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Panasonic AG-AC7PJHD/SD AVCHD CAMCORDERVideo Camera with 23x Optical Zoom with 3.46-Inch LCD(Black)


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  • Full HD (1920x1080) and SD (480i) recording to SDHC/SDXC media
  • High-resolution 3.32 megapixel 1/4.1-inch MOS imager
  • Wide-diameter manual focus ring for smooth precise operation
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Technical Details


Product Description

Shoulder-mount AVCHD Camcorder

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.5 x 17 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B005F51Q3U
  • Item model number: AG-AC7PJ
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,370 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 29, 2011

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Customer Reviews

The picture on this is decent for high definition, if you are not zoomed at all, it is incredibly sharp.
Bryan
This is the perfect camera for someone looking to get into the world of professional videography without breaking the bank.
Rich Elton
Trust me...go with this camera...it is awesome...even in dark conditions and the menu works so much better than the Canon.
Better_Call_Saul

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Banici on October 5, 2011
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I have just received this cam today, and I took it out for a test. At HX (9Mbps) the footage quality is so clear and detailed that when you move it to the next 3 higher settings you can't really tell the difference on a large monitor or HDTV unless you are a pro and you know what to look for.

At this same setting, I noticed it uses about 3.64 Mb for each 4 seconds of footage, so if we round it 4 to 4, you'll get 4 hours and 20 minutes out of a 16Gb SD card, matching perfectly the life of the camcorder's battery (4 hrs 50 min).

I am buying a sturdier tripod; even a "solid" photo camera tripod will shake when you touch the controls because there is too little base and top heavy. The two built-in shoes and the microphone and headphones jack are awesome features, and I got them set up with a 160 LED light and a wireless receiver, which complete the functionality and make the overall unit look very professional. I'll see if I can upload some pics.

At the current resolution (9 Mbps HX) I zoomed in on a P-thouch label, and I could literally see the pixels that the letters were made of, I am impressed beyond words with the footage quality.

Think about it this way: if you spend 6 months taking two courses, reading the top 10 books on movie making, and shooting at least 100 hours, experimenting with good editing software, and you finally produce a good quality film for your clients, nobody will ask if you shot with a $400 camera or a $4000 camera. On the other hand if you buy a $5000 camera and your skills leave to be desired, the camera won't make up for your bad creation.

One last word, there are a couple of consumer cameras out there that claim to shoot 60p. [revised] Now there are cameras that will shoot 60p in 720 and 1080 at affordable prices. All in all, for around a thousand bucks, I can't think of a job this camera can't do.

Every feature I need, manual ring control, and a ton of "auto" features. Love it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Better_Call_Saul on March 20, 2012
This camera is so much lighter than I thought it would be which is a big plus for me. I was wanting to purchase a Canon XH A1 and worked very hard to save my money. Well I am so glad I saved around $2700 buying this one instead. I cannot see the difference after testing each camera...so I think the XH A1 is completely over-priced and overrated. This camera is great in all conditions and it is easy to set up. Crystal clear picture and sound...just as good as the XH A1 without any question. Buy this camera if you are a videographer...your wedding ceremonies and receptions will look fantastic and your clients will be very happy with your work. The XH A1 was so hard to move around with the LCD screen. OMG that can lead to a total disaster and I do not need that.

I try to move down and my big fingers would set the Auto Focus to manual....over and over and over again. That was the deal breaker along with the price and I am NOT buy some used Canon, either. God only knows what the prior owner did to it. If I am attempting to put in some transition on the XH A1...it would go into Auto Exposure and change it to manual. Man if that happened to me during a ceremony...I would get sued. Trust me...go with this camera...it is awesome...even in dark conditions and the menu works so much better than the Canon. I tried the Sony NEX too and liked it more than the XH A1...just an FYI.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rich Elton on March 7, 2013
This is the perfect camera for someone looking to get into the world of professional videography without breaking the bank. It lacks a few of the features of more expensive camcorders, such as XLR audio inputs. However, it offers a ton of amazing features for the price, including both full manual controls (including a manual focus ring with a professional peaking style focus assist on the LCD screen) as well as many automatic controls to help those not yet ready for "full manual" mode.

This camera is very intuitive and easy to learn - perfect for someone looking to enter the world of videography. The LCD screen is a touch screen and is super clear and high resolution, with an easy to navigate, easy to understand menu.

It shoots full HD 1920x1080 video that, in proper lighting, is extremely clean and sharp. Try turning up the sharpness under the "image control" part of the intuitive touch screen menu to get an especially impressive looking image.

This camera also offers a 1/8" microphone input with the ability to adjust the volume automatically or manually from the touch screen menu.

It records in the AVCHD (advanced video codec high definition) format that is compatible with almost any video editing software, whether you are a Mac or PC user.

The 23x optical zoom is extremely impressive and goes far beyond the zoom capabilities of any other camcorder in this price range that I am aware of.

The optical image stabilization works great and enables you to get smooth shots especially when resting the camera on your shoulder.

At the highest possible quality mode you can shoot 30 minutes of full HD video on a 4 gigabyte SD card, or 120 minutes on a 16 gigabyte SD card. I recommend class 6 or higher for the card speed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr L on March 16, 2013
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I have used this camera for 7-8 months now, mostly for stage performance videography. This was my first Panasonic camera. I am so happy with it that I decided to buy another Panasonic (the AG-AC90 this time), which is now my primary camera that will be used in tandem with the AG-AC7.

The battery life is very good. You can shoot several hours of continuous video. The camera splits the files into 4Gb chunks (due to the file system) but these are seamlessly joined in post with no loss of video or audio.

I really love the manual controls the camera offers. Unlike many other semi-pro/pro cameras, most of the controls are accessed through the LCD touch screen. People used to physical buttons on the side of the camera may not like this, but I think that it actually works pretty well. For example, white balance, shutter and iris are easily accessible via on-screen controls with one or two taps on the screen. The touch screen is very responsive and clear. The menu system is intuitive.

The camera has several features that you expect to see on a professional camera, such as zebra pattern and manual focus assist (blue outline of objects in focus). It does have a manual focus ring. It has a record start/stop button and zoom rocker both on the top carry handle and on the side of the lens (for shoulder-mount operation). The zoom rocker (shoulder mount position) is very good and you can really control the zoom speed well for a smooth zoom.

There are a few things I wished it had (but I still give it 5 stars because I am really happy with it for the price):
- XLR audio inputs (it does have a 3.
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