An unbelievable price for a full HD shoulder-mount camcorder with lots of professional features. It's a great introduction to handling a fuller size system and will be of interest to videographers, the webstreaming community and education users.
"HD video color reproduction is very accurate, resulting in truly beautiful images. Even in fairly low light, colors come through nicely. The unit's overall low light performance is good with low levels of noise throughout." Videomaker.com
Panasonic AG-AC8 overview - Philip Johnston from HD Warrior takes a look at the Panasonic AG-AC8
The AG-AC8 is shoulder mount Full-HD 1080P AVCCAM camera recorder that features exceptional ergonomics and functionality, simultaneous recording to dual SD Cards, 21x optical zoom and intelligent auto mode (iA) with up to 50x zoom.
The AG-AC8s exciting feature set make it perfect for a range of professional and semi-pro users that require the best performance in applications such as weddings, business seminars and conferences, education, documentaries and nature films, sporting events and other events and shows.
With dual SD card slots and the capability to record simultaneously, the AG-AC8’s new relay Auto Switch functionality means extended recording is made possible and signature Panasonic reliability and dependability is ensured so precious moments are continuously captured. Relay scene uses an external hard disk drive to enable continuous recording of audio, without voice loss when the file recording destination SD card swaps during Auto Switch continuous recording.
The AG-AC8 comes equipped with a lens for wide 28mm/F1.8 recording, which delivers excellent recordings even in the most compact settings with the camera situated close to the subject. With this lens, every important aspect of in the scene is within shot also making the camera suitable for professional shooting at sports events, weddings and documentaries, and films where flexibility and convenient ease of use is often required.
With a highly stable and ergonomic form factor that ensures the operator is in control, iA Intelligent Auto mode helps in situations where there is limited setup time for dialling in the cameras professional manual settings. An optical zoom of 21x is available whilst using iA mode and up to 50x zoom is possible. A 1/4.5 type high sensitivity sensor specified with 4.14M S-FS ensures bright and sharp images even in the most dimly lit scenes.
Input control commands can be made by the integrated 3.0 type touch panel LCD with 460,800 dots and Smart Touch. AVCHD progressive recording modes range from 1920x1080/50p max. 28Mbps, 1920x1080/50i max. 24Mbps through 1280 x 720 8Mbps (PM mode) with a steady shot assisted by a powerful 5-axis hybrid OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser). Rushes can also be quickly offloaded to external hard disks for backup peace of mind plus flexibility and speed in post-production. Moreover, the AG-AC8 is Eye-Fi™ SD card compatible making the transfer of recordings to networked devices fast, simple and convenient.
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As the distributor of leading manufacturers, Holdan will be showing a vast range of 4K and HD products at the forthcoming Autumn tour. The events taking place in London, Belfast and Leeds are free entry and will give visitors the chance to try out the latest production, post production and streaming equipment.