Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds AG-AF100 Camcorder: More Details Come Into Focus

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When we first got wind of Panasonic's AG-AF100 micro four thirds camcorder back in April, it sounded more like the rough sketch of a good idea. Now that Panasonic's filled in some of the blanks, you can color me excited.

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Specifically, the AG-AF100 will shoot AVCHD at 1080p and 720p at frame rates of 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 or 23.9p and have two SDXC card slots on which you can record up to 12 hours of footage. It'll also come equipped with XLR and HD-SDI sockets standard.

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The best news of all may be that you can also use any of Panasonic's G series micro four thirds still lenses with the AG-AF100. That gives you a huge range of lenses to choose from on a relatively—we're talking about $6,000—affordable rig. Even though it's targeted for professional use, it looks like a treat for those semi-professionals with some money to burn. [Panasonic (pdf) via DP Review via Wired]

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Better picture :)

The bitrates are a crucial bit of information not given sadly.

There was a whole lot of discussion about the GH1 paltry 17mbps AVCHD at 1080p. Luckily, smart hackers have found a way to increase that to a whopping 30mbps AVCHD amongst other things.

[www.dvxuser.com]

The picture above also shows the AG-AF100 pictured with a Zeiss Ultraprime in PL mount. Which is twice as expensive as the camera.