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3CCD Camera System - Superior color, detail and gradation
Most professional broadcasting cameras use the 3CCD system. In a 1CCD system, all of the incoming light information is processed by the same CCD. The more advanced 3CCD system uses three distinct CCDs for processing, so there is absolutely no light loss. You can see the results in beautifully rendered images with vivid color, fine detail, and rich gradation.
Advanced Pure Color Engine - Special high-performance imaging engine
The Advanced Pure Color Engine is a special image processing circuit for 3CCD camera systems. It processes the R, G and B signals from the three CCDs individually, so it gives both motion and still pictures exceptional quality.
High Quality MPEG 2 Engine - Capture even complex motion with precision
Panasonic's MPEG2 engine is a wide-range, high-precision search engine that produces smooth, beautiful motion pictures. Because it precisely records the differences in each frame, it can render fast, complex motions - like those of athletes in the thick of the action - with exceptional precision. The MPEG2 engine also uses Variable Bit Rate technology that Panasonic developed for the high-end DIGA DVD recorder. Giving LP recordings nearly twice the resolution captured with previous Panasonic camcorders, this lets the camcorder record clear, smoothly flowing pictures.
2.3-Megapixel Still Picture Recording - Extremely beautiful still pictures
Both motion and still pictures are superb. Photos are so vivid and real, you can enjoy them as high-quality prints.
10x Optical Zoom - Pull distant subjects right up close
Distant subjects can be enlarged so they appear to be right up close. This allows dynamic shots of both motion and still pictures.
High-Picture-Quality Wide Mode (16:9) and 2.7" LCD - Shoot wide, view wide
This model offers the High-Picture-Quality Wide Mode, which produces images that make for beautiful, dramatic viewing on a wide-screen TV. The image is processed on 16:9 area of the CCD. Because the image decoded has the same proportions as your wide-screen TV, there is virtually no picture quality degradation. You get beautiful images and all the excitement and dynamism on either a wide 16:9 screen TV or a conventional 4:3 TV. This model also features a wide 2.7-inch LCD, making it easier to frame shots when you're shooting in 16:9 mode. You can enjoy shooting wide, and viewing wide.
DVD-RAM / DVD-RW / DVD-R - Choose the media you want with multi-format ease
DVD camcorder models can record and play DVD-RAM, DVD-R and DVD-RW discs. With the DVD-RAM disc, you can record again and again on the same disc, up to tens of thousand times, and view it without any finalizing process. You can record repeatedly on DVD-RW discs as well, and they are well suited to editing. While you can record only once on DVD-R discs, they can be played back on almost any kind of DVD player or recorder. With DVD camcorder's wide compatibility, you can record on whichever kind of disc works best in your DVD player or recorder.
XP / SP / LP Mode - Select the recording mode to match your needs
This unit records in VBR. VBR is an abbreviation for Variable Bit Rate. VBR recording automatically varies the bit rate (amount of data in a fixed time) depending on the subject being recorded. This means if a subject with sharp movements is recorded, the recording time is reduced.
One Touch Navigation & Joystick Control - Easy to use design
The joystick makes the camera much easier to use, letting you control all basic operations with one hand. As you shoot, just watch the image in the monitor and follow the instruction guide. You can handle a number of operations quickly and easily, without even taking your eye off the subject
Help Mode - Find out what each icon means
Not sure what a certain icon means? Just switch on the Help mode and select the icon. It's explained for you on the LCD monitor. This makes it easier to learn the icons, and you spend less time reading the operating manual.
Quick Search & Access with Disc Navigator - Index screen for simple searching
Unlike videotape, you don't need to rewind or fast-forward a DVD disc to search for specific scenes. The camcorder LCD screen displays a list of the recorded scenes for quick and easy searching.
Edit with Disc Navigator - Easy to change or delete sequences
You can do some polished editing using just the camera itself. For example, you can delete scenes right on the spot or change the scene sequence to create your own scenarios.
It's easy to change the sequence of the scenes you've recorded, and then play them back. (You can record up to 99 sequencing patterns on each side of the disc for easy playback.)
* Playlist editing and playback can be done only with scenes on the same side of the disc.
This function makes it easy to delete the scenes you don't want and to save the ones you do. You can also split up motion pictures and delete only parts of them.
Instant ON/OFF - Linked with the LCD and EVF
When you open the LCD, the power switches on. Shut it and the power goes off. Pull out the viewfinder and the power switches on. Store it and the power goes off. Instant On/Off reduces the time required for operating the camera.
MagicPix / 0 Lux MagixPix - Capture crisp, vivid images-even in low lighting
0 Lux MagicPix with Light Panel for shooting in total darkness.
Designed for shooting in total darkness, this function shoots four frames per second using the LCD monitor as a light source. Pictures are clear and sharp thanks to the hand-shake compensation provided by the O.I.S. Light from the LCD is gentle and easy on the eyes, so you can snap shots of sleeping children without waking them up.
MagicPix for shooting in dim light.
MagicPix gives you smoothly flowing pictures even in dark places,
where it's normally difficult to capture good shots.
No Cables to Connect - Easy viewing on TV
The DVD Camcorders give you cable-free, connection-free playback. Just slip the disc into your DVD player and let the show begin.
High-speed Transfer to Panasonic DIGA DVD recorders - Speedy editing
With DVD's high-speed data transfer, you can dub your recordings - even large volumes - quickly and easily onto a DVD video recorder's hard disk drive. Enjoy sophisticated editing with the DVD recorder, or save your recordings onto DVD and create a collection of your own DVDs.
Included Editing Software - Edit images easily on a PC
Image Sensor: (Total) 1/6" CCD x 3 (800K x 3 pixels)
F Value: F1.8 (Wide) / F2.8 (Tele)
Optical Zoom: 10x Variable Speed
Focal Length: 2.45 - 24.5mm
Filter Diameter: 37mm
Lens Type: Panasonic
Still Picture Recording 2.3 Megapixel (With Quad-Density Pixel Distribution Technology)
Minimum Illumination 1 Lux (Magic Pix)
White Balance Auto/Indoor/Outdoor/Manual
Viewfinder: 0.3" Color (123k pixels)
LCD: 2.7" Wide (123k)
Microphone: Stereo Zoom Mic / Wind Noise Reduction
Fade Color Black or White
AWB IR Sensor
On-Screen Display Language: English / Spanish / French
Image Stabilizer: Electronic Image Stabilizer (EIS)
Digital Zoom: 10x - 25x / Super Digital Zoom: 10x - 700x
Recording & Playback
DVD Format Support DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD-RAM
XP: 9 Mbps/VBR
SP: 5 Mbps/VBR
Audio Recording Format Dolby Digital (Dolby AC3)
Audio Playback Format Dolby Digital (Dolby AC3) / MPEG1 Audio Layer 2 / LPCM
Recording Time XP: 18 min. / SP: 37 min. / LP: 75 min. (with one-sided RAM disc)
Still Picture JPEG
2.3 MEGA: 1760 x 1320
1.7 MEGA: 1760 x 992 (16:9)
1.0 MEGA: 1280 x 960
0.3 MEGA: 640 x 480
Jog Dial w/Joy Stick
Thumbnail Display 8 scenes per page
Disc Remaining Indication
SD Card Features
Built-in SD Slot
USB Port 2.0 High Speed (mini B)
Accessory Shoe Cold
Power Supply DC 7.9V / 7.2V
Power Consumption 4.4W (EVF) 4.7W (LCD)
Dimensions: 3.42'' (H) x 2.48'' (W) x 5.43'' (D)
Weight: 1.22 lbs