A Camcorder Even Spielberg Would Use

Panasonic AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds Camcorder

Eager to make the leap from flat, unsaturated, amateur looking home videos? Well, good news. Panasonic pulled back more of the curtain on the soon-to-be-fabled AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds HD (Price: TBD) camcorder and we couldn’t help ourselves from sharing what they sent over.

The AG-AF100 will not only bring professional grade video quality to “attainable” price levels, but do so without just shilling a repackaged, handicapped, parsed-out piece of high-end gear. The AG-AF100 will be the real thing: record 12 hours of 1080i/p and 720 video in variable frame rates (60fps, 59.94 down to 24, 23.9) on dual SDXC cards, capture two-channel external audio via two HD SDI and XLR connectors), and the pièce de résistance: compatibility with the expanding and incredibly popular Micro Four Thirds Lumix G lenses from Panasonic’s digital still camera line. Which, by the way, we’ve used a few of here at Gear Patrol for our own photos and fully endorse. Of course, Panasonic won’t leave everyone’s lens collections in the dark – other 35mm zoom and prime lenses will be compatible via an adapter.

Bottom Line: Prepare for delicious 35mm film capture techniques like shallow depth of field, soft focus, and stable camera work infiltrating a well-funded Vimeo, YouTube, or Gear Patrol video near you. We’re itching to get our hands on one and amp up the ol’ video stable. Press release and info sheet after the jump.

Panasonic AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds Camcorder Infosheet (.pdf)