Panasonic Launches AG-AF100 Cinema Camera For Film Makers

By January 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Panasonice has launched recently, its new camcorder AG-AF100, which is targetted specially for film makers and video production communities.. It is first professional micro 4/3-inch video camcorder designed for high-definition (HD) video recording and provides new level of HD motion image quality. It delivers film-like shallow depth of field and the wider field of view of a large imager with high quality,custom designed 4/3-inch lenses, filters, and adapters. The AG-AF100 is a full HD 1080/720 production camera which delivers superior video handling, native 1080/24p recording, variable frame rates, professional audio capabilities with SDHC and SDXC media cards support.

The AF100 equipped with a large 4/3-inch, 16:9 MOS imager with imager area more smaller than 35mm cinema film. It 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). It is capable of recording  also in AVCCAM’s HA (17Mbps) and HE (6Mbps) modes, 1080i only and it is 60Hz and 50Hz switchable.Variable frame rates (VFR) are available in 1080p, selectable in 20 steps from 12p to 60p at 60Hz and 20 steps from 12p to 50p at 50Hz. The camcorder is equipped with a built-in stereo microphone and two mic/lines, switchable XLR inputs with +48V Phantom Power capability and capable of  recording 48-kHz/16-bit two-channel digital audio (in PH mode only) and supports LPCM/Dolby-AC3 in any of the modes.Panasonic AG AF100 Panasonic Launches AG AF100 Cinema Camera For Film Makers

“The design of the AF100′s advanced, custom-designed 4/3-inch sensor affords depth of field and field of view similar to that of 35mm movie cameras in a more affordable camera,” said Jan Crittenden Livingston, Product Line Business Manager, Panasonic Solutions Company. “What’s more, Panasonic engineering ingenuity has resolved the aliasing and moiré that has haunted the DSLR shooter. In fact, the AF100 was based on what we heard from and saw customers doing: purchasing DSLR cameras because they liked the look of the image, but then agonizing over all of the workarounds required to achieve an acceptable high definition recording.”

Panasonic AG-AF100 camcorder is the first camcorder which is compatible with SDXC media card compatibility in addition to existing SDHC card support.  The next generation SD memory card standard, SDXC supports 32GB to 2TB storage memory capacities. With the two SD slots, users will able to record up to 12 hours on two 64GB SDXC cards in PH mode, with automatic clip spanning across the two cards. This camcorder also supports stil image capturing with 2 megapixel in 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. It features switchable FILM CAM and VIDEO CAM modes, with VFR operable in FILM CAM and offers wide ISO gain setting range sensitivity between ISO 200 and ISO 3200 (in FILM CAM), or allows gain to be adjusted between 18 dB and-6 dB (in VIDEO CAM). The camcorder also features focus assist which is helpful while recording with color-on peaking and a focus bar; area focus and area iris functions that facilitate recording when the subject is off-center, two sets of adjustable zebras, two manual black and white balance choices, and preset White Balance at 3200K, 5600K or variable; and a waveform monitor and vectorscope for more accurate monitoring of broadcast safe levels.

The camcorderweighs only 3.5 points (without lens or battery) and equipped with  high-end features including Dynamic Range Stretch in all modes and frame rates. It includes six built-in, customizable scene files that are exchangeable for quick and easy matching between multiple cameras; seven built-in gamma curves with four selectable color matrices; a built-in optical ND filter; adjustable shutter speed and Syncro-scan function; and a high-resolution, variable angle color LCD monitor and tiltable viewfinder. Standard professional interfaces include uncompressed 4:2:2, 8 Bit HD-SDI out, HDMI out and USB 2.0. The AF100 records SMPTE timecode and is able to perform timecode synchronizing via the video output seeing timecode in, and has an internal down-converter facilitating output of SD (480/576) signals. Other essential features include a wealth of solid-state recording modes (clip thumbnail display, pre-record, intervalometer function that can be set for up to 24 hours); three User Buttons that can be programmed with up to 14 functions each; a Smart Battery interface for recording up to four hours with a 5800mA battery (model VW-VBG6PPK); metadata recording; and a wireless infrared remote controller.

Panasonic AG-AF100 is available for purchase at suggested retail price of $4,995 (Approx Rs. 222,550)

Source : Press Release

The AF100 features switchable FILM CAM and VIDEO CAM modes, with VFR operable in FILM CAM. The camcorder has a wide ISO gain setting range that allows sensitivity to be set between ISO 200 and ISO 3200 (in FILM CAM), or gain adjusted between 18 dB and-6 dB (in VIDEO CAM). It also offers a focus assist that can be used while recording, which is color-on peaking and a focus bar; area focus and area iris functions that facilitate recording when the subject is off-center; two sets of adjustable zebras; two manual black and white balance choices, and preset White Balance at 3200K, 5600K or variable; and a waveform monitor and vectorscope for more accurate monitoring of broadcast safe levels.

Weighing only 3.5 pounds (without lens or battery), the AF100 is packed with high-end features including Dynamic Range Stretch in all modes and frame rates; six built-in, customizable scene files that are exchangeable for quick and easy matching between multiple cameras; seven built-in gamma curves with four selectable color matrices; a built-in optical ND filter; adjustable shutter speed and Syncro-scan function; and a high-resolution, variable angle color LCD monitor and tiltable viewfinder.
Standard professional interfaces include uncompressed 4:2:2, 8 Bit HD-SDI out, HDMI out and USB 2.0. The AF100 records SMPTE timecode and is able to perform timecode synchronizing via the video output seeing timecode in, and has an internal down-converter facilitating output of SD (480/576) signalsThe AF100 features switchable FILM CAM and VIDEO CAM modes, with VFR operable in FILM CAM. The camcorder has a wide ISO gain setting range that allows sensitivity to be set between ISO 200 and ISO 3200 (in FILM CAM), or gain adjusted between 18 dB and-6 dB (in VIDEO CAM). It also offers a focus assist that can be used while recording, which is color-on peaking and a focus bar; area focus and area iris functions that facilitate recording when the subject is off-center; two sets of adjustable zebras; two manual black and white balance choices, and preset White Balance at 3200K, 5600K or variable; and a waveform monitor and vectorscope for more accurate monitoring of broadcast safe levels.

Weighing only 3.5 pounds (without lens or battery), the AF100 is packed with high-end features including Dynamic Range Stretch in all modes and frame rates; six built-in, customizable scene files that are exchangeable for quick and easy matching between multiple cameras; seven built-in gamma curves with four selectable color matrices; a built-in optical ND filter; adjustable shutter speed and Syncro-scan function; and a high-resolution, variable angle color LCD monitor and tiltable viewfinder.
Standard professional interfaces include uncompressed 4:2:2, 8 Bit HD-SDI out, HDMI out and USB 2.0. The AF100 records SMPTE timecode and is able to perform timecode synchronizing via the video output seeing timecode in, and has an internal down-converter facilitating output of SD (480/576) signals

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