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Panasonic AGHMC70PJU AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory Professional Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Panasonic AGHMC70PJU  AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory Professional Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
Panasonic AGHMC70PJU  AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory Professional Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom


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Panasonic AGHMC70PJU AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory Professional Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom


Panasonic AGHMC70PJU  AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory Professional Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

The AG-HMC70 provides entry-level professionals with an easy-to-use, high-quality, solid-state HD recording solution at an affordable price. The HMC70 is the first shoulder-mount camcorder in Panasonic s professional AVCHD line-up to utilize the new 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 HMC70 records 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 download delay and additional cost of a playback deck. Using just one 16GB SDHC memory card, the HMC70 can record over 2.6 hours at 13Mbps, the HMC70 s highest quality mode, or up to 6 hours at 6Mbps, the camera s extended recording mode. SD and S

  • 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-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

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  1. 36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Professional Image Quality in an Amateur Camera Body, June 17, 2009
    By 
    Stephen Stough
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    This review is from: Panasonic AGHMC70PJU AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory Professional Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Electronics)

    As the retired chief technology officer for a Fortune 100 company that developed their own digital cine camera, my fundamental interest was in image quality. This 3-CCD, 1440 x 1080i anamorphic 16:9 format camera produces outstanding image quality — closer to the theoretical limits of performance of 1/4 inch sensors than anything in its price range.

    The complex optics (zoom with a telecentric focal length converter ahead of the prism assembly) should be expected to reduce the available contrast ratio because it has so many glass surfaces. Without the sophisticated equipment to measure MTF (modulation transfer function) at home, I measured effective resolution instead, which was 576 lp/pw vs. the theoretical limit of 719 lp/pw in the horizontal axis. This is an indication that all the glass surfaces are, indeed, causing a significant loss of contrast ratio.

    Even so, the camera performs very well in almost all respects. Panchromatic dynamic range excedes 6 stops (I cannot reliably measure more than that) vs. a theoretical limit at room temperature of around 9 f-stops given the 4.4 um pixel size (horizontal axis). Color saturation falls off sharply with non-optimum exposure. It measured out at ASA 100 with 0 dB of gain.

    It has two XLR inputs.

    So far, it warrants about four stars.

    Now for the bad part: User features are poor. Perhaps they are adequate for ENG work and action footage, but nowhere near adequate for professional photography. This is like a kiddie toy wrapped around a very high quality lens + sensor package. This mystifies me: Putting a Trabant or Yugo body around a Mercedes engine. Here are the problems:

    * The body is a big, mostly-empty box with mold lines showing, in a medium gray color, with labels for connectors and controls being molded in vs. silk-screened (which makes them totally unreadable in most lighting situations)

    * No manual focus ring. Manual focus can be attained, but only by running the focus motor through pushbuttons. THIS MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO USE THIS CAMERA FOR FOLLOW-FOCUS SHOTS, and will therefore completely disqualify it for use by anyone that must have this capability.

    * No manual iris ring, either. Again, buttons must be used with the menu to set depth of field.

    * Gain cannot be set higher than 0 dB when the iris is closed below full-open. This takes away an important variable in depth of field control.

    * Iris full-open is not marked. I still don’t really know what it is. It’s probably around f/1.6 or some odd number like that.

    * White balance is available in only one of four pre-select modes.

    * There is no optical anti-alias filter, so any pattern with detail approaching half the pixel-limited resolution will generate moire patterns; even weave patterns in clothing.

    In summary, this looks like two different design teams were involved. One for the internals and a separate (and thoroughly incompetent one) for the user controls, form factor, and externals.

    For my purposes, this is a high-quality hand-held prosumer camera in a kid’s toy shell and I cannot really use it for professional work. But, if you need a shoulder-mounted ENG camera for outdoor action photography, this might be just the ticket.

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  2. 19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    spoiled hmc150 user, February 2, 2009
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    Olin R. Blankenship (ny) –
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    This review is from: Panasonic AGHMC70PJU AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory Professional Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Electronics)

    i am one of those few people who own both hmc70 and hmc150.while my hmc150 is top notch product,i cant criticize my hmc70 if i look at the fact that it cost 1/3 of what hmc150 did to me.
    hmc70 is consumer camera fitted into big body,but……..this consumer camera will put lots of other professional camera to shame.
    if u are looking for hd quality under two grand look no further.i bought this camera when it was on sale 3 weeks ago.price went up since then.
    pros: great picture(under good light though),sound is good even with in built mic,very reasonably priced for 3ccd ,2 cold shoe,volume indicator ,decent view finder,great professional look for this price,and above all no more tape(sdhc recording is really a revolution in professional video business)
    1.this camera has 3ccd(1/4) which you cant find in other canera at this price range(i always thought panasonic give more value to your money than sony,jvc let alone canon -canon dont have technology to make ccd so it use pana ccds thats why it is always expensive)
    2.these 3ccd produce very good and almost clean picture even when u record at full 13mb/sec settings(you need good amount of light though- buy one on camera light , 100 watt at least.)
    3.recording on sdhc card has changed equations forever,u will not look back to mini dv sony or jvc cameras.
    dumping whole movie in to your computer is similar to dumping photos from still camera.
    4.avchd recording can be edited on corel video studio 12,adobe premier element 7,pinnacle 12,power director 7( i would suggest COREl because it does not render avchd after u finish editing,than mean u save time and image keep its quality,although u need to turn on smart proxy for avchd editing,but then u can even edit this on single or dual core,u dont need quad core computer.)
    5.if your customer need regular dvd,u can still use this camera and then before u do editing,transcode this avchd to mpeg 2 using any of the above softwares.( trick here is that u should transcode avchd to mpeg with at least 9 mb/sec variable bit rate setting,so in case u need to put 2 hour on single layer dvd ,u will get better quality,but if u have faster computer u can always edit in native avchd then output final file into mpeg2 )
    5. best sdhc card is transcend,but you buy pana,kingston,sandisk,never buy adata brand)
    6.buy one extra battery(sad thing is No other generic battery is available so prepare to spend 169 more for decent pana battery)
    please note this camera has few cons (because pana sont want to give you everything for this price)
    what those thing missing
    1. no zoom ring
    2. no focus ring(infact there is no ring on this camera)
    3. no zoom control jack(so you cant use this camera with tripod remote)
    4.nedd lots of light(understandable ,becuase u are paying under 2 grand and ccds are only 1/4 inch)
    overall if you are in transition phase from dv to hd ,and dont want to spend lots of money then this camera is number one choice,other wisebuy hmc150

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  3. 11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Video quality But Camera is Large, April 15, 2009
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    R. hall (Savannah, GA) –
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    This review is from: Panasonic AGHMC70PJU AVCHD 3CCD Flash Memory Professional Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Electronics)

    OK, I am not a professional videographer, but I know what looks good on a nice television or screen. I tried the smaller HD camcorders (Canon HF 10, and Sony HDR-SR11), and they have excellent video quality if you do not move the camera. I mean don’t follow your kids around the yard or try to video a bird in flight or pretty much anything moving. What happens is that you get a kind of ghosting in the video, so the High Def picture I was shooting for looked very pixellated and low quality. I decided to try a prosumer type video camera, and this one was the least expensive HD available at the time. Once it arrived at my house I used it to video several different scenes that gave me difficulty with the hand-helds. The quality of the video was astounding. I could get the same quality during moving shots that I could get with the static shots using the hand-helds. Great I thought I solved the problem of pixellated video in HD. However, there was one small problem. This Camera is Ginormous (Gigantic+enormous) Considerably larger than the old VHS style camcorders. I love the video quality, but it is too big to carry to Disney World or a soccer game or pretty much anywhere that you are not set up to shoot video. The flash memory is excellent, and I have not noticed a huge difference in the picture quality of this camera utilizing flash memory and my current Sony HDR-FX7 utilizing tape.

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