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Panasonic AGAC8PJ 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

Good Brand

Video cameras built by Panasonic are some of the better video cameras according to average reviews from experts and users.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Unlike most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the AG-AC8 which do not have an HDMI port, the Panasonic AG-AC8 has an HDMI port.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available that you might also want to consider include the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has an image stabiliser, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to 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 video cameras that were launched around the same time as the AG-AC8 are not Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this camcorder 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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Two Memory Card Slots

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has more memory card slots than most of the video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the AG-AC8. Most of the comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago only have one memory card slot, however this video camera has two memory card slots.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic AG-AC8 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders of a similar age and spec to it. This Panasonic video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it support an SD memory card. 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 video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the AG-AC8.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera 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 the most commonly found battery on video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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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 ten times the maximum image resolution of a 1600 x 1200 pixels camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. Across all camcorders of this type and age the best maximum image resolution is 6592 x 3712 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 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 Panasonic camcorder also support still image resolutions of 6016 x 3384, 4480 x 3360 and 4096 x 2304 and 1440 x 1080. Comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the AG-AC8 still image resolutions range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in display.

Other camcorders with a built-in display currently available which you might also want to consider include the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price] which has better reviews.

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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 camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of this age and spec. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this video camera.

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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 camcorders of this type and age. Most comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. This Panasonic camcorder also support a video resolution of 720 x 480 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. Across all comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the AG-AC8 the video resolution ranges from 720 x 480 pixels (worst) to 3840 x 2160 pixels (best).

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length

Video cameras that were released more than two years ago have maximum focal lengths of between 0.5mm and 900mm. At 893 millimeters, the Panasonic AG-AC8 has a very long maximum focal length compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the AG-AC8.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Panasonic AG-AC8 is more than most camcorders that are a similar age to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on camcorders of this age and type. The cables included "AC" and "AV" are also found on this camcorder.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic AG-AC8 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the AG-AC8 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to look at include the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years 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

The Panasonic AG-AC8 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the AG-AC8 also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic AG-AC8 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the AG-AC8 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Panasonic AG-AC8 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

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Only Hybrid Image Stabiliser

This video camera has a Hybrid image stabiliser, which is the most frequently found image stabiliser on comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Hybrid image stabilisation combines optical and digital image stabilisation.

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Heavy

The lightest similar spec video camera that has been on the market for around the same time as the AG-AC8 is 59g weight, the heaviest is 7.5kg, and the average weight is 880g. At 2.3 kilograms, the Panasonic AG-AC8 is quite heavy compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the AG-AC8.

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Very Big

The smallest camcorder that came out around the same time as the AG-AC8 is 12mm deep and the biggest is 520mm. When compared to other video cameras of this age and type that we have assessed the depth of, the Panasonic AG-AC8's depth of 479 millimeters is one of the biggest.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic AG-AC8

Released Over Three Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Screen Size

The Panasonic AG-AC8 has a fairly standard screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

Video cameras with a larger screen size that might also be worth considering include the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema[plb_2621833_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 21 times zoom factor, the Panasonic AG-AC8 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the AG-AC8.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a MOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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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 36% less optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/2.88".

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Average Digital Zoom

At 50 times zoom factor, the Panasonic AG-AC8 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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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
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable 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 agac8pj, visipax pragac8, visipax pragac8p, panasonic agac8p, 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 agac8pjr, panasonic bts agac8pjbt, panasonic bts agac8pjbts
Barcodes 00008.8517E+11, 00616348040563, 00779184097839, 00885170165779, 05025232758340, 05054230121931, 05054230723425

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