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Panasonic AG HMC70

Panasonic AG HMC70
alaScore 79

36 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and memory. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, but views are divided on the build quality.

price, portability, image quality, memory, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic AG HMC70 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic AG HMC70

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Panasonic AG HMC70 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

value for money, memory, image quality, portability, battery

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Camcorder Review: Panasonic AG-HMC70 AVCHD PRO CAMCORDER

 

A big camcorder is a professional camcorder. The layman often assumes this, and a large form factor camcorder can be useful, especially for making an impression on a client. Manufacturers are often caught up in miniaturizing, making their camcorders...

Outstanding audio and video connectivity ; Superb image quality

No manual focus on lens, menu only ; Lackluster viewfinder

The AG-HMC70's great image qualities and robust audio system make it a suitable solution for event video.

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Best In It's Class

 

I have read the past reviews posted about the audio and they did scare me but I went ahead and got the HMC70 anyway and I must say for me the audio quality is incredible. Simply put you need to know how to operate audio correctly in order to avoid...

SD Card Records Incredible Video Quality For Longer Than Time Then Tape, Audio Is Good Quality, Lightweight and easy to use

It is pictured as a high end plastic covering when in fact it feels like a toy

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Audio Not Disappointing, Great Image Quality

 

If you are on a budget like I am, this is a great camera. I am not a big fan of the smaller compact cameras because the bigger over-the-shoulder cameras offer more stability without the use of an extra shoulder rest. The quality of the image can not be...

Great image quality, looks professional, light weight, over-the-shoulder stability, built in audio adjustments, extra mic channels, uses SD cards and not an internal hard drive

Looks professional but there is too much plastic. This is why I did not give it more than 3 1/2 stars. It feels cheap but looks great. If they were going for light weight when they designed this camera, they succeeded. It is light as a feather

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audio is disappointing even with external mic.

 

If you intend to use this unit for audition DVDs of acoustic instrument musicians, as I do, the audio, even with top notch microphones, even with high quality line in level signals, is extremely disappointing (audible hiss, pumping, audible flutter,...

great video, easy to use

poor audio, poor audio, poor audio

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Panasonic AG-HMC70.... Dissapointed Videographer Here

 

I am very disappointed with Panasonic in the design of this camcorder. For a full size, supposed professional, camcorder it lacks 2 major functions that most videographers require. A manual focus ring, and a remote lens controller jack. I am not sure...

Low cost High-Def camcorder. Records to low cost SD cards. No more tapes. Very light camera. Very diverse A/V - in/out jacks

No remote receptical for a lense controller. No manual focus ring. Menu driven focus adjustments by pushing 2 buttons. Very "consumer" feeling features

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Panasonic AG-HMC70

 

Panasonic AG-HMC70 Camcorder is the latest product offering from Panasonic in this category. The AG-HMC70 is an SD card-based AVCHD shoulder-mount model which incorporates 3 1/4-inch CCDs and a 38.5mm-to-462mm-equivalent 12X zoom optically stabilized...

good zoom & ; Good MOvie quality

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Specialized camera new product AG-HMC70

 

To further consummate serves under somebody's banner the specialized camera product line, Matushita had issued the other day a section supports AVCHD the form specialized camera AG-HMC70. Follows the Matushita product home use/specialized dual...

The classics are easy to use

nothing

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High speed camcorder Camcorder

 

Looks like bit rate. Current Panasonic AVCHD implementations max out at 13 megabits per second (Mbps), while Sony's go up to 15Mbps and the specification itself supports up to 24Mbps. The HMC150 will support the 13Mbps rate, plus a higher bandwidth...

Good MOvie quality, high speed

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Panasonic AG-HMC70

 

Product line of professional cameras, Panasonic has issued a support AVCHD format professional camera AG-HMC70. Panasonic followed Products home / professional design of dual-use machine, AG-HMC70 also occasional use of shoulder-style airframe design,...

AVCHD

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Panasonic AG HMC70 Review

 

The Panasonic AG-HMC70 Camcorder is the latest product offering from Panasonic in this category. The AG-HMC70 is an SD card-based AVCHD shoulder-mount model which incorporates 3 1/4-inch CCDs and a 38.5mm-to-462mm-equivalent 12X zoom optically...

good zoom,clarity

a bit expensive

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Product Specifications

The AG-HMC70 provides entry-level professionals with an easy-to-use, high-quality, solid-state HD recording solution at an affordable price. As the first shoulder-mount camcorder in Panasonic's professional AVCHD line-up, the HMC70 utilizes the AVCHD high profile video codec, which offers similar image quality to HDV 1080i at about half the bandwidth. This second-generation, affordable HD format offers longer recording times and half the storage requirement of older systems. As easy to use as a digital camera, the HMC70 records onto standard SD/SDHC cards to assure a fast tapeless production workflow. It gives you fast access to content without fast forward or rewinding, and footage is immediately available to editing systems without the ingest delay and additional cost of a playback deck. Using just one 16GB SDHC memory card, the HMC70 can record over 2.6 hours at 13Mbps, the HMC70's highest quality mode, or up to 6 hours at 6Mbps, the camera's extended recording mode.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:17.1in
Height:9.2in
Weight:6lbs
Width:9.2in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:2GB

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:HMC70
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic AG

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 Video Resolution:520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:560Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Pro Camcorder Features

Professional:Professional

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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