AG-HMC81 AVCCAM HD On-Shoulder Camcorder

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  • Stunning quality AVCHD recording to SDHC card
  • User-assignable manual focus ring functions
  • Interval recording for time lapse
  • Three year warranty program


Panasonic's new AG-HMC81 professional AVCAM HD shoulder-mount camcorder is the first in the company's series of low cost AVCHD camcorders to feature solid state DV as well as HD recording capabilities, ideal for customers who require both formats.

A high-resolution 3-megapixel imager, multiple AVCCAM recording formats, DV support, and enhanced professional functions, the HMC81 offers the full benefits of AVCCAM for schools, event videographers, government facilities, web designers and corporate users who require flexible connectivity and format support in a shoulder mount camcorder.

The AG-HMC81's full HD resolution 3-megapixel 3MOS imager produces stunning 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 AVCHD video with high sensitivity. Because the AVCHD format-based camcorder uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high profile encoding  - which provides a doubling of bandwidth efficiency and improved video performance over the older MPEG-2 compression based formats (e.g HDV) - recordings look clean and crisp, even during fast motion, without image degradation or dropouts.  

The HMC81's professional 3-chip imager can also take 10.6 megapixel still images and store them as standard JPEGs on the solid state card. AVCHD recordings and stills can be directly played back from the SD card on a wide range of low-cost players including Panasonic Blu-ray players, laptop PC's and game consoles.

The 81 records video in all four professional AVCCAM HD recording modes, including the highest-quality PH mode (average 21 Mbps/Max 24Mbps), the HA mode (approx.17 Mbps), the HG mode (approx. 13 Mbps) and the extended recording HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps).

At 60Hz the camcorder supports the following HD formats in PH mode: 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24pN, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24pN; in HA and HE modes, it records in 1080/60i. In standard definition DV, the camcorder records 480/60I, 480/30P, 480/24P. Standard definition DV is recorded directly to SD cards in the AVI Type 2 file format and offers squeeze, letter box and side crop options.

For the first time in an AVCCAM shoulder-mount, the HMC81 includes such high-end professional features as; a user-assignable manual focus ring functions (Focus/Iris/Zoom) for added control; time code/UB recording; time/date stamp; and two wired remote control terminals (for zoom, focus, iris, REC start/stop controls). The camcorders lens system captures super sharp images at up to 12X optical zoom and features a 40.8mm (35mm lens equivalent) wide-angle setting. It also offers users useful functions including Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) for smooth stable shooting, Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS), which helps compensate for wide variations in lighting, and a Cine-Like Gamma mode that gives recordings a more film-like look.

The Panasonic AG-HMC81 comes with a 3 years warranty (one plus two extra upon registration of your camera)

Key Features:

  • Stunning quality AVCHD recording to SDHC card at up to 1920 X 1080 50i or 25p
  • Standard Definition DV recording to SDHC card at 576 50i and 576 25p
  • User-assignable manual focus ring functions, for Focus/Iris/Zoom
  • XLR inputs with switches for mic/line, and +48V Phantom Power
  • Time code/UB recording
  • IEEE 1394 output in DV Mode
  • Pre-record – 3 seconds
  • Interval recording for time lapse
  • Shot marker and metadata capture
  • Wired remote control terminals for zoom, focus, iris, REC start/stop controls
  • 10 Megapixel Stills function
  • Three-year warranty program (One year + two year extension upon registration)


Shutter Speed Preset : 50i/50p mode: 1/50 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (7 steps)25p mode: 1/25 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (8 steps) 1/2 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (16 steps) ; Synchro Scan : 50i/50p mode: 1/50.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.25p mode: 1/25.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.
Headphone Stereo mini jack (3.5mm diameter) x 1, -16 dBV(with 32 Ω load, Monitor VR max)
Weight Approx. 3.2 kg (camera recorder only)Approx. 3.3 kg (including SD Memory Cards, supplied battery)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 267 mm x 233 mm x 458 mm excluding the projection part
Picture Elements Total: Approx. 3.05 megapixels x 3 Effective (video): Approx. 2.51 megapixels x 3 (16:9)Effective (still image): Approx. 2.32 megapixels x 3 (4:3),Approx. 2.65 megapixels x 3 (3:2), Approx 2.51 megapixels x 3 (16:9)
Operating Temperature 0 ºC to 40ºC
Minimum Illumination Approx. 1 lx (Gain: 34dB, Slow Shutter: 1/2 sec.)
Lens Lens with optical image stabiliser, motorised/manual mode switching,12x zoom, F1.8 to 2.8 (f_4.0mm to 48mm)35mm equivalent (video): 40.8mm to 490mm (16:9)35mm equivalent (still image): 41.3mm to 496mm (3:2),40.8mm to 490mm (16:9), 45.0mm to 540mm (4:3)
LCD Monitor 6.9cm (2.7-inch) wide-type LCD colour monitor (approx. 230,000 pixels)
Gain Selection 0 dB to 24 dB (Variable in 1 dB step;USER button allocation; up to 34dB using the High Gain setting) 0 dB to 18 dB (Variable in 1 dB step)
Digital Zoom 2x/5x/10x(Assigned to the USER button, for switching zoom levels. Only available for 1080/50i, 720/50p, 576/50i)
Recording Media SD Memory Card: 512MB, 1GB, 2GB (FAT12, FAT16)SDHC Memory Card: 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 12GB, 16GB, 32GB (FAT32)
White Balance ATW, ATW LOCK, preset 3200 K, preset 5600 K, Ach or Bch
Audio Output Output: 316 mV, 600 Ω, pin jack x 2 (ch1, ch2)
Sample Rate 48 kHz
Audio Compression Recording/Playback: Dolby Digital (2 ch)
Power Supply DC7.2 V (using with battery), 7.3 V (using with AC adapter)
Recording Time Approx. 180 minutes (In PH mode with 1920 x 1080 pixels and using a 32 GB SDHC Memory Card)
Filter Diameter 43mm
Operating Humidity 10 % to 80% (No condensation)
HDMI Audio Output 2 ch (Linear PCM), 5.1 ch (Dolby Digital)
Quantization 16 bit
Recording format Video : PH mode: 1080/50i, 1080/25p (over 50i), 720/50p, 720/25p (over 50p) HA, HG and HE mode: 1080/50i only
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