From the Manufacturer
The AG-HMC70 camcorder uses the AVCHD format and memory card media to offer high reliability, superb mobility, and advanced IT functions at low cost to meet diverse needs in video production. Equipped with a 12x zoom lens and progressive 3CCD, this camcorder uses the AVCHD format (H.264 compatible) to record up to 360 minutes of high-quality High Definition (HD) video onto a low-cost SD/SDHC card. Because the AG-HMC70's solid-state recording system uses no tape or moving parts, it starts operating immediately, provides silent operation and offers excellent reliability against vibration, impacts and temperature changes. The powerful features ensure easy, powerful HD recording. With Shoulder stability, a full size Zoom Rocker control, and a Headphone output with Volume control, the AG-HMC70 has professional features that help you shoot like a Pro. A recessed trigger and zoom control on the oversized handle enable accurate framing even at low angles or when using a tripod. Two XLR locking audio input terminals (phantom mic supported) and four BNC's for component/composite video output equip the AG-HMC70 for video recording and production use.
Panasonic AG-HMC70 Highlights
Optical Image Stabilizer Compensates for Hand-Shake The AG-HMC70's advanced Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) compensates for hand shaking that occurs as you shoot. Gyro sensors detect hand-shake and send signals to a linear motor, which adjusts the lens to compensate. Because this process takes place prior to the CCD image capture (rather than in the downstream electronic processing), it virtually eliminates any effect of hand-shake on resolution and screen angle. The OIS can also be helpful when zooming or shooting in dim lighting. It's perfect for those Run & Gun applications.
High-Precision Progressive Scan In the AG-HMC70's camera section, the progressive CCD creates native progressive images with outstanding vertical resolution. Progressive interlace conversion is then used to provide image quality that is higher than you get with conventional electronic interpolation of interlaced signals. Progressive 3D noise reduction also dramatically reduces noise and afterimages.
Outstanding Reliability and Mobility Professional Tuning for Superb Color Reproduction Color reproduction with features like color matrix, chroma gain and gamma curve creates the same look as that achieved by other Panasonic professional models. These features combine to produce the lifelike images that professionals demand.
Auto/Manual Selector Auto mode provides quick and easy shooting, while manual mode lets you adjust the white balance, brightness (IRIS and gain up to +18 dB) and shutter speed (1/60 to 1/8000 second). Manual focusing is also possible by setting the selector to the Focus position.
Focus Assist In manual focus mode, the MF Assist function enlarges the image at the center of the frame for easier focusing. The AG-HMC70 also has a one-push auto function. Simply press the Push Auto button to temporarily activate the AF system for quick focusing.
Guidelines (Markers) The LCD and viewfinder can display three types (horizontal, grid, 4:3) of guidelines. The horizontal and grid guidelines enable easy confirmation of camera tilt for stable framing. The 4:3 guidelines let you check images as they will display in Standard Definition (SD) format.
Other Shooting Functions:
- 2.1-megapixel still image recording lets you take stills while shooting video
- Two-step selection of maximum 30x or 700x digital zoom
- Black fade or white fade selectable for fade-in/out
- Zebra pattern (white washout warning) on the LCD monitor and viewfinder
- Five scene modes (Sports, Portrait, Low Light, Spot Light and Surf & Snow) speed up shooting under various situations.
AVCHD Format for High-Quality, Efficient HD Recording The AG-HMC70 uses the AVCHD format for 8-bit 4:2:0 digital component recording of high-resolution 1080i (1440 x 1080) HD video. It complies with the latest H.264 motion image compression standard, which forms the basis of the AVC-Intra codec used by P2 HD broadcast systems, and employs the High Profile standard to improve compression efficiency. Featuring twice the compression efficiency of HDV (MPEG-2), the AG-HMC70 achieves extended HD recording.
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Up to 360 Minutes of HD Recording The high compression efficiency of the AVCHD format makes it possible to record up to 360 minutes of HD video onto a single SDHC card (when recording in HE mode using a 16 GB SDHC card).
Fast Scene Searches with Thumbnail View Image data is recorded as a file for each scene. Thumbnail images and file information are automatically attached to each file to enable smooth, easy confirmation and deletion of files displayed on the LCD monitor.
AVCHD Files Transfer Directly to IT Systems Unlike tape, AVCHD files require no digitizing and can be directly accessed by a PC (Windows/Macintosh). This makes it easier to use motion images in new IT applications, like content production, Internet distribution and source material archiving.
Professional Design and Interfaces Shoulder-Mount Design The AG-HMC70 is compact and lightweight, yet features a large shoulder pad, hand grip and viewfinder for the same kind of shoulder-mounted operation as a broadcast camera. The 3-point system keeps shooting stable even when zooming and panning.
Professional-Level Audio with XLR Line/Mic In The AG-HMC70 comes equipped with a built-in stereo microphone and with XLR-type audio input terminals (2 channels, mic/line switchable, +48V compatible) on the rear panel. You can switch audio channels 1 and 2 separately to either line or front mic input, which is especially useful when recording interviews or narration.
Pro-Type Analog A/V Outputs A host of outputs, including component HD/SD video output (BNC x 3), composite SD video output (BNC), and audio output (RCA x 2 channels), let you connect to an external monitor for viewing, video equipment for dubbing, and various other devices.
Large Viewfinder The AG-HMC70 viewfinder is as large as those offered on many broadcast cameras. A slide mechanism lets you shift the viewfinder to the left or right for maximum comfort. You can also use the viewfinder and LCD monitor at the same time.
Recessed Trigger and Zoom Control on Upper Handle Grip In addition to the lens grip, the upper part of the handle grip contains both the Rec Start/Stop button and a lens zoom control. This design assures easy shooting even at low angles or when using a tripod. The zoom speed can be set to any of three speed levels.
HDMI Digital HD Output Terminal The AG-HMC70 is equipped with a next-generation HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output terminal. It connects to HDMI-compatible systems to allow direct digital transferring of high-quality HD video and audio signals.
PC Connection via USB 2.0 The standard USB terminal (typeB) allows the AG-HMC70 to connect to a PC in device mode. This lets a Windows PC installed with the provided HD Writer Version 2.5 software to upload, copy, and write HD video files, as well as transfer them to AVCHD-compatible editing software for HD production.
Other Professional Specifications
- Tally lamps on the front and rear
- Large-capacity (5800 mAh) battery pack optional
- Color bar signal output
AVCHD Nonlinear Editing The AG-HMC70 can be connected to an AVCHD nonlinear editing system by means of the USB interface or an SDHC card reader. This reduces production time by allowing high-speed data transfers without the need for digitizing.