Panasonic has launched the AG-AC30, a handheld camcorder with top professional features including a powerful 20X optical zoom, wide-angle 29.5 mm lens, LED light for low-light shooting, two-channel XLR audio inputs, and simultaneous record or relay record with hot swap. With full HD (1080p) recording, the entry-level AC30 is ideal for shooting weddings, web videos, business conferences, exhibits, government activities, and more.

The camcorder's advanced functionality is defined by its 29.5 mm/F1.8 lens that allows the operator to fit more people and background into the frame, especially useful in narrow spaces. Its powerful 20X optical/40X super-high resolution zoom facilitates shooting scenes that are difficult to access. {mosimage}

The effective area of the AC30's 1/3.1-in backside illumination (BSI) sensor has been increased to achieve the high image quality of 6.03 M effective pixels, producing bright, beautiful shots even in dark places. The sensor's processing speed is advanced to approximately 1.5 times the conventional speed, and a new noise-reduction function reduces noise for crisp, vibrant FHD images. The built-in LED Light - featuring color conversion and diffusion filters and an average illumination of 300 lux at 3.3 ft. (1 m) - is ideal for shooting events like nighttime weddings.

With dual SD card slots and the capability to record on both cards simultaneously, the AC30's Relay Auto Switch functionality provides dependable back-up recording or the ability to switch from one card to the other for extended recording times. The AC30 records in AVCHD to 28 Mbps and MP4/MOV to 50 Mbps.

The camcorder incorporates Intelligent AF (auto focus) with improvements in speed, tracking, and stability. Focus-assist functions include focus expand, focus peaking, and area mode, which enable focusing in any desired area. Professional assist functions include a histogram display, color bar monitor, and zebra pattern.

The AC30 offers a new 0.24-in, 1.55 million-dot EVF, which can be tilted for added convenience. The two-channel XLR audio inputs enable the use of professional, high-performance microphones for recording high-quality sound, including connection to mics requiring a +48 V phantom power supply and to audio equipment with +4 dB output. The camcorder is also equipped with an HDMI interface.

Contact: Panasonic India Pvt. Ltd., 12th Floor, Ambience Tower, Ambience Island, NH-8, Lane No. V-40, DLF Phase-3, Sector 24, Gurgaon, Haryana-122 002; Tel: 91-124-4751300; Website: