A new camcorder with Micro Four Thirds sensor
Our team tested it the Panasonic AG-AF100 for this review and it has exceeded our expectations. The success it has gained starting last year, when it announced itself as the first professional HD camcorder in its market segment, has increased after its launch at the end of 2010.
Almost professional effectiveness
In our view, AG-AF100 is the proud owner of three strong business interests: the camera has similar capabilities to a professional 35 mm camera; it can record in full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) or HD (1280 x 720 pixels) and is compatible with the commonly-used SDXC/SDHC cards. Moreover, it is equipped with two slots and two incorporated microphones.
Another advantage we have come across during the tests we performed is that is can support LPCM/Dolby-AC3 and we believe you will also appreciate its coding sound capability of 48 KHx/16 bits on channel.
As you have probably remarked, the AG-AF100`s interchangeable lenses have been very much in the loop. We can tell you right now that the $7500 price does not include them. However, here`s a tip you might appreciate, one for those of you passionate about art film: in order to add a film lens you will need an additional adaptor and you will have to take more money out of your pockets as this one is not included either.
The tests conducted by our team for this review, ranked Panasonic AG-AF100 very high in terms of storage capacity and battery autonomy – as it beats the 12 hour threshold. We have as well appreciated the commodity of the battery usage, replacing the grip and the physical and financial comfort rendered by the fact that you do not need to purchase any additional support or fixation accessory.
The handle can be removed and fixed per your requirements, as well as the lateral belt. And if the circumstance requires it, the camcorder will work in excellent parameters controlled remotely by a device that you will purchase along with the original product. You will also enjoy the nice carrying bag and the rain cover keeping the camera secure.
Regular fault-finders will claim that similar performance can be reached with a DSLR, but the Panasonic AG-AF100 experience will only prove that the generation of photo cameras used as video cameras will soon go obsolete. The Panasonic AG-AF100 successfully incorporates all the capabilities of a DSLR, but it is more than that: it is a long-awaited, long-dreamed-of, professional camera.
In conclusion, for those who want a high quality product and a reasonable balance in relation to the price, the new Panasonic camera is the fair option. On top of it, Panasonic will support a one-year guarantee, plus another two, provided you fully register.
On our website you will find very soon several video materials put together by our team while reviewing the Panasonic AG-AF100. You also have available some significant technical data we have extracted, compared to the product`s three main competitors on the market. And there is also the easiest way, that of convincing yourselves by acquiring the new, game-changing Panasonic camcorder.
|* Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount.|
|* 4/3″-type Image Sensor with Digital Still Camera Technology.|
|* A Professional Design with HD-SDI, XLR & Other Interfaces.|
|* Extended Recording in AVCHD High-Quality PH Mode.|
|* Multiple HD formats: 1080 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p; 720 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p.|
|* Multi HD Format & New VFR Recording Function.|
|* VFR (Variable Frame Rate) recording function in full HD (1920 x 1080) progressive mode is also supported|