Panasonic have just announced the launch of their AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds video camera. Billed as a “professional” rig, it boasts high-end features on a budget.
As the headline suggests there is a Micro Four Thirds sensor and a ton of micro 4/3 lenses, filters, and adapters to play about with.
The AF100 records natively in 1080/24p, using the AVC/ H.264 Hi Profile AVCHD codec. Two SD slots are available for expansion, supporting both SDHC and SDXC formats.
There are also a pair of XLR inputs, 48-kHz 16-bit two-channel audio recording, with support for LPCM/Dolby-AC3.
In terms of connectivity there’s also room for a USB 2.0 port, HD-SDI out, HDMI, as well as a built-in stereo mic.
OK, so don’t expect to be shooting Avatar with this, but you’ll get a dandy little indie-flick out of it when Panasonic announce pricing and availability at the end of the year.