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Panasonic AG-HMC80

The Panasonic AG-HMC80 is a professional AVCCAM HD shoulder-mount camcorder which features a solid state DV as well as HD recording capabilities. It has a 3-megapixel imager, multiple AVCCAM recording formats, DV support, and professional functions. The HMC80 provides the full benefits of AVCCAM for schools, event videographers, government facilities, web designers and corporate users who prefer to work with a shoulder-mount camera. It utilizes a professional 3-chip imager, captur…

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Panasonic AG-HMC80

The Panasonic AG-HMC80 is a professional AVCCAM HD shoulder-mount camcorder which features a solid state DV as well as HD recording capabilities. It has a 3-megapixel imager, multiple AVCCAM recording formats, DV support, and professional functions. The HMC80 provides the full benefits of AVCCAM for schools, event videographers, government facilities, web designers and corporate users who prefer to work with a shoulder-mount camera. It utilizes a professional 3-chip imager, captures 10.6-megapixel still images and stores them as standard JPEGs on the solid state card. The AVCHD recordings and stills can be played back from the SD card on a wide range of players, including Panasonic Blu-ray players, laptop PCs and advanced game consoles.

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The HMC80 is a professional camcorder that allows users to utilize either HD or SD formats in a solid-state workflow. It also features a manual focus ring, full HD resolution 3-megapixel 3MOS imager that produces 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 AVCHD video with high sensitivity, records in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high profile encoding which supports doubling of bandwidth and optimizes video performance, as well as support AVCCAM HD recording modes, including the highest-quality PH mode (average 21 Mbps/Max 24Mbps), the HA mode (approx.17 Mbps), the HG mode (approx.13 Mbps) and the extended recording HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps). The Panasonic AG-HMC80 also supports HD formats in PH mode: 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24pN, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24pN; 1080/60i in HA, HG and HE modes; and 480/60i, 480/30p, 480/24p in standard definition DV. It houses one 32GB SDHC memory card, that provides users with up to three hours of full resolution 1920x1080 video and audio in PH mode recordings, four hours at HA mode and 5.3 hours at HG mode. Other features on the camcorder include time code/UB recording; time/date stamp; and two wired remote control terminals (for zoom, focus, iris, REC start/stop controls), a lens with 12X optical zoom, 40.8mm (35mm lens equivalent) wide-angle setting, Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) which compensate for wide variations in lighting, and a Cine-Like Gamma mode that gives recordings a more film-like look. It has HDMI output (AVCHD only), USB 2.0 (mini B-type devices), composite output (BNC x 1), analog component (BNC x 3), IEEE 1394 output (DV only), and a built-in stereo microphone as well as a 3.5 mm external mic-in jack; two locking XLR inputs with switches for mic/line, and +48V Phantom Power capability. The camera also features solid-state recording functions such as pre-record, interval recording, shot marker and metadata capture; waveform monitor display, focus assists such as focus bar display and enlarged display, auto focus with face detection, white balance, mode display, zebra display, color bar, tally lamps, slow smooth zoom and soft landing, slow shutter and synchro-scan shutter functions, and three programmable user buttons. It comes with a wireless remote. The HMC80 is available in September 2010 at a suggested list price of $2,895.

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