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Panasonic Says 24p Mini-DV Camcorder Coming in October

Palm-sized model to sell for $3,795 By Dave Nagel
Panasonic has been talking for months about its forthcoming AG-DVX100 24p mini-DV camcorder. And now the company has finally announced pricing and availability on the unit. It will ship Oct. 10 for $3,795.

The AG-DVX100 is a flexible-frame-rate mini-DV camera equipped with three 1/3", 410,000-pixel progressive-scan CCDs. It can capture images in both standard 60 field per second, 525-line interlace scan and 24 frames progressive. Specific support includes 480i/60, 480p/24 and 480p/30 image capture. It can handle 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. The CCD imagers to deliver 525 lines of horizontal resolution, low smear and flare, a low light performance of 3 lux (at +18dB) and a sensitivity of f 11 at 2000 lux, according to Panasonic.

The 4.2-pound camera features a wide-angle zoom lens (4.5 mm to 45 mm) and several manual controls, including servo/manual zoom (with stops and barrel markings), auto/manual focus (at f 1.6) with 72mm filter size and auto/manual iris. It also features optical image stabilization, a 3.5" flip-out LCD panel and a pivoting electronic viewfinder. Interfaces include FireWire, S-video and composite (RCA).

In terms of audio, the camera offers 16-bit/48 kHz digital audio with two-channel, built-in XLR inputs; phantom power supply (48V); manual, independent audio volume controls, and line/mic switchability.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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