At this year’s IBC in Amsterdam, Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH is providing one of its most recent camcorders to the European industry the very first time. Initial previewed at NAB in April, the AG-AF101 will be exhibited at the Panasonic stand at IBC, in advance of its intro to the market in December. The AF101 is made to permit production industry specialists to obtain a cinema-like video in HD more simply than might be possible utilizing other techniques.
Panasonic is using IBC to bring in the Panasonic AG-AF101 4/3 HD camcorder, the world’s first professional HD camera recorder to arrive prepared with a four-thirds MOS image sensor and is the first product in the Panasonic AVCCAM series to provide the potential of exchangeable lenses. Optimised for high-definition video recording, the large image sensor on the AF101 allows professional customers to obtain cinema-like wide-angle footage with shallow depth of field.
Film and Video Producer, Barry Green commented: “The Panasonic AG-AF101 promises a huge step forward for cinematographers who want an inexpensive camera that delivers the feel and look of 35mm film, but without all the compromises and headaches that come from shooting on DSLRs. It lets filmmakers and video professionals seamlessly obtain the cinematic look they’ve long sought after, without resorting to using light-hungry add-on lens adapters, or trying to work around the shortcomings of using a stills camera for a video application.”
The AF101 utilizes a Micro Four Thirds digital single-lens or cinematic lenses like prime lens with a conversion adaptor, in addition to professional audio input (XLR), providing it the degree of freedom that professionals demand.
The Panasonic AG-AF101 can record video in full HD (1080i/p)/720p formats including 1080/24p native mode with Full HD Variable Frame Rate (VFR)*2 function. The video can be recorded on the large capacity SDXC memory cards in professional high quality PH mode (up to 24Mbps). Two SD card slots permit relay recording from one SD (SD / SDHC / SDXC) card to another to give large recording capacity as high as 12 hours in PH mode or 48 hours in HE mode*3.
Green added: ” Panasonic’s kept the professional videographer’s needs in mind; this camera has all the necessary connections, controls, and features that working professionals expect and demand from their cameras, and added a chance to obtain cinema-style shallow depth of field. This camera may be the embodiment of what independent filmmakers and videographers have been waiting for.”
The camera recorder has interfaces that of a professional video camera, including HD SDI output, XLR audio 2ch (48 V phantom power source compatible) inputs. Time code recording feature is also available to cope with professional video operations.
Engineering samples of the camera recorder will be displayed at the Panasonic Stand #11.E60 at IBC in Amsterdam. Available in December with a tentative RRP of 4,900 euro. Excl. VAT