Summary: Great camera. I upgraded from using multiple DVX-900B units. Some small features garnered big points from me about this model: Lens: Incredibly wide and has excellent zoom properties. Though I wish it was a servo zoom - or at least had one more faster zoom speed, it is smooth and precise.
Summary: I used the Panasonic HMC150 before this camera and loved it. That's why I purchased the AC130AP but this camera is a step backwards. The HMC150 was a much better camera. My main two issues are the focus and the sound quality. This camera is very bad if you want to use auto focus.
The Right Choice Between DSLR and Video Camera Features.
Randal A., Amazon
27 July 2013
Summary: The Panasonic AC-130 was a great Investment for our video production business. We were very skeptical before purchasing this camera because we were so used to the quality coming out of our Nikon SLR systems.
Summary: I bought this camera because it can produce a date and time stamp in the recorded video. I use the camera for legal video. The only thing I have negative to say about this camera is directed to panasonic.
Summary: We bought these for multicam live production at our church. We also do teaching DVD's, live streaming and documentary production. Several of us in the congregation are pros and use the cameras for corporate projects as well.
Summary: This is a quantum leap from digital videocams available just 5 years ago and far more affordable. Records hours and hours of HD footage on tiny flash cards and has two slots to allow simultaneous backup on one or seamless leapfrogging onto the second. Pic quality is outstanding.
Summary: Spectacular camcorder at a great package price. I would rate it 5 starts except for the shotgun mic. All of the shotgun mics that Willoughby's offers as part of their kits require the use of batteries and I insist on totally phantom powered mics.