Panasonic upgrades AVCCAM product line-up at NAB 2012

Panasonic has used its presence at this year’s NAB in Las Vegas to introduce a software upgrade to augment the recording and shooting functions of its popular AG-AF100 Large Imager HD Cinema Camera Recorder. In a further product upgrade to its AVCCAM line-up, Panasonic has also announced upgraded versions of its newest professional AVCCAM HD camera recorders, the AG-AC160A and AG-AC130A.

The upgrade to the AG-AF100 (AG-SFU100) will enable acquisition in the 1080/60p and 1080/50p HD recording formats (PS mode (maximum 28Mbps)), and will substitute the 2.39:1 aspect ratio marking for the current 2.35 marker. Recording in the high-resolution 1080/60p and /50p master-quality formats is rapidly gaining popularity in broadcasting, sports and scientific analysis. The 2.39:1 marker in the AF100’s viewfinder/LCD monitor will be valuable for narrative and documentary shooters, as it is a standard aspect ratio for presenting films in movie theatres.

Improved functionality in both the AG-AC160A and AG-AC130A camera recorders includes expanded focus assist and “turbo-speed” one-push auto-focus function; the AC160A also incorporates acquisition in the 1080/60p and 1080/50p HD recording formats (PS mode). Expanded focus assist allows users to zoom in on the picture to check focus in addition to the conventional focus-in-red focus assist while the turbo-speed one-push auto-focus capability ensures that the camera recorders quickly attain focus.

The addition of 1080/60p and 50p recording (PS mode (maximum 28Mbps)) to the AC160A is of special value to worldwide customers in broadcasting, sports and scientific analysis, where this mastering-quality format is rapidly proliferating.

The AG-AC160A and AG-AC130A will be available in May at suggested RRPs of €4,420 and €3,900 excluding VAT, respectively. Current AC160 and AC130 owners can purchase this suite of upgrades for €280.

The AG-SFU100 software will be available in May at a suggested RRP of €200 excluding VAT.