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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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14 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Camcorders manufactured by Panasonic have an average rating of 80%, which is in the top 36% of all video camera brands that we have looked at.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Full HD

Full HD

Unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and type which are not Full HD, the Panasonic AG-AC8 is Full HD.

We compared this video camera to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has an HDMI, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the AG-AC8 do not have an HDMI.

There are a number of other video cameras with an HDMI currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and spec which do not have an image stabilizer.

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Two Memory Slotss

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has more memory slotss than most of the camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the AG-AC8. Most of the camcorders that are a comparable age to the AG-AC8 only have one memory slots, however this Panasonic camcorder has two memory slotss.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Panasonic AG-AC8 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. Most camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. 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 in fact the best supported memory card type across all comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the AG-AC8.

A Not supported compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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

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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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6016 X 3384 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 6016 x 3384 pixels. That's over six times the maximum image resolution of a 2304 x 1296 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Across all camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the AG-AC8 the best maximum image resolution is 6592 x 3712 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has a built-in display. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the AG-AC8 do not have a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price] which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Panasonic AG-AC8 supports a higher video resolution than most video cameras of this age and type. This video camera supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions, whereas most camcorders that are a comparable age to it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolutions. In addition, this Panasonic video camera support a video resolutions of 720 x 480 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. Comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years video resolutionss range from 720 x 480 pixels to 3840 x 2160 pixels.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the AG-AC8 range from 0.5mm to 900mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 140mm. When compared to other camcorders that came out around the same time as the AG-AC8 that we have assessed, the Panasonic AG-AC8's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 893 millimeters is one of the longest.

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Has Three Cables Includeds

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. This video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on camcorders that were launched around the same time as the AG-AC8. The cables includeds "AC" and "AV" are also found on this camcorder.

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Has Four White Balances

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Panasonic camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on camcorders that came out around the same time as the AG-AC8. The white balances "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the Panasonic AG-AC8 does not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price] which is also higher rated.

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Only 1/4.5" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Panasonic AG-AC8 is 1/4.5". That's 13% less optical sensor size than a 1/3.91" video camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. Across all video cameras of a similar spec and age to the AG-AC8 the worst optical sensor size is 2/3" and the best is 1/1.3".

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Not Cheap

We think this Panasonic camcorder looks expensive compared to other video cameras of a similar age and spec. The price range of video cameras of a similar age and spec is from £28 to £6,999.

Not Waterproof

Most camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the AG-AC8 are not waterproof. The Panasonic AG-AC8 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the AG-AC8, the Panasonic AG-AC8 does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D

Most camcorders that have been available for more than two years are not 3D. The Panasonic AG-AC8 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic AG-AC8 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have a built-in projector.

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Only Hybrid Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has a Hybrid image stabilizer type, which is typical of many camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Hybrid image stabilisation combines optical and digital image stabilisation.

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Heavy

Camcorders that have been available for more than two years have weights of between 59g and 7.5kg. At 2.3 kilograms, the Panasonic AG-AC8 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the AG-AC8.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic AG-AC8

Released Over Three Years Ago

Panasonic released the AG-AC8 over three years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has a pretty average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

If this camcorder display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at 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 frequently found sensor type on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 21 times zoom factor, the Panasonic AG-AC8 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the AG-AC8.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has a relatively standard digital zoom (50 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cables 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

Barcodes 05025232758340, 05054230121931, 05054230723425

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