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Old July 15th, 2004, 09:05 AM   #1
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DVC-60 announced

From Digital Producer:

"Panasonic AG-DVC60
Panasonic has announced the AG-DVC60, a 3-CCD Mini-DV camcorder that employs a wide angle, high-performance 16X optical zoom lens and delivers the stability and respect of shoulder-style shooting.


Ruggedly designed for professional use, this 5.5-pound camcorder delivers sharp, crisp, beautifully rendered images with vivid colors due to its 12-bit A/D and RGB Gamma Processor. Among its many inventive features are infrared nighttime shooting, movie-like recording mode, and 16:9 recording modes.


“The economically-priced AG-DVC60 is tricked out for top performance while its shoulder-mount design reduces fatigue and provides on-the-job respect,” said Stuart English, Vice President, Marketing, Panasonic Broadcast.


Equipped with three 410,000-pixel CCDs, the AG-DVC60 has a wide-angle 16X zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and a focal length of 39.5 to 632 mm (35mm still camera equivalent) to meet virtually any broadcast and professional need. The new lens has low-dispersion glass to substantially reduce chromatic aberration, flare and ghosting. For sports applications, the 16X high-speed optical zoom is extremely fast in transitioning between wide and telephoto modes. It also sports a three-speed handle zoom and run switch."

http://digitalproducer.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=26767

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Old July 15th, 2004, 09:53 AM   #2
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Any word on chip size? If its got 1/3" chips, sounds like a nice dvc80 replacement.
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Old July 15th, 2004, 10:04 AM   #3
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<<<-- Originally posted by Ryan Gohlinghorst : Any word on chip size? If its got 1/3" chips, sounds like a nice dvc80 replacement. -->>>

I am pretty sure it is based on the same ccds as the DVC80/100a. "410,000-pixel CCDs".

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Old July 15th, 2004, 10:35 AM   #4
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Any word on chip size? If its got 1/3" chips, sounds like a nice dvc80 replacement.

Don't get your hopes up yet. The DVC60 looks like a professional version of the DVC30 and the MSRP doesn't reflect a 1/3" 3CCD. You're probably looking at three 1/4" CCDs with 410k pixels each.

Here is the WEVA announcement that goes a little more into detail than the link above. I believe they even reference the DVC60 as being the counterpart to the DVC30.

http://www.weva.com/cgi-bin/newsread...i&storyid=1810
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Old July 15th, 2004, 10:49 AM   #5
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<<<-- Originally posted by Tommy Haupfear : Don't get your hopes up yet. The DVC60 looks like a professional version of the DVC30 and the MSRP doesn't reflect a 1/3" 3CCD. You're probably looking at three 1/4" CCDs with 410k pixels each.

Here is the WEVA announcement that goes a little more into detail than the link above. I believe they even reference the DVC60 as being the counterpart to the DVC30.

http://www.weva.com/cgi-bin/newsread...i&storyid=1810 -->>>

It does look like a morph between the DVC-30 and the old DVC7. Oh well. The DVC-80 was truly an anomaly I suppose.

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Old July 15th, 2004, 12:27 PM   #6
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That's unfortunate. The native 16:9 is a nice step in the right direction, though.
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<<<-- Originally posted by Ryan Gohlinghorst : That's unfortunate. The native 16:9 is a nice step in the right direction, though. -->>>

I'm not even sure it's "Native".

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Old July 15th, 2004, 12:39 PM   #8
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Damnit, why couldnt they make a DVX with this shell???

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Old July 15th, 2004, 12:44 PM   #9
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hmm.. looks like they built a shell utilising the XLR attachment...
Evrything else is identical to the DVC30..

NOT HAPPY!!!

I was [_] close to gettin a dvc30.. now im gonna have ot wait till i gt my hands on this and see if i want it.. :(

grrrrr why oh why oh why didnt Pana do this with the DVX?
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Old July 15th, 2004, 01:23 PM   #10
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The native 16:9 is a nice step in the right direction, though.
The 16:9 function of the DVC30 (and probably the DVC60) is rather subpar compared to other high resolution 16:9 (from 4:3 CCDs) cams out today. Most cams having a quality 16:9 mode extracted from a 4:3 CCD have typically had 680k or more pixels per CCD.

My previous cam (Panasonic NV-GS100K - $1200USD) did a better job.

Looks at this comparison between the GS100 and DVC30.

http://www.villagephotos.com/pubbrow...elected=901419

Both cams are using their cinema modes which include frame mode, widescreen, and cine-like gamma.
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Old July 15th, 2004, 03:16 PM   #11
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One thing to note is that Pana is touting the new lens as having low-dispersion glass to counteract flaring and ghosting. Isn't this the same attribute mentioned by Allan re the Japan domestic gs400 - and not touted for the NA gs400 model? We may have to wait and see whether the footage the dvc60 give you is at the dvc30 level or an actual improvement. Maybe a head-to-head between your Japan gs400 and someone's dvc60, Tommy?
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Old July 15th, 2004, 03:18 PM   #12
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Definitely worth looking into. I should be placing an order for a Japanese GS400 in the next few days unless I find enough dinero for a DVX100a. :)
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Old July 15th, 2004, 05:27 PM   #13
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If this thing has a "gs400" like way of capturing 16x9 and 30p with cinegamma curve, with that nice lens and audio imputs...

I'm in.

But I can't tell if it's got the guts of the gs400 or the dvc30.
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Old July 15th, 2004, 06:20 PM   #14
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Jan Crittenden described it to me as a DVC30 in a DVC15 body. I'm diggin' the 12-bit A/D, Cine-gamma, and four scene files. It's nice to see an addition to the DVC line.
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Old July 15th, 2004, 09:36 PM   #15
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i'm intrigued by the physical shape/design, but how do the chips compare to the dvx? i like the long lens..........

my questions:
powered from the same battery type?
lens diameter?? (72mm? so i can use my present mattebox?)


might be a nice addition to my dvx.....but a replacement???
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