Panasonic Unveils Latest Version of ‘AG-AF100’ Camcorder

Panasonic has issued the “AG-AF100A” large imager HD cinema camcorder, the latest version of its AG-AF100 camcorder.
            The AF100A features 10-bit, 4:2:2 quality output for better gradation of tonal areas when recording onto external devices, Panasonic says. The high definition-serial digital interface signal also carries a sync signal for the Rec Start/Stop with the AF100A trigger, and the camcorder is equipped with the expanded focus assist function and a 2.39:1 (cinema scope size) safety zone marker, the company says.
            In addition to the professional high-definition recording mode (average approx. 21 megabits per second, maximum 24 megabits per second), the AF100A complies with the Advanced Video Coding High Definition version 2.0 (AVCHD Progressive) standard with its new progressive scan mode (average approx. 25 megabits per second, maximum 28 megabits per second) for recording, playing and outputting (via high definition multimedia interface only) Full-HD progressive (1080/59.94p, 1080/50p) images. The PH/PS modes support uncompressed 16-bit linear pulse-code modulation two-channel audio recording, and the camcorder also features two-channel extra long run audio input terminals for full, uncompressed audio recording.
            The AF100 is known for its combination of film-like shallow depth of field and the wider field of view of a large imager, with the flexibility of a line of professional quality, industry-standard micro lenses, filters and adapters.
Weighing 3.5 pounds without its lens or battery, the AF100A includes features such as Dynamic Range Stretch; six built-in, customizable scene files; seven built-in gamma curves with four selectable color matrices; a built-in optical neutral density filter; adjustable shutter speed and Synchro-scan function; and a high-resolution, variable angle color liquid crystal display monitor and tiltable viewfinder.
            Panasonic says the camcorder includes additional standard professional interfaces such as uncompressed HDMI out and universal serial bus 2.0. The AF100A records Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers 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 signals.

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