 (Type B)

The standard USB terminal (Type B) allows the AG-HMC80 to connect to a Windows PC/Mac in device mode. This lets a Windows PC/Mac installed with the provided AVCCAM Viewer software to upload, copy, and write HD video files, as well as transfer them to AVCHD-compatible editing software for HD production.

DV files can also be transferred via USB 2.0, when the camera recorder is set in AVCHD mode.

DV Terminal Provided as a Standard Feature

The AG-HMC80 has an IEEE 1394-compliant DV (6-pin) output terminal. Simply connect it to an existing DV nonlinear editor for transmitting its DV compression stream output.

Panasonic AG-HMC80 Specs

Signal System1080/60i, 1080/30p (over 60i), 1080/24p (native)
720/60p, 720/30p (over 60p), 720/24p (native)
HA, HG and HE mode: 1080/60i only
480/60i, 480/30p (over 60i), 480/24p (over 60i)
Recording FormatAVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
DV: AVI Type 2

Recording Modes
PH mode: Approx. 21 Mbps (VBR)
HA mode: Approx. 17 Mbps (VBR)
HG mode: Approx. 13 Mbps (VBR)
HE mode: Approx. 6 Mbps (VBR)

Image Device1/4" 3MOS Sensors
Lens12x zoom, F1.8 to 2.8 (f=4.0 mm to 48 mm)
35mm equivalent (video): 40.8 mm to 490 mm (16:9)
35mm equivalent (still image): 41.3 mm to 496 mm (3:2),
40.8 mm to 490 mm (16:9), 45.0 mm to 540 mm (4:3)
Filter Diameter43mm
Built-in ND FilterAutomatic On/Off Interlock w/Iris
Minimum Focus DistanceApprox. 35.4" (0.9m)
Gain SelectionVideo: 0 dB to 24 dB (Variable in 1 dB step; USER button allocation; up to 34 dB using the High Gain setting)
Still Image: 0 dB to 18 dB (Variable in 1 dB step)
White BalanceATW, ATW LOCK, preset 3200 K, preset 5600 K, Ach or Bch
Shutter SpeedPreset
Video: 60i/60p mode: 1/60 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (7 steps)
30p mode: 1/30 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (8 steps) 24p mode: 1/24 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (8 steps)
Still Image: 1/2 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (16 steps)

Synchro Scan
60i/60p mode: 1/60.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.
30p mode: 1/30.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.
24p mode: 1/24.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.

Slow
60i/60p mode: 1/2 sec., 1/4 sec., 1/8 sec., 1/15 sec., 1/30 sec.
30p mode: 1/2 sec., 1/4 sec., 1/8 sec., 1/15 sec.
24p mode: 1/2 sec., 1/3 sec., 1/6 sec., 1/12 sec.

Minimum Illumination1 lux (Gain +34 dB, Slow Shutter: 1/2 sec.)
Digital Zoom2x/5x/10x
Recording TimeAVCHD
Approx. 180 minutes (in PH mode with 1920 x 1080 pixels and using a 32GB SDHC Memory Card)

DV
Approx. 128 minutes (using a 32 GB SDHC Memory Card)

Viewfinder2.7", 230,000 Pixels (Flip-up for LCD)
Memory Card SlotSD, SDHC
Scan MatchingYes
Different Ranges for Different Record Modes
Audio CompressionDolby Digital (2 ch)
Linear PCM (Digital/2 ch)
Audio Sampling48 kHz
Quantization16 bit
Input and Output ConnectorsComponent: BNCx3 (x1 Output)
Composite: BNC (x1 Output, shared w/Component)
HDMI: HDMI (x1 Output)
FireWire: 6-pin IEEE 1394 (x1 Input/Output)
Line/Mic: 3-pin XLR (x2 Input)
Microphone: 3.5mm Stereo Mini (x1 Input)
Audio Out: Pin Jack (x2 Output)
Headphone: Stereo Mini Jack
USB: USB 2.0
Camera Remote: Super Mini Jack (2.5 mm diameter) for Zoom, Mini Jack (3.5 mm diameter) for Focus and Iris
Power Requirements7.2VDC (with Battery)
7.3VDC (with AC Adapter)
Power Consumption11W
Operating Temperature32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions10.5 x 9.2 x 18" (27 x 23 x 46 cm) (excluding the projection part)
Weight7 lb (3.2 kg)
7.3 lb (3.3 kg) with battery
Packaging Info
Package Weight15.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)22.5 x 15 x 14"
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I asked you how or what do I touch to change the modes to ph or ha ?
Asked by: paul
The various modes can be accessed in the Record Setup Screen. You do need to be in AVCHD Mode to select PH or HA Modes. For additional assistance with this feel free to email us directly at [email protected]
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-01-25

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how can I get to the ph mode with my camcorder?
Asked by: paul
The various modes can be accessed in the Record Setup Screen. You do need to be in AVCHD Mode to select PH Mode. For additional assistance with this feel free to email us directly at [email protected]
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-01-25

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My cameras card reader is broken where do i get to buy another card reader to replace it?Its not an external card reader but the one in the camera itself.
Asked by: Annemarie S.
I'm sorry to say that with the AG-HMC80 no longer available we more than likely will not have the specific parts it came with available. However the Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader is a great choice to read the SD cards that the AG-HMC80 uses. https://bhpho.to/2aYxT2A
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Does the Panasonic AG-HMC80PJ show Hours,Minutes,Seconds in the Time Stamp mode?
Asked by: tom
Yes, the Time Stamp can be turned on or off and displays hours, minutes, and seconds. Full details can be found here > http://bit.ly/1o0x23z
Answered by: PanasonicUSA Panasonic Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Is it possible to output to the HDMI (in high def) and the DV (firewire, standard def) at the same time?
Asked by: Tom S.
According to manual (Vol. 1 p. 17): with mode switch in AVCHD position there is no DV (firewire) input/output function; and with mode switch in DV position, there are no USB or HDMI output functions. So I believe answer has to be NO.
Answered by: David B.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Will this camera fit in the CineBags CB-40 High Roller Camera Bag?
Asked by: Casey M.
I'm not using a camera bag, I do not transport it, It's being used on a fixed setup in my office
Answered by: Mark G.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Can this camera be mounted on a tripod?
Asked by: Luc T.
Yes, this camcorder accepts the 1/4 ISO 1222 tripod standard. Full details can be found in the below link.http://bit.ly/1LbavYt
Answered by: PanasonicUSA Panasonic Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Does this camera shoot slow motion 240 fps? I want to start a slow motion video photo booth business.
Asked by: Bryan B.
The highest frame rate and resolution this camera provides is 1080i/60fps. For a camera that is capable of shooting 240 fps, please have a look at the Sony NEX-FS700R.
Answered by: Richard B.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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