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AG-HMC151 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 AG-HMC151 produces 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 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 AG-HMC151 handles full pixel (1920 x 1080/1280 x 720) 24p, 25p, and 30p progressive recording, and includes cinelike gamma and other versatile functions to meet the special needs of creative image production.
28mm Wide-Angle, 13X Zoom Leica Dicomar® HD Lens
The wide-angle zoom lens that became so popular in the HVX200 Series has been downsized, lightened, and further widened in this 13X zoom lens. The new lens structure combines 13 lens elements in 10 groups, with 3 aspherical lenses. The diameter of the front lens element has been reduced from 67 to 53.2 mm, while still achieving a 28mm wide angle (35mm equivalent), the widest of the class.*
The new lens covers most shooting situations without requiring a wide-angle conversion lens. Its minimum object distance (MOD) of about 0.6 meter at the telephoto setting helps to maximize the handheld camcorder’s inherent mobility.
The same cam-driven zoom ring that was so popular in previous models ensures accurate zooming. The Leica Dicomar lens incorporates Leica optical technology and know-how throughout. A multi-coating process minimizes flare and ghosting. This results in sharp, crisp, beautifully rendered images with delicate nuances and exceptional shading.
*HD camcorders with integrated lens and 1/3 inch CCD, as of Jan. 2010 (according to a Panasonic survey)
New Progressive CCD Raises Sensitivity and Lowers Noise and Smear
The new 1/3 inch 16:9 progressive CCD on the AG-HMC151 further raises image quality. It combines a significantly improved S/N ratio and better low-light performance than previous models. Backed by a high-performance digital signal processor, the CCD brings higher quality to HD images to meet the demands of broadcasters and high-end video producers.
High-Resolution Native Progressive 1080/50p* Scan
Progressive to interlace conversion, cross conversion and down conversion all start with the 1080/50p scan. That initial 1080p native progressive scan offers the highest level of vertical resolution possible at this level of camera. Keep in mind that the camera does not record this signal but uses it as a basis for all captures. The result is an HD or SD recording with a level of image quality that cannot be matched by electronically processed scans.
* In 50Hz mode.
DSP with 14 Bit A/D Conversion and 19 Bit Processing
The digital signal processor developed for the AG-HMC151’s video signals uses 14 bit A/D conversion and 19 bit inner processing to attain unprecedented accuracy. It is from this capture that all other signals are made. The DSP performs a variety of adjustments, including eight types of gamma settings, for each of the R, G and B channels. It also converts the signals to HD or SD format. With a performance equivalent to the processors used in many higher-end HD cameras, this DSP delivers beautiful images in all video formats.
Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)
Panasonic’s advanced OIS dramatically reduces the blurring caused by hand-held camera work. Optical processing with an automatic correction function helps assure consistently clear, sharp images.
Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)
In scenes with mixed contrast, such as when panning from indoors to outdoors, the DRS function automatically suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights. A gamma curve and knee slope are estimated to match the contrast of each pixel, and applied in real time. When dark, bright, and intermediate shades are all contained in the same scene, this produces excellent gradation for each shade and minimizes blocked shadows and blown highlights. The images that result are enhanced by a visually wide dynamic range.
7-Mode Gamma for Richer Gradation
Drawing on technologies developed for the VariCam, Panasonic has equipped the AG-HMC151 with advanced gamma functions that address seven different shooting scenarios and enhance your creative abilities. This includes the cinelike gamma, which produces the characteristic warm tone of film recordings.
AVCHD Format for High-Quality, Efficient HD Recording
Panasonic AVCCAM camcorders use the AVCHD format for tapeless recording with high image quality and low bit rates. This format complies with the latest H.264 motion image compression standard, and employs the High Profile standard to improve compression efficiency. Featuring twice the compression efficiency of HDV (MPEG-2), the AG-HMC151 achieves extended HD recording. The following four new technologies make this possible.
Large-Capacity SDHC Memory Cards Enable Extended-Time Recording
SDHC Memory Cards are available with up to 32 GB of memory. Combined with a maximum data transfer speed of 20 MB/s,* this makes PC data transfers easy and effortless. SDHC Memory Cards also feature excellent durability, with an operating temperature range of -25° to 85°C. Using the high compression efficiency of the AVCHD format, up to 720 minutes** of HD data can be recorded onto a single SDHC Memory Card.
* Data transfer speed varies depending on the usage of SD devices. The speed given here is the maximum speed according to Panasonic specifications.
** In HE (extended time) mode using a 32-GB SDHC Memory Card. A Class 4 or higher SDHC or SD Memory Card is required for PH and HA mode recording. Use a Class 2 or higher SDHC or SD Memory Card for other modes. (Panasonic SDHC Memory Cards are recommended.)
|Weight||Approx. 1.7 kg camcorder only|
|Standard||PAL 1080/50i, 720/50p, 1080/60i, 720/60p|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||154 (W) mm ? 164 (H) mm ? 397 (D) mm, excluding the projection part|
|Display Size (viewing area)||3.5 inches, LCD color monitor, 210,000 pixels|
|Imaging Device||3CCD (1/3 inch interline transfer type, and progressive modes supported)|
|Gain Range / Control||50i/50p/60i/60p mode: 0/3/6/9/12/18 dB, (0dB fixed in slow shutter mode)|
|Power Supply||DC7.2V (using with battery), 7.3V (using with AC adaptor)|
|Power consumption||9.8W (when recording)|