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Panasonic AG-AC90 Camcorder

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Panasonic AG-AC90A (AGAC90) Full HD AVCCAM 1/4 3MOS Camcorder
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panasonic_ag-ac90 / AG-AC90AEJ
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Overview
The new memory card recorder combines the high image quality, advanced functions and easy operation that professionals demand in a stylish, easy-to-handle design. Its zoom lens extends from 29.8 mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle to 12x optical zoom, with a high speed of F1.5 brightness. BSI (backside illumination) type 3MOS image sensors exhibit high sensitivity, Full-HD resolution and a high S/N ration. And the AVCHD recorder section supports both PS mode, for Full-HD progressive image production, and pro-use PH mode. They give a camera operator the field of view, the image quality, and the file/video formats he/she needs for news gathering and image production. Other professional operating features include Triple Manual Rings (focus, zoom and iris) that approach the versatility and feel of the interchangeable lenses, XLR Microphone/Audio inputs, and remote terminals to provide the system expandability that professional application require.
Summary
Camera Type: Camcorder
CODEC: AVCHD
Form Factor: Handheld
Gen-Lock & Time-Code: No
HDMI Output: Yes
Maximum Data Rate: 28Mb/s
Maximum Video Resolution (recorded): 1920x1080
Progressive Scan: Yes
Recording Media: SD / SDHC
SDI Output: No
Sensor Resolution (Mega Pixels): 2.68MP
Sensor Size: 1/4 inch
Sensor Type: 3MOS
Type: Video
Variable Frame Rate: No
Video Resolution: HD 1080
XLR Audio Input: Yes

About the Panasonic AG-AC90 Camcorder

The new memory card recorder combines the high image quality, advanced functions and easy operation that professionals demand in a stylish, easy-to-handle design. Its zoom lens extends from 29.8 mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle to 12x optical zoom, with a high speed of F1.5 brightness. BSI (backside illumination) type 3MOS image sensors exhibit high sensitivity, Full-HD resolution and a high S/N ration. And the AVCHD recorder section supports both PS mode, for Full-HD progressive image production, and pro-use PH mode. They give a camera operator the field of view, the image quality, and the file/video formats he/she needs for news gathering and image production. Other professional operating features include Triple Manual Rings (focus, zoom and iris) that approach the versatility and feel of the interchangeable lenses, XLR Microphone/Audio inputs, and remote terminals to provide the system expandability that professional application require.

Recording Format AVCHD format version 2.0 compliant (AVCHD Progressive)
Motion Pictire Compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Compression Dolby Digital (5.1ch / 2ch)
Recording mode and transfer rate [PS 1080/50p]; Approx 25Mbps (VBR)
[PH 1080/50i]; Approx 21Mbps (VBR)
[PH 1080/25p]; Approx 21Mbps (VBR)
[HA 1080/50i]; Approx 17 Mbps (VBR)
[HE 1080/50i] Approx 6 Mbps (VBR)
[SA 576/50i]; Approx 9 Mbps (VBR)
Still picture recording format JPEG corresponding (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard)
Recording Media SD Memory Card
SDHC Memory Card
SDXC Memory Card
Image Sensor 1/4.7 type (1/4.7”) 3MOS image sensor
Approx. 8040K (2680K x3)
Lens Auto Iris optical zoom (Full Range AF)
F value (focal length)
F1.5 to F2.8 (Focal length; 2.84mm to 34.1mm)
35mm equivalent;
Motion picture / still picture; 29.8mm to 383.7mm (16:9)
Minimum focus distance; Approx. 3.5cm (wide) / Approx. 1.2m (tele)
Filter diameter 49mm
Zoom 12x optical, 25x iZoom, 2x / 5x / 10x digital
Image stabiliser Optical (Hybrid Optical Image Stabiliser with Active Mode)
Monitor 8.8cm (3.5”) wide LCD, approx. 1152K dots
Viewfinder 0.61cm (0.24”) wide EVF. Approx. 263K dots equivalent
Microphone 5.1 channel surround mic (with zoom mic / focus mic function) / stereo mic
Minimum required illumination Approx. 3lx (1/25 with AUTO SLOW SHTR, Intelligent Auto mode)
AV multi connector video output level
Component:
Y: 1.0Vp-p, 75 ohms
Pb: 0.7Vp-p, 75 ohms
Pr: 0.7Vp-p, 75 ohms
AV video output level:
1.0Vp-p, 75 ohms
HDMI connector video output level HDMI 1080p / 1080i / 576p
AV multi connector audio output level Line, 2ch.
HDMI connector audio output level Dolby Digital / Linear PCM
Headphone Output 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Camera remote terminal 2.5mm super mini jack x1 (ZOOM S/S)
3.5mm mini jack x1 (FOCUS / IRIS)
XLR audio input terminals XLR (3 pin) x2 (INPUT 1 / INPUT 2)
LINE: 0dBu
MIC: -50dBu / -60dBu (switch via the menu)
USB Reader function (No copyright protection support),
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0), USB Terminal Type Mini B
Dimensions (W x H x D) 160 x 195 x 350mm (including projecting parts)
Weight 1500g approx, no battery or card
Operating Weight 1780g approx.
Operating Temperature 0C to 40C
Operating Humidity 10% to 80% RH

29.8mm Wide-Angle / High powered Zoom Lens
The high-powered 12x zoom lens includes a 29.8 mm (35 mm equivalent) wide-angle setting. When using the Intelligent 25x digital zoom, it achieves up to 25x seamless zooming. In addition, it also features 2x, 5x and 10x digital zoom function. Panasonic’s unique Nano Surface Coating minimizes ghosts and flaring, and a high speed, F1.5 brightness enables extremely clear image rendering. The built-in 5-axis Hybrid OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) ensures stable handheld shooting. 

High-Sensitivity BSI Type 3MOS Sensors
Three (RGB) backside illumination corresponding 1/4.7 type MOS image sensors have an effective pixel count of 2,190,000 pixels. This makes it possible to capture excellent images with high definition and superb color reproduction even in dimly lit locations. The image processing circuit, which is tuned for professional use, produces highly natural gradation and sharp detail. 

Easy Operation with Triple Manual Rings and a High-Definition LCD monitor
The lens barrel is equipped with manual rings for focus, zoom and iris operation to enable the kind of speedy, intuitive camera work that is generally associated with interchangeable lenses. The 8.89 cm (3.5 inches) LCD monitor (touch panel), which stores easily inside the top front part of the handle, has approximately 1,150,000 dot resolution to enhance focusing, and includes focus assist, zebra, and color bar display functions. The LCD monitor rotates 270 degrees for easy low-angle, high-angle, and self-interview shootings. 

High-Quality Recording with AVCHD PS/PH Modes 
•Professional AVCHD Modes: PS mode for Full-HD (1920 x 1080) and progressive (60p) image acquisition and high quality PH mode. 
•HD/SD Multi-Formats: 
[60 Hz model]: 1080/60p, 60i, 30p, 24p, 480/60i.
[50 Hz model]: 1080/50p, 50i, 25p, 576/50i. 
•Dual SD Card Slots (support SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Cards). With two SD cards, a camera operator can select backup recording. 
•Still shots with 3-megapixel resolution. (Still shots can also be captured during video recording.) 

Specifications Supporting Professional Use 
•2 channel XLR audio inputs (MIC/LINE/+48V selectable). 
•Audio CH1/CH2 with individual level controls and input selection. 
•HDMI output, AV Multi output (D-connector, composite video and audio 2 channel), USB connector. 
•Remote terminals enable remote operation of iris, focus, zoom and Rec Start/Stop functions. 
•The upper part of the handle grip contains both the Rec Start/Stop button and a zoom speed control (three speed steps) for the lens.

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Excellent product but still getting used to it. Hence not excellent - yet!
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Feefo on 2014-01-13


Frequently Asked Questions

11 question(s) | 11 answers(s)

Any news on the hdmi output?Is it uncompressed, as this would favour bolting on a ninja2 for high 50mb recording bitrates.can the hdmi be output without any gui on display ie. pure picture

steve buck 27-09-2012

The AG-AC90 does have a clear HDMI output, uncompressed, 8 bit and so could be used with a Ninja 2

Filter thread size? Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:0 I assume? I look to fly to the UK from Turkey to buy. Pricing? Might go to the states in Dec in NYC. BH Photo is conveniently there.

Joel 29-09-2012

The lens hood is fixed on this camera. The HDMI output is Uncompressed 8-Bit 4:2:2 when bypassing the internal recording system, which is Compressed 8-Bit 4:2:0. This is not a worldwide product, there are two models - a US model (60Hz: 1080/60p, 60i, 30p, 24p, 480/60i) and a European model (50Hz: 1080/50p, 50i, 25p, 576/50i).

HiPlease let me know if this camera has 1)a macro facility to record in close up as well2)a push button expand the centre of the screen to check focus Many thanksSasha

Sasha Andrews 09-10-2012

The AG-AC90 has a 'Focus Assist' feature ie a 'viewfinder only' digital zoom to assist with focussing, but no macro facility

This is the American model or European model?

Claudio 15-11-2012

European!

PLEASE GIVE DIMENTIONS OF THE CAMCORDER AND THE WEIGHT THANKS

SALVINU SANT 12-12-2012

Weight:-Approx. 1.50 kg (Approx. 3.3 lb/main unit only)Approx. 1.78 kg (Approx. 3.9 lb/with battery and an SD card)Dimensions (W X H X D):-160 mm x 195 mm x 350 mm excluding protruding parts(6-5/16 inches x 7-11/16 inches x 13-1/16 inches)mw

HiJust wondering if you have any update on when this camera might be available?Thanks

Aindreas Lynch 21-02-2013

Unfortunately, despite having had these on order for some time, we still don't know when stock is going to arrive

Does this model qualify for the 3 year warranty? (1yr extra 2 after registration.

Roger D 01-03-2013

Yes!mw

I would like to buy an extra battery with the AC90 but i don't know what batteries are compatible with this model.

John 13-03-2013

What are the differences between the Panasonic AG-AC90 and Panasonic AG-AC160?

thirupathirao 30-04-2013

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