The Panasonic AG-AC8 is a professional shoulder-mounted camcorder ideal for weddings, corporate and event videography. Having Full HD 1080p recording with AVCHD progressive format, it has a maximum bit rate of 28Mbps for 1920x1080/50p quality and 24Mbps for 1920x1080/50i interlaced format. Simultaneous recording is possible with two SD card slots and there is the facility to file copy onto an external HDD if desired. Optically there is a 21x zoom lens with 28mm equivalent wide angle and this can be extended to 50x zoom using the iA (Intelligent Auto) mode. A Hybrid 5-axis OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser) also makes sure your footage is rock steady. For the best possible monitoring and reviewing , Panasonic have included a high resolution 460k-dot touch panel.
With dual SD card slots and the capability to record simultaneously, the 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 AG-AC8’s 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.
The AG-AC8 also includes a new high performance 2 channel stereo microphone. The battery charger AG-B23E is also available.
This powerful, Full HD 1080p shoulder-mount camera features exceptional ergonomics, functionality and pricing. The 5-pound AC8 is ideal for shooting weddings, business conferences, documentaries, sporting events (including 720p at 8 Mbps), exhibits and government activities. It is supported by the industry’s best guarantee — a 3-year limited warranty (1 year, plus 2 extra years upon registration).
Power Zoom Lens Provides More Choices
A powerful 21x optical/50x super-high-resolution zoom permits you to shoot scenes that you can't get close to. Intelligent resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates, while preserving the image resolution. Its wide-angle 28mm/F1.8 lens allows you to fit more people and background into the frame, especially useful in narrow spaces.
Dual SD Card Recording
With dual SD card slots and the capability to record on both cards simultaneously, the AC8’s Relay Auto Switch functionality provides dependable back-up recording or the ability to switch from one card to the other for extended recording times.
Widest Range Of HD Recording Modes
The AC8 records in 1080/60p [Max. 28Mbps/VBR], (1920x1080/60p); PH [Max. 24Mbps/VBR], (1920x1080/60i); HA [Ave. 17Mbps/VBR], (1920x1080/60i); HG [Ave. 13Mbps/VBR], (1920x1080/60i); HE [Ave. 5Mbps/VBR], (1440x1080/60i); PM [Ave. 8Mbps/VBR], (1280x720/60p); and SA [Ave. 9Mbps/VBR], (720x480/60i).
Advantaged Professional Features make Shooting Easier
Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) helps compensate for wide variations in exposure in a contrast-heavy scene, from light to dark. A Focus in Red function shows the sharp edges of your subject in red, making it stand out better.
Power Optical Image Stabilisation
Its five -access Hybrid O.I.S thoroughly suppresses blurring all the way from wide-angle, to powerful zoom shots. This lets you capture crisp, clear images in almost every shooting situation.
Manual Control and Illuminating LED Ring
A manual, multi-purpose lens ring provides fine adjustments and precise control of Focus, Zoom, Iris, white balance and shutter speed. Fast, accurate auto focus is also available. In addition, an illuminating LED ring allows recording verification and serves as a tally light to make shooting smoother. Users can turn the illumination on and off.
Eye-Fi SD Card Compatibility
Eye-Fi SD card compatibility makes the transfer of recordings via a wireless network — to devices like a PC or a file-sharing site such as You Tube or Vimeo — fast, simple and convenient.
Captures still images of 16:9, 20.4 megapixels (6016 x 3384 resolution) or 4:3, 15.1 megapixels (4480 x 3360 resolution). In simultaneous record mode, it can take a 16:9, 9.4-megapixel (4096 x 2304) still image or a 4:3, 1.4-megapixel (1440 x 1080) still image.
Simultaneus/Relay (Auto Switch) Recording on Dual Memory
Record simultaneously in two memory devices for added dependability and reliability. In addition, Relay (Auto Switch) Recording enables switching between 2 memory devices, suitable for extended recordings. Note: The voice is interrupted for a few seconds during the device switching. To eliminate voice gap, use Relay scene combining function (external HDD required) Simultaneous Recording is not available during Relay ( Auto Switch) Recording.
5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.
Thoroughly suppresses blurring all the way from wide-angle to powerful zoom shots. This lets you capture crisp, clear images in almost every shooting situation.
Level Shot Function
Automatically detects and corrects the tilting of captured images. Records more horizontal images without tripod or even when shooting in an unstable position.
Dim Light shooting
Images are bright and sharp even when shooting indoor or night time scenes. Dark scenes are brightened, and images are low-noise.