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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • HD and SD Capture
  • 1080i/p, 720p, 480i/p
  • 24p, 30p, 60i
  • 12x HD Lens
  • Records to SDHC Cards
  • Waveform Monitor
  • Dual XLR Input
  • Multipurpose Focus Ring
  • Cine-Like Gamma Curves
  • 10.6MP Stills
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Panasonic AG-HMC80 Overview

  • 1Description

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.
In the Box
Panasonic AG-HMC80 3MOS AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder
  • AC Adapter/Charger
  • 2640 mAh Battery Pack
  • AC Cable
  • DC Cable
  • Wireless Remote Controller w/Battery
  • Eye Cup
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Hood & Cap
  • XLR Audio Adapter Cap
  • CD-ROM
  • AVCCAM Restorer (PC/Mac)
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic AG-HMC80 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
    480/60i, 480/30p (over 60i), 480/24p (over 60i)
    Recording Format AVCHD: 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 Device 1/4" 3MOS Sensors
    Lens 12x 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 Diameter 43mm
    Built-in ND Filter Automatic On/Off Interlock w/Iris
    Minimum Focus Distance Approx. 35.4" (0.9m)
    Gain Selection Video: 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 Balance ATW, ATW LOCK, preset 3200 K, preset 5600 K, Ach or Bch
    Shutter Speed Preset
    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.

    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 Illumination 1 lux (Gain +34 dB, Slow Shutter: 1/2 sec.)
    Digital Zoom 2x/5x/10x wbuxswxavysqdzetwfferxdfwazfbdffsa

    Assigned to the USER button, for switching zoom levels. Only available for 1080/60i, 720/60i, 480/60i.

    Recording Time AVCHD
    Approx. 180 minutes (in PH mode with 1920 x 1080 pixels and using a 32GB SDHC Memory Card)

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

    Viewfinder 2.7", 230,000 Pixels (Flip-up for LCD)
    Memory Card Slot SD, SDHC
    Scan Matching Yes
    Different Ranges for Different Record Modes
    Audio Compression Dolby Digital (2 ch)
    Linear PCM (Digital/2 ch)
    Audio Sampling 48 kHz
    Quantization 16 bit
    Input and Output Connectors Component: 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 Requirements 7.2VDC (with Battery)
    7.3VDC (with AC Adapter)
    Power Consumption 11W
    Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
    Dimensions 10.5 x 9.2 x 18" (27 x 23 x 46 cm) (excluding the projection part)
    Weight 7 lb (3.2 kg)
    7.3 lb (3.3 kg) with battery
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 15.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.5 x 15.0 x 14.0"

    Panasonic AG-HMC80 Reviews

    AG-HMC80 3MOS AVCCAM HD Shoulder-Mount Camcorder is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 79.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good... Better... Best... it's Best I use this camera for corporate and consumer videos. This camera has so many professional features it's unbelievable! It's crazy that this camera is priced around $. Ten years ago I shot news for both the local Fox and NBC affiliates. Those cameras were priced around $ and the image clarity of the AG-HMC80P looks every bit as good as those news cameras. I really like having professional audio inputs and having manuel control of the audio is GREAT! Six white balance settings: Auto... Auto Lock... pre-set 3200k... pre-set 5600k and two manuel white balance settings, A channel and B channel used for mix light situations.
    Date published: 2012-10-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from No More Tapes! I primarily use this camera for ENG style shooting and it works great. So here's the good and the inconvenient (I hesitate to use the word bad) THE GOOD - SDHC; No more tapes or heads to clean!!!! - Outputs/Inputs/Jacks for just about everything (HDMI, TC, USB 2, Mic, Remote, ect...) - 1080i, 1080p, 720i - Prerec - Light but solid construction - Switch from avchd - dv and manual-auto at the flip of a switch THE INCONVENIENT - If you rec in one mode then switch to another (ie 1080-720) you can only watch the one that your cam is currently set to in Playback; it does not change automatically you must exit Playback and change the setting manually. - Navigating the in-camera menu
    Date published: 2011-06-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera - Lots of Features It's my first Panasonic camera. I'm used to the Canon XL series. I looked at the reviews and price and had to jump on this one. I have been experimenting with this camera for several days and definetely say you need light. The audio features and auto features are top notch. The manual assist buttons are really cool too. The built in light meter will teach me how to use proper light readings. I'm not used to the 3MOS (Panasonic Slang) so that will be different. With the price and the features I think this is a great HD starter camera (since I have no experience in HD). It comes with a nice book which explains HD and the camera to detail. It really helped me. Nice HD cam.
    Date published: 2011-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great HD camcorder Got it 2 weeks ago. I do corporate video for a large food company R&D lab. Upgraded from 5-year old DVX100B. The 720p30 and 1080p30 are great and razor sharp. Selected this over HMC150 for sharper full-raster look based on Vimeo clips and it is panning out very nicely. All the manual/auto switches for focus/iris/wb are great, viewfinder screen is great, sound in xlrs work great. Still adjusting to shoulder mount form factor (esp getting the teleprompter hood to fit snugly..) but so far just great image results. Edit in FCP and the Log & Transfer SDHC ProRes flow has been flawless so far, just buy more drives to support the large files. Note: does need to be lit and locked for most awesome picture. Also, add the Panny wide angle for event coverage,
    Date published: 2011-02-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice camera with limitations I bought this camera from B&H in February and have used it for about 25 weddings so far, I learned quickly that you have to light up the wedding venue like a TV studio to get the proper exposure, So far I have not had any complaints about the two 1000wt Lowel DP's bouncing off silver umbrellas, or the 100 wt camera light with 4 cell battery belt I feel like I'm back in the early 80's (as far as the cameras sensitivity). The rest of the camera is great it delivers great images & great sound, After using tape for years the SDHC cards are a joy.
    Date published: 2012-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera! Got this last week and it's fantastic. The focus/iris ring is very handy, as well as the user buttons. Picture quality is great, and with hdmi output for monitors you get great feedback. On board mic isn't fantastic but with multiple sound inputs including xlr you can ad a better mic easily. The FireWire out put for dv video works great with adobe production as well.
    Date published: 2010-10-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad for the price The quality recording is very good especially in HD mode. Switching from HD to DV is not seemless you have to turn off the camera to do this. Also you must have a SD card rated 6 or above for DV recording. The colour is rich and there is not much grain in low light as I had expected. However if is advised that you use extra lights for the best quality. Concerning the audio mic input, you cannot record solely from one mic source on both channel. For example if you attached microphone to XLR input 1 it will only record on one channel left or right. However, this camera is big. Getting a bag to fit posses a problem. Overall I am pleased with the video and audio quality
    Date published: 2013-07-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from My second choice but I'm glad I made it! I was in the market for another HMC-150 but could not wait until late June of this year for it to become available again so I switched gears and found the HMC-80. I have heard a thousand times that the 3MOS sensor is poor in low light, it is.. However, some make it sound like CCD sensors are better by leaps and bounds... there not. Marginally at best. I have owned the HMC-80 for a little over a month and have been pleasantly surprised by what I would consider a fantastic, easy to use professional camcorder. If your looking for a great camera with all of the bells and whistles that the big boys offer for a great price, you could do far worse than this. I will have a hard time when the time comes deciding on whether or not to go with another 80 or 150. Amazing clarity, great colors and with the ability to capture sound via XLR, good job Panasonic!!
    Date published: 2012-05-11
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