Panasonic introduces upgrades to AG-AC160A and AC130A, newest generation of AVCCAM HD handheld camera recorders
Expanded focus assist enables the AC160A and AC130A to zoom in on the picture to check focus in addition to the conventional focus-in-red focus assist. The turbo-speed one-push auto-focus capability ensures that the camera recorders quickly attain focus. The addition of 1080/60p and 50p recording (PS mode (maximum 28Mbps)) to the AC160A is of especial value to worldwide customers in broadcasting, sports and scientific analysis, where this mastering-quality format is rapidly proliferating.
The AG-AC160A and AG-AC130A will be available in May at suggested list prices of $5,095 and $4,195, respectively. Current AC160 and AC130 owners can purchase this suite of upgrades for $300. The 60p/50p upgrade for AG-AC160 is free and can be performed by the customer. The turbo-speed one-push auto-focus and Expanded Focus Assist upgrades require a hardware change and this need to be done at a Panasonic Authorized Service Center.
The AC160A and AC130A incorporate high-sensitivity 1/3 type, full-HD 2.2 megapixel 3-MOS imagers to capture native 1920 x 1080 resolution images, with a new, wider 22X HD zoom lens, the longest in its category. Key features include two SD Memory Card slots for relay or simultaneous recording, compatibility with Panasonic’s new SDHC full Class 10 UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed) Memory Cards, an enhanced viewfinder and LCD display, and DV recording. The higher-end AC160A also includes such top production features as variable frame rate recording in 1080p, Linear PCM audio, HD-SDI output, and switchability between 59.94Hz/50Hz.
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