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Panasonic AVCCAM AG-HMC40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 106 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the color and image quality. The usability and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic AVCCAM AG-HMC40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 97 user reviews of Panasonic AVCCAM AG-HMC40 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HMC40KIT Camcorder and Mic Adapter/Holder with 12x Optical Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40 AVCHD Camcorder with 10.6MP Still and 12x Optical ZoomPanasonic Professional AG-HMC40 AVCHD Camcorder with 10.6MP Still and 12x Optical Zoom

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Panasonic AG-HMC40 Camcorder Review


With an MSRP of $2295, the AG-HMC40 is one of the cheapest and smallest professional camcorders on the market. Its features and controls may be lacking compared to the other pro models we've reviewed, but its low price-along with its ability to record...

The AG-HMC40 is essentially a souped-up version of the HDC-TM300-Panasonic's top-line consumer camcorder in 2009 and the winner of our Camcorder of the Year award. Unfortunately, Panasonic didn't provide the HMC40 with enough innovative features or...

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Panasonic AG-HMC40


With an MSRP of $2295, the AG-HMC40 is one of the cheapest and smallest professional camcorders on the market. Its features and controls may be lacking compared to the other pro models we've reviewed, but its low price—along with its ability to record...



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In a word: spectacular!


Ever since HD came into the market manufacturers have been coming out with better and better products for the consumer as far as HD camcorders, a lot of which are for pros or prosumers. The AG-HMC40 is what I would consider an affordable prosumer...

This is without a doubt the best camcorder that I have ever owned, and I own a lot of camcorders. For twenty years I have always strived to own a camcorder with the best quality picture and now I can say that I finally do

The only con I can think of with this camera would be having to use the flip out LCD monitor to access certain funtions, but other than that, this camera has no faults

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Beginning of my Career


This is a great camera for anyone who is either a pro-consumer and/or professional. The Panasonic AG-HMC40 provides full manual control in its user settings and its scene settings allowing you to adjust everything from chroma levels to gamma settings....

Easy to Use","Great Picture Quality","Great Zoom","Large Clear LCD","Lightweight","Numerous Manual Settings","Zoom range/performance

No External Mic Input","Poor In Low Light","Poor Sound

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The best camcorder in the price range. Love it. Great stills. 1080 perfect.

Easy to Use","Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Picture Quality","Great Zoom","Large Clear LCD","Zoom range/performance

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Simply brilliant


I've used pro camcorders for several years now (all rentals). Thanks to a sweet entry price a la J&R, the AG-HMC40 is my first pro cam purchase. Its feature rich and super easy to use - it was a must have for me.

Comfortable to Operate","Easy to Use","Good Image Stabilization","Great Picture Quality","Great Sound

Poor In Low Light

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Pretty Good


Panasonic HMC40 is a camera fit for professionals. It is reasonably priced and has many features. The camera form factor is good as it very compact and packs the punch. Its tapeless recording technology is also cool and convenient. However, the...


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Panasonic AG-HMC40 Digital Camcorder


just what you need from a pro consumer camera, vivid detail and excellent control. Also, this camera is compatible with our IMac OSX system and IMovie, Final Cut, and Adobe software editing programs. The camera is lightweight and very user friendly.

Product Specifications

The AG-HMC40 handheld combines Full HD AVCHD video recording with high-resolution 10.6-megapixel still photo capture, giving you the benefits of two professional cameras in one affordable package. Compact and lightweight, the HMC40 is a versatile HD camcorder offering high-quality AVCHD recordings, high-resolution still photo capture, an easy-to-use SD card workflow, and professional audio capabilities for a wide range of applications and markets including schools, government agencies, event videographers, web designers and more. With a full resolution 3-megapixel, 1/4-inch 3MOS imager, the HMC40 produces stunning 1920 x 1080 video in AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264), delivering images far superior to HDV. When used for digital still photography, the camera captures photos with 10.6-megapixel resolution directly onto the SD card as a JPEG image. The camera can also be connected directly to a PictBridge photo printer (no PC required). And unlike HDV tapes, video and photos can be accessed randomly and immediately from the SD cards and played back on a number of consumer devices.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic AVCCAM

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:48mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.65Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.51Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.05Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.1 / 1/4.1"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.2 mm ( 1/4.1 ) / 6.2 mm ( 1/4.1" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CMOS
Sensor Qty:3CMOS

Pro Camcorder Features


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:10
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD