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Panasonic Unveils ‘AG-AC90’ Professional Camcorder

The AG-AC90 is designed for use at events and for an organization’s audiovisual needs

Panasonic, a provider of business technology solutions, unveils the AG-AC90 high definition (HD) handheld professional camcorder, which is equipped with high-sensitivity 1/4.7 inch, full-HD 2.19 megapixel three-metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) imagers to capture native 1920 x 1080 resolution images.

Recording in 1080/60p, 60i, 30p and 24p, as well as in standard definition (480/60i) in 60 hertz, the AG-AC90 is targeted at events and organization audiovisual (AV) markets. The AC90’s zoom lens with three independent adjustable rings for zoom, focus and iris offers a wide 29.8 millimeter to 357.6 millimeter (35 millimeter equivalent) viewing angle, and Panasonic’s exclusive Nano surface lens coating reduces ghosting and flares.

Key AC90 features include two secure digital (SD) memory card slots for simultaneous recording; a five-axis image stabilizer that dramatically improves stabilization for hand-held shooting; 4X pixel shifting technology for a sharper image; and an intelligent Auto (iA) Zoom 25X super-resolution function for automatic adjustments of edge, gradation and detail, Panasonic says.

The AC90 debuts a premium professional AVCCAM HD recording mode, the PS mode (28 megabytes per second, 60p only), and also records video in the PH mode (average 21 megabytes per second/max 24 megabytes per second), the HA mode (approx.17 megabytes per second) and the extended recording HE mode (approx. 6 megabytes per second), Panasonic says.

The AC90 is compatible with Panasonic’s ultra high-speed (UHS)-1 memory card series (in addition to providing secure digital eXtended capacity [SDXC] and secure digital high capacity [SDHC] card support), with transfer rates of 90 megabytes, four-and-a-half times as fast as the previous generation of SDHC media, Panasonic says. The two slots can also be utilized for simultaneous back-up recording, the company adds.

The AC90 includes such desirable professional features as time code/UB recording; time/date stamp, and two wired remote control terminals (for zoom, focus, iris, REC start/stop controls). Standard professional interfaces include a high-definition multimedia interface(HDMI) output, universal serial bus (USB) 2.0 (mini B-type), Multi-AV output, and a built-in stereo microphone, Panasonic says. The camcorder features two locking XLR inputs with switches for mic/line, two RCA audio outputs, and records two channels of Dolby Digital.

For editing or playback, professionals can transfer content by inserting the SD memory card into Mac or PC computers, or by connecting the camera directly via its USB 2.0 interface, the company says. Panasonic’s AVCCAM Importer software, a QuickTime plug-in component that eliminates the need to convert AVCHD files to ProRES422 files before editing in Final Cut Pro, is available as a free download from the company’s web site.

For HD viewing, the camcorders are equipped with a widescreen liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) color viewfinder and a widescreen, 1.15-million pixel 3.5-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) color monitor, Panasonic says. The LCD monitor rotates 270 degrees for easy low-angle, high-angle and self-interview shooting, the firm adds.

The AG-AC90 will be available in the late fall of 2012, Panasonic says.