Panasonic AG-AC90 Full-HD 3-MOS AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder
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AG-AC90: Overview

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 is 12X.

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 Lens
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.


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High-Sensitivity BSI Type 3MOS Sensors
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.

Three Manual 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 work.

5-Axis Hybrid Hand-Shake Correction
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.

Intelligent 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.

Scene File 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.
• DRS (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/ CINE-LIKE V.
• Other 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 (NORM1/NORM2/FLUO/CINE-LIKE).


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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
ZEBRA Button: Displays two zebra patterns (blown highlight warning) and a marker (brightness level percentage).
BARS Button: Outputs a color bar image and test tone audio.
DISP/MODE CHK Button: Shows mode settings at a glance.
Auto Slow Shutter: Allows the shutter to automatically slow down to brighten dark scenes.
High-Speed Shutter: Adjusts up to a maximum speed of 1/2000 sec.
White Balance: Allows selection of ATW/3200K/5600K and two manual settings (A/B).
iA Mode: The AG-AC90 detects the shooting conditions and automatically switches to the optimal iA mode (Portrait, Landscape, Spotlight, Low Light, Normal).


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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.

AVCHD PS/PH 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 1080/25p.
• SD Image Recording: Enables SD (576/50i) recording in AVCHD SA mode.


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 Recording.


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Slide-Retractable, High-Definition LCD Touch Panel
• 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 Mirror mode).
• 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.

SDXC Memory Card Support
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 higher.

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
HDMI 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 switchable).


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Power Consumption: 12.9 W
Operating Temperature: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Operating Humidity: 10% to 80% (no condensation)
Weight: Approx. 1.50 kg (Approx. 3.3 lb/main unit only)
Approx. 1.78 kg (Approx. 3.9 lb/with battery and an SD card)
Dimensions (W X H X D):: 160 mm x 195 mm x 350 mm excluding protruding parts
(6-5/16 inches x 7-11/16 inches x 13-1/16 inches)
Pickup Devices: 1/4.7 type 3MOS image sensor
Effective pixels:
Approx. 8,040K (Approx. 2,630K x 3)
Lens: Auto Iris optical zoom (Full range AF)
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)
Filter Diameter: 49 mm
Zoom: 12x optical zoom, 25x i.Zoom, 2x/5x/10x digital zoom
Shutter Speed: 1/25 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (auto slow shutter ON)
1/50 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (auto slow shutter OFF)
at 50i/50p/25p motion picture recording, manual mode
Image Stabilizer Function: Optical (hybrid optical image stabilizer, active mode)
Minimum Illumination: Approx. 3 lx (iA mode, auto slow shutter ON)
Memory Card Recorder Section:
Recording Format: AVCHD version 2.0 compliant, AVCHD Progressive
Motion Picture Compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Compression: Dolby Digital (5.1ch/2 ch)
Still Picture Recording Format: JPEG corresponding (Design rule for Camera File
system, based on Exif 2.2 standard)
Recording Media: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card,
SDXC Memory Card
Video Output:
AV Multi Output: 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
HDMI Output(Video): HDMI™ 1080p/1080i/480p
Audio Input/Output: -
LINE: 2 ch (AV Multi terminal)
HDMI Output (Audio): Dolby Digital
Headphones Output: 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
XLR Input: XLR (3 pin) x 2 (INPUT1/INPUT2),
LINE: 0 dBu
MIC: ¤-50/-¤60 dBu (switch with the menu)
Microphone: 5.1 ch surround microphone
(with a zoom microphone/focus microphone function)/
stereo microphone
Other Input/Output:
USB: Reader function (No copyright protection support)
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0), USB terminal Type Mini B
Camera Remote: 2.5 mm diameter, super mini jack x 1 (ZOOM, REC S/S)
3.5 mm diameter, mini jack x 1 (FOCUS, IRIS)
Monitors: -
Monitor: 8.8 cm ( 3.5 inches) wide LCD monitor (Approx. 1152 K dots)
Viewfinder: 0.61 cm (0.24 inches) wide EVF (Approx. 263 K dots)
Included Accessories: Battery pack, Battery charger, AC adaptor, AC cable (x 2),
Eye cup, Remote control (Battery built-in), CD-ROM (Operating Instructions),
USB cable, AV multi cable, Lens cap, Shoulder strap,Microphone holder, INPUT
terminal cap (2 caps), Microphone holder adaptor, Microphone holder screws
Recording Mode & Time
Recording Mode Bit Rate Image Size (H x V) Recording Format Max. Recording Time*
PS Mode Approx. 25 Mbps (Average) /Max. 28 Mbps 1920 ×1080 1080/50p Approx. 10 hour 40 minutes*
PH Mode Approx. 21M bps (Average) /Max. 24 Mbps 1920 ×1080 1080/50i Approx. 12 hours*
108025p Approx. 12 hours*
HA Mode Approx. 17 Mbps (Average) 1920 ×1080 1080/50i Approx. 16 hours*
HE Mode Approx. 6 Mbps (Average) 1440 ×1080 1080/50i Approx. 48 hours*
SA Mode Approx. 9 Mbps (Average) 720 ×576 (PAL) 576/50i 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.

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