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Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40 AVCHD Camcorder with 10.6 MP Still and 12x Optical Zoom

Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40 AVCHD Camcorder with 10.6 MP Still and 12x Optical Zoom
Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40 AVCHD Camcorder with 10.6 MP Still and 12x Optical Zoom


Product Added : February 17th, 2013
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Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40 AVCHD Camcorder with 10.6 MP Still and 12x Optical Zoom


Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40 AVCHD Camcorder with 10.6 MP Still and 12x Optical Zoom

Panasonic’s latest introduction to its popular AVCCAM line, the AG-HMC40 handheld, combines full HD AVCHD video recording with high-resolution 10.6-megapixel still photo capture, giving you the benefits of two professional cameras in one affordable package.Compact and lightweight at 2.16-pounds, the HMC40 is a versatile HD camcorder offering high-quality AVCHD recordings, high-resolution still photo capture, an easy-to-use SD card workflow, and professional audio capabilities for a wide range of applications and markets including schools, government agencies, event videographers, web designers and more.

  • Three newly designed 1/4.1″ Progressive 3MOS Imagers for full HD resolution.
  • Extremely slow, smooth zoom for the precise control needed for dramatic sequences
  • Time Date Stamp enables shooting Legal Depositions or Surveillance
  • The HMC40 is a versatile HD camcorder offering high-quality AVCHD recordings and high-resolution still photo capture
  • The compact camera is also packed with professional video and audio features

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  1. 93 of 94 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best camera for the price!!, September 20, 2009
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    This review is from: Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40 AVCHD Camcorder with 10.6 MP Still and 12x Optical Zoom (Camera)

    It was a long wait but finally got it last week and then took it for a trip right away, its performance it’s outstanding, I got this camera for a TV show we are producing, after seeing a few options we decided to get this one because of several reasons:

    - Size, the camera is very compact, for a camera that provides broadcast quality image the size is amazingly small.
    - Construction, this camera has most of its body made out with metal panels, that makes it very solid and also makes it reliable, also the set up of the buttons are easy to access.
    - Price, there are other models in the market that could deliver a similar quality or probably a little better but the cost is at least $1k more, if you think like I do “creativity is the main ingredient for a good production”, spending the extra cash doesn’t really make a difference as long as you are aware of the camera’s capabilities and limitations, but there is always ways to improve performance in some conditions that could affect the correct functionality of your equipment.
    - Tapeless technology, we bought another AVCHD camera a little less than a year ago, we use it mostly for action shots and underwater recording, the transition was effortless, the advantages and capturing time are reduced to minimal and the quality is amazing, with this model we found that its quality is even better than older models and editing is a lot quicker, also recording cost are cut to almost nothing with new SDHC cards that can be used over and over without loosing quality… Just this fact makes it a must buy!!!

    After using it for this little time I have managed to work around its many controls and get exactly what I want from it, the response to low light is not the best but it’s decent, you can always add a good light for little money and resolve that problem, also the sound quality is excellent, I didn’t get the optional xlr adapter piece for it but I am using a 8mm wireless mic system that combined with this little fellow deliver great results!!

    In short words: “the new Panasonic AG-HCM40 is not the best camera money can buy but ,to my opinion, it’s the best camera money can buy for this price!!”

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  2. 92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Balance of power has officially shifted to AVCHD, November 15, 2009
    By 
    D. Cannon “Business Founder” (CertTest Training in Irving TX “Dallas”) –
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    This review is from: Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40 AVCHD Camcorder with 10.6 MP Still and 12x Optical Zoom (Camera)

    I just met this camera last week, little brother to the HMC150. The HMC40 brings several welcome upgrades to market. I’m an intermediate producer in training with lots of self study and attended a few great workshops. After two years of shooting 1920 HD on the low end I have to say this camera impressed me.

    PROS:
    1) MPEG-4. Shoots very good quality in a tiny light weight package. Just love it. Even has time-lapse capability which sure beats roto-ing in post for a time lapse effect.
    2) You can squeeze two HMC40s in the same size carryon pelican case as the 150.
    3) Start editing your shots on Mac in only 2-3 minutes without waiting for rendering. No transcoding required, no $600 P2 cards either. But you should use something faster than just class 6 SDHC media if you want to bump up the quality a little, otherwise you might get some artifacts (image problems) with fast motion and striped clothing. Same problem as any media recording slower than the camera.
    4) I’m cool with renting HMC150 and redrock/letus for higher end projects if necessary. This camera is fine for making DVD projects or streaming HD.
    5) Great looking shots with 4:2:0 sampling.
    6) We produce our own stuff, make a profit and clients keep coming back. With a $1995 retail price tag I can finally afford to own two very nice HD cameras.

    CONS:
    A) Manual button lovers will need to learn the softkey menus. I love the softkeys with all the same features. No different than using an iphone.
    B) Two choices for sound: Seperate sound (best) or get the panasonic/beachtek adapter for on camera. I like using seperate sound on a tascam or fostex digital recorder with four seperate channels (mic 1, mic 2, wild background). This gives you plenty of room to remix in post or replace sounds. Great sound is still 50% of the production.
    C) It’s not the same glass lens set as 150/170 so you may need different accessories.
    D) No timecode jam sync between two cameras. This camera does have its own timecoding (HH:MM:SS:FF). Oh well, I’ve been living without timecode sync since I started. It just adds a little to the time in post for manually lining up shots and sound tracks. It’s no problem to keep using a clapper board anyway. Clappers do give a kinda nostalgic flair for the crew and spectators.

    I hope this helps. Upgrade cameras every couple of years while the resale value is still a good plan. After shooting a short this weekend I think this is going to be a good two year relationship. I wish you the best.

    Semper fidelis,
    David Cannon

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  3. 59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect!!!, November 10, 2009
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    Tom Dayeh (Frisco, TX USA) –
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    This review is from: Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40 AVCHD Camcorder with 10.6 MP Still and 12x Optical Zoom (Camera)

    This camera deserves “6 Stars” on image quality. I am a Realist when it comes to reviewing a product. First: we must consider the items price, $1995.00. In the “Professional Video Camera World”, That is tantamount to saying a steal!!! I will not go into features and functions, the description of this Camera is given in detail on the product description portion of this page.

    Second: Size and weight, Until very recently, a Pro Video Camera came in two sizes, large and super large. The additional problem here is that the general public became used to seeing these monstrosities at events, and broadcasts. Many Video Camera Professionals still look for these monstrosities simply to appease their clients visual expectations. This is the wrong approach, we should stop breaking our backs with our equipment, and instead educate the public of the technological advances that have benefited this industry. The video quality produced by this camera will please the most discriminating client.

    Third: You have all this quality being recorded on SDHC cards (my advise is Class 10 30mbs or better). Recording on SDHC cards will be a liberating experience for people who used tape in the past. The Quality is much better. You cannot record over scenes by accident. It can be recorded on again and again, without loss of quality. It is not affected by altitude like hard drive consumer models. If you are thinking of getting this camera, Just get it…..think later!!!

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