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1/3" 2.2-megapixel 3-MOS imager AVCCAM Hand-held Camcorder w/ HD-SDI output

Item#: AGAC160A

Product Description


The AG-AC160A AVCCAM HD handheld camcorder incorporates top production features including variable frame rate recording in 1080p, Linear PCM audio, an HD-SDI output, and switchability between 59.94Hz/50Hz for worldwide use. The AC160A is equipped with high-sensitivity 1/3", full-HD 2.2 megapixel U.L.T. (Ultra Luminance Technology) 3-MOS imager as well as 22X HD zoom lens (the longest in its class), to offer a wide field of view and operability much like an interchangeable lens. In addition, the AG-AC160A features Turbo-Speed One-Push Auto Focus to focus on objects in less than 0.5 seconds, and Expanded Auto Focus Assist that enlarges the center of an image. Both advanced functions enable quick and accurate focusing.

Offering high-quality HD recording utilizing MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high-profile encoding, the AC160A records video in four professional AVCCAM HD recording modes at 60Hz, including the highest-quality PH mode (average 21 Mbps/Max 24Mbps), the HA mode (approx.17 Mbps), the extended recording HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps), and a PM mode (approx. 8 Mbps, 720p only). The AC160 has an additional feature that allows switching between 59.94 Hz or 50 Hz to support video production systems used around the world. At 50Hz, the AC160A also records in 1080/50i and 1080/25p, in 720/50p and 720/25p, and in 576/50i and 576/25p.

The AC160A's Variable Frame Rate (VFR) function was inherited from the Panasonic VariCam HD Cinema Cameras. VFR provides overcranking for slow-motion and undercranking for fast-motion effects. The AC160A offers 22-step variable frame rate capability in 1080/23.98pN, 29.97p and 25p.

Three independent adjustable rings for zoom, focus and iris
HD-SDI output, HDMI output (AVCHD only), USB 2.0 (mini B-type), and IEEE 1394 output (DV only),
Two locking XLR inputs with switches for mic/line, two RCA audio outputs, and +48V Phantom Power capability
Pre-record, interval recording, shot marker and metadata capture
Waveform and vectorscope display, focus assists, auto focus with face detection
White balance, mode display, zebra display, color bar, tally lamps, 4-position ND optical filter controls
Slow shutter and synchro-scan shutter functions
Built-in stereo microphone
Records two channels of LPCM audio in the PH and DV modes, and Dolby Digital in all HD modes
Two wired remote control terminals (for zoom, focus, iris, REC start/stop controls)
Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S) for smooth stable shooting
Built-in SMPTE time-code generator/reader
Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) which helps compensate for wide variations in lighting
Widescreen 1,226,000-pixel LCOS color viewfinder
Widescreen 921,000-pixel 3.45-inch LCD color monitor
Weighs just over 5 lbs.
Power consumption is under 12 watts
Three-year limited warranty (one year plus two extra years upon registration)

You can upgrade your AG-AC130 or AG-AC160 camcorder to include 2 new features -- Expanded Auto Focus Assist and Turbo-Speed One-Push Auto Focus. The cost of this upgrade is $300 and is handled by a local Panasonic service professional. Contact Alex Feldman on the East Coast at 201-392-4081, or Jim Fast on the West Coast at 323-436-3503 for your upgrade.


Power Supply: 

DC7.2V (using battery)
7.3V (using AC adaptor)

Power Consumption: 

11.8W (when recording)

Operating Temperature: 

0C to 40C

Operating Humidity: 

10% to 80% (no condensation)


Approx. 2.4 kg (camcorder main body only)

Dimensions (WxHxD): 

180 mm x 195 mm x 438 mm, excluding the projection part

Pick-up Device: 

1/3 Type Progressive, 2.2Mil Pixels, 3MOS

Number of Effective Pixels (HxV): 

1920 x 1080


Panasonic lens with optical image stabilizer, motorized/manual mode switching, 22x zoom,
F1.6 - 3.2 (f=3.9mm to 86mm / 35mm equivalent: 28 mm to 616 mm, 16:9)

Filter Diameter: 

72 mm

Optical Color Separation: 

Prism system

ND Filter: 

OFF, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64

Minimum shooting distance: 

Approx. 1 meter

Gain Selection: 

0 / +3 / +6 / +9 / +12 / +15 / +18 / +24 / +30 dB (+24 & +30 dB are to be allocated only for USER SW)

Color Temperature settings: 

ATW, ATW LOCK, Preset 3200K, Preset 5600K, Preset VAR, Ach, Bch

Digital Zoom: 

2x / 5x / 10x (to be allocated on USER button, switching by pushing the button)

Minimum Luminance: 

0.4 lx (when F1.6, +30dB of gain, and 1/30 sec. of shutter speed)

Shutter Speed (Preset): 

50i/50p mode: 1/50 sec.(OFF), 1/60 sec., 1/120 sec., 1/250 sec., 1/500 sec., 1/1000 sec., 1/2000 sec.
25p mode: 1/25 sec., 1/50 sec.(OFF), 1/60 sec., 1/120 sec., 1/250 sec., 1/500 sec., 1/1000 sec., 1/2000 sec.
60i/60p mode: 1/60 sec.(OFF), 1/100 sec., 1/120 sec., 1/250 sec., 1/500 sec., 1/1000 sec., 1/2000 sec.
30p mode: 1/30 sec., 1/50 sec(OFF)., 1/60 sec., 1/120 sec., 1/250 sec., 1/500 sec., 1/1000 sec., 1/2000 sec.
24p mode: 1/24 sec., 1/50 sec(OFF)., 1/60 sec., 1/120 sec., 1/250 sec., 1/500 sec., 1/1000 sec., 1/2000 sec.

Shutter Speed (Synchro Scan): 

50i/50p mode: 1/50.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.
25p mode: 1/25.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.
60i/60p mode: 1/60.0 sec. to 1/249.8 sec.
30p mode: 1/30.0 sec. to 1/249.8 sec.
24p mode: 1/24.0 sec. to 1/249.8 sec.
All mode: 3.0 deg. to 360.0 deg. (by 0.5 degree step selectable) (default = 180.0 deg.)

Slow Shutter Speed: 

(VFR on SCENE FILE need to be "OFF".)
50i/50p mode: 1/6 sec., 1/12 sec. and 1/25 sec.
25p mode: 1/6 sec. and 1/12 sec.
60i/60p mode: 1/8 sec., 1/15 sec. and 1/30 sec.
30p mode: 1/8 sec. and 1/15 sec.
24p mode: 1/6 sec. and 1/12 sec.



Compression Method: 

MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Recording Media (AVCHD): 

SD Memory Card: 512MB, 1GB, 2GB (FAT12, FAT16)
SDHC Memory Card: 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 12GB, 16GB, 32GB (FAT32)
SDXC Memory Card8/29/2011: 48GB, 64GB, up to 2TB (exFAT)
*PH/HA mode requires Class4 or faster Card. VFR recording requires Class6 or faster.

Recording Video Format: 

50 Hz mode:
PH mode: 1080/50i, 1080/25p (over 50i), 720/50p and 720/25p (over 50p)
HA, HE mode: 1080/50i only
PM mode: 720/50p
59.94 Hz mode:
PH mode: 1080/59.94i, 1080/29.97p (over 59.94i), 1080/23.98p, 720/59.94p, 720/29.97p (over 59.94p), and 720/23.98p
HA, HE mode: 1080/59.94i only
PM mode: 720/59.94p

Transmission Rate: 

PH mode: Approx. 21 Mbps (VBR, max 24 Mbps)
PM mode: Approx. 8 Mbps (VBR)
HA mode: Approx. 17 Mbps (VBR)
HE mode: Approx. 6 Mbps (VBR)

Interval Recording: 

OFF / 1 sec. / 10 sec. / 30 sec. / 1min. / 2 min.
*Recording mode need to be set in "PH 1080/25p" or "1080/23.98p". Maximum continuous recording dyration is 168 hours (7 days).



File Format: 

AVI Type2

Recording Media (DV): 

SD Memory Card: 512MB, 1GB, 2GB (FAT12, FAT16)
SDHC Memory Card: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB (FAT32)
SDXC Memory Card: 8GB, 64GB, up to 2TB (exFAT)
*DV recording requires Class6 or faster.




BNC x 1, 0.8Vp-p, 75 Ω, HD/SD auto-detect, but not converting between HD/SD

HDMI OUT - Video (AVCHD): 

HDMI x 1, Type A (1080i / 720p)


Pin jack x 1, 1.0Vp-p, 75 Ω, 480/60i (59.94Hz) or 576/50i (50Hz)



SDI OUT - Video (DV): 

BNC x 1, 480/60i (59.94Hz) or 576/50i (50Hz)


Pin jack x 1, 1.0Vp-p, 75 Ω, 480/60i (59.94Hz) or 576/50i (50Hz)




PH mode: Dolby Digital/2ch, Linear PCM switchable
PM/HA/HE mode: Dolby Digital/2ch

AUDIO RECORDING Sampling Frequency (DV): 


AUDIO RECORDING Quantization: 

16 bit

Bit Rate: 

PH mode: 384kbps
PM/HA/HE mode: 256kbps



Sampling Frequency (DV): 


Built-in Microphone: 

Stereo microphone

Audio IN: 

XLR (3 pins) x 2 (INPUT 1, INPUT 2)
LINE / MIC switchable, high-impedance
LINE: 0 dBu
MIC: -40 / -50 / -60 dBu (selectable in menu)
MIC POWER: +48V ON/OFF switchable

Audio IN Additional information: 

Headroom 12dB

Audio Out: 

Pin jack x 2 (CH 1, CH 2), Output: 316 mV, 600Ω

SDI OUT - Audio (DV): 

2 ch (Linear PCM)

HDMI OUT - Audio (DV): 

2 ch (Linear PCM)
5.1ch (Dolby Digital)


Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm diameter) x 1

Built-in Speaker: 

20 mm (round) x 1

Camera Remote: 

Super Mini jack (2.5mm diameter) x 1 for ZOOM and recording START/STOP operations
Mini jack (3.5mm diameter) x 1 for FOCUS and IRIS controls

INDEX Remote: 

Super Mini jack (2.5 mm diameter) x 1


IN: 1.0 to 4.0 Vp-p, 10 kΩ
OUT: 2.00.5 Vp-p, low impedance

USB2.0 :: 

Type mini B connector (compliant with USB ver. 2.0)
*The AG-AC160EJ cannot write to a memory card from a computer.

DV OUT (only for DV mode): 

IEEE 1394 6pin x 1

LCD Monitor: 

3.45 inches, LCD color monitor, approx. 921,000 pixels (16:9)


0.45 inches, LCD color viewfinder, approx. 1,226,000 pixels (16:9)

Accessories (attached to the unit): 

Lens Cap, INPUT Terminal Cap x2, Lens Hood, Hand Strap

Standard Accessories: 

Battery Pack x 1 [7.2 V, 5800/5400 (typ./min.) mAh], AC Adaptor (Battery Charger), AC Cable, DC Cable,
Wireless Remote Controller with button-type battery, Microphone Holder, Microphone Holder Screws x4, Microphone Holder Adaptor, Eye Cup, Shoulder Belt, CD-ROM