panasonic unveils new low cost professional handheld avccam

Published September 24th, 2009 - 10:43 GMT

10. 6G Mega Pixel Camcorder is now even more Compact and Lighter than ever

Panasonic, the global leader in consumer electronics products, has expanded its professional AVCCAM line with the introduction of a more compact, lighter handheld camcorder – the AG-HMC41E.

The new camcorder weighs less than 2.2 pounds and comes complete with an impressive range of professional features including full HD 3MOS imagers, high-resolution 10.6-mega pixel still photo capture, 12X optical zoom and high-quality, solid-state AVCHD recording on widely-available SD cards. To allow users of tape media to smoothly transition to AVCHD system, the AG-HMC45U will be bundled with ‘EDIUS NEO 2’ video editing software.

According to Mr. Yuichiro Suzuki, Product Manager, Panasonic Marketing Middle East, the new AG-HMC41E will deliver improved video performance and greater efficiency: “The HMC41E is an AVCHD format based camcorder that uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high profile encoding, which provides a near doubling of bandwidth efficiency and improved video performance over the older MPEG-2 compression formats. AVCHD high definition recordings look clean and crisp, even during fast motion, reducing the image degradation or dropout associated with older HDV recording formats.”

The HMC41E features a full resolution 3-megapixel, 1/4.1-inch 3MOS imager that produces stunning 1920x1080 HD images with high sensitivity. The camera captures still images with 10.6-megapixel resolution directly onto the SD card as a JPEG image. The HD camcorder also records in all four professional AVCCAM recording modes, giving an even greater range of options to Panasonic’s consumers.

“Using just one 32GB SDHC memory card, a user can record three hours of full resolution 1920x1080 video and audio in PH mode, four hours at HA mode and 5.3 hours at HG mode. In the HE mode, the camera can record up to 12 hours of 1440x1080 HD content – all on a single 32GB SDHC card,” added Suzuki from Panasonic.

The HMC41E comes standard with HDMI output, USB 2.0 (mini B-type devices), composite output (AV multi/ch1, ch2), analog component (mini-D), detachable XLR audio input and audio REC level adjustment dials. Users also have the choice of expanding the camera’s audio capability with 2-channel input, mic/line switchable and +48V options that are available for purchase separately. The camera’s 2.7-inch LCD monitor offers simple touch-panel operation and access to various solid-state recording functions such as pre-record, interval recording, shot marker and metadata capture.

In addition, this lightweight handheld offers invaluable professional features including waveform monitor display, focus assists such as focus bar display and enlarged display, time date stamp, user assignable focus ring, auto focus with face detection, zebra display, synchro-scan shutter function, three programmable user buttons, time code/UB recording, remote control terminal (for zoom, focus, aperture, REC start/stop controls).

AVCCAM content recorded on the SD card can be played back directly on a growing number of low cost consumer devices including solid-state HD players, Blu-ray players, game machines, laptop computers, and widescreen plasma displays with SD card slots. For editing or playback, professionals can transfer content from the SD Card to Mac or PC computers or by connecting the camera directly via its USB 2.0 interface.

Photo Caption: New AVCCAM even more Compact and Lighter than ever

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