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AG-HMC80 series (NTSC)

Specifications PDF


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AVCCAM SD Card File Recovery
DV/AVCHD Recording on an SD Memory Card. All with Shoulder-Mount Stability.

Memory Card Camera Recorder AG-HMC80

*SD Memory Card not included.


The AG-HMC80 allows you to record in DV or in AVCHD for Full-HD image quality.
The versatility of the manual functions meet the needs of many professionals.
This shoulder-type AVCCAM opens up a new world of video production

A Shoulder pad for extra shooting stability

The SD Memory Card Helps Preserve the Environment with Its Reusability and Low Power Consumption
The SDHC/SD Memory Card media for the AVCCAM camera recorder is totally free from abrasion and dropout. There is no drive mechanism required, as there is for tape and disc-based recorders, so power consumption is low and size and weight are reduced. Malfunctions are less likely to occur, and there is no need to replace heads or transport components. This translates into lower costs and easier maintenance, greater energy savings, and less waste when the unit is eventually disposed of. All of these features help to conserve the environment.


Superb Full-HD Image Quality: A Wealth of High image quality Functions for the Age of Full-HD
Precise Tuning Lets You Express Images Exactly as You Intend

Sharp, Crisp Rendering of Every Subject
New HD Lens

Featuring 13 elements in 10 groups, the newly developed lens is ideal for Full-HD recording. The new lens system uses low-dispersion glass and aspherical lenses to reduce color aberration and boost resolution. Use of a special multi-coating process dramatically reduces flare and ghosts. The result: sharp, crisp, beautifully rendered pictures with vivid colors, delicate nuances, and exceptional shading. This advanced lens also lets you capture 40.8mm wide-angle shots (35mm lens equivalent).

Up to 120x Zoom Power
12x Optical Zoom and 10x Digital Zoom

Even at the 490mm zoom setting (35mm lens equivalent), this advanced 12x optical zoom lens is free of image degradation. And the AG-HMC80 is also equipped with a digital zoom that instantly magnifies the image by any of three fixed values: 2x, 5x or 10x. Use it together with the 12x optical zoom lens, and you get super magnification equivalent to a 120x zoom, without the drop in light intensity that happens when using a lens extender.
*The image quality decreases as the digital zoom magnification increases.

Take Clear Shots While Walking or Zooming
Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)

Because the hand-shake correction is done by actually driving the lens, there's none of the image degradation that occurs with electronic stabilization. You can capture beautiful, high-quality shots even in situations where hand-shake is typically a big problem - such as when zooming, shooting indoors in dim lighting, or shooting outdoors at night.
*Hand-shake from strong vibrations may remain. Also, visible differences may be slight under some conditions.

Highly Nuanced Image Expression
3.05-megapixel Progressive 3MOS Sensors

Suppresses Blocked Shadows and Blown Highlights
Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS)

High-quality Digital Stills
Still Shots with 10.6-megapixel Resolution (approx.)

The new 3MOS sensors also combine with Panasonic's proprietary Quad-Density Pixel Distribution technology to achieve a resolution that is equivalent to 4 times the normal level. The AG-HMC80 captures still images with approx. 10.6-megapixel resolution (in still image mode, 3:2 aspect ratio), which approaches the level of a high-performance digital still camera. For example, you can use it to shoot both motion and still images for a website.
* The AG-HMC80 is not equipped with a flash function. The digital zoom cannot be used.
* Still shot is not available in DV mode.


Highly Detailed Image Composition
Advanced Pro Tuning Functions

・Matrix settings
Lets you choose basic color hues that convey the desired overall image mood.


・Knee point settings
Controls the highlights within the frame. (AUTO/LOW/MID/HIGH)

・Adjustable H detail level, V detail level, detail coring and skin detail
Corrects edges and removes image noise.

・Adjustable chroma level, chroma phase, color temp and master pedestal
Sets the basic levels for brightness and other signals.

・Two scene files
The AG-HMC80 can save two sets of camera settings as scene files for instant recall later in similar shooting conditions.

Cine-like Gamma Curves
7-mode Gamma for Richer Gradation

■AG-HMC80 Gamma Modes

High-quality Recording Technology: Extended Video Recording on an SD Memory Card
Supporting Both DV Mode and AVCHD Mode

■AG-HMC80 recording format
HD Recording Format
(only PH mode)
(only PH mode)
SD Recording Format
(only DV mode)

■AG-HMC80 recording mode and recording time
Recording Mode Image Size
(H x V)
Bit Rate Max. Recording Time
with a 32GB
SDHC Memory Card


High-end AVCHD Image Quality
High Bit Rate of the Pro-use PH Mode

The AG-HMC80 features the image-enhancing PH mode that Panasonic developed exclusively for AVCCAM camera recorders. It delivers a maximum AVCHD bit rate of 24 Mbps (average: 21 Mbps). Designed for professional image production, this mode lets you record 1080/24p and 720 progressive images in addition to 1080/60i from the AG-HMC80’s 1920 x 1080 full-raster HD images.

AVCHD Format for High-quality,
Efficient HD Recording


Standard Definition Image Quality Recording
DV Compression Recording Supported

In addition to AVCHD recording, the AG-HMC80 provides DV recording thanks to the application of a number of P2 HD based technologies to this shoulder type AVCCAM. This means that you can continue using your present editing system just as it is. Images are recorded onto an SD Memory Card, for greater efficiency than conventional tape-based recording.


Ease, Efficiency, Reliability
Large-capacity SDHC Memory Card

Unlike with videotape, there's no need for cueing with the SDHC Memory Card because recording automatically begins in a blank section of memory. Nor do you have to worry about accidentally recording over important footage. You can delete unwanted clips instantly right on the spot to preserve memory capacity. Editing after shooting is smooth and easy, with no need for digitizing. The tiny SDHC Memory Card is durable, too. Its operating range is from -13ºF to 185ºF (-25ºC to 85ºC), so you can stop worrying about harsh temperatures or condensation and just concentrate on your shooting. And of course, you never have to worry about problems with dropouts or clogged heads.

•Using the high compression efficiency of the AVCHD format, up to 720 minutes of HD data can be recorded onto a single SDHC Memory Card.
•Combined with a maximum data transfer speed of 22 MB/s,* this makes data transfers to computers easy and effortless.
•SDHC Memory Cards are inexpensive and can be easily purchased on location when needed.
* Data transfer speed varies depending on the usage of SD devices. The speed given here is the maximum speed according to Panasonic specifications.


More Efficient than Tape
Versatile Solid-state Recording Functions

•Shot mark
To simplify shot selection, you can add a mark to the thumbnail images of each clip. You can then display and play only the clips that have shot marks.

This helps to ensure you always get the shot you want, by letting you continuously store, and subsequently record, images and sounds for three seconds before the REC button is pressed in standby mode.

•REC check
You can check the end of the most recently recorded clip with one-touch ease.

•Last clip delete
Only the most recently recorded clip is deleted with this one-touch function, adding practical convenience to everyday operation. It can be assigned as a User button function if desired.

•Meta-data recording*
The date, camera operator, location, title and other information can be added to the video data.
*In AVCHD mode only.


Professional Function: Quick Response to Change in Shooting Conditions
Assist Functions Support Professional Video Production

DV Shooting and Recording Images
Selected From Three Sizes

The AG-HMC80 has three modes for shooting and recording in DV mode. It can be selected from Side crop, Letter box or Squeeze.


High-resolution Screen for Recorded Image Confirmation
2.7 inches Wide-screen EVF/LCD Monitor

The 230,000-pixels (approx.) electronic viewfinder (EVF) lets you check even fine details in the image. Raising the viewfinder instantly switches it to a 2.7 inches wide LCD monitor, so you can easily check the result after shooting. Plus, the viewfinder tilts up or down, and slides to the right or left, to provide the optimal position for use.

•Self-portrait shooting
Self-portrait shooting is possible if the viewfinder is rotated 180° towards the lens. You can make them appear better by reversing left and right.
* Only the image display is reversed. The recorded image remains in its original orientation.

Fast Scene Searches
LCD Monitor Thumbnail View

Image data is recorded as a file for each scene. Thumbnail images and file information are automatically attached to each file to enable smooth, easy confirmation and deletion of files displayed on the LCD monitor.

Iris Adjustment and Zoom Operation
Manual Focus Ring

The manual focus ring can be used to control the iris too, by switching the Focus Ring (Focus/Iris) selector. Use it whichever way best fits the shooting situation. For example, you can set the camera to Auto Focus and use the manual focus ring to control the zooming. You can also add backlight correction or spotlight correction to the auto iris function.
* Use the menu to select whether the ring controls the iris or the zoom.


Adjust the Image Quality While Watching the Signal Level
Waveform Monitor Display

A horizontal analysis of the input signal's brightness level can be displayed on the monitor. This lets you highly accurately adjust the standard black and white levels while checking the Waveform Monitor (WFM).
* WFM not displayed in “DV in” mode.

Quick, Easy Focusing
HD Focus Assist

•Center zoom/Focus bar function
The center zoom function enlarges the center of the frame for better visibility, and HD focus assist displays a bar that grows and shrinks to indicate the degree of focusing.

•Push Auto function
Pressing the Push Auto button in manual mode temporarily activates the Auto Focus (AF) system for quick focusing.

•Face Detection function
The AG-HMC80 features the Face Detection function.
It "recognizes" faces near the center of the screen and focuses on them.*

* The AG-HMC80 does not offer AF tracking.



Interfaces: Standard Definition Video Output Capability
Diverse Interfaces Expand Applications

On-site Recording and Monitoring
Convenient Recording Functions

•Interval REC
You can make automatic, intermittent recordings at set intervals from one frame per second to one frame every two minutes. For example, use Interval REC to record operations at a construction site, to shoot sunsets, or to capture time-lapse recordings of blooming.

*The maximum recording interval is 24 hours.

•Time stamp
You can insert time and date information into the video signal. This could be convenient, for example, when observing animals over an extended period, in certain academic uses, in surveillance, court reporting, legal depositions or law enforcement applications.

*Only for motion images.



Wide Range of Settings
Slow Shutter and Synchro Scan Functions

The slow shutter function uses image accumulation to allow shutter speeds with frame rates reduced by half or more. The accumulation method provides bright-color images with less noise than those captured using conventional gain-up, so you get the higher sensitivity needed for nighttime shooting without illumination. And the Synchro Scan function is ideal for capturing images on monitors.


One-touch Operation of Key Functions
Three User Buttons

The AG-HMC80 lets you assign any three of the following 14 functions to the three User buttons for instant access.


[Other Professional Features] White balance: 2-value memory (channel A, channel B), 2-value preset (3200k, 5600k) and Auto Tracking White (ATW).
Mode check: Displays a list of the camera settings on the viewfinder and monitor.
Zebra: Select any level from among 50% to 105%, in 5% steps.
Center marker: Provides an accurate numeric display of the brightness at screen center.
Color bar: Provides a useful test pattern for setting up your monitor and 1 kHz, audio test tone.
TC/UB recording: Provides a built-in SMPTE time-code generator. 
Camera remote: Controls zoom, REC, Focus and Iris. Allows use of any camera remote controller that is compatible with the AG-DVX100/
Smooth zoom stop: Use the menu to select standard or smooth zoom stopping.

Professional-level Audio
XLR Line/Microphone Input

The AG-HMC80 comes equipped with a built-in stereo microphone and with XLR-type audio input terminals (2 channels, mic/line switchable, 48V compatible) on the rear panel. You can switch audio channels 1 and 2 separately to either line or front microphone input, which is especially useful when recording interviews or narration.
*In addition, an external microphone terminal (3.5mm stereo mini jack) is equipped.


Standard Definition Down-conversion Output
Recording or Playback Images

The AG-HMC80 is equipped with HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output, component video outputs and composite output (BNC), allowing HD images to be down-converted and output as Standard Definition images while they are being recorded or played. At the same time, a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio can be selected for Side crop, Letter box, or Squeeze images. Audio output (RCA terminal) enables a wide variety of applications, such as viewing on an external monitor or Standard Definition dubbing.
*AVCHD mode only.


Monitor Connection
HDMI Output Terminal

The AG-HMC80 is equipped with an HDMI output terminal for digital transferring of high-quality HD video and audio signals.
*AVCHD mode only.
*The AG-HMC80 cannot output HDMI, component and composite signals at the same time. Also, a separately purchased cable may be required for connecting the AG-HMC80 to a professional monitor .


PC Connection via
USB 2.0 (Type B)

The standard USB terminal (Type B) allows the AG-HMC80 to connect to a Windows® PC/Mac® in device mode. This lets a Windows® PC/Mac® installed with the provided AVCCAM Viewer software to upload, copy, and write HD video files, as well as transfer them to AVCHD-compatible editing software for HD production.
DV files can also be transferred via USB 2.0, when the camera recorder is set in AVCHD mode.

*AVCHD mode only.


Linkable with Existing Equipment
DV Terminal Provided as a Standard Feature

The AG-HMC80 has an IEEE 1394-compliant DV (6-pin) output terminal. Simply connect it to an existing DV nonlinear editor for transmitting its DV compression stream output.
*DV mode only.
*File transfers are not supported.
*AVCHD files cannot be converted to DV files and output via IEEE1394 (DV terminal).



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System Applications

A Host of Software to Support Production

・AVCCAM Restorer
The AVCCAM Restorer is software for restoring inconsistencies in video data recorded on an SDHC/SD Memory Card. The software mainly targets inconsistent data created under the following conditions.
-When the camera recorder fails to complete writing of the file in the normal manner due to the power being cut or the like.
-When the writing of the recorded video data to the SDHC/SD Memory Card has failed.

[Windows® PC]
•CPU: Intel® Core™2 Duo (2.4 GHz or faster)
•OS: Microsoft Windows® 7 (32 bit), Windows Vista® SP1 (32 bit), Windows® XP SP2 or later (32 bit)
•RAM: 1024 MB or more (2048 MB or more recommended)

•CPU: Intel® Core™Duo (2.0 GHz or faster)
•OS: Mac OS® X 10.6 (Snow Leopard®)/10.5 (Leopard®)/10.4 (Tiger®)
•RAM: 1024 MB or more (2048 MB or more recommended)

・AVCCAM SD Card File Recovery (coming soon)
The AVCCAM SD Card file recovery is software for repairing the file which was erased or formatted accidentally.

[Windows® PC]
•CPU: Intel® Core™2 Duo (2.4 GHz or faster)
•OS: Microsoft Windows® 7 (32 bit), Windows Vista® SP1 (32 bit), Windows® XP SP2 or later (32 bit)
•RAM: 1024 MB or more (2048 MB or more recommended)

•CPU: Intel® Core™Duo (2.0 GHz or faster)
•OS: Mac OS® X 10.6 (Snow Leopard®)/10.5 (Leopard®)/10.4 (Tiger®)
•RAM: 1024 MB or more (2048 MB or more recommended)

Copying onto BDs/DVDs with BD/DVD Recorder
You can easily copy AVCHD files onto the built-in HDD of a Panasonic BD/DVD recorder. You can also copy HD images onto a BD/DVD.


HD Playback on a Monitor
Full-HD images recorded in AVCHD can be previewed on a monitor.


AVCHD/DV Nonlinear Editing (NLE)
Compatibility with existing editing environments AVCHD/DV files can be transferred at high speed by using the USB 2.0 interface to connect the AG-HMC80 or an SDHC/SD Memory Card reader to a Windows® PC/Mac®. This dramatically improves productivity when compared with the time-consuming task of digitizing. The AG-HMC80 can also connect to NLE compatible with DV editing via IEEE1394 (DV terminal). The recorded DV files can be edited the same as a conventional tape based DV cameras/recorders.

* To Transfer DV files via USB2.0, the camera recorder needs to be set AVCHD mode.