Panasonic AG-AC90 AVCCAM CAMCORDERVideo Camera with 12x Optical Zoom with 3.46-Inch LCD(Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Five-axis image stabilizer improves stabilization for hand-held shooting
- Intelligent Zoom Auto provides seamless digital zooming up to 25X magnification
- Two SD slots for continuous recording
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|Item Dimensions||7.7 x 6.3 x 13.8 inches|
|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 Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||7.45 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||avchd|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p|
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I purchased this camera to film skate videos mostly in my spare time. but I also shoot weddings and other gigs on the side. So the XLR ports were important to me for the weddings. THERE IS NO 3.5in MIC JACK on this camera. That is not something i knew when buying it..So if you have a Rode video mic (like i did, and was hoping to use until i could afford a nice XLR shotgun) you won't be able to use it with this camera.
okay main pros and cons..
-GREAT image quality for the price. I was blown away. the 1080 by 60p is just stunning. the colors look great for such a small chip
-the zoom is AWESOME. really smooth and the i25X zoom works great. it doesn't look like the usual crappy digital zoom it looks and works great! i was seriously blown away by this feature.
- Its pretty light for its size. I would consider this a larger camcorder. having owned a few in my day, this is one of the biggest Prosumers I've owned compared to vx1000, GL2, Sony V1U, and Panasonic HMC40 I'm pretty confident this is the largest one, but super light. the plastic build really helps with the weight making it good to carry around for a long time.
-DUAL SD SLOTS, i cannot tell you how helpful it is to have a constant backup of my clips. really saves you if one card fails.
-overall just a great camera. I am happy with my purchase.
-the screen..I will go into more depth about this in a second.
- no 3.5in mic imput. (but i already talked about that)
-difficult to use with lens attachments. its a 49mm thread size and you have to remove the lens hood.Read more ›
I filmed a football game last night, and I couldn't be happier with my decision!!!
Most of the menus and controls are very similar to the HMC40, so I was able to get rolling within about an hour of opening the box. What stood out immediately was the smooth action of the zoom rocker. I was able to control the zoom speed much better than all other camcorders I've used. When I got home and viewed the footage on my PC, I was impressed with how well the camera performed in low light! No grain at all, and crystal-clear results.
If you are considering this camera, I really recommend going for it.
I use the 90 along with a Canon DSLR (70D) for more of a run-and-gun camera to gather fast moments in the field. Auto focus is spot on and my keeper shot rate is as good as it gets. The intelligent auto feature is surprisingly good to where you can point and shoot and focus on the art of storytelling without fussing around with all the technical features. That's important to me as I also conduct my own interviews while shooting, so I can't be baby sitting the camera all the time. With the 90, I can hit play and let it go knowing and trusting it will work while I conduct interviews.
I was surprised at how little noise I get when shooting in low light conditions so it's great in low light. The stabilization is as good as it gets. It is a bit front heavy so be sure to have a tripod head that can balance it -- I picked up the Manfrotto 701 HDV head and it's a perfect match to the 90. Also, and this is not a huge concern, but it does not have auto audio for mics that plug into the camera, so you need to be sure to monitor the audio.
I love how it has 2 SD card slots. I can shoot 6 hours (full 1080 HD) on one 64 gig card as compared to 1.5 hours when using DSLR, so it does not hog up memory, which is really nice. I use it with FCP 7 and the images load and transfer perfectly.Read more ›
The AC90 CAN be updated to become the AC90A with a firmware update, its not really that hard to do. If you are thinking about making the purchase you just have to consider wither you want to buy one already updated for about the same cost or update it yourself.
I did get a response back from Amazon stating that it didn't look like there was going to be a clear answer to my request anytime soon which seemed ridiculous to me, so I called Panasonic and here is a copy of the transcript of my conversation with Panasonic on the issue. Subject:
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Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014 11:12 am
Transcript from Panasonic dated Oct 15, 2014 10:48:15 AM
In response to question: PSC PreSales
System: Welcome to Panasonic Chat. A transcript of this chat will be emailed to you once you disconnect.
Agent Krisitna J. says: Thank you for contacting Panasonic Solutions for Business. My name is Kristina. How can we assist you today?
Customer ROY says: Good morning Kristina, I just purchased the panasonic AC90 and used the June 2014 firmware update, does that make the AC90, an AC90A
Customer ROY says: Is this the only difference between the two cameras?
Agent Krisitna J. says: Do you mind holding while we research that information?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this camcorder almost a month ago and I just got around to testing it. I'm writing this review based on very little experience with the camcorder. Read morePublished 18 months ago by FlatPicker
I wouldn't shoot a film with it, but for interviews, industrials and documentation it's great.Published on July 14, 2014 by dhl
I have truly enjoyed getting to know this camera. We have placed this in use at our church and found that it does everything and more. Great controls. Read morePublished on March 5, 2014 by Aaron Smith
Great quality and easy to use. This is for my daughter's college classes, she loves the editing features and overall featuresPublished on January 9, 2014 by Jenny Gochoel
Working great teamed up with our Tricaster 40, we got 3 of these and they work very nice in our classroom recording and for special events.Published on December 12, 2013 by Russell
Like another commenter, I received a Canadian Panasonic version. I bought a Square Trade warranty to offset this grey market problem, but this is not really the way I expect things... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by James Cannon