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What's the difference between the AG-AC160A and the AG-AC160?
The Panasonic AG-AC160A is an updated version of the AG-AC160. It features 1080/60p and 50p recording (max. 28Mbps in PS mode), expanded focus assist functionality, and a "turbo speed" one-push auto focus function.
Does not include shotgun microphone pictured in stock photo above.
The AG-AC160 Memory Card Camera Recorder offers a host of advanced functions. The 22x zoom lens boasts a wide field of view and operability much like an interchangeable lens. Combining the high-sensitivity, low-noise, high-resolution 1/3-type 2.2-megapixel U.L.T. (Ultra Luminance Technology) MOS image sensor and professional AVCHD PH mode ensure high-quality Full-HD 1920 x 1080 recording. The AG-160 features a DV (SD)*1 recording mode, further expanding its operability. In addition, the AG-AC160 comes with advanced functions like high-quality LPCM recording, HD slow/quick-motion recording,*2 HD SDI output compatibility, and a switchable 59.94Hz/50Hz mode.
Packed with Panasonic Optical Technology
The high-performance zoom lens was developed specifically for professional HD video production. While inheriting the wide-angle capabilities of the DVX and HMC Series, it adds the same level of operating ease as you'd expect from an interchangeable lens model for broadcasting and other professional uses. Combining 18 lens elements in 12 groups, this advanced lens unit further adds a UHR (Ultra High Refractive) glass element, a low dispersion element and aspherical lenses. In short, it raises resolution with the newest optical technologies available. Zooming from 28mm to 616mm (35mm equivalent), this 22x zoom lens covers a wide field of view, from wide-angle to telephoto, without a conversion lens.
Three Manual Rings Zoom, Focus, Iris
The lens unit is provided with three rings -- a mechanical (cam-driven) zoom ring, a focus ring, and an iris ring. The positive operating feel of these rings gives you manual control similar to an interchangeable lens.
Optical Image Stabilizer, Digital Zoom, and ND Filter
Hand-shake correction with the Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS).
Digital Zoom function. It can be assigned to an user button and
close up to 2x, 5x, and 10x. In combination with the optical zoom,
this function provides a telephoto capability up to 220x.
Four-position (OFF, 1/4 ND, 1/16 ND, 1/64 ND) optical neutral density filter wheel.
High-Sensitivity, 2.2-Megapixel, Low-Noise U.L.T. Image Sensor and Optimized Signal Processing Circuit
The AG-AC160/AC130 feature the same Ultra Luminance Technology (U.L.T.) 1/3-type 2.2-megapixel 3MOS image sensor that is incorporated in our shoulder-type P2HD camera recorders. This advanced image sensor is set to maximize the performance of the lens and signal processing circuit under standard shooting conditions.
High Quality, Multi-Format Professional AVCHD PH Mode
The AG-AC160/AC130 use the AVCHD recording format and also support the high-image-quality PH mode. AVCHD complies with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Profile, the latest motion picture compression technology. Boasting a compression efficiency that is more than twice that of the MPEG-2 system (such as HDV), this advanced video file format delivers superb image quality and low data rates. The PH mode was developed for AVCCAM by Panasonic exclusively for high-quality professional video production. This mode boasts a maximum AVCHD bit rate of 24 Mbps (average: 21 Mbps) and records 1920 x 1080 Full-HD images. The AVCHD PH mode is also compatible with multiple HD formats, such as 1080/59.94i, 1080/29.97p, 1080/23.98p and 720/59.94p.
Variable Frame Rate Full-HD (1080p) VFR Recording
The Variable Frame Rate (VFR) function was inherited from the Panasonic VariCam, which is widely used for producing movies, TV series and TV commercials. It creates a wide range of film-cameralike images, such as overcranking for slow-motion and undercranking for quick-motion effects. The AG-AC160's VFR function supports Full-HD (1920 x 1080) progressive mode.