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Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 3CCD AVCHD 24fps Camcorder

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  • Full range of HD formats: 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24p (Native); 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p (Native)
  • Higher bit-rate recording than consumer models (21 Mbps PH Mode)
  • 13X Wide angle 28 mm lens out of the box (35mm equiv.); 1/3-inch CCD Progressive Imagers
  • Waveform Monitor, Vectorscope plus two Focus displays for accurate, quick focus
  • 3.5-inch LCD monitor displays thumbnails for quick non-linear access to clips
  • Full range of HD formats: 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24p (Native) , 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p (Native)
  • 13X Wide angle 28 mm lens out of the box (35mm equiv.) , 1/3-inch CCD Progressive Imagers
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: AGHMC150PJ
  • Media Type: SD
  • Lens Type: zoom
  • Optical zoom: 13 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 15 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001DKELYC
  • Item model number: AGHMC150PJ
  • Batteries 2 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,806 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 24, 2003

Product Description

Product Description

The cooler than cool AG-HMC150 drew big crowds at the 2008 NAB Show. Why? Simply because it offers an unheard of Bang for the Buck, in a 1/3-inch three-chip hand held tapeless HD camcorder, while retaining the core versatility of the DVX100B. The HMC150 sports a 28mm lens right out of the box and a new PH Record mode (21 Mbps) which offers higher resolution with a host of recording formats including 24p. Add to that, amazing low light performance, long record and battery time and professional Audio capabilities at a price that will make it an instant hit with a wide range of AV Shooters, Indie creators and Event video professionals.

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer

The cooler than cool AG-HMC150 drew big crowds at the 2008 NAB Show. Why? Simply because it offers an unheard of Bang for the Buck, in a 1/3-inch three-chip hand held tapeless HD camcorder, while retaining the core versatility of the DVX100B. The HMC150 sports a 28mm lens right out of the box and a new PH Record mode (21 Mbps) which offers higher resolution with a host of recording formats including 24p. Add to that, amazing low light performance, long record and battery time and professional Audio capabilities at a price that will make it an instant hit with a wide range of AV Shooters, Indie creators and Event video professionals.

Panasonic AG-HMC150 Highlights
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The AG-HMC150 represents a major step forward in the introduction of a next generation solid state HD camera that extends the six year successful track record of the popular DVX100 plus a lot more. The HMC150’s lightweight (lightest 1/3-inch 3CCD available), well-balanced professional design features a high performance wide-angle Leica 13X zoom lens, 24 and 30 frame progressive capture, both in 720 and 1080 formats, making it perfect for even high level projects. Designed from a clean sheet of paper with much customer input to Panasonic's product development engineers, the HMC150 sports a Die Cast Alloy chassis and a Three year warranty (upon customer registration) that further endorses its reliability.

Main Features:
  • Full range of HD formats: 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24p (Native); 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p (Native)
  • Higher bit-rate recording than consumer models (21 Mbps PH Mode)
  • Three latest design 1/3-inch CCD Progressive Imagers
  • 13X Wide angle 28 mm lens out of the box (35mm equiv.), MOD .6 M, 72mm Ø (Shoot in confined spaces with no need to buy an accessory lens)
  • Time Date Stamp for Legal Depositions or surveillance
  • Waveform Monitor, Vectorscope plus two Focus displays for accurate, quick focus
  • Professional XLR audio input connections
  • Time code (DF, NDF, REC RUN, FREE RUN) and USER BIT
  • HDMI out, Component Out (mini D terminal), Composite Video Out and RCA Audio Out jacks
  • External Time Code Link (Slave & Master Preset) uses the Composite Video Out terminal
  • USB 2.0 for file transfer (no need for a VTR)
  • 3.5-inch LCD monitor displays thumbnails for quick non-linear access to clips
  • Remote control connection for Zoom, Focus, Iris, and start/stop functions
  • 14 bit A to D converter and 19 bit Image processing
  • Cinelike Gamma & DRS Dynamic Range Stretch (Filmaker requested features)
  • Three Neutral Density Filters 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
  • Pre-Record (3 Seconds), Digital Zoom 2X / 5X / 10X (in 1080/60i & 720/60p only)
  • Three User Set Buttons with 11 choices for customizing Camera to Shooter
Additional Highlights:

Using the latest in compression technology (AVC High Profile) and widely available SD memory cards as the recording media, the AG-HMC150 is as easy to use as a digital still camera. The content recorded on the SD card can be directly played on a growing number of affordable consumer players, including select models of Playstation 3, Blu-ray players, plasma screens and PC’s. With most NLE systems now supporting AVCHD, content can be edited and rendered to play in any type of SD or HD playback system.

Dynamic Range Stretch. With DRS ON your customer can capture better Video quality when shooting bright, halftone and dark objects in the same frame. (Bride’s white gown details and the Groom’s shades of tuxedo black.) This clever circuit estimates the gamma curve and knee slope of each pixel’s brightness and applies the estimate on a real time basis. The result is more accurate Video with a visually wider dynamic range.
Panasonic AG-HMC150 Highlights
DVX100 users want more HD in a similar form factor at a reasonable price. DVX100 users are craving for a camcorder with the same size and and key design elements but with the increased resolution and color quality of the widescreen HD format. With Optical Image Stabilization and Manual & Auto Focus, the HMC150 appeals to a wide variety of shooters. In the new PH mode, the HMC150's image quality far exceeds what is possible with HDV, and at a lower bit rate. The HMC150 is simply an incredible value!

Enhanced Tools to make better Video. The WFM allows for critical evaluation of too high Luminance levels which can ruin a job, like the shine on a model's forehead. The built-in Vectorscope allows for color analysis and matching because it measures color saturation as gain, and Phase (Hue) as the angle. When it comes to critical focus, two 'Focus aids' are on board. In addition to the Center Zoom which enlarges the center 2X filling the entire the entire LCD screen, the Histogram display shows fine focus as Amplitude & Frequency, making it easy to see critical focus.
Panasonic AG-HMC150 Highlights
The feature-rich HMC150 raises the bar for video quality. As the camcorder & display market moves swiftly to High Definition, superior image quality and higher-end features are now a must-have. Panasonic is confident that the HMC150 will give customers the higher quality and creative edge they need to stay ahead of competitive shooters with SD or HDV pro camcorders. The HMC150 will meet and exceed the expectations of professionals who make their living shooting video.

Professionals Need Great Audio. Two locking XLR inputs at the front, complete with hard switches for Line and Mic with +48V Phantom Power, Manual level controls, and Internal/External assignment. Up & down volume adjustments can be made to the internal speaker or stereo headphone output.

Don't be afraid of the Dark or of your tape running out. With 14 bit Analog to Digital conversion and 19 bit Video processing, users can shoot in low light situations with virtiually no fear of video noise detracting from the highly detailed video. They can also forget about the 63 minute record time limit of DV & HDV and the need to estimate remaining battery life. The new Info Data battery system used in the AVCCAM line up updates remaining time left to the minute.

Competitive Advantages of the AG-HMC150:
  • Solid state capture and playback eliminates the problems inherent in tape and disc drives, while allowing high quality HD content to be captured on affordable, readily available SD cards
  • Its 21 Mbps PH mode records far higher picture quality than HDV Tape systems
  • MPEG-2 compression works with blocks of only 16 X 16 pixels whereas H.264 compression works with blocks down to 4 X 4 pixels. What’s more, AVCHD’s motion prediction is content dependant
  • Continuous, silent recording of between 3 and 12 hours with Time Date Stamp is a powerful capability
  • No head wear, alignment or cleaning and it carries a Three Year Parts & Labor Warranty
  • Lower storage needs & lower distribution costs
  • HDMI Digital Output, HD Component Output, and selectable SD 16:9 Output (RCA)
  • 28 mm Lens achieves wide angle without having to buy attachments
  • Built on a one piece die cast alloy chassis that is compact, well balanced and weighs less than 4.5 lbs. (4.37lbs with Battery, Mic Holder, AG-MC200 Mic and SD Card)
  • Immediate Playback, random access & ability to preview shots and delete on location
Benefits of AVCHD:
  • AVCHD is a new HD industry standard, tapeless format introduced by Panasonic and Sony and now supported by over 30 manufacturers (Advanced in compression, color and motion prediction)
  • It utilizes the AVC High Profile codec- Providing the benefit of equal recording quality at about half the bit rate of older MPEG-2 used in HDV systems. More record time using less storage space
  • AVCHD content can be played directly from an SD card in a growing number of affordable devices
  • Content can be edited and rendered to many different formats for use on other playback devices
  • Like Digital Still camera files, AVCHD content files can be transferred to and stored on any affordable, data storage device including HDD, optical discs, flash drives etc. No format specific deck (like HDV 720p or HDV 1080i) is needed for ingest
  • Ultra Solid state reliability -- Benefits in Temperature, Humidity, Vibration, Maintenance, No Dropouts
  • No FF or REW, no camera down time due to clogged tape heads or slipping, hardened pinch rollers
  • Panasonic’s professional AVCHD camcorders use widely available SD or SDHC cards: 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB & 32GB whose trend is increasing capacity and decreasing in cost
  • Longer recording time for capturing uninterrupted, extended events –between 3 and 12 hours depending on bit rate chosen with a 32GB SDHC card
  • Faster workflow -- like digital photography, no ingest, random access to content, lower storage and distribution costs
AVCHD Editing -- AVCHD editing is now supported on both dual core PC and Intel based Mac platforms and files can be transferred as uncompressed HD video utilizing a simple HDMI to HD-SDI converter. Recently announced AVCHD editing support is available in: Apple iMovie, Apple Final Cut Express, Apple Final Cut Pro 6.0.1 & above, Adobe Premier Pro CS3, Grass Valley EDIUS Pro v4.5, Pinnacle Studio Plus/Ultimate 11 & 12, Nero7 Premium Reloaded, Ulead Video Studio 11 plus and DVD Movie Factory 6 Plus. An available free downloadable transcoder is also available to convert content to DVCPRO HD on our website.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I roll PC and Adobe Premiere; they love my video files.
G. Fahnestock
I still love this camera and it is DEFINITELY one of the BEST INVESTMENTS I have made on any type of equipment I have ever owned.
Le Roy D. Candelaria
The GL2 was a POS next to the DVX, and the GL2 was really better than most other prosumer models, even from Sony.
Dub32

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Bob Mckelvy on November 15, 2008
I received my 150 a little over a week ago. Bought it because I wanted to move up to HD and get out of the tape business. It did not come with an SDHC card. Bought an 8 GB to carry me over until my 16 GB cards arrive via Amazon. I am still on the learning curve on it. Especially liked the large comfortable color view eye piece. I was also amazed by the clarity of the video play back on my 48" LCD screen. Used the three cable output first, that came with the camera( Video, Lt. Rt. Audio )

Very clear video, much clearer than my trusty old Canon GL-2 It does not come with an HDMI cable. Bought one locally and tried it. Plugged one end into the HDMI out port on the camera and the other end into the HDMI port of my TV. I was blown away by how clear it was !! The video was clearer than some of the stations I view in HD.

On playback, you are given a thumbnail of the first frame of each scene you shot when you turned the camera on. On playback, you can skip around the scenes you want to view , or delete if needed. The focus assist is another nice feature. When you use it, it momentarily zooms in on the middle of your next shot so that you can fine focus if needed.

It has many other features that I have not tried yet. On editing, bought the Pinnacle 12 Ultimate because it is set up to handle the AVHCD format and a PC with the AMD quad Phenom processor with 3 GB of RAM. Waiting for a more powerful graphics card to arrive before trying to edit in this new format. The battery that came with it is small. Would recommend buying the larger battery as soon as you can to balance it out. Right now, it feels a little out of balance because of the smaller battery. Also liked the solid magnesium body. No plastic anywhere ! Overall, I am impressed with this camera.
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199 of 241 people found the following review helpful By Cornelius Fortinbras III on August 19, 2009
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Panasonic AG-HMC150

I shoot weddings and I have used The HMC150, the Canon AH1.

From the beginning let me first tell you where my opinion is coming from - price tag: $3500

First off, neither of these cameras are brilliant in low light. They have 1/3 imagers. I don't care if they are made of gold and there are ten of them.
1/3 imagers are too small to gather enough light, even if you attached the Hubbell telescope to them.

To put such tiny sensors in a $3500 is poor, cheap engineering especially when SLR have larger sensors, shoot HD and don't cost this much.

Who are these camera angled at?

Videographers and indie filmmakers.

As a videographer what are you most concerned with - Low light.
Why? Because you cannot control lights at weddings at parties, etc. So your camera has to be able to handle it.

As an Indie filmmaker what are you most concerned with - The ability to look like film. It does, with 24p and film gamma, it's about all you need. But you are paying a premium. But for me, equally important to film look as 24fps is lens choice. Here you get none. While 24fps is what is ingrained in the everyone's consciousness as what film should look like, they also don't realize that shallow depth of field and variety of lenses is too. With these camcorders you get no choice, a 13x zoom with extremely wide depth of field at most every focal distance, because it's a zoom and because the imagers are tiny.

Good news The AG-HMC150 can handle most lighting situations.
Bad news - AVCHD codec, is noisy in even bright sunlight afternoons. The image is made of blotch.

Measuring image integrity by zoom factor - at 100% AVCHD compression is clearly visible.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Harvey on January 16, 2009
One thing you need to keep in mind is that editing AVCCam/AVCHD is a P.I.T.A. I'm using CS4 on a 2.4 quadcore with 8gig of RAM and Vista64 and it's sluggish with frequent lockups. I'm getting Cineform ProspectHD v4 when it comes out to compensate. Vegas 8.0c and Edius works well I'm told, and FCP need to convert it to ProRes (or whatever it's called). I think Avid needs to convert it to a native codec as well. Panasonic does offer a free converter to DVCProHD on there website

[Update 6/5/09... Premiere CS4 4.1 update is out, and editing is much easier. Also, Prospect v4 is out, and editing with the demo I've been trying has been a joy]

That said... the camera itself is awesome. Really. I'm coming from the DVX, and this is leaps and bounds above that (which is saying something). The images I'm getting are beautiful. I'm planning on going out now on my days off to shoot just for the fun of it.

I really can't add anything that hasn't been said already by others. But if you're looking at the HVX200a or HPX170 (they all share the same chips, and the HMC shares the same glass as the HPX), but don't want to deal with the costs of P2 or need all of the features of the HPX or HVX, I would HIGHLY recommend buying this instead.

Just be prepared for some editing headaches at first (the problem with bleeding edge technology is sometimes you need to get stitches).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael S on December 28, 2009
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I knew I would have to do it sooner or later. Even shooting Super 16mm is (a) too expensive and (b) too heavy. I have seen so many good documentary films that originated on HDV or AVCHD based camcorders that I thought I should really make an effort to go digital.
As it happened, I attended a Panasonic seminar that convincingly touted the value of a modern H.264 type codec for the "filmakers" vision. So the Sony and Canon alternatives were effectively eliminated as options by the smooth presentations given by Panasonic. This left the choice of cameras down to the HMC40 (cheaper and lighter) or the HMC150. Both can do the things I need to do (24P being a requirement)and both are designed to create a "film-like" look to the image.
My choice of the HMC150 was based on the feeling that 3 1/3" imagers are going to be less noisy than the 3 1/4" imagers installed in the newer HMC40 camera. I did not do any side-by-side comparison testing but I am guessing that I am correct in this assumption although the degree of difference may not be noticeable in the final image.
It has been about two months that I have been using this camera. What it can stuff into a tiny SD memory card is amazing to me. The images have been outstanding for a television camera and really not too bad for a cinema camera. I miss interchangeable lenses and controllable depth of field but I don't miss changing the magazine after a few takes and I dont miss heavy battery packs and Nagra sound recorders.
I did find that the manual iris control on the camera is impossible to use while shooting and that manual focus is also clumsly and can create sound noise while filming if you are using the on-board mic or even the mounted shotgun.
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