Panasonic AG-AC120 PAL AVCCAM Professional Camcorder

Panasonic AG-AC120 PAL AVCCAM Professional Camcorder

Panasonic AG-AC120 PAL AVCCAM Professional Camcorder

B&H # PAAGAC120P MFR # AG-AC120E
Panasonic AG-AC120 PAL AVCCAM Professional Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • Full HD 3-Chip 2.2 MP U.L.T. MOS Sensor
  • Wide Field of View: 28-616mm 22x HD Lens
  • Mechanical Zoom / Focus / Iris Rings
  • High-Quality AVCHD PH Recording Mode
  • Selectable HD / SD Recording
  • Dual-Slot Relay / Simultaneous Recording
  • Supports SDXC / SDHC / SD Memory Cards
  • Four Optical Neutral Density Filters
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  • 1Description

The Panasonic AG-AC120 PAL AVCCAM Professional Camcorder features a progressive-compatible 2.2 megapixel 3-chip U.L.T. image sensor that offers high sensitivity and low noise, enabling quality shooting in low-light.

A newly designed large diameter 22x zoom lens with a filter diameter of 72mm provides a very wide field of view, covering from 28mm wide to 616mm telephoto without a conversion lens. A mechanical zoom ring, a focus ring and an iris ring altogether allow the same kind of manual operation with the lens that normally only an interchangeable lens affords.

The camera is equipped with dual memory card slots supporting relay and simultaneous recording onto SDXC/SDHC/SD memory cards. Recording modes are selectable between high-quality AVCHD-HD and DV-format SD in AVI type 2. HD comes at 1920 x 1080 at a bit rate of 24 Mbps.

Panasonic Optical Technology
The high-performance zoom lens was developed specifically for professional HD video production. While inheriting the wide-angle capabilities of the DVX and HMC Series, it adds the same level of operating ease as you'd expect from an interchangeable lens model for broadcasting and other professional uses. Zooming from 28mm to 616mm, this 22x zoom lens covers a wide field of view, from wide-angle to telephoto, without a conversion lens.
Three Manual Rings -- Zoom, Focus, Iris
The lens unit is provided with three rings -- a mechanical zoom ring, a focus ring, and an iris ring. The positive operating feel of these rings gives you manual control similar to an interchangeable lens.
OIS / Digital Zoom / ND Filter
An Optical Image Stabilizer allows hand-shake correction. A Digital Zoom function can be assigned to a user button for 2x, 5x, and 10x magnification. In combination with the optical zoom, this function provides a telephoto capability up to 220x. Also, the camera features a four-position optical ND filter wheel.
High-Sensitivity, 2.2 MP U.L.T. Image Sensor
This camera features the same Ultra Luminance Technology 1/3-type 2.2 megapixel 3MOS image sensor that is incorporated in the shoulder-type P2HD camera recorders. This advanced image sensor is set to maximize the performance of the lens and signal processing circuit under standard shooting conditions.
High-End Camera Image Settings
  • DRS (Dynamic Range Stretch) suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights
  • 3-position gain selector plus Super Gain of +24 dB/+30dB (+24 dB and +30dB can be assigned to a USER button only)
  • Selectable 7-mode gamma settings including the CINE-LIKE gamma modes
  • Four Matrix settings including a CINE-LIKE mode
  • Adjustable H detail, V detail, detail coring and skin tone detail
  • Adjustable chroma level, chroma phase, color temperature and master pedestal
  • Knee point settings: Auto, Low, Mid and High
  • White balance: three values -- A/B/Preset -- of white balance with an auto tracking function. The preset can be set to 3200K, 5600K and Variable, which ranges between P2.4K and P9.9K
High-Quality, Multi-Format AVCHD PH Mode
The AC-120 features the AVCHD format and high-quality PH mode. AVCHD complies with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high-profile technology for superb images and low data rates. PH mode was developed by Panasonic exclusively for high-quality video production. With a maximum AVCHD bit-rate of 24 Mbps (average: 21 Mbps), it records 1920 x1080 full-HD images. PH mode also supports multiple HD formats, such as 1080/50i, 1080/25p, 720/50p and 720/25p.
Dual Slot SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording
  • Dual memory card slots: seamlessly records onto two memory cards consecutively, and simultaneous recording records the same images onto two different memory cards for reliable backup (Simultaneous recording cannot be combined with relay recording or interval recording)
  • Interval recording: records one frame at a time in set intervals (1 / 10 / 30 sec., 1 / 2 min.)
  • Pre-rec: while in standby mode, the camera recorder can continuously store and subsequently record up to about 3 seconds to ensure that you always get the shot you want
  • Shot mark: allows convenient OK and NG marking, and can be added to each clip during or after recording
  • Index: scenes can be marked with up to 100 index flags per clip (in AVCHD only)
  • Rec check: you can check the end of the most recently recorded clip with one-touch ease
  • Last clip delete: one-touch delete of the most recently recorded clip
  • Time stamp
  • Time code
DV Recording Mode Supported
Records SD video into a DV-format file for added flexibility. Standard IEEE 1394 DV output lets you ingest files to a PC or Mac.

DV-format files made by the AG-HMC80 Series are not fully compatible with the AG-AC120. Use the same model of camera recorder which was used for recording to play back DV-format files. A class 6 or higher SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card is required for DV recording.
Versatile Shooting Assist Functions
  • Focus assist: the focus level bar and the focus-in-red display functions help to focus quickly and accurately. A face-detection function is also available.
  • Area focus, area iris: an area of the frame can be set as a target zone for focusing, iris adjustment and Y GET brightness measurement to increase shot-composing flexibility
  • Scene file dial: instantly retrieves a set of shooting conditions
  • WFM: simplified waveform and vectorscope display
  • Three USER buttons: each button can be assigned with any of 16 functions
  • LCD monitor: various markers and grids can be displayed on the 3.45" LCD
  • Mode check: displays a list of the camera settings on the monitor
  • Zebra
  • Color bar
Down-Conversion
Internal down-converter outputs SD video from HDMI or Video Out with 16:9/4:3 aspect conversion, side crop, letterbox and squeeze.
Tally Lamps
Featured on the front and rear.
In the Box
Panasonic AG-AC120 PAL AVCCAM Professional Camcorder
  • AC Adapter (Battery Charger)
  • AC Cord
  • DC Cord
  • Microphone Holder
  • CD-ROM
  • 90-Day Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Camera Section
    Sensor 1/3-type progressive, 2.2 megapixel, 3MOS sensors
    Effective Pixels 1920 x 1080
    Lens Optical image stabilizer lens, 22x motorized zoom
    F1.6 - 3.2 (f= 3.9 - 86 mm)
    35 mm conversion: 28 - 616 mm (16:9)
    Filter Diameter 72 mm
    Optical System Prism color separation
    ND Filter OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
    Minimum Shooting Distance Approx. 3.3 ft (1 m)
    Gain 0/ +3 / +6 / +9 / +12 / +15 / +18 / +24 / +30 dB
    (+24 and +30 dB are assigned to the USER button)
    Digital Zoom 2X / 5X / 10X, assigned to the USER button
    Minimum Illumination 0.3 lx (F1.6, gain +30 dB, shutter speed 1/25 seconds)
    Shutter Speed Preset Shutter:
    50i/50p: 1/50 (when shutter is shut off), 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 sec.
    25p: 1/25, 1/50 ((when shutter is shut off), 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 sec.

    Slow Shutter:
    50i/50p: 1/6, 1/12, 1/25 sec.
    25p: 1/6, 1/12 sec.

    Synchro Scan:
    50i/50p: 1/50 to 1/250 sec.
    25p: 1/25 to 1/250 sec.

    Opening Angle:
    3 to 360°, .5° step
    LCD Screen 3.45" (8.76 cm) color LCD with approx. 920,000 dots (16:9)
    Recording
    Memory Card Recording format:
    AVCHD standard (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
    DV standard (AVI Type 2)

    Recording media:
    SD memory card (FAT12, FAT16 formats supported)
    512 MB, 1GB, up to 2 GB
    SDHC memory card (FAT32 format supported)
    4 GB, 6GB, 8GB, 12GB, 16GB, 32 GB
    SDXC memory card (exFAT format supported)
    48 GB, 64 GB, up to 2 TB

    Memory cards above Class 4 are supported in PH/HA mode; above Class 2 are supported in PM/HE mode; above Class 6 are supported in DV mode
    Recording Video Signals AVCHD:
    PH mode: 1080/50i, 1080/25p, 720/50p, 720/25p
    PM mode: 720/50p
    HA/HE mode: 1080/50i

    DV:
    576/50i, 576/25p
    Video Bit Rate PH mode: approx. 21 Mbps (VBR)
    PM mode: approx. 8 Mbps (VBR)
    HA mode: approx. 17 Mbps (VBR)
    HE mode: approx. 6 Mbps (VBR)
    Interval Recording 1 sec. / 10 sec. / 30 sec. / 1 min. / 2 min. interval, maximum 168 hours (1 week) recording
    Recording Audio Signal AVCHD:
    48 kHz / 16 bit, Dolby Digital 2 ch

    DV:
    48 kHz / 16 bit, linear PCM (digital 2 ch)
    Connections
    Video Output HDMI out: HDMI type A, VIERA Link not supported
    VIDEO out: Pin jack, 1.0 V [p-p], 75 Ω
    Audio Input / Output Built-in microphone:
    Stereo microphone

    XLR input:
    2x 3-pin XLR (Input 1, Input 2)
    Line/Mic/+48 V switchable, high impedance
    Line: 0 dBu, Mic: -40/-50/-60 dBu (menu)

    Audio output:
    2x pin jack (ch.1, ch.2), 600 Ω, 316 mV

    HDMI output (AVCHD):
    2 ch (linear PCM), 5.1 ch (Dolby Digital)

    Headphones:
    1x 3.5 mm stereo mini jack

    Speaker:
    round, 20 mm
    Other I/O Connections Camera remote:
    1x 2.5 mm super mini jack (Zoom S/S)
    1x 3.5 mm mini jack (Focus/Iris)

    Index remote:
    1x 2.5 mm super mini jack

    TC Present In/Out:
    Video Out terminal dual-purpose
    In: 1 to 4 V [p-p], low impedance

    UB 2.0: type mini-B connector (USB 2.0 compliant)
    DV out (DV mode only): 6-pin (IEEE1394 compliant), digital output only
    Power & Other Parameters
    Power Supply Voltage DC 7.2 V (when battery is used)
    DC 7.3 V (when AC adapter is used)
    Power Consumption 11.4 W (when recording)
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Operating Humidity 10 to 80% (no condensation)
    Dimensions 7 x 7.7 x 13.9" (18 x 19.5 x 35.3 cm)
    Weight 5 lbs (2.3 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.0 x 14.0 x 11.0"

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