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Old June 16th, 2011, 09:50 AM   #1
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Old June 16th, 2011, 12:29 PM   #2
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I really want one. I wish they had specified available frame rates, but I'm guessing it'll be the same as the HMC-80 before it.
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Old June 16th, 2011, 04:28 PM   #3
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This sounds like it's considerably LESS of a camcorder than the HMC80. Single sensor (slightly less than 1/4 inch), no XLR inputs. and no mention of manual audio level control.
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Old June 16th, 2011, 05:37 PM   #4
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This looks like it's basically a replacement for the old DVC-20, which, if memory serves, has a 1/6" sensor. So I suppose the inclusion of a 1/4" sensor constitutes an upgrade... of sorts. And with the capability to take 2.1 megapixel stills, no 24p, no 30p modes, this camera seems like a throwback. Kinda makes me wonder why anyone would buy one when, for $300.00 less, give or take, one could buy a TM900 and get considerably more capability - even if it does come in a form factor that doesn't look 'professional'.

What are you thinking, Panasonic??
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Old June 18th, 2011, 10:00 PM   #5
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This looks like it's basically a replacement for the old DVC-20, which, if memory serves, has a 1/6" sensor
Steve,

More likely a replacement for the http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-AGHMC70PJU-Professional-Camcorder-Stabilized/dp/B0017NYOWY -- an old 3CCD 1/4" shoulder mount.

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....What are you thinking, Panasonic??
What they're thinking is that they're missing out on sales in the low-end shoulder mount market to the $1749 shoulder-mounted 1080i, 1/4" sensor, 12x zoom Sony HXR-MC2000U, which is sold out at Adorama and marked up $200 to $1950 at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/tech-data/B004GWJB0I.

Many wedding shooters, community college broadcasting studies departments and other buyers with 'professional' aspirations don't care that the http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-HDC-TM900K-Compatible-Camcorder-Internal/dp/B004I43MJU is a better camcorder for less money. They're buying form-factor -- not image quality. And they will pay a premium for it. Panasonic and Sony know that.

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Old June 18th, 2011, 11:46 PM   #6
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This camcorder is today's AG-456.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 09:56 AM   #7
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This camcorder is today's AG-456.
Bingo!

Actually, the AG-450, the predecessor to the AG-456, wasn't a bad little camcorder in its day either. I checked out the link you provided and was quite surprised to see that old tech like the '456 is still being sold!!
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Any idea if you can plug in a tripod arm remote lens/focus control for this cam?
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Old July 12th, 2011, 09:53 PM   #9
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That's a good question, John. I'll try to find out.
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