Panasonic is gearing up to intro new stuff at the NAB show this April and as a prelude, it’s gone ahead and announced the AG-HMC150, an AVCHD SD card-based camcorder. Panasonic has also announced the reasonably priced pro HD options, which includes the HDV-based AG-HVX200. Besides borrowing the older, standard def AG-DVX100′s design factor, the HMC150 will slot in a trio of new 1/3-inch CCDs with native 16:9 aspect ratios, and support all the various 1080 and 720 progressive and entwined options. Other specs also include a broader 28mm Leica lens, XLR audio inputs, an HDMI output (among others), and remote capability for iris and record controls, support the 13Mbps rate, plus a higher bandwidth option. The other model that Panasonic showcased was the AG-HMC70, which is an SD card-based AVCHD shoulder-mount model that incorporates 3 1/4-inch CCDs and a 38.5mm-to-462mm-equivalent 12X zoom optically stabilized Leica lens to record 1080i video. It will support still capture and supply pro audio connectors as well as BNC outputs.
You can expect the Panasonic AG-HMC150 to ship by this fall but the pricing has not yet been disclosed, although you can expect it to be in the $6,000 range. The AG-HMC70 is expected to ship this April for $2,495. As for the AG-DVX200s or other P2 HD-supporting models, the company plans to ship a 64GB version this fall, at an as-yet undetermined price.