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Old September 9th, 2002, 02:06 PM   #1
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Panasonic AG-DVX100 Avail. October 10th

Panasonic sent me this today. I thought a few might enjoy the specs. etc.

Jeff



PANASONIC ANNOUNCES PRICING, AVAILABILITY FOR REVOLUTIONARY AG-DVX100
MINI-DV CAMCORDER

World's First and Only 24p DV Camera Delivering in October

Panasonic has announced availability and pricing for its breakthrough
AG-DVX100, a unique Mini-DV 3-CCD camcorder with exclusive CineSwitch(tm)
technology that supports 480i/60 (NTSC), cinema-style 480p/24fps and
480p/30fps image capture. The AG-DVX100 will be available on October 10th at
a suggested list price of $3,795.

"The AG-DVX100 DV Cinema(tm) camcorder completely re-defines the Mini-DV
camera, because it leaps ahead of the competition. This camcorder offers
entirely new features and price performance levels," said Stuart English,
Vice President, Marketing, Panasonic Broadcast. "The AG-DVX100 is carefully
engineered to give today's shooters what they desire: a single camcorder
that captures in 60i to acquire standard video projects and in 24p to add
the 'look and feel' of film to their productions."

To acquire stunning digital pictures, the AG-DVX100 is equipped with
newly-developed 1/3" progressive-scan 410,000-pixel 3-CCD imagers to deliver
more than 500 lines of horizontal resolution (a 25% picture quality
improvement over analog VHS), low smear and flare, a low light performance
of 3 lux (at +18dB) and a high sensitivity of f11 at 2000 lux. The native
progressive CCDs eliminate interlace artifacts including horizontal jaggies
and motion-edge tearing.

The well-balanced, ergonomically-designed camcorder features a precision
wide-angle zoom lens (4.5mm to 45mm with a 56-degree viewing angle) and a
host of manual controls to make subtle picture adjustments. The wide angle
lens allows a shooter to be "one step closer" to the action without the
added expense, weight, distortion and inconvenience of an add-on adapter.
Manual controls include Servo/Manual Zoom (with stops and barrel markings),
Auto/Manual Focus (at f 1.6) with 72mm filter size, and Auto/Manual iris.

The ultra-compact 4.2-pound camcorder can capture pictures in the
conventional 4:3 aspect ratio and 16:9 aspect ratio letterbox modes. Its
advanced optical image stabilization delivers superb picture quality and
minimizes jitter, so hand-held shots and video taken from moving vehicles
appear smooth and steady.

Versatile CineSwitch Function Permits Three Recording Modes

With its unique CineSwitch selectable operation, the camcorder operates in
480i/60 (NTSC), 480p/30fps and 480p/24fps capture modes to serve the widest
range of applications. In 480i/60 mode, the AG-DVX100 is ideal for covering
local broadcasts, cable news, weddings, local or government events, school
sports and industrial video productions.

In 480/30p mode, maximum vertical resolution is produced for multimedia
production, internet streaming and DVD production and for document or
evidence gathering in legal and law enforcement applications.

In 480/24p mode, the AG-DVX100 permits shooters to incorporate cinema-like
images for documentaries, music videos, television programming, and
independent filmmaking. The camcorder is also an excellent teaching tool for
film and drama schools.

The camcorder's true progressive scanning CCDs, 24-frame-per-second capture
and cine-like gamma contrast control permit it to produce cinema-looking
images. Its CineGamma function extends the camera's dynamic range to create
pictures with the characteristics of film.

"Until now, a shooter had to obtain the PAL version of a high-end DV
camcorder in order to get close to 24fps -- the speed at which film cameras
operate," said English. "These shooters experienced the inconvenience of not
being able to view video on normal NTSC recorders and monitors. Beyond that,
a shooter's artistic freedom was stymied by the 4% audio pitch change
between PAL and NTSC and the frustration of missing the critical timing of
their edits. The AG-DVX100 grants them their wish of true 24-frame capture
at an unmatched price."

Outstanding Professional Audio, Easy PC Editing and Easy-to-Use Functions

In addition to high-level video performance, the AG-DVX100 offers
professional 16-bit/48kHz digital audio with two-channel, built-in XLR
inputs; phantom power supply (48V); manual audio volume controls (ch1/ch2
independent), and Line/Mic switchability.

The camcorder's IEEE-1394 in/out digital interface makes it easy to download
and upload video to PC-based nonlinear editing systems.

Shooting with the AG-DVX100 is a breeze from overhead or from low angles
with its two, easy-to-view displays - a large, centrally-located pivoting
electronic viewfinder for left or right eye use, and a flip-out, 270-degree,
3.5" LCD panel. Superimposed audio metering is available on both the panel
and viewfinder.

The AG-DVX100 offers a comprehensive list of standard performance features
including six scene files and two user-assignable functions; S-Video, video
and stereo audio inputs and outputs; pre-cleaning heads and auto head
cleaning to maximize reliability; and interval (time lapse) recording with
adjustable record duration and interval time to capture events like flowers'
blooming or sunsets. Its lightweight and compact size make it ideal for use
on dollies, cranes and jibs.

The camcorder's standard accessories include 1.6Ah battery, AC
adapter/charger, microphone holder, remote control, shoulder strap, lens
cap, cleaning tape and instruction manual.

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To learn more about the AG-DVX100, please visit:
http://www.panasonic.com/dvcinema

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Feel free to forward this Newsletter to friends and colleagues.
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Old September 14th, 2002, 10:33 AM   #2
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Re: Panasonic AG-DVX100 Avail. October 10th

<<<-- Originally posted by Jeff Donald : Panasonic sent me this today. I thought a few might enjoy the specs. etc.

Jeff



PANASONIC ANNOUNCES PRICING, AVAILABILITY FOR REVOLUTIONARY AG-DVX100
MINI-DV CAMCORDER

World's First and Only 24p DV Camera Delivering in October

Panasonic has announced availability and pricing for its breakthrough
AG-DVX100, a unique Mini-DV 3-CCD camcorder with exclusive CineSwitch(tm)
technology that supports 480i/60 (NTSC), cinema-style 480p/24fps and
480p/30fps image capture. The AG-DVX100 will be available on October 10th at
a suggested list price of $3,795.

"The AG-DVX100 DV Cinema(tm) camcorder completely re-defines the Mini-DV
camera, because it leaps ahead of the competition. This camcorder offers
entirely new features and price performance levels," said Stuart English,
Vice President, Marketing, Panasonic Broadcast. "The AG-DVX100 is carefully
engineered to give today's shooters what they desire: a single camcorder
that captures in 60i to acquire standard video projects and in 24p to add
the 'look and feel' of film to their productions."

To acquire stunning digital pictures, the AG-DVX100 is equipped with
newly-developed 1/3" progressive-scan 410,000-pixel 3-CCD imagers to deliver
more than 500 lines of horizontal resolution (a 25% picture quality
improvement over analog VHS),

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Feel free to forward this Newsletter to friends and colleagues. -->>>

I would think this camera should have a much better improvement than just 25% over VHS? I must be interpreting their statement incorrectly as a GL2, XL-1s and this camera are probably 100% improvements. Isn't VHS limited to something like 240 lines of resolution?

I can't wait to see how this camera compares to the competition. BTW, any idea how large the camera is physically? It looks like it might be inbetween the XL-1s and GL2?

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Old September 20th, 2002, 03:25 AM   #3
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Greg,

Go to:
www.dvfreak.com/links.htm

Go down to the news section, and you will find a couple of links to download the complete DVX100 manual. You'll see that this cam is not very big, quite small, actually.
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