AG-AC90 Full-HD 3-MOS AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder
Product Code : AGAC90EN
|Panasonic’s new AG-AC90
AVCCAM combines the high image quality, advanced functions and easy
operation that professionals demand in a stylish, easy-to-handle
design. The high-speed F1.5 lens extends from 29.8mm (35mm
equivalent) wide-angle to 12x optical zoom. BSI (backside
illumination) type 3MOS Image Sensors exhibit high sensitivity,
Full-HD resolution and a high S/N ratio. The AVCHD recorder section
supports both PS mode, for Full-HD progressive image production,
and pro-use PH mode. They realize the versatile shooting angles,
image quality, and recording formats you need for news gathering
and image production. Other professional operating features include
Triple Manual Rings (focus, zoom and iris), XLR Microphone/Audio
Inputs, and remote terminals to provide the system capabilities
that professional applications require.
Featuring a stylish, easy-to-handle design, the AG-AC90 AVCCAM HD
handheld camcorder captures native 1920 x 1080 resolution images
and records in 1080/60p, 60i, 30p and 24p, as well as in standard
definition (480/60i) in 60Hz.
The AC90 debuts a premium professional AVCCAM HD recording mode,
the PS mode (28 Mbps, 60p only), and also records video in the PH
mode (average 21 Mbps/Max 24Mbps), the HA mode (approx.17 Mbps),
and the extended recording HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps) as well as SD
(at 9 Mbps.) Shooters will find invaluable its wide 29.8mm to 357.6
mm (35mm equivalent)12X optical zoom lens with three independent
adjustable rings for zoom, focus and iris for a wide viewing angle,
and Panasonic’s exclusive Nano Surface Lens Coating that
reduces ghosting and flares.
The AC90 includes; a five-axis image stabilizer that dramatically
improves stabilization for hand-held shooting; a 4K2K pixel
shifting technology for a sharper image; and an Intelligent Zoom
Auto that provides seamless digital zooming up to 25X magnification
while minimizing decreases in resolution. The standard zoom length
With two SD slots for continuous recording, the AC90 can record up
to 12 hours on two 64GB SDB cards in PS mode,. (There will be a
skip in the video as it changes to the second card) The two slots
can also be utilized for simultaneous back-up recording.
Additionally the camera can be set up to record video on one card
and the Stills on the second card.
The AC90 is compatible with Panasonic’s ultra high-speed
UHS-1 Memory Card series (in addition to providing SDXC and SDHC
card support), with transfer rates of 90MBs, 4-1/2 times as fast as
the previous generation of SDHC media.
The AC90 includes such desirable professional features as SMPTE
time code/User Bite recording; and two wired remote control
terminals (for zoom, focus, iris, REC start/stop controls).
Standard professional interfaces include an HDMI output, USB 2.0
(mini B-type), Multi-AV output, and a built-in stereo or 5.1 Dolby
Digital microphone. The camcorder features two locking XLR audio
inputs with switches for mic/line, two RCA audio outputs. The
camera can also record 2 channels of uncompressed audio.
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.
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.
|29.8mm Wide Angle to 12x Zoom
This high-powered zoom lens covers from news gathering to image
production field. It goes from 29.8 mm (35 mm equivalent)
wide-angle to 12x zoom. Panasonic’s unique Nano Surface
Coating minimizes ghosts and flaring, and the high-speed F1.5 (at
the widest angle) enables extremely clear image rendering.
|High-Sensitivity BSI Type 3MOS
Three (RGB) 1/4.7 type MOS image sensors have an effective pixel
count of 2,680,000 pixels. In addition to high BSI (backside
illumination) sensitivity and excellent 3MOS colour reproduction,
4x dense pixel shifting technology achieves high resolution. This
lets you record high-quality Full-HD (1920x1080) images even in dim
lighting. The image processing circuit, which is tuned for
professional use, produces highly natural gradation and detail.
Rings — Zoom, Focus, Iris
The lens barrel is equipped with manual rings for focus, zoom and
iris operation to enable the kind of speedy, intuitive camera
The AG-AC90 features 5-Axis Hybrid OIS (Optical Image
Stabilizer/hand-shake correction). This powerful image stabilizer
combines the advantages of both optical and electronic systems to
ensure stable handheld shooting.
Zoom and Digital Zoom
Intelligent Zoom gives you seamless zooming up to 25x magnification
while minimizing decreases in resolution. And a 2x/5x/10x Digital
Zoom is also featured. Combining the optical zoom and Intelligent
Zoom, this provides an ultra-telephoto range up to 250x.
Function for Advanced Image Quality Settings
The six preset scene settings allow immediate response to a variety
of shooting situations. The following settings can be freely
changed and saved over the preset values.
(Dynamic Range Stretch): Suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights by visually
expanding the dynamic range.
• 7 Mode
Gamma: Allows selection from
seven gamma curves: HD NORM/LOW/SD NORM/HIGH/B.PRESS/CINE-LIKE D/
settings: H detail level, V
detail level, detail coring and skin tone detail, chroma level,
chroma phase, colour temp and master pedestal, auto iris level,
knee (LOW/MID/HIGH), matrix
|Focus Assist and Push AF
The Focus Assist (Focus in Red) button shows when your subject is
in focus by outlining subject edges in red on the LCD monitor. And
Push AF activates the AF function while in Manual mode with the
press of a button (allocated to a User button). This provides handy
support for manual focusing.
Professional Camera Functions
Button: Displays two zebra
patterns (blown highlight warning) and a marker (brightness level
Button: Outputs a color bar
image and test tone audio.
CHK Button: Shows mode settings
at a glance.
• Auto Slow
Shutter: Allows the shutter to
automatically slow down to brighten dark scenes.
Shutter: Adjusts up to a maximum
speed of 1/2000 sec.
Balance: Allows selection of
ATW/3200K/5600K and two manual settings (A/B).
Mode: The AG-AC90 detects the
shooting conditions and automatically switches to the optimal iA
mode (Portrait, Landscape, Spotlight, Low Light,
|Seven User Buttons
User buttons one to three are hardware buttons, and User buttons
four to seven are touch panel controls. Seven functions out of a
total of twelve (Push AF, Backlight Compensation, Spotlight
Compensation, Black Fade, White Fade, ATW, ATW Lock, Digital Zoom,
Histogram Display, Rec Check, Last Clip Delete, and Menu) can be
allocated to these buttons.
Mode + SD Recording
• PS Mode: Records Full-HD progressive (1080/50p) images
compliant with the AVCHD Progressive standard.
• PH Mode: This AVCCAM professional mode supports 1920x1080
full-pixel images and switchable HD formats of 1080/50i and
• SD Image Recording: Enables SD (576/50i) recording in AVCHD
Dual Memory Card Slots
The slot to be used can be switched during normal recording.
Auto-Switch Recording*1 lets you record
images onto two memory cards consecutively, and Back-Up Recording*2
records the same
images onto two different memory cards to increase reliability.
*1: Simple relay recording. When switching recording media, audio
is interrupted for maximum 0.8 sec.
*2: Rec Check and Last Clip Delete do not operate during Back-Up
|Slide-Retractable, High-Definition LCD Touch
• High-definition 16:9 aspect ratio 8.8 cm (3.5 inches) LCD
monitor with approx. 1,152,000 dots.
• Slides into the handle front for storage. Rotates 270
degrees for high-angle, low-angle and self-interview shooting (with
• Menu settings and playback by touch panel operation.
• Various playback functions can be selected on
thumbnaildisplay, such as Pause, Fast Rewind, Fast Forward, Slow,
Frame Advance, Skip, and Repeat.
The SDXC memory card, which is more than 32 GB, can be used on the
AG-AC90, as well as conventional SDHC and SD memory cards.
*Use SDXC/SDHC/SD memory cards with an SD Speed Class of 4 or
XLR Input and
Other Professional Audio Features
In addition to a built-in 5.1-channel surround sound mic, the
AG-AC90 features 2-channel XLR audio input terminals for external
mic use. Input (Mic/Line) can be selected for CH1/CH2
independently, and a 48 V phantom power supply (ON/OFF) and level
control are provided.
Professional Interfaces and Design
Output: Digital output of video
and audio signals to a wide variety of HD devices.
• AV Multi
Output: Analog video and audio
output. Output analog component video (component terminal), analog
composite video (pin jack), and analog audio (L/R pin jacks)
through the bundled cable.
• USB 2.0
(DEVICE): For transferring files
to a PC.
• Remote terminals enable remote operation of iris, focus,
zoom and Rec Start/Stop functions.
• The AG-AC90 has a well balanced center of gravity and a
short body for nimble mobility.
• The upper part of the handle grip contains both the Rec
Start/Stop button and a zoom speed control (three speed steps).
• A front tally lamp is provided (ON/OFF
||0°C to 40°C (32°F to
||10% to 80% (no
||Approx. 1.50 kg (Approx. 3.3 lb/main
Approx. 1.78 kg (Approx. 3.9 lb/with battery and an SD
(W X H X D)::
||160 mm x 195 mm x 350 mm excluding
(6-5/16 inches x 7-11/16 inches x 13-1/16 inches)
||1/4.7 type 3MOS image sensor
Approx. 8,040K (Approx. 2,630K x 3)
||Auto Iris optical zoom (Full range
F value (focal length):
F1.5 to F2.8 (Focal length; 2.84 mm to 34.1 mm)
35 mm equivalent:
Motion picture/Still picture; 29.8 mm to 388.8 mm (16:9)
Minimum focus distance:
Approx. 3.5 cm (1.4 inches) (Wide)
Approx. 1.2 m (3.9 feet) (Tele)
||12x optical zoom, 25x i.Zoom, 2x/5x/10x
||1/25 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (auto slow
1/50 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (auto slow shutter OFF)
at 50i/50p/25p motion picture recording, manual
||Optical (hybrid optical image
stabilizer, active mode)
||Approx. 3 lx (iA mode, auto slow
|Memory Card Recorder
||AVCHD version 2.0 compliant, AVCHD
||Dolby Digital (5.1ch/2
Picture Recording Format:
||JPEG corresponding (Design rule for
system, based on Exif 2.2 standard)
||SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory
SDXC Memory Card
||Component video output level:
Y: 1.0 V [p-p], 75Ω
PB: 0.7 V [p-p], 75Ω
PR: 0.7 V [p-p], 75Ω
AV video output level:
1.0 V [p-p], 75Ω
||2 ch (AV Multi
||3.5 mm stereo mini jack
||XLR (3 pin) x 2
LINE: 0 dBu
MIC: �-50/-�60 dBu (switch with the
||5.1 ch surround microphone
(with a zoom microphone/focus microphone function)/
||Reader function (No copyright
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0), USB terminal Type Mini B
||2.5 mm diameter, super mini jack x 1
(ZOOM, REC S/S)
3.5 mm diameter, mini jack x 1 (FOCUS, IRIS)
||8.8 cm ( 3.5 inches) wide LCD monitor
(Approx. 1152 K dots)
||0.61 cm (0.24 inches) wide EVF (Approx.
263 K dots)
||Battery pack, Battery charger, AC
adaptor, AC cable (x 2),
Eye cup, Remote control (Battery built-in), CD-ROM (Operating
USB cable, AV multi cable, Lens cap, Shoulder strap,Microphone
terminal cap (2 caps), Microphone holder adaptor, Microphone holder
Recording Mode & Recording
||Image Size (H x
||Approx. 25 Mbps (Average) /Max. 28
||Approx. 10 hour 40
Approx. 21M bps (Average) /Max.
||Approx. 12 hours*
||Approx. 12 hours*
||Approx. 17 Mbps
||Approx. 16 hours*
||Approx. 6 Mbps
||Approx. 48 hours*
||Approx. 9 Mbps
||Approx. 33 hours*
*When two 64 GB SDXC memory cards
are used. The maximum continuous recording time is 6 hours
regardless of the recording mode.
Lithium Ion Battery