Three 1/4.7" Full HD 2.19MP MOS Sensors
12x Zoom Lens: 29.8 to 357.6mm
1920x1080 60p, 60i, 30p, and 24p
480/60i Mode for Cloud Server Uploading
Nano Surface Lens Coating Reduces Flare
5-Axis OIS / Pixel Shifting Technology
Intelligent 25x Digital Zoom Function
Dual SD Memory Card Slots
Copy Content from One SD Card to Another
Two-Channel XLR Audio Inputs
The focus ring allows you to achieve manual focus while Push AF (assigned to a User button) lets you switch temporarily to auto for a quick assist from the camera. Two buttons on the control panel affect your focusing options: Focus A/M switches between auto and manual focus, while Focus Assist outlines the areas in focus with red (the only color choice). Older eyes will find this a very welcome feature.
There are noneutral densityor video gain switches or dials on this camera. These tasks are instead integrated into the iris ring. At one end of the exposure spectrum, the iris is fully closed. It begins to open at f11 and continues to open wider until it reaches f1.5 - fully open. At settings wider than f2.8 neutral density filtering is automatically applied in increasing degrees. Continue to rotate the iris ring beyond fully open and gain is applied in 1dB increments up to a maximum of 30dB. The tradeoff here is that as gain is added, noise increases. The AC90 however has some of the cleanest gain we have seen, with increases to 20dB being relatively noise free and very usable. Exposure assist features include a Zebra button on the control panel with two zebra settings and a marker function.
The placement of the LCD represents an interesting design change to this otherwise familiar format. Most LCD panels fold up flat against the side of the camcorder, covering frequently used buttons. The AC90s LCD panel slides out from a crosspiece at the front of the handle then rotates vertically up to 270 degrees for high and low angle, or self, shooting. The high-res panel is sharp, crisp and touch sensitive. The touchscreen controls menu and playback options, all of which are nicely responsive and easy to navigate. The retractable nature of the LCD provides a high level of protection to the screen when safely tucked away, but care should be used when the screen is out and while putting it away, so that it isnt struck or forced at an angle.
Attention to Audio
Of course, a huge part of the success of any video production is thequality of its audioand the AC90 includes numerous options to enable you to achieve that goal. Its built-in mic is capable of 5.1 surround sound or two-channel stereo capture with both focus and zoom functions.
Although this audio is certainly usable, we know it is better to get themicrophonecloser to your subject than the camera as often as possible. To this end, the AC90 includes two XLR inputs on the right side of the crosspiece at the front of the handle. Opposite the inputs, at the other side of the crosspiece, is a hinged plastic cover, housing line/mic and phantom power switches. A second cover at the rear of the control panel protects the input source selection switches and gain control dials. These dials can be accessed through holes in the cover, without having to open it first, for gain adjustments on the fly.
3x MOS (with backside illumination)
2.19 MP (2,190,00 effective pixels) each
Approx. 3 lux (iA mode, auto slow shutter ON)
2.84 - 34.1 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length
29.8 - 357.6 mm
12x optical 25x i.Zoom 2x, 5x, 10x digital zoom
f/1.5 to f/2.8
Optical Image Stabilization
5-Axis Hybrid OIS
Nano Surface Coating
3 (focus, zoom, iris)
Optical (hybrid optical image stabilizer, active mode)
NTSC (60 Hz)
AVCHD version 2.0 compliant, AVCHD Progressive
Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Audio: Dolby Digital (5.1ch/2 ch) Still Picture: JPEG (based on Exif 2.2 standard)
60i/60p/30p: 1/30 to 1/2000 (auto slow shutter ON), 1/60 to 1/2000 (auto slow shutter OFF) Note: at motion picture recording, manual mode
3 MP still photographs (can be captured during video recording)
2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC (compatible with UHS-I Speed Class 1)
1 x HDMI output (1080p/1080i/480p) 1 x AV Multi output (D-connector, component video, composite video and audio 2 channel) 1 x USB 2.0 1 x 2.5mm remote terminal for zoom and REC START/STOP 1 x 3.5mm remote terminal for iris and focus 2 x XLR audio input (MIC/LINE/+48V selectable)
3.5" (8.8 cm) touchscreen 1,152 K dot resolution 270 rotation
0.24" LCOS color EVF with 263 K dot resolution
DC 12V (when the AC adaptor is used) DC 7.2V (when the battery is used)
32 to 104 F (0 ~ 40 C)
10 to 80% (no condensation)
Excluding protrusions: 6.30 x 7.68 x 13.78" (16.0 x 19.5 x 35.0 cm)
Main Unit Only: Approx. 3.3 lb (1.50 kg) With Battery and an SD Card: Approx. 3.9 lb (1.78 kg)
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
17.0 x 12.0 x 10.0"
ThePanasonic AG-AC90A AVCCAM Handheld Camcorderfeatures three 1/4.7" sized MOS sensors (3MOS), with 2.19MP each, to capture Full HD 1920x1080 resolution video at up to 60p. It is an update to the AG-AC90A, offering additional 720p60 and 480i/60 3.5Mbps recording modes, as well as other enhancements such as the ability to copy content from one SD card to another in-camera. Features inherited from the AG-AC90 include the 12x zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 29.8 to 357.6mm, Nano Surface Coating for reduced ghosting and lens flares, and three manual control rings for focus, zoom, and iris.
The AG-AC90A records Full HD 1920x1080 video in a variety of frame rates using the AVCHD codec, including 60p, 60i, 30p, and 24p. A 1280x720 60p mode is available for lower resolution files with smooth motion, ideal suited for sports recording and coaching applications. You can also record SD video, including a low 3.5Mbps bit-rate mode for easy uploading to cloud servers. Date and time stamps can be super-imposed over the video, a feature useful for law enforcement and legal depositions.
Two SD memory card slots are available for expanded memory or simultaneous recording to both cards for an instant back-up. The camcorder is compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC card up to 64GB, with support for ultra high-speed UHS-I speed class 1. It is also compatible with optional Eye-Fi SD cards for Wi-Fi transfer to your mobile device A five-axis image stabilizer improves stabilization for handheld shooting, and 4x pixel shifting technology helps to create a sharper image. An Intelligent 25x digital zoom function makes automatic adjustments of edge, gradation, and detail.
In addition to a built-in microphone, two XLR audio inputs provide an interface for professional grade, external microphones. Audio Channel 1 and Channel 2 feature individual level controls and input selection, including 48V phantom power supply on/off.
The AG-AC90A provides the following updates over the AG-AC90:
PM mode (1280x720, 8Mbps)
CS mode (720x480, 3.5Mbps) for cloud service utilization
Ability to copy content from one SD card to another
Date and time superimpose function, ideal for law enforcement and legal depositions
Freeze Frame on video out
Eye-Fi card support
Variable White Balance function
Additional marker displays
Digital Range Stretch (DRS) on/off user button
1/4.7" Full HD 2.19MP MOS Sensors
Three 1/4.7" sized MOS sensors - a configuration Panasonic calls 3MOS - featuring 2.19MP each. These sensors capture native Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution video.
Fixed Lens with 12x Zoom Ratio
The camera's fixed lens features up to f/1.5 brightness and produces an angle-of-view equal to 29.8-357.6mm on 35mm format. Nano Surface lens coating reduces ghosting and flare, and three manual control rings facilitate adjustments for focus, zoom and iris.
Variable Frame Rates
The AG-AC90A can record 1920x1080 resolution at 60p, 60i, 30p and 24p; in addition to standard 1280x720 60p and SD 480/60i.
LCD Touch Panel
The 3.5" touchscreen LCD has a 1,152,000 dot resolution and slides into the handle front for quick access. It rotates 270 for high-angel, low-angle, or self-shooting (in Mirror mode). Menu settings and playback can be controlled using the touchscreen display
Dual SD Memory Card Slots
Two media card slots accept SD memory cards for expanded memory or simultaneous recording to both cards for an instant back-up. The AG-AC90A is compatible with Sd, SDHC, and SDXC cards, with support for ultra high-speed UHS-I Speed Class 1 cards.
Five-Axis OIS and Pixel Shifting
Five-Axis optical image stabilization makes for smoother handheld videos, and pixel shifting helps to create a sharper image.
Intelligent 25x Digital Zoom Function
An intelligent digital zoom achieves up to 25x seamless zooming. The digital zoom function is also available in 2, 5, and 10x zoom.
3MP Still Photographs
3MP still photographs can also be captured during video recording.
Versatile Recording Functions
Interval Recording captures one frame at a time in set intervals (1 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min). Pre Record prevents missed opportunities by storing about 3 seconds of video and audio data in temporary memory prior to pressing the Rec button. Record Check lets you check the end of the most recently recorded clip with one-touch ease, and Last Clip Delete provides one-touch delete of the most recently recorded clip.
XLR Input and Other Professional Audio Features
In addition to a built-in 5.1-channel surround sound mic, the AG-AC90A features 2-channel XLR audio input terminals for external mic use. Input (Mic/Line) can be selected for CH1/CH2 independently, and a 48 V phantom power supply (ON/OFF) and level control are provided.
Professional Interfaces and Design
An HDMI output supports digital output of video and audio signals to a wide variety of HD devices. Other connections include an AV Multi output for analog video and audio, an analog component video (component terminal), analog composite video (pin jack), and analog audio (L/R pin jacks) through the bundled cable. USB 2.0 connectivity aids users in transferring files to a PC, and remote terminals enable remote operation of iris, focus, zoom and Rec Start/Stop functions.
Focus Assist and Push AF
The Focus Assist (Focus in Red) button shows when your subject is in focus by outlining subject edges in red on the LCD monitor. Push AF activates the AF function while in Manual mode with the press of a button (allocated to an User button). This provides handy support for manual focusing.
Six scene settings allow for immediate response to a variety of shooting situation.
DRS (Dynamic Range Stretcher): Suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights by visually expanding the dynamic range. This function can be assigned to the user button.
7 Mode Gamma: Allows selection from seven gamma curves: HD NORM / LOW / SD NORM / HIGH / B.PRESS / CINE-LIKE D / CINE-LIKE V
Other settings: H detail level, V detail level, detail coring and skin tone detail, chroma level, chroma phase, color temp and master pedestal, auto iris level, knee (LOW/MID/HIGH), matrix (NORM1/NORM2/FLUO/CINE-LIKE)
Color bar / test tone
Display/Mode check button
Auto slow shutter
White balance adjustment
Intelligent Auto (iA) mode
Seven user customizable function buttons
2 Year Digital Video & Projector Warranty - 1205
4 Year Digital Video & Projector Warranty - 1207
Deluxe Lens Care & Maintenance Kit
49mm High Resolution Protective UV Filter
49mm Professional Close-Up Filter Set w/+1 +2 +4 +10 Macro Lenses
49mm Multi-Coated Circular Polarizer Filter - High Resolution
49mm Professional High Resolution Three Piece Filter Kit
8GB Professional SD Memory Card
16GB Professional SD Memory Card
Sandisk 32GB SD Memory Card
64GB Professional SD Memory Card
Panasonic CGA-D54 Lithium Battery Pack
Panasonic - AG-B25p AC Power Adapter / Battery Charger
Panasonic - 0.75x Wide Angle Lens Conversion
CGR-D54 (Z) Standard Lithium-ion Battery Pack
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