Panasonic delivers IEEE 1394 DVCPRO camcorder

November 1, 2004

Panasonic’s new AJ-SDC615 DVCPRO camcorder features 12-bit digital signal processing and a built-in IEEE 1394 interface.

Panasonic's AJ-SDC615 DVCPRO camcorder is now available.

The new 11lb. camcorder offers three 520,000 pixel, 2/3in CCDs and a built-in IEEE 1394 interface.

Switchable between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios, the AJ-SDC615’s three 2/3in IT CCDs provide 750 lines of resolution, a 63dB signal-to-noise ratio, a sensitivity of F13 at 2000 lux, and low-light shooting down to 0.1 lux (at +48dB) with minimal smear.

The 12-bit A/D DSP circuits provide improved picture quality, color reproduction and luminance gradation, and a 12-axis matrix color correction system allows very specific colors to be adjusted without affecting overall color tone.

The camera is equipped with a Digital Super Gain function, allowing noise-free gain in various capture rates, such as 30P, 15P and 6P (adding 6dB, 12dB and 20dB of gain, respectively). It has a maximum record time of 66 minutes, and incorporates two channels of 48kHz/16 bit digital audio. It also provides an electronic shutter (speeds from 1/100 to 1/2000 sec), and synchro-scan capability (1/60.3 to 1/250 sec.).

The camcorder includes shockless white balance; a built-in, two-second news pre-record mode; and a tape-saving ReTake function where the shooter can program the camera to back up and record over the previous, unusable take.

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