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Panasonic AG-AC130A Camcorder

2.2MP 1/3 2.4kg 3MOS Jan 2016
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The AG-AC130A AVCCAM HD handheld camcorder offers a high-sensitivity 1/3; full-HD 2.2 megapixel U.L.T. (Ultra Luminance Technology) 3-MOS imager to capture native 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 AVCHD... More
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8 Reasons For

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Panasonic has good average ratings for its small sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other brands.

Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the AG-AC130A, the AG-AC130A has an image stabiliser.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last year, the AG-AC130A has an HDMI port.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The AG-AC130A has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm.

This video camera's optical sensor size (1/3") is actually the best optical sensor size across all small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the AG-AC130A.

The worst optical sensor size across similar types of video camera is 1/5.8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The AG-AC130A supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This video camera also supports an SD 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 across all small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the AG-AC130A.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera is SD.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last year, the AG-AC130A has a built-in display.

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1080p Video Mode

The Panasonic AG-AC130A has a better video mode than most camcorders that are a comparable age to it. This video camera has a 1080p video mode, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it have a 720p video mode.

This video camera's video mode (1080p) is in fact the best video mode across all latest small sensor size camcorders.

A 720p video mode is the worst video mode amongst similar types of video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The AG-AC130A supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution supported by most camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution across all latest small sensor size camcorders.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of video camera is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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12 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the AG-AC130A, the AG-AC130A is not Full HD.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-CX450.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other latest small sensor size camcorders, the Panasonic AG-AC130A does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of video cameras that were launched in the last year is 1.5x and the biggest is 3,000x. With a digital zoom of only 10 times zoom factor, the Panasonic AG-AC130A has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Sony HDR-CX450 (350x and higher rated).

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months is 32x, and the optical zooms range from 20x to 50x. The Panasonic AG-AC130A has a quite small optical zoom (only 22 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other newly released comparable spec video cameras.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Sony HDR-CX450 (30x) which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The AG-AC130A is not 3D compatible. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the AG-AC130A are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the AG-AC130A, the AG-AC130A does not have a night mode.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF R76 ($608.00).

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the AG-AC130A, the Panasonic AG-AC130A is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the AG-AC130A do not have a built-in projector. The Panasonic AG-AC130A is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Only AVC Video Format

This camcorder has an AVC|AVI|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is the most frequently found video format on new small sensor size camcorders.

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Heavy

The average weight of new comparable spec camcorders is 840g. The AG-AC130A is fairly heavy (2.4 kilograms) compared to most of the other newly released camcorders.

If you are not bothered about having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the Legria HF G40 ($999.99) (900g), or the XF205 ($2,908.21) (1.6kg) both from Canon or the JVC GY-HM600 ($2,743.99) (2.4kg).

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Very Big

When compared to other recently released small sensor size camcorders that we have assessed the width of, the AG-AC130A's width of 180 millimeters is one of the biggest. Small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the AG-AC130A have widths of between 48mm and 180mm.

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Very Big

When compared to other recently released camcorders that we have assessed, the depth of the AG-AC130A of 438 millimeters is one of the biggest. The average depth of latest small sensor size camcorders is 180mm.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic AG-AC130A

Released Eleven Months Ago

It was eleven months ago when Panasonic released the AG-AC130A.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been available for the last year.

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Average Screen Size

The AG-AC130A has a pretty standard screen size (3.45 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the AG-AC130A.

If this Panasonic camcorder screen size is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Sony HXR-NX5R ($3,249.00) (8.8").

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
DV Port
Headphone Outputs
XLR in
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Shoulder Strap
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
Battery Charger Included

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic agac130, panasonic agac130p, panasonic agac130a, panasonic agac130ap, panasonic agac130pj, panasonic agac130apj, panasonic bts agac130, panasonic agac130apjb, panasonic agac130apjbt, panasonic bts agac130a, panasonic bts agac130ap, panasonic agac130apjbts, panasonic bts agac130apj, panasonic bts agac130apjb, panasonic bts agac130apjbt, panasonic bts agac130apjbts
Barcodes 0000008.85E+11, 00008.8517E+11, 00617689594975, 00885170050723, 00885170095786, 00885170095793

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