Panasonic AG-AF100 4/3″ HD Camcorder to Ship on Dec 27, Uses Low-Cost Still Camera and Film-Style Lenses

Written By Sam on 14 October 2010

Panasonic Solutions has announced that the highly-anticipated AG-AF100 will start shipping on December 27 at a suggested list price of $4,995. Claimed to be the industry’s first professional micro 4/3-inch video camcorder optimized for high-definition video recording, the device is targeted at the video and film production communities. The AF100 can record up to 12 hours on two 64GB SDXC cards in PH mode, with automatic clip spanning across the two cards.

For those awaiting details, here’s word straight from the company:

“The AF100 incorporates a large 4/3-inch, 16:9 MOS imager that minimizes skew with fast imager scanning, and incorporates low pass filters for elimination of aliasing and moire. Additionally, it has a built-in optical ND filter. The camcorder records 1080 at 60i, 50i, 30P, 25P (Native) and 24P (Native), and 720 at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p native,in AVCHD’s highest-quality PH mode (maximum 24Mbps). The AF100 also records in AVCCAM’s HA (17 Mbps) and HE (6Mbps) modes, 1080i only.

The camcorder is 60Hz and 50Hz switchable. Equipped with an interchangeable micro 4/3-inch lens mount, the AF100 can utilize an array of low-cost, widely-available still camera lenses as well as film-style lenses with fixed focal lengths and primes.

Panasonic AG-AF100 HD Camcorder Features

  • Variable frame rates are available in 1080p
  • Standard professional interfaces include uncompressed 4:2:2, 8 Bit HD-SDI out; HDMI out; and USB 2.0
  • Timecode synchronizing via the video output seeing timecode in
  • Built-in stereo microphone and features two mic/line
  • Switchable XLR inputs with +48V Phantom Power capability.
  • Can record 48-kHz/16-bit two-channel digital audio recording (in PH mode only)
  • Supports LPCM/Dolby-AC3 in any of the modes.
  • Advanced SDXC media card compatibility in addition to existing SDHC card support. For the uninitiated, SDXC is the newest SD memory card specification that supports memory capacities above 32GB and up to 2TB.
  • Two SD slots for continuous recording
  • Dynamic Range Stretch in all modes and frame rates
  • Six built-in, customizable scene files
  • Seven built-in gamma curves with four selectable color matrices
  • Syncro-scan shutter
  • A high-resolution LCD and viewfinder

Panasonic will support the AF100 with a three-year limited warranty (one year plus two extra years upon registration).

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