Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 3CCD Camcorder Reviews

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Panasonic HMC150 review
The powerful tapeless Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 HD camcorders join the Panasonic line of professional HD camcorders.
This AVCCAM camcorder features highly-acclaimed functions for the popular AG-DVX100 Series of DV-tape based camcorders to tapeless HD recording.

Using the cost-saving AVCHD format to record onto SDHC or SD Memory Card media, the Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 HD camcorders produce exceptional images and responds to creative production needs.

It also features a 28mm (35mm equivalent) wide-angle lens – widest in a professional camera of this class – and a newly developed 1/3-inch 16:9 progressive CCD.
It further enhances image quality by adding a higher-quality PH mode to the clean, extended-time recording abilities of the AVCHD format.

The Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 digital video cameras handle full-pixel (1920 x 1080/1280 x 720) 24p and 30p progressive recording, and includes cinelike gamma and other versatile functions to meet the special needs of creative image production.


Panasonic HMC150 Review From the Manufacturer
The cooler than cool Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 HD camcorders drew big crowds at the 2008 NAB Show.
Why? Simply because they offer 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 Panasonic Pro HMC150 HD camcorders sport 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.

Highlights of the Panasonic AG-HMC150 HD video cameras
Shown with optional microphone (sold separately)

Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 HD video cameras represent a major step forward in the introduction of a next generation solid state HD cameras that extends the six year successful track record of the popular DVX100 plus a lot more.

The Panasonic Pro HMC150 digital video cameras 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 Panasonic Pro HMC150 digital video cameras sport a Die Cast Alloy chassis and a Three year warranty (upon customer registration) that further endorses its reliability.

Panasonic HMC150 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

Panasonic HMC150 Additional Features:

Using the latest in compression technology (AVC High Profile) and widely available SD memory cards as the recording media, the Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 digital video cameras are 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.

Panasonic HMC150 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.

Highlights of Panasonic AG-HMC150 HD video cameras
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 Panasonic Pro HMC150 HD video cameras appeal to a wide variety of shooters.
In the new PH mode, the Panasonic Pro HMC150 HD video cameras image quality far exceeds what is possible with HDV, and at a lower bit rate.
Panasonic Pro HMC150 HD video cameras are simply an incredible value!

Panasonic HMC150 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 Panasonic Pro 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 Panasonic Pro 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 virtually 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 Panasonic Pro 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.

Panasonic HMC150 Product 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)
* 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

Panasonic HMC150 Technical Details
* Brand Name: Panasonic
* Model: AGHMC150PJ
* Media Type: Flash card
* Lens Type: Zoom lens
* Optical zoom: 13 x
* Maximum Aperture Range: F/1.6-3.0
* Video Input: Camcorder
* Display Size: 3.5 inches
* Optical Sensor Technology: 3CCD
* Optical Sensor Size: 1/3″
* Viewfinder Type: LCD
* Audio Input: Microphone
* Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo
* Height: 6.5 inches
* Weight: 3.7 pounds
* Depth: 15.6 inches
* Width: 6.1 inches

Customer Panasonic HMC150 review

5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic HMC150 Video camera
This HMC 150 HD camcorder is amazing! I do a lot of industrial video and photography. While I would not recommend this, I have had oil, water, and mud on this Panasonic AG-HMC 150 camcorder (not by choice,… Read more.Panasonic HMC150 review published 3 months ago by Kurt D. Brown

4.0 out of 5 stars HMC 150 good but waiting for v. 2.0
Much has been said, but I’ll add a bit. We use this Panasonic HMC150 camcorder for live events and produced videos. Here’s what we’ve learned in 6 months.
1) Buy the HMC 150. Read more.AG-HMC150 review published 5 months ago by DG

5.0 out of 5 stars HMC 150 a great little camcorder!
I’m not going to bother going over the pros and cons in their entirety… I second everything that the other reviewers are saying. Read more.Panasonic AG-HMC150 review published 5 months ago by Publicstate

5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Panasonic HMC150 HD camcorder, shot the flick.
No complaints. No regrets. I wanted a camera that would look like film, and this Panasonic AG-HMC 150 is it. If you can afford this HMC 150 camera then buy it. Now! Panasonic HMC150 review published 10 months ago by Matt P.

4.0 out of 5 stars HMC 150 great
AG-HMC 150 camcorder is great, expedited shipping was fast…. but u definately need to buy a bigger battery, coz the one the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCcam camcorder comes with don’t last long. Read more. AG-HMC150 review published 11 months ago by ystyllz

5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic HMC150 STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!
Panasonic has done an excellent job of designing this AG-HMC 150 camcorder. The record buttons are at your fingertips, the playback speaker is no longer under the camcorder, and the menu setup is… Read more. AG-HMC150 review published 14 months ago by Anthony D. Logan

4.0 out of 5 stars HMC 150 Solid, Despite Cost Cutting Measures
If you are looking for an affordable camcorder that actually shoots 1920×1080 24p with XLR inputs and good control over image settings, this AG-HMC 150 unit will not disappoint in terms of… Read more. Panasonic HMC150 review published 14 months ago by M. Sanew

5.0 out of 5 stars HMC 150 Rocks – Great Alternative to $$$ P2 Cards
I’ve had the Panasonic HMC150 for a few weeks now and have used it on a few shoots and have been very pleased. Read more. AG-HMC150 review published 15 months ago by Randolph King

5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic HMC150 I’m Happy
I was actually looking at either this AG-HMC 150 or the HMC40. The 40 was more in my price range, but after seeing it in person and seeing the AG-HMC 150 I had to go with the HMC 150. Read more. AG-HMC150 review published 16 months ago by Justface

5.0 out of 5 stars HMC 150 great codec, and the best for the price.
I got my HMC-150 in January and yet I don’t have any regret of this. Well, the only thing that I can say is that the AG-HMC 150 came with a nano battery, it only lasts for 100 minutes, which… Read more.Panasonic HMC150 review published 16 months ago by Alberto Matos

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Product Specifications

Brand:Panasonic
Model : AGHMC150PJ
EAN Code :

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

Reviews

>Reviews of the Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 3CCD AVCHD 24fps Camcorder at Amazon.com
Average Rating: 4.5
R. Rivera Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Happy I was actually looking at either this or the HMC40. The 40 was more in my price range, but after seeing it in person and seeing the 150 I had to go with the 150. Read more Published 10 days ago by Justface


5.0 out of 5 stars Great codec, and the best for the price. I got my HMC-150 in january and yet i don't have any regret of this. Well, the only thing that i can say is that it came with a nano battery, it only longs for 100 minutes, which... Read more Published 10 days ago by Alberto Matos


5.0 out of 5 stars best all around indie-budget camera! one of the best equipment investments i've ever made! this camera has loads of pro features with the convenience and cost-savings of SD memory card recording. Read more Published 2 months ago by Averan

4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point for transitioning from film I knew I would have to do it sooner or later. Even shooting Super 16mm is (a) too expensive and (b) too heavy. Read more Published 3 months ago by Michael S

5.0 out of 5 stars Great image quality, but don't be misled by promotions I've had the camera for three months now, and as video cameras go, it's at the top of its class and price range. Read more Published 3 months ago by Carl E. Feather
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