The Panasonic AG-AC130 AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder is a high-definition workhorse of a professional handheld camcorder. Featuring an integrated 22x zoom lens and a 1/3-type 3MOS three-element imager, the AVCCAM model captures AVCHD video to two SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots as 1080p30, 1080i60, filmic 1080p24, and 720p60.
Panasonic’s professional-level PH implementation of AVCHD is the top-quality choice at a max rate of 24 Mb/s; several other data rates will conserve card space as you capture hours of HD video. For projects that require standard-def capture, the AC130 has you covered with DV recording, which can then be output via its 6-pin IEEE 1394 (FireWire) port.
The AG-AC130 offers a bevy of professional-level features, including dual XLRs with phantom power, SMPTE time-code generation, gamma settings for seven different scenarios, and manual control rings for iris, zoom, and focus. To monitor the status of all settings, and to perform critical focusing functions, the AVCCAM camcorder features both a high-quality 3.45″ LCD screen and a full-color LCoS 0.45″ viewfinder with 1,226,000 dots (852 x 480 x 3 [RGB]) of resolution.