Panasonic AG-AC130APJAVCCAM 1/3INCH HAND-HELD CAMCORDERVideo Camera with 22x Optical Zoom with 12.26-Inch LCD(Black)
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- Turbo-Speed One-Push Auto Focus
- Three independent adjustable rings for zoom, focus and iris
- Four professional AVCCAM HD recording modes
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|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Item Dimensions||7.7 x 7.1 x 17.2 inches|
|Item Weight||11 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||4.18 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.2 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.25 ounces|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||2.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||12.4 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-4;h.264;avchd|
|Video Capture Resolution||720p_hd|
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Top Customer Reviews
The Panasonic AG-AC130 camera is an upgrade from my current Panasonic AG-HMC40 which for half the price, is itself a decent camcorder. The first thing I noticed was the size. The AC130 is double the size and weight of the HMC40. I was content with the HMC40 in bright light. But the 40 isn't a great camcorder in low light. It gets grainy and chalky in a dimly lit room.
Outdoors, the AC130 offers a noticeably better image than the HMC40. It has a wider dynamic range, slightly better sharpness and less image artifacting than the smaller Panny. But it isn't a night and day difference. On a sunny day, you could match the image from the two camcorders fairly closely and only a pro could see the difference. Inside, however, it's a different story.
At zero db gain, the HMC40 produced a dark, unusable image in typical room light (a single 60 watt ceiling mounted light fixture). AT zero db, the AC130 produced a very usable but not bright image that was free of video grain. Blacks were pure black and the red sofa looked truly red with no visible grain in the image. Pumping both cameras up to 9 db yielded more usable images. The smaller Panny struggled with the light, but the image was usable.Read more ›
Many people are going to DSLR's for the larger imager that allows a shallower depth of field. I prefer the AC130. With HD, this camera's deeper depth of field helps keep moving shots in focus. If you're trying to shoot uncontrolled shots (documentary, news, events, etc.) then you lose more shots than you gain with a DSLR. I'd rather have a shot I can use that doesn't quite have that "35mm film look" than a slightly blurred shot with a DSLR. I guess if you're using actors and can take and retake shots, maybe a DSLR is a better choice.
The three 1/3 inch MOS chips provide excellent low light performance and super clean and sharp footage even in typical room lighting. They also provide truly rich and accurate colors beyond that of most DSLR's. You can manually dial in the exact color temperature in 100K increments. The lens has very wide angle and strong zoom at 22x optical zoom. Sharpness is good, but just a tad below the Leica series of lenses on their other camcorders. There are three independent rings for focus, manual zoom and manual iris control. Each ring has one function and there's no having to set a control to change ring functions. Focus is electronic, but it is super smooth even beyond a mechanical focus ring.
Film Makers smitten with low depth of field will have to shoot with the lens wide open and adjust the lighting and neutral density filters to obtain a film-like depth of field, but it is possible. There is a native 24P setting in both 1080 and 720 modes as well as cinema gamma for film like color and contrast. Dual XLR connectors mean you can do away with second system audio, saving countless hours of video sync in the editing suite.Read more ›
My dislikes, would be (1) having to go to the menu to assign gain values for H,M,L instead of having a dial or quick button like the GH2.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael Gier
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... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Randal A.
This camcorder is a workhorse. The ability for redundant recording on an additional card is a great benefit. The controls are easy to reach and operate.Published 15 months ago by David M Helms
We bought these for multicam live production at our church. We also do teaching DVD's, live streaming and documentary production. Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Ron
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... Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Jerry Stigliano
I bought this camera because it can produce a date and time stamp in the recorded video. I use the camera for legal video. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Michael
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... Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Tom
Good camera for light production work. Great especially if you still shoot DV format. not as good in low light as my old Sony PD-150 (you have to turn the gain up). Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Leon Bosset