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Panasonic Now Shipping Shoulder-Mounted AVCCam Camcorder

AG-AC8PJ features full HD 1080P, simultaneous recording to dual SD cards

Panasonic AG-AC8PJ camcorder

NEWARK, N.J.—Panasonic will ship the AG-AC8PJ, an AVCCAM shoulder-mount camcorder, in October.

The camcorder’s functionality includes a wide angle 28mm/F1.8 lens, a 21X optical/50x super-high resolution zoom, intelligent auto resolution technology and a 1/4.5-inch high-sensitivity sensor.

With dual SD card slots and the capability to record on both cards simultaneously, the AC8PJ’s relay auto switch functionality provides back-up recording or extended recording times.

The AC8PJ also offers a range of recording models.

It features capabilities including dynamic range stretch, which helps compensate for wide variations in exposure in a contrast heavy scene, from light to dark; and a focus in red function that shows the sharp edges of a subject in red, making it stand out more easily, allowing a shooter to find focus even faster in some situations when manual focus is in use.

Input control commands can be made by the AC8PJ’s integrated 3-inch touch panel LCD and Smart Touch. The camcorder is Eye-Fi SD card compatible, enabling the transfer of recordings via a wireless network to devices like a PC or a file-sharing site like YouTube or Vimeo. Interfaces include HDMI TypeA, microphones (stereo mini), headphone (stereo mini), USB 2.0 high-speed host/device, AV and video component.

Other features include a five-access hybrid optical image stabilization; and a manual, multi-purpose lens ring that provides fine adjustments and precise control of focus, zoom, iris, white balance and shutter speed. An illuminating LED ring enables recording verification and serves as a tally light. Other functions enable users to back up hours of footage to an external portable HDD via USB; a level function mode that automatically detects and corrects tilting of captured images; and a large lens hood that blocks light to reduce lens flare.

The AC8PJ weighs five pounds and measures 8.07 inches x 8.54 inches x 18.85 inches. The camcorder captures still images of 16:9, 20.4 megapixels, or a 4:3, 15.1 megapixels still image. In simultaneous record mode, it can take a 16:9, 9.4 megapixels still image or a 4:3, 1.4 megapixels still image. A new high-performance stereo microphone is included, and standard accessories comprise an AC adaptor, AC cable, rechargeable battery pack, AV cable, USB cable, external stereo microphone, lens cap and eye cup.

The AC8PJ comes with a three-year limited warranty.