42nd Street Photo recommends the Panasonic AG-HMC150 Advanced Professional Camcorder

Panasonics latest Professional Camcorders, the AG-HMC150 Flash Memory HD Camcorder is highly rated and feature rich. AG-HMC150 is the first camcorder targeted squarely at the professional market. This is the first AVCHD camcorder that I’ve tested that looks, feels, and works like a truly professional camcorder. It is one of the lightest pro cams with three 1/3-inch imagers. One of the best features is its wide angle lens (28mm) which will allow you to get more of the scene in tight situations.

The AG-HMC150 will feel much like the acclaimed AG-DVX100, as opposed to its more similar and larger cousin, the AG-HVX200. Reducing weight makes the camera easy to hold; at 4.2 lbs the camera is very comfortable on long shoots.

The AG-HMC150 offers full HD 1080p at 24p and 30p frame rates. The AG-HMC150 provides AVC HD video in a class of its own. The ability to record up to 24Mb/s onto a single SDHC makes the camera not only incredibly versatile, but allows users to record onto inexpensive media.

The AG-HMC150 also has super sensitive CCD’s. Each pixel has a large light-receiving area, giving this advanced 1/3″ progressive CCD the kind of high sensitivity not available in previous compact HD cameras. This advanced CCD combines with a newly developed 14-bit digital signal processor (DSP) to achieve a balance of high resolution and high S/N ratio that rivals even the most sophisticated HD broadcasting cameras.

 

Other Features

 

  • Extra-long record times – one 32GB SDHC card can hold up to 3 hours in the PH mode mode, 4 hours HA, 5.3 hours at HG mode and 12 hours in the HE mode.
  • Records in a full range of HD formats including 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24p; 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p
  • 1/3″ 3-CCD progressive image system with excellent sensitivity, superb color reproduction and resolution
  • Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) that ensures stable images, critical to high definition video display
  • 13X 28mm to 368mm (35mm equivalent) Leica Dicomarâ„¢ wide-angle zoom lens
  • Superb Manual & Auto focus
  • In-camera Waveform Monitor, Vectorscope and two Focus assist displays
  • A host of advanced video functions like Cinelike Gamma and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)
  • Professional-level connections including HDMI out, Component Out (D Terminal), Composite Out and RCA Audio out jacks, XLR audio inputs, USB 2.0 for file transfer, remote control for Zoom, Iris, Focus, Start/Stop
  • Features three neutral density filters and three user sets
  • Two locking XLR inputs with switches for mic/line, +48V Phantom Power, Auto/Manual level, and internal/external assignment
  • Useful time/date stamp feature for applications like legal depositions or surveillance
  • Includes professional-level assist functions like waveform monitor, vectorscope and two focus displays
  • Variety of editing solutions (Render files to almost any format or media)
  • Built with a durable, die-cast magnesium chassis frame for reliable performance in tough environments
  • Lightweight (under 6lbs.), handheld design similar to the popular AG-DVX100
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    The camcorder has received excellent owner reviews and for its price range is an excellent buy.

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