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Panasonic AGAC8EJ Camcorder

1/4.5 2.3kg MOS Dec 2013
Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Sensor Type Release Date
This powerful, Full HD 1080p shoulder-mount camera features exceptional ergonomics, functionality and pricing. The 5-pound AC8 is ideal for shooting weddings, business conferences, documentaries,... More
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15 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Camcorders from Panasonic have an average rating of 79 out of 100, which is in the top 42% of all camcorder brands that we have analysed.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has an HDMI port, unlike most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the AG-AC8 which do not have an HDMI port.

Alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has an image stabiliser, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the AG-AC8 do not have an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic AG-AC8 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the AG-AC8 are not Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price].

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Two Memory Card Slots

Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the AG-AC8 only have one memory card slot, however the Panasonic AG-AC8 has two memory card slots.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic AG-AC8 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all video cameras that are a similar age to the AG-AC8.

Across similar types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MicroSDXC.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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6016 X 3384 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic AG-AC8 is 6016 x 3384 pixels. That's over ten times the maximum image resolution of a 1600 x 1200 pixels camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. The worst maximum image resolution of all video cameras of a similar type and age to the AG-AC8 is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 6592 x 3712 pixels.

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4752 X 3168 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic AG-AC8 is 4752 x 3168. That's 82% more still image resolution than the most common still image resolution of 3840 x 2160. This video camera also support still image resolutions of 6016 x 3384, 4480 x 3360 and 4096 x 2304 and 1440 x 1080. Across all video cameras of this age and spec the best still image resolution is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the AG-AC8.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic AG-AC8 is more than most video cameras of this age and spec. This Panasonic video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of a comparable age and type to the AG-AC8. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Panasonic AG-AC8 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than most video cameras of this age and type. Most comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. In addition, this Panasonic camcorder support a video resolution of 720 x 480 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. Across all video cameras that came out around the same time as the AG-AC8 the best video resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 720 x 480 pixels.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has one of the longest maximum focal lengths (893 millimeters) amongst video cameras of this age. Video cameras that are a similar age to the AG-AC8 have maximum focal lengths of between 0.5mm and 900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 140mm.

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Has Three Cables Included

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the AG-AC8. The cables included "AC" and "AV" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of a comparable age and type to the AG-AC8 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Panasonic AG-AC8 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

Other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to consider include the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic AG-AC8 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the AG-AC8 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic AG-AC8 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years, the Panasonic AG-AC8 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the AG-AC8, the Panasonic AG-AC8 does not have a built-in projector.

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Pricey

After checking the price of 48 video cameras of this age and spec they range in price from £39 to £4,990. We think that this camcorder looks expensive compared to other video cameras of this age and spec.

Only Hybrid Image Stabiliser

This camcorder has a Hybrid image stabiliser, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it. Hybrid image stabilisation combines optical and digital image stabilisation.

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Heavy

The lightest video camera that has been around for a similar time to the AG-AC8 is 59g weight and the heaviest is 7.5kg. With a weight of 2.3 kilograms, the Panasonic AG-AC8 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the AG-AC8.

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Very Big

The smallest video camera that was released around the same time as the AG-AC8 is 12mm deep, the biggest is 520mm, and the average depth is 130mm. At 479 millimeters, the Panasonic AG-AC8 is very big compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic AG-AC8

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Panasonic released the AG-AC8.

Average Screen Size

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has a relatively standard screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has a pretty standard optical zoom (21 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the AG-AC8.

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1/4.5" Optical Sensor Size

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.5". That's 13% less optical sensor size than a 1/3.91" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 50 times zoom factor, the Panasonic AG-AC8 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included

Expert Reviews

29 March 2014

With the advent of DSLRs, smart phone cameras and pint-sized HD video camcorders, we have seen an explosion of new stabilizing devices hit the market. At the same time we have had to adjust our... Read more…

Stable, shoulder mount form factor
Focus peaking
Histogram
Great HD video and stills
Hollow, plastic feel

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers visipax agac8, visipax agac8p, panasonic agac8, visipax pragac8, visipax agac8pj, panasonic agac8p, visipax pragac8p, panasonic agac8pj, visipax pragac8pj, panasonic agac8pjb, panasonic agac8pjr, panasonic bts agac8, panasonic h264mpeg4, panasonic agac8pjbt, panasonic agac8pjbts, panasonic bts agac8p, panasonic bts agac8pj, panasonic bts agac8pjb, panasonic bts agac8pjbt, panasonic bts agac8pjbts
Barcodes 00008.8517E+11, 00616348040563, 00779184097839, 00885170165779, 05025232758340, 05054230121931, 05054230723425

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