Panasonic has released details of its new AG-AF100A Series professional HD video camera/recorder featuring a 4/3-type MOS sensor and Micro Four Thirds mount.


Designed for professional use, it can accept  a wide range of lenses including  lenses designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras  and cinema lenses with a mount adapter, enabling shallow depth of field control.  It also offers high levels of HD video quality with extended recording time, variable frame rates and operating system interfaces designed natively for video production. The image processing system is also designed for video and includes correction functions designed specifically for HD motion images. The optical low-pass filter is optimised for HD movies to reduce aliasing noise, while high-speed scanning rates minimise skew distortion.

The new AG-AF100A Series camcorder enables recordings to be made in the professional high quality PH mode (maximum bit rate of  24Mbps) and complies with the AVCHD ver. 2.0 (AVCHD Progressive) standard in its new PS mode (maximum bit rate of  28Mbps) for recording, playing and outputting via HDMI (1080/59.94p, 1080/50p) movies. HD movies can be output with 10 bit 4:2:2 quality via the camera’s live output function, enabling direct transfer to external recording devices. Both modes support uncompressed 16 bit LPCM 2-channel audio recording. Other features include an expand focus assist function, which enlarges the centre of the displayed image, and a 2.39:1 (cinema scope size) safety zone marker.

The AG-AF100A Series will be available in Japan in November 2012 with pricing set at dealers’ discretion. International release dates and pricing have still to be disclosed.  Visit for more information.