PANASONIC AG-HMC 150
The Panasonic AG-HMC 150 camera is part of the the IAFT program and is the first camera taught to our students as part of our Diploma program and Certificate program.
The AG-HMC150 camcorder is Panasonic’s new addition to the AVCCAM series. It’s impressively light in weight: at 4.2 pounds, the Panasonic AG-HMC150 very easy to handhold for directors who want to get gritty documentary style shots. The camera operator can even hold the camera with one hand, if necessary.
The handheld camcorder incorporates three 1/3-inch progressive CCD imagers to produce stunning 1920 x 1080 resolution. It is the first camera to introduce the “PH mode” (Professional HD), which allows shooting in the 1080P mode in 24 and 30 frames per second. The 28mm Leica wide lens will free the user to shoot in tight spaces and eliminates the need for a cumbersome add-on wide angle lens like on the HMC-80.
One of the most noteworthy features of the AG-HMC 150 is that instead of recording its data on a HDV tape or P2 cards, it records straight on high capacity SD memory cards. The user can now conveniently drag and drop the video files straight to their computer after the shoot, completely bypassing the need to digitize footage prior to editing. A typical 32 Gb SDHC memory card can store approximately 160 minutes of 1080p footage. As a friendly reminder, record with high speed memory cards (Class 10 works best).
The camera also has a built-in Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope, which is a rare feature for camcorders. Both will prove to be useful in critical decisive moments in shooting.
The HDMI cable port will allow instant playback on high definition television, which will be a useful tool for acting students reviewing their skits in our On Camera Acting class.
– Christine Yau, IAFT