02.09.2004 12:00 PM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Panasonic introduces new mini-DV camera

Panasonic's new 3-chip miniDV camcorder is equipped with... a new wide-angle 16X Leica Dicomar zoom lens and Super Night Shooting recording (in black-and-white) to meet virtually any broadcast and professional need.

Panasonic has introduced the AG-DVC30, a 3-CCD mini-DV camcorder. This ultra-compact, 2.4-pound camcorder is equipped with three 410,000-pixel ¼” CCDs. It offers four shooting styles – a simple, sleek configuration (resembling a consumer camcorder) for “no permits required” or undercover shooting; with its standard detachable handle and large 3.5” LCD monitor, it is designed for low- and multi-angle shooting; with the addition of its optional XLR mic adaptor and unidirectional mic, it’s outfitted for high-level pro audio performance; and by adding its optional infrared light, the camera can capture white images in the dark (at 0 lux).

The AG-DVC30 is equipped with a new wide-angle 16X Leica Dicomar zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and a focal length of 39.5 to 632 mm (35mm still camera equivalent) to meet virtually any broadcast and professional need. The new lens has low-dispersion glass to substantially reduce chromatic aberration, flare and ghosting. For sports applications, the 16X high-speed optical zoom takes only one second to transition between wide and telephoto modes.

The AG-DVC30 offers Super Night Shooting (SNS) recording in black-and-white. Its built-in infrared capabilities supports near-field acquisition; and with the addition of its optional IR light, recording distance is extended for remote surveillance applications. In IR mode, the camcorder allows professionals to view people or objects in complete darkness.

The AG-DVC30 also provides a movie-like mode that combines a cine-style gamma curve and a 30-fps frame recording function that electronically interpolates interlaced images to create frames, producing images that are remarkably film-like. The camcorder also offers a Lumi Flick menu item for generating an old-time movie effect. Its slow shutter function uses image accumulation to allow shutter speeds of up to one-fourth the normal frame rate for higher sensitivity in color recording. The show shutter can also be used to capture artistic motion effects.

For more information visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast.

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