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3MOS AVCCAM HD shoulder-mount camcorder with HD and SD Recording

Item#: AG-HMC80PJ

Product Description


A professional AVCCAM HD shoulder-mount camcorder that features solid state DV as well as HD recording capabilities, making it ideal for customers who desire both formats. The HMC80 with its high-resolution 3-megapixel imager offers multiple AVCCAM recording formats and enhanced professional functions for stable, shoulder-mount shooting.

The HMC80 uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high profile encoding which provides a doubling of bandwidth efficiency and improved video performance over the older MPEG-2 compression based formats (e.g. HDV) so recordings look clean and crisp, even during fast motion, without image degradation or dropouts. The camera offers useful solid-state recording functions including pre-record, interval recording, shot marker and metadata capture. Additional features include waveform monitor display, focus assists such as focus bar display and enlarged display, auto focus with face detection, white balance, mode display, zebra display, color bars, tally lamps, slow smooth zoom and soft landing, slow shutter and synchro-scan shutter functions, and three programmable user buttons. A wireless remote is also included.

It can also take 10.6-megapixel still images and store them as standard JPEGs on the solid state card. AVCHD recordings and stills can be directly played back from the SD card on a wide range of low-cost players including Panasonic Blu-ray players, laptop PCs and advanced game consoles.

Using just one 32GB SDHC memory card, a user can record three hours of full resolution 1920x1080 video and audio in PH mode, four hours at HA mode and 5.3 hours at HG mode. In the HE mode, the camera can record up to 12 hours of 1440 x 1080 HD content on a 32GB SDHC card. Up to 2 hours of DV content can be recorded on a single 32GB SDHC card.

Records stunning 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 AVCHD video with high sensitivity
Four professional AVCCAM HD recording modes: HA mode (approx.17 Mbps), HG mode (approx.13 Mbps), the extended recording HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps) and the highest-quality PH mode (average 21 Mbps/Max 24Mbps).
Supports the following HD formats in PH mode at 60Hz: 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24pN, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24pN; in HA, HG and HE modes, it records in 1080/60i.
Records 480/60i, 480/30p, 480/24p in standard definition DV directly onto SD cards in the AVI Type 2 file format and offers squeeze, letter box and side crop options.
User-assignable manual focus ring functions (Focus/Iris/Zoom) for added control; time code/UB recording; time/date stamp; and two wired remote control terminals (for zoom, focus, iris, REC start/stop controls).
Lens system captures super sharp images at up to 12X optical zoom and features a 40.8mm (35mm lens equivalent) wide-angle setting
Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) for smooth stable shooting
Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS), which helps compensate for wide variations in lighting
Cine-Like Gamma mode that gives recordings a more film-like look.
Standard HDMI output (AVCHD only), USB 2.0 (mini B-type devices), composite output (BNC x 1), analog component (BNC x 3), IEEE 1394 output (DV only), and a built-in stereo microphone as well as a 3.5 mm external mic-in jack
Features two locking XLR inputs with switches for mic/line, and +48V Phantom Power capability.
Three-year limited warranty (one year plus two extra years upon registration).


Power Supply: 

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

Power Consumption: 

11 W

Operating Temperature: 

32 F to 104 F (0 C to 40 C)

Operating Humidity: 

10 % to 80 % (No condensation)


Approx. 7.06 lb. (Approx. 3.2 kg) camera recorder only
Approx. 7.28 lb. (Approx. 3.3 kg) including SD Memory Cards, supplied battery

Dimensions (W x H x D): 

10-1/2 inches 9-3/16 inches 18-5/16 inches (267 mm 233 mm 458 mm) excluding the projection part

Pick-up Device: 

3MOS 1/4.1 type progressive modes supported)

Picture Elements: 

Total: Approx. 3.05 megapixels 3
Effective (video): Approx. 2.51 megapixels 3 (16:9)
Effective (still image): Approx. 2.32 megapixels 3 (4:3),
Approx. 2.65 megapixels 3 (3:2), Approx. 2.51 megapixels 3 (16:9)


Lens with optical image stabilizer, motorized/manual mode switching,
12 zoom, F1.8 to 2.8 (f=4.0 mm to 48 mm)
35 mm equivalent (video): 40.8 mm to 490 mm (16:9)
35 mm equivalent (still image): 41.3 mm to 496 mm (3:2),
40.8 mm to 490 mm (16:9), 45.0 mm to 540 mm (4:3)

Filter Diameter: 

43 mm

Optical Color Separation: 

Prism system

ND Filter: 

Automatic On/Off interlock with iris

Minimum shooting distance: 

Approx. 35.43 inches (Approx. 0.9 m)

Gain Selection: 

Motion Image: 0 dB to 24 dB (Variable in 1 dB step; USER button allocation; up to 34 dB using the High Gain setting)
Still Image: 0 dB to 18 dB (Variable in 1 dB step)

White balance: 

ATW, ATW LOCK, preset 3200 K, preset 5600 K, Ach or Bch

Shutter Speed - Preset: 

Motion Image: 60i/60p mode: 1/60 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (7 steps) 30p mode: 1/30 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (8 steps) 24p mode: 1/24 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (8 steps)
Still Image: 1/2 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (16 steps)

Shutter Speed - Synchro Scan: 

60i/60p mode: 1/60.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.
30p mode: 1/30.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec. 24p mode: 1/24.0 sec. to 1/250.0 sec.

Slow Shutter Speed: 

60i/60p mode: 1/2 sec., 1/4 sec., 1/8 sec., 1/15 sec., 1/30 sec.30p mode: 1/2 sec., 1/4 sec., 1/8 sec., 1/15 sec.24p mode: 1/2 sec., 1/3 sec., 1/6 sec., 1/12 sec.

Minimum Luminance: 

Approx. 1 lx (Gain: 34dB, Slow Shutter: 1/2 sec.)

Digital Zoom: 

2x/5x/10x (Assigned to the USER button, for switching zoom levels. Only available for 1080/60i, 720/60i, 480/60i)

Video Recording - AVCHD mode: 

Recording Format: AVCHD
Compression Method: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Recording Media*1:
SD Memory Card: 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB (FAT12, FAT16)
SDHC Memory Card: 4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB (FAT32)
Recording Video Format: PH mode: 1080/60i, 1080/30p (over 60i), 1080/24p (native), 720/60p, 720/30p (over 60p) and 720/24p (native) HA, HG and HE mode: 1080/60i only
Transmission Rate:
PH mode: Approx. 21 Mbps (VBR)
HA mode: Approx. 17 Mbps (VBR), HG mode: Approx. 13 Mbps (VBR)
HE mode: Approx. 6 Mbps (VBR)
Recording Time: Approx. 180 minutes (In PH mode with 1920 x 1080 pixels and using a 32 GB SDHC Memory Card)
Interval REC*2: 1sec. / 10sec. / 30sec. / 1min. / 2min. / OFF
SD Memory Card:
Max. recordable clips per card: 900 (after formatting, without removing/inserting the card)
Max. playable clips: 1,000 (up to 1,000 clips displayed)
Thumbnail View: 9 frames/page
Editing Functions: Delete, write-protect
Formatting Function: Yes

Video Recording - DV mode: 

Recording Format: DV
File Format: AVI Type2
Recording Media*3:
SD Memory Card: 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB (FAT12, FAT16)
SDHC Memory Card: 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB (FAT32)
Recording Video Format: 480/60i, 480/30p (over 60i), 480/24p (over 60i)
Recording Time*3: Approx. 128 minutes (In DV mode, using a 32 GB SDHC Memory Card)
Interval REC*4: 1sec. / 10sec. / 30sec. / 1min. / 2min. / OFF
SD Memory Card:
Max. recordable clips per card: 999 (after formatting, without removing/inserting the card)
Max. playable clips: 999 (up to 999 clips displayed)
Thumbnail View: 12 frames/page
Editing Functions: Delete
Formatting Function: Yes

Still Picture*5: 

Compression Method: JPEG (DCF/Exif 2.2 standard), DPOF
Recording Media:
SD Memory Card: 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB (FAT12, FAT16)
SDHC Memory Card: 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 12GB, 16GB, 32GB (FAT32)
Recording Pixels:
[4:3] 9 megapixels / 8 megapixels / 5 megapixels / 0.3 megapixels
[3:2] 10.6 megapixels / 7 megapixels / 4.5 megapixels
[16:9] 10 megapixels / 6 megapixels / 3.5 megapixels
Quality: Fine/Normal
Flach Function: No
Number of Recordable Still Pictures*6 (approx):
[4:3] 6030 (9M 3520 x 2640 pixels)*7
[3:2] 5300 (10.6M 3984 2656 pixels)*7
[16:9] 5580 (10M 4224 2376 pixels)*7

Video System - AVCHD mode: 

Video Signals: 1080/60i, 720/60p
HDMI Output: HDMI 1 (HDMI Type A terminal), 1080/60i, 720/60p, 480/60p (Not compatible with VIERA Link)
Component Output: BNC 3, Y: 1.0 V [p-p], 75 Ω, PB/PR: 0.7 V [p-p], 75 Ω
Composite Output*8: BNC 1, 1.0 V [p-p], 75 Ω

Video System - DV mode: 

Video Signals: 480/60i
Component Output BNC 3, Y: 1.0 V [p-p], 75 Ω, PB/PR: 0.7 V [p-p], 75 Ω, 480/60i
Composite Output*8: BNC 1, 1.0 V [p-p], 75 Ω

Audio System - AVCHD mode: 

Compression Method: Recording/Playback: Dolby Digital (2 ch)
Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
Quantization: 16 bit
Compression Bit-rate :
PH mode: 384 kbps,
HA, HG and HE mode: 256 kbps

Audio System - DV mode: 

Video Signals: Recording/Playback: Linear PCM (Digital/2 ch)
Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
Quantization: 16 bit

XLR Input: 

XLR (3-pin) 2 (CH1, CH2), High impedance LINE/MIC switching LINE: 0 dBu, MIC: -50/-60 dBu (menu switching), MIC + 48 V ON/OFF (switching)

Internal Microphone: 

Stereo microphone

AUDIO Output: 

Output: 316 mV, 600 Ω, pin jack 2 (ch1, ch2)

HDMI Output (AVCHD mode only): 

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


Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm diameter) 1, -16 dBV(with 32 Ω load, Monitor VR max)

Internal Speaker: 

20 mm (round) 1

External Microphone Input: 

70 dBV (Mic sensitivity: -50 dB equivalent, 0 dB=1 V/Pa 1 kHz) Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm diameter) (Not compatible with plug-in power microphone)

USB (AVCHD mode only): 

Card reader function(no copyright protection support), USB Type B connector, USB 2.0-compliant, PictBridge-compatible


Super mini jack (2.5 mm diameter) (ZOOM, S/S),
Mini jack (3.5 mm diameter) (FOCUS, IRIS)

DV (DV mode only): 

6-pin (IEEE1394 format compliant), digital input/output

LCD Monitor: 

6.9 cm (2.7 inch) wide-type LCD color monitor (approx. 230,000 pixels)

Standard Accessories: 

AC adaptor/charger, 2640 mAh battery pack (secure type), AC cable, DC cable (catch type)
Wireless remote controller with button-type battery, Eye cup, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, AVCCAM Restorer (Windows PC/Mac)
The following accessories are attached to the unit. Large-sized lens hood with wide angle of view, Lens hood cap, XLR audio adaptor cap


*1: SDHC/SD Memory Card (8 MB to 32 GB) can be used for storing/reading scene file and user file, and reading metadata. SDXC Memory Cards cannot be used with this product.
*2: Records only in PH mode, 1080/24p. The maximum recording interval is 24 hours. SDXC Memory Cards cannot be used with this product.
*3: A Class 6 or higher SDHC or SD Memory Card is required for DV recording.
*4: Records only 480/60i. The maximum recording interval is 24 hours.
*5: Still shot is not available in DV mode.
*6: The number of recordable still pictures varies depending on the subject and whether both Fine and Normal mode pictures are included.
*7: Fine mode, using a 32 GB SDHC Memory Card.
*8: Shares analog component terminal (Y terminal) (SW switching). Analog component signals and composite signals cannot be output at the same time.
*Weight and dimensions shown are approximate. Specifications are subject to change without notice.