Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder & AG-MYA30G XLR Mic Adapter / Holder

Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder & AG-MYA30G XLR Mic Adapter / Holder

Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder & AG-MYA30G XLR Mic Adapter / Holder

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Product Highlights

  • 3MOS Sensor
  • AVCHD / 1080p / 24p
  • 10.6MP Stills
  • 12x Leica Lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Dual XLR Input Mic Adapter / Holder
  • XLR Switching to Mic or Line Level
  • Mono or Stereo Signal Capturing
  • Adapter / Holder Mounts Camera's Handle
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Panasonic AG-HMC40 overview

  • 1Description

The Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder & AG-MYA30G XLR Mic Adapter / Holder is a kit including an AG-HMC40 Camcorder and a dual input XLR Microphone Adapter and Holder that mounts right under the tip of the camcorder's detachable handle (as shown in the photo above).

The HMC40 is designed to record in high definition on standard 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 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 AG-MYA30G Mic Adapter / Holder features dual XLR inputs and is made for use specifically with the AG-HMC40 camera (and the AG-DVC30 and AG-DVC32). The two inputs are each equipped with a separate level control and can independently be switched to accept mic or line level signals.

If you'll be connecting an exceedingly "hot" microphone, an attenuation switch available on the adapter will increase headroom, beneficial as hot mics can overload an input and cause distortion. And if you use a condenser microphone, the adapter will conveniently supply to it +48V of phantom power.

AG-HMC40 AVCHD/H.264 Memory Card Camcorder

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.

AG-MYA30G Switchable Dual XLR Mic Adapter / Holder

Dual Channel
Dual XLR inputs allow dual mono or stereo signal capturing. Each input is equipped with its own level control for added control over input signal.
Mic / Line Switchable
The two inputs can independently be switched to accept mic or line level signals.
ATT Attenuation Switch
An attenuation switch provides additional headroom when using exceedingly "hot" microphones that overload the input and cause distortion.
+48V Phantom Power
The adapter provides +48V phantom power to condenser microphones.
In the Box
Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder & AG-MYA30G XLR Mic Adapter / Holder
  • 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
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Additional 2-Year Warranty Upon Product Registration
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    Panasonic AG-HMC40 specs

    Image Device 1/4" 3MOS sensor
    Lens Leica Dicomar 12x Zoom
    4-48 mm f/1.8-2.8 (35 mm equivalence 40.8-490 mm)
    43 mm filter diameter
    Video 35 mm equivalent: 40.8-490 mm (16:9)
    Still equivalent: 41.3-496 mm (3:2)
    40.8-490 mm (16:9), 45.0-540 mm (4:3)
    Horizontal Resolution 1080 lines
    Minimum Illumination 1 lux (gain +34 dB, slow shutter: 1/2 sec.)
    Filter Built-in ND: auto On/Off
    LCD Monitor 2.7" (6.85 cm)
    230,000 pixels
    Viewfinder .26" (.66 cm)
    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 Mbps (1920 x 1080) - 3 hrs
    HA: 17 Mbps (1920 x 1080) - 4 hrs
    HG: 13 Mbps (1920 x 1080) - 5.3 hrs
    HE: 6 Mbps (1440 x 1280) - 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 Signal Format AC3, 2-channel
    Audio Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    Connectors Outputs:
    1x mini-D component
    1x HDMI

    1x 3.5 mm mic mini jack
    1x headphone stereo mini jack
    1x USB 2.0
    1x camera remote super mini jack for Zoom / 1x mini jack for Focus and Iris
    Power Requirements 7.2 V DC with battery
    7.9 V DC with AC adapter
    Power Consumption 7.8 W
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 - 40°C)
    Dimensions 5.3 x 5.3 x 11.9" (13.4 x 13.4 x 30.2 cm)
    Weight 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
    3.1 lbs (1.4 kg) with battery
    XLR Adapter
    Inputs 2x XLR allow dual mono or stereo signal capturing
    Power The adapter provides +48V phantom power to condenser microphones
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.2 x 10.3 x 10.5"

    Panasonic AG-HMC40 reviews

    AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder & AG-MYA30G XLR Mic Adapter / Holder is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent--love the camera, fast shippin I am an amateur photographer and videographer, but I have been working with cameras and video equipment for several years. I was waiting for a camera with the right price that is tapeless--this camera is just perfect. I have shot some video with it and compared to my older camera and the difference is visible. I bought the external mic and love the sound quality. Despite the problems with low-light situations, I am delighted. I normally use lighting anyway, so this was not an issue for me. The battery that came with the camera has a decent life. I would recommend this product for most anyone (amateur or professional). For the professional, I would think it would be a great, inexpensive backup system.
    Date published: 2012-11-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera from the right vendor You will read the same things about this camera over and over again. There are many reasons to buy it, price being a point that out shines the few negatives. Bad in low light? well yeah, but don't shoot pro video in the dark without supplemental lighting. Always have lighting handy. There, fixed that for most situations. For the price, this one is right. You will have to spend another $1000 to even start seeing any difference in quality in another camera. Once you've researched enough to know this is what you want, I can save you another weeks research and tell you this is the place to get it. You will see it listed for cheaper on a slew of other sites, but a background check with send chills down your spine. You get what you pay for! A third party one year warranty on a 'grey-market' camera. That's after they hold your order until they can get you on the phone and try to hard sell you on expensive knock-off memory cards, camera bags, tripods. There are endless horror stories and no matter how many good deal sites you find they all point to the same warehouse in New Jersey. If you ever plan on shooting an event, or doing a proper interview, this package comes with the audio adapter, Get what you want, when you want it, without having to talk to anyone. B&H delivered a great camera sans bologna exactly to my expectations. -Thanks!
    Date published: 2013-07-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Camera for the Money! I use the camera to do HD filing for release on Disk and Youtube. The camera is pretty easy to use as it comes and the meenus are not hat hard to learn. I'm accustom to using high end 2/3 CCD cameras and the only complaint I would have is that you can't pan as fast with these smaller MOS cameras. The XLR adaptor is quite a nice thing to have as I use lapel mics and boom mics that need phantom power. I love the SD card recording. I just pop out the card, insert it into my laptop and upload the footage.
    Date published: 2013-07-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Next Step In the Progression I have owned the AG-DVC30 Mini-DV camcorder as my primary shooter for 8 years and it has served me very well. The AG-HMC40P is nearly the same case, recording HD to SD cards. Most of my accessories (except batteries) from the old camera fit this one. Used it to shoot one event so far, outside on a sunny day. Very impressed with the video quality. Too early to tell much else so far. The 3-year mfg. warranty (with registration) is a nice touch, though the old camera never required service, so hopefully this one will be as reliable.
    Date published: 2013-07-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like it Having only had the camcorder for two weeks now, I am still learning it. And, there are endless features. The image quality is simply outstanding when lighting is adequate. Daytime stills and video could not be any clearer. Both look like they are straight out of a high quality National Geographic nature program. Low light does not produce as high of a quality, but that's just part of working with high definition. It needs good light. Buttons are logical, it is light weight, focus is easy, and it has all of those high end-high tech features that you can use or ignore depending on the situation. I recommend reading the book that comes with it and the manual. The guy who wrote the book did a great job explaining how to work with this machine.
    Date published: 2013-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic little camera! I have had this one since 2011. Truly astounding image quality in the hands of a skilled operator, and good lighting. The image right out of the box may not impress. I would utilize the various scene file settings to modify the image to taste. A few tweaks go a long way! If you are looking for as little noise as possible in the image, the B-Press gamma will do just that. This is one of the only -- if not the only -- Panasonic camcorder that allows dynamic range stretch in 24p. Pared with a screw-on ND filter on a bright sunny day, you can really get better images than a lot of video cameras. The various recording modes will suit most projects. The camera has a very good auto-focus, though manual focus is easy to operate since you have access to a zoomed-in focus assist. The waveform monitor is also really great, though you need to activate it in the menu. It is listed as WFM, and you assign it to one of the user buttons. The amount of light you will need to have a picture with no gain is rather astonishing. However, provided that your scene file is of a lower-noise type (Don't have detail levels, chroma, etc. cranked up all the way!) 12dB is perfectly acceptable. In many instances, there is little difference in the noise level between 0 and 12, though this greatly depends upon what you are shooting. Under-exposed areas are going to have some noise. *ALL* video has noise! Note however, that 18dB of Gain on this camera is roughly equivlent to the old HMC-150 and HVX200a at 0dB. Therefore you really need to light! Audio capture is decent, and I actually utilized a Beachtek passive adapter in conjunction with a powered Sony lavaliere microphone. Hiss levels are perfectly ok in this configuration. A dynamic XLR microphone will obviously require a powered preamp + adapter! The only drawback is that the audio is compressed AC-3, stereo, at 384kbps. Though you will *NOT* be able to tell the difference in quality beteen that and Linear PCM, I would treat it gently in post production, or better yet run a simultaneous uncompressed record via the headphone jack. The timelapse mode is top-notch, and allows you to do pretty remarkable timelapes even in low-light. For instance, at one frame per second, you can control the electronic shutter down to around 1/2 of a second. With a capped 12dB of gain, you can get timelapses in lighting conditions impossible at normal shutter speed, and the motion blur will very much fit the recording. Timelapse recording is done in X frames per second . Therefore when the camcorder says 1 frame on the menu, that means one frame per second. You get the idea. The firmware allows for timelapsing up to 24 hours straight! Furthermore, the camcorder consumes a bit less battery power on timelapse mode, so a three hour battery might last 4+ hours or so with the screen closed. Note: You NEED to purchase a screw-on ND filter for this camera. It's the 43mm thread size if I remember correctly. Otherwise, you will be fighting with nasty clipping outdoors on a sunny day. Though the camera has poor senstivity, it also lacks an additional ND filter. A flaw that can easily be compensated for, for about $20-30 at most! Rolling shutter isn't too much of a problem, though it will show up in 1080p24 if you whip the camera around. Note that even in 1080p24 -- Which is what the timelapse recordings are stored as -- If you timelapse a drive from a car with the camera pointed out the front or back window, the rolling shutter isn't too much of an issue, due to the angle which the trees and other objects are going by. I would not attempt shooting out a side window however, as you are going to get a lot of skew! Finally: For those who are obsessed with the shallow depth of field fad, this camera is NOT for you. You can reduce depth of field with it, but it requires careful staging! On the other hand, it also allows you to keep shots in focus in good lighting far easier than a much larger sensor camera, so if you insist on requiring shallow depth of field in some shots, this little guy might work as a second camera for when you NEED deep focus.
    Date published: 2014-01-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this product again The camera is great is perfect for social & corporate events, short films & documentaries....I liked!!!
    Date published: 2012-11-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't get more bang for the buck You can just use the camera like a point-and-shoot right out of the box if you want, but since you paid a little under $$ for this camera I would assume that you want to learn all of the neat things that it can do. If you read, study and understand the book that comes with it not the manual but the professional video guidebook that comes with it you will understand and be able to do more than most professional videographers. To do what this camera does would have cost five times as much just a few years ago. yes I know DSLRs can shoot video (if you're satisfied with about 12 minutes at a time) and many people are trying to use them professionally. But if you want to shoot video professionally at a reasonable price this is the camera that you should definitely look at. Be a master of one not a jack of all trades. The only thing that I would rate it down on at all is the plastic body. but remember it is under $$, a lot of professionals won't even look at it because the price is so low.
    Date published: 2013-06-12
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