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Panasonic AG-AF100A Digital Cinema Camcorder

BH #PAAGAF100A • MFR #AG-AF100APJ
Panasonic AG-AF100A Digital Cinema Camcorder
Key Features
  • 4/3-Inch MOS Image Sensor
  • MFT Lens Mount
  • Records Full HD at 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p
  • Up to 1080/60fps in AVCHD PS Mode
The Panasonic AG-AF100A Digital Cinema Camcorder features a 4/3-inch MOS image sensor and Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens mount for capturing video with shallow depth-of-field and a wider field-of-view than more traditional, smaller format camcorders. The AF100A can record Full HD 1920x1080 resolution video at 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p and 24p, as well as 60p/50p using the AVCHD PS Mode. In addition to the aesthetic merits of a large sensor, interchangeable lens system, the AF100A offers many of the features that professional videographers expect from the camcorder form factor, such as built-in ND filters and XLR audio inputs.
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Panasonic AG-AF100A MFT Mount Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Full HD Video Recording
  • 3HD-SDI Output for Uncompressed 4:2:2 10-Bit
  • 4Built-in Optical ND Filters
  • 5Professional Audio Recording Features
  • 6Variable Frame Rate Recording
  • 7Two Memory Card Slots
  • 8Dynamic Range Stretch Function
  • 9SMPTE Timecode and Timecode Synch
  • 10Customizable Scene Files
  • 11Manual Focus Assist and AF
  • 12LCD Monitor and Electronic Viewfinder
  • 13Monitoring Features
  • 14Additional Features

The Panasonic AG-AF100A Digital Cinema Camcorder features a 4/3-inch MOS image sensor and Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens mount for capturing video with shallow depth-of-field and a wider field-of-view than more traditional, smaller format camcorders. The AF100A can record Full HD 1920x1080 resolution video at 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p and 24p, as well as 60p/50p using the AVCHD PS Mode. In addition to the aesthetic merits of a large sensor, interchangeable lens system, the AF100A offers many of the features that professional videographers expect from the camcorder form factor, such as built-in ND filters and XLR audio inputs.

In addition, variable frame rate recording can capture between 12 and 60 frames per second in the 1080/30p/24p format. Panasonic's PS, PH, HA and HE recording modes offer variable bit rates from approximately 6 to 25 Mbps, and an uncompressed 4:2:2 10-bit signal can be output via HD-SDI. Other professional features include six built-in customizable scene files, timecode, timecode sync, a 3.45" LCD display. Finally, dual SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots support relay recording with automatic clip spanning for up to 12 hours of continuous recording time.

Full HD Video Recording
The AF100A can record up to Full HD 1920x1080 resolution video at 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p and 24p frame rates, along with 50p/60p using the AVCHD PS Mode. The PS Mode complies with the AVCHD ver. 2.0 (AVCHD Progressive) standard (average approx. 25Mbps, maximum 28Mbps) for recording, playing and outputting Full HD progressive images via HDMI.
HD-SDI Output for Uncompressed 4:2:2 10-Bit
In addition to the on-board recorder, the camera's HD-SDI connection can output uncompressed 4:2:2 10-bit for external recording and monitoring.

Note: 10-bit signal is generated by a smoothing process. It is not a native 10 bit signal.
Built-in Optical ND Filters
The AF100A features built-in optical neutral density filters, in 2 stops, 4 stops and 6 stops. ND filters are essential for working in brightly lit environments, especially when pairing the large sensor with a fast lens for shallow depth-of-field.
Professional Audio Recording Features
Two XLR audio inputs are built-in, and both inputs are line/mic selectable with phantom power. They also offer high-quality pre-amps, full manual audio level control and the ability to disable all Audio Gain. The camera's PH mode records Dolby Digital/2ch, linear PCM/2ch and uncompressed 48 KHz 16-bit audio. The AF100A also features a built-in stereo microphone.
Variable Frame Rate Recording
20 variable frame rates from 12 to 60 frames per second enable fast-motion and slow-motion recordings. Up to 60P or 50p (dependent on 60 or 50Hz mode) is compressed as 1080/24p/30/25p.
Two Memory Card Slots
Using two SDXC memory cards, the AG-AF100 can record and store up to 12 hours in PH mode or 48 hours in HE mode. Relay recording with automatic clip spanning enables a maximum continuous recording time of up to 12 hours. Class 4 or higher SD/SDHC/SDXC cards are required for recording in PH or HA mode, but for other recording modes Class 2 or higher is sufficient. Video clips can also be copied from one card to the other for an easy back-up.
Dynamic Range Stretch Function
The DRS function recognizes the average brightness of highlight and shadow areas and automatically adjusts settings for a wider dynamic range with minimal blown highlights and blocked shadows.
SMPTE Timecode and Timecode Synch
The built-in SMPTE timecode generator lets you select Drop Frame/Non-Drop Frame and Free Run/Rec Run modes and preset. User bits are also provided. Connecting two cameras with a TC preset in/out connector allows the slave camera to synchronize with the master camera. Note: After synchronization, each camera's timecode runs separately and is not guaranteed to match precisely.
Customizable Scene Files
Six built-in, customizable Scene Files can be utilized for matching distinctive looks between multiple cameras or on different shooting days. Built-in gamma curves including HD Norm, HD Low and High, Cine-like D, Cine-like V and B.Stretch. Four selectable color matrices including Norm 1 and Norm 2, Fluorescent and Cinelike. Other controls include Color Phase and Saturation as well as Pedestal and Detail image control.
Manual Focus Assist and AF
The AF100A is equipped with an HD focus assist function. The focus bar indicates the focus level and the focus-in-red (peaking) display highlights the hard edges of in-focus objects. These features can be extremely helpful when making manual focus adjustments. Auto focus is also available when using compatible Lumix lenses, and AF features include face detection and area auto focus.
LCD Monitor and Electronic Viewfinder
The AF100A features a 3.45" 16:9 LCD display with approximately 920K dot resolution for monitoring, playback and adjusting menu settings. There is also an electronic viewfinder with approximately 1,226K resolution.
Monitoring Features
Monitoring features include two sets of zebra display markers, Waveform and Vectorscope accurate monitoring of Broadcast Safe Levels. In addition, Spotmeter "marker" provides instant feedback on key exposure values.
Additional Features
  • Manual and preset white balance choices
  • Preset black balance options
  • Syncro-scan shutter and Slow shutter mode
  • Pre-record and an intervalometer function for up to 24 hours
  • Aspect ratio markings (16:9, 2.35, 1.85, 14:9 and 4:3)
  • Programmable user buttons
  • ATW Lock and Shot Mark
  • Smart Battery interface (recording times of up to 4 hours with a 5400mA battery)
  • Metadata allows users to assign clip names
  • Down-converted standard definition composite output
  • Professional color bars and 1000Hz tone
  • Standard Panasonic communication protocol for remote control
  • Wireless infrared remote controller

Panasonic AG-AF100A MFT Mount Specs

Camera
Sensor Type4/3" MOS
Sensor SizeValid image range: approx. 17.8 x 10 mm
Color FilterPrimary color filter
Effective PixelsApprox. 12,400,000 pixels (single panel, 16:9)
GainVideo Cam mode: -6 dB to 18 dB (in 3 dB steps)
Film Cam mode: ISO 200 to 3200
Normal Sensitivityf/8.0 normal (2000 lx, 3200K, 89.9% reflex, 1080 59.94i)
Horizontal Resolution800 TV lines (at center standard)
Color TemperatureATW, ATW LOCK, preset 3200K, preset 5600K, preset VAR, Ach, Bch
Shutter SpeedPreset (59.94 Hz)
60i/p mode: 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
30p mode: 1/30, 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
24p mode: 1/24, 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
Preset (50 Hz)
50i/p mode: 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
25p mode: 1/25, 1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
Syncro Scan in Video Cam mode (59.94 Hz)
60i/p mode: 1/60 ~ 1/250.6
30p mode: 1/30 ~ 1/250.6
24p mode: 1/24 ~ 1/250.6
Syncro Scan in Video Cam mode (50 Hz)
50i/p mode: 1/50 ~ 1/250
25p mode: 1/25 ~ 1/250
Syncro Scan in Film Cam mode
10 to 180 to 360 d (in 0.5 d steps)
Slow Shutter (59.94 Hz)
60i/p mode: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30
30p mode: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15
24p mode: 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12
Slow Shutter (50 Hz)
50i/p mode: 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25
25p mode: 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12
Recording
Recording MediaSD memory cards: up to 512MB, 1 GB, 2 GB (FAT12, FAT16)
SDHC memory cards: 4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB, 12GB, 16 GB and 32 GB (FAT32)
SDXC memory cards: 48 GB, 64 GB (exFAT)
Note: Class 4 is supported in PH and HA modes, and Class 6 is supported at VFR recording and in PS mode.
Recording FormatAVCHD ver.2.0 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264/AVCHD Progressive)
Recording ModesPS mode (59.94 Hz): 1080/59.94p,
PH mode (59.94 Hz): 1080/59.94i, 1080/29.97p, 1080/23.98p, 720/59.94p, 720/29.97p, 720/23.98p
HA/HE mode (59.94 Hz): 1080/59.94i
PS mode (50 Hz): 1080/50p,
PH mode (50 Hz): 1080/50i, 1080/25p, 720/50p, 720/25p,
HA/HE mode (50 Hz): 1080/50i
Transmission RatePS mode: approx. 25 Mbps (VBR)
PH mode: approx. 21 Mbps (VBR)
HA mode: approx. 17 Mbps (VBR)
HE mode: approx. 6 Mbps (VBR)
Recording TimeApprox. 12 hours (PH mode 1920x1080 or 1280x720 with two 64GB SDXC memory cards)
Interval RecordingOff/1 sec. /10 sec. /30 sec. /1 min. /2 min.
Note: recording mode is fixed to PH 1080/24p (59.94 Hz) and PH 1080/25p (50 Hz) and the maximum shooting time is 24 hours.
VFR Recording1080/24p, 30p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 48, 54, 60 frames per second
1080/25p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50 frames per second
Audio RecordingPS/PH mode formats: Dolby Digital/2ch, linear PCM digital/2ch
Audio Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
Encoding: 16 bit
Dolby Digital Bit Rate: 384 kbps (PS/PH mode), 256 kbps (HA/HE mode)
Interface
HD/SD-SDIConnector: BNC x1 (0.8 V [p-p], 75Ω)
59.94 Hz formats: 1080/60i, 1080/24PsF, 720/60p, 480/60i
50 Hz formats: 1080/50i, 720/50p, 576/50i
HDMIConnector: HDMI TypeA terminal x1 (VIERA Link not supported)
59.94 Hz formats: 1080/60p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 480/60p
50 Hz formats: 1080/50p, 1080/50i, 720/50p, 576/50p
VideoConnector: RCA pin jack x1 (1.0 V [p-p], 75Ω)
59.94 Hz formats: 480/60i [50 Hz] 576/50i
Audio InputConnector: XLR x2 (3 pin, line/mic selectable, high impedance)
Line: 0 dBu
Mic: -50/-60 dBu (menu selectable)
Audio OutputConnector: RCA pin jack x2 (Ch1/Ch2, 316 mV, 600 Ω)
Embedded SDI audio: 2ch (linear PCM)
Embedded HDMI audio: 2ch (linear PCM), 5.1ch (Dolby Digital)
Headphone: 3.5 mm diameter stereo mini jack (x1)
Speaker: 20 mm round x1
RemoteCamera Remote: 2.5 mm Super mini jack (S/S), 3.5 mm mini jack (focus, iris)
Index Remote: 2.5 mm Super mini jack
TimecodeInput: 1.0 V to 4.0 V [p-p], 10 KΩ
Output: 2.0 V ±0.5 V [p-p], low impedance
Note: the TC interface is also used for video output
USBConnector: USB mini B (compliant with USB ver. 2.0)
Card reader function (no copyright protection support)
Display
MonitorType: LCD (color)
Size: 3.45" (diagonal)
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: approx. 920,000 dots
ViewfinderType: LCD (color)
Size: 0.45" (diagonal)
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: approx. 1,226,000 dots
General
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds system
Built-in ND FilterClear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Power Supply DC 7.2 V (when the battery is used)
DC 7.3 V (when the AC adaptor is used)
Power Consumption12.4 W (when recording)
Operating Temperature32 ~ 104° F (0 ~ 40° C)
Operating Humidity10 ~ 80% (no condensation)
Dimensions6.4 x 7.7 x 11.4" (163.4 x 195 x 290.4 mm)
Note: including the handle and grip
WeightApprox. 2.9 lb (1.3 kg)
Note: excluding the handle, grip, battery and other accessories
Packaging Info
Package Weight9.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)17 x 15 x 13"

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