Panasonic AG-HMC70 AVCHD 3CCD Camcorder Reviews

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Panasonic AG-HMC70 Review
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Product Description

The Panasonic AG-HMC70 HD camcorders provide entry-level professionals with an easy-to-use, high-quality, solid-state HD recording solution at an affordable price.

As the first shoulder-mount camcorder in Panasonic’s professional AVCHD line-up,
Panasonic AG-HMC70 digital video cameras utilize the AVCHD high profile video codec, which offers similar image quality to HDV 1080i at about half the bandwidth.

This second-generation, affordable HD format offers longer recording times and half the storage requirement of older systems.
As easy to use as a digital camera, the Panasonic AG-HMC70 HD video cameras record onto standard SD/SDHC cards to assure a fast tapeless production workflow.

It gives you fast access to content without fast forward or rewinding, and footage is immediately available to editing systems without the ingest delay and additional cost of a playback deck.

Using just one 16GB SDHC memory card, the Panasonic HMC70 HD camcorders can record over 2.6 hours at 13Mbps, the Panasonic HMC70 highest quality mode, or up to 6 hours at 6Mbps, the camera’s extended recording mode.

In our camcorder reviews, Panasonic AG-HMC70 digital video cameras used 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 Panasonic AG-HMC70 digital video cameras 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 Panasonic AG-HMC70 HD video cameras have 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 Panasonic AG-HMC70 HD camcorders for video recording and production use.


Panasonic AG-HMC70 Highlights

Leica Dicomar Lens with Wide-Angle and 12x Zoom Range the glass-molded, ultra high refractive index, aspherical lens enables wide-angle shots with a wide end of 38.5mm (35mm conversion) from a compact unit.

So even with 12x optical zoom*, you can shoot with superb HD image quality.
Featuring 13 individual lens elements arranged in 10 groups, the Leica Dicomar lens is specifically designed for HD shooting.
The lens elements are made of low dispersion glass to assure low chromatic aberration and high resolution.
A total of 21 multicoated lens surfaces minimize flare and ghosting.

Optical Image Stabilizer Compensates for Hand-Shake

Panasonic AG-HMC70 digital video cameras 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.


More Panasonic AG-HMC70 Highlights

1/4-inch Progressive CCD Faithfully Reproduces Colors To assure high sensitivity, Panasonic developed a 1/4-inch progressive CCD. Enlarging the area of each CCD pixel enables high-sensitivity shots in light as low as 6 lux.
This lets you shoot dark scenes with minimal noise.

High-Precision Progressive Scan

In the Panasonic AG-HMC70 HD video cameras 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 after-images.


Outstanding Reliability and Mobility

Professional Tuning for Superb 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 Panasonic AG-HMC70 HD video cameras also have 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
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* 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.


Small, Lightweight and Reliable SD/SDHC Card

The Panasonic AG-HMC70 digital video cameras record onto an SD/SDHC card.
Because there is no motor to drive the recording media, the AG-HMC70 digital video cameras start recording immediately with no need for cueing.
The SD/SDHC card also resists the effects of dust particles, temperature changes, and impacts, and is equally unaffected by condensation, dropout, and head clogging.
This solid-state recording media contributes to the Panasonic AG-HMC70 silent operation, compact size, and light weight.

AVCHD Format for High-Quality, Efficient HD Recording

The Panasonic AG-HMC70 HD camcorders use 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 Panasonic AG-HMC70 HD camcorders achieve extended HD recording.


Learn about AVCCAM

Panasonic’s Broadcast professional implementation of AVCHD


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).


Panasonic AG-HMC70 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 Panasonic AG-HMC70 digital video cameras are 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 Panasonic AG-HMC70 digital video cameras come 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

In our video camera reviews, the Panasonic AG-HMC70 digital video cameras 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

Panasonic AG-HMC70 digital video cameras are 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 Panasonic AG-HMC70 digital video cameras 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


Panasonic AG-HMC70 System Applications

Uploading to a PC and Writing to DVDs (Using Provided PC Software:
HD Writer 2.5E for HDC)
The HD Writer 2.5E software for Windows PCs that comes standard with the AG-HMC70 lets you play video files; upload them to a PC; divide, delete and merge scenes; and write files to an SD/SDHC card or DVD.
This software also has an AVCHD-to-MPEG-2 conversion function for producing standard-definition DVD-Video.


AVCHD Nonlinear Editing

Panasonic AG-HMC70 HD camcorders 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.

Panasonic AG-HMC70 Product Features

Shoulder-mount camcorder featuring AVCHD High Profile video codec
Includes 12X 38.5mm to 462mm (35mm equivalent) Leica Dicomar wide-angle zoom lens
Features Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.)–Helps ensure stable image recording for ideal HD capture
1/4-inch 3-CCD progressive image system with excellent sensitivity
Records onto standard SD/SDHC cards to assure a fast tapeless production workflow

Panasonic AG-HMC70 Technical Details
Brand Name: Panasonic
Model: AG-HMC70PJ
Media Type: Flash card
Lens Type: Zoom lens
Optical zoom: 12 x
Maximum Aperture Range: F/1.8-2.8
Shooting Modes: Digital photo mode
Video Input: Camcorder
Display Size: 3 inches
Optical Sensor Resolution: 560000 Pixels
Optical Sensor Technology: 3CCD
Optical Sensor Size: 1/4″
Viewfinder Type: LCD
Audio Input: Microphone
Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo
Height: 9.2 inches
Weight: 6 pounds
Depth: 17.1 inches
Width: 9.2 inches

Customer Panasonic AG-HMC70 Review

4.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic AG-HMC70 Review
A fine camera, with a few quibbles
I shot a music festival using this camcorder, and was impressed. It is well designed, and has a familiar layout to the older Panasonics that used the miniDV tape transport. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scott FS

5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic AG-HMC70 Review
Great camera, but don’t skimp on the accessories.
This is an excellent camera for the money with acceptable quality in low-light conditions, but I would recommend purchasing a long-life battery, a solid microphone, and plenty of… Read more
Published 12 months ago by Antoinette L. Flannigan

5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic AG-HMC70 Review
Good value
This is the first “prosumer” HD camcorder I’ve used. For the money I can’t see the need for anything else. Read more
Published 20 months ago by RH

5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic AG-HMC70 Review
Most Bang for your Buck: HD shoulder cam with xlr inputs
Decided to look for an inexpensive shoulder mounted high definition camcorder: there are currently, as Feb. 2009 two models available. Read more
Published on February 17, 2009 by Jimmystl


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Product Specifications

Brand:Panasonic
Model : AG-HMC70PJ
EAN Code :

Shoulder-mount camcorder featuring AVCHD High Profile video codec

Includes 12X 38.5mm to 462mm (35mm equivalent) Leica Dicomar wide-angle zoom lens

Features Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.)--Helps ensure stable image recording for ideal HD capture

1/4-inch 3-CCD progressive image system with excellent sensitivity

Records onto standard SD/SDHC cards to assure a fast tapeless production workflow

Reviews

>Reviews of the Panasonic AG-HMC70 AVCHD 3CCD at Amazon.com
Average Rating: 4.50
R. Rivera Rating: 4.50 Stars out of 5

4.50


4.0 out of 5 stars Fun little camcorder I love the portability and ease of use of the Flip. It is much more convenient than my conventional camcorder for taking skiing and for other outdoor activities. Published 7 hours ago by R. Black


5.0 out of 5 stars Good value This is the first "prosumer" HD camcorder I've used. For the money I can't see the need for anything else. Read more Published 8 months ago by M. Reid

5.0 out of 5 stars Most Bang for your Buck: HD shoulder cam with xlr inputs Decided to look for an inexpensive shoulder mounted high definition camcorder: there are currently, as Feb. 2009 two models available. Read more Published 13 months ago by Jimmystl

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