Panasonic AG-AC8EJ Shoulder Mount AVC-HD Camera

The Panasonic AG-AC8 is shoulder mount Full-HD 1080P AVCCAM camera recorder that features exceptional ergonomics and functionality, simultaneous recording to dual SD Cards, 21x optical zoom and intelligent auto mode (iA) with up to 50x zoom.

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Panasonic AG-AC8EJ Shoulder Mount AVC-HD Camera

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Panasonic AG-AC8EJ Shoulder Mount AVC-HD Camera

The Panasonic AG-AC8 is a professional shoulder-mounted camcorder ideal for weddings, corporate and event videography. Having Full HD 1080p recording with AVCHD progressive format, it has a maximum bit rate of 28Mbps for 1920x1080/50p quality and 24Mbps for 1920x1080/50i interlaced format. Simultaneous recording is possible with two SD card slots and there is the facility to file copy onto an external HDD if desired. Optically there is a 21x zoom lens with 28mm equivalent wide angle and this can be extended to 50x zoom using the iA (Intelligent Auto) mode. A Hybrid 5-axis OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser) also makes sure your footage is rock steady. For the best possible monitoring and reviewing , Panasonic have included a high resolution 460k-dot touch panel.

With dual SD card slots and the capability to record simultaneously, the AG-AC8’s new relay Auto Switch functionality means extended recording is made possible and signature Panasonic reliability and dependability is ensured so precious moments are continuously captured. Relay scene uses an external hard disk drive to enable continuous recording of audio, without voice loss when the file recording destination SD card swaps during Auto Switch continuous recording.

The AG-AC8 comes equipped with a lens for wide 28mm/F1.8 recording, which delivers excellent recordings even in the most compact settings with the camera situated close to the subject. With this lens, every important aspect of in the scene is within shot also making the camera suitable for professional shooting at sports events, weddings and documentaries, and films where flexibility and convenient ease of use is often required.

With a highly stable and ergonomic form factor that ensures the operator is in control, iA Intelligent Auto mode helps in situations where there is limited setup time for dialling in the cameras professional manual settings. An optical zoom of 21x is available whilst using iA mode and up to 50x zoom is possible. A 1/4.5 type high sensitivity sensor specified with 4.14M S-FS ensures bright and sharp images even in the most dimly lit scenes.

Input control commands can be made by the integrated 3.0 type touch panel LCD with 460,800 dots and Smart Touch. AVCHD progressive recording modes range from 1920x1080/50p max. 28Mbps, 1920x1080/50i max. 24Mbps through 1280 x 720 8Mbps (PM mode) with a steady shot assisted by a powerful 5-axis hybrid OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser). Rushes can also be quickly offloaded to external hard disks for backup peace of mind plus flexibility and speed in post-production. Moreover, the AG-AC8 is Eye-Fi™ SD card compatible making the transfer of recordings to networked devices fast, simple and convenient.

Simultaneous / Relay Recording
Record simultaneously in two memory devices for added dependability and reliability. In addition, Relay (Auto Switch) Recording enables switching between 2 memory devices, suitable for extended recordings.

(The voice is interrupted for a few seconds during the device switching. To eliminate voice gap, use Relay scene combining function (external HDD required). - Simultaneous Recording is not available during Relay (Auto Switch) Recording).

Ergonomic Design
With stable 4-point support and ample distance between the LCD panel and eye position. 200mm is the most suitable distance based on verification results. Also, there is excellent forward visibility to the right hand side of the camera.

Functional Design
Manual settings are easy with the camera's manual ring which operates focus, zoom, iris, white balance and shutter speed.

Main operation switches are grouped together to minimise erroneous operation and there is an illuminating LED ring which allows you to verify easily that recording is in progress, making the shooting smoother. Users can turn the illumination on/off according to preference. Battery and jacks are located on the rear side of the camera for optimum balance and easy removal.

5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) with Level Shot Function
Thoroughly suppresses blurring all the way from wide-angle to powerful zoom shots. This lets you capture crisp, clear images in almost every shooting situation. The Level Shot function automatically detects and corrects the tilting of captured images. Records more horizontal images without tripod or even when shooting in an unstable position.

New High Sensitivity Sensor
The sensor features a lower profile wiring layer and larger photodiodes and can capture a large amount of light, which was impossible with a conventional sensor, achieving 1080 TV-line high-definition images. Images are bright and sharp even when shooting indoor or nighttime scenes. Dark scenes are brightened, and images are low-noise.

28mm Wide Angle (Equivalent) Zoom Lens with 21x Optical and 50x Intelligent Zoom
The 28mm Wide-Angle fits more people and background into the frame. This is useful when shooting in narrow spaces where the cameraperson cannot move back. At the other end of the scare the AC8 has a powerful 21x optical / 50x super-high-resolution zoom for shooting scenes that you can't get close to. Intelligent Resolution Technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving the image resolution.


  • Shoulder mount Full-HD 1080P AVCCAM camera recorder
  • Dual SD Cards
  • 21x optical zoom and intelligent auto mode (iA) with up to 50x zoom
  • 5-axis hybrid OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser)
  • Eye-Fi™ SD card compatible
  • Interfaces: HDMI TypeA, Microphones (stereo mini), Headphone (stereo mini), USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Host/Device, AV, Video Component

In the box:

  • AG-AC8 Camcorder
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • 2900mAh Li-ion Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • External Stereo Microphone
  • Lens Cap
  • Eyecup
Power Supply DC7.2V/9.3V
Power Consumption Max. 6.7W (Recording), 10.7W (Charging)
Weight (no battery) Approx. 2,270g (5.00lb)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 205 x 217 x 479 mm
(8.07 inches x 8.54 inches x 18.85 inches)
Media SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Image Sensor Type 1/4.5-type MOS
Effective Pixels Motion Image
3.11 megapixels [Wide] [4:3]
4.14 mgeapixels [Wide] [16:9]
(* with Level Shot off)
Still Image
3.24 megapixels [Wide] [3:2]
4.14 megapixels [Wide] [16:9]
3.24 megapixels [Wide] [4:3]
Standard Illumination 1400 lx
Minimum Illumination 2.0 lx (Low Light scene mode)
1 lx (Colour Night View)
Image Stabiliser HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer)/Level Shot
Focus Auto / Manual
White Balance Auto/Indoor1/Indoor2/Sunny/Cloudy/White set
Shutter Speed Motion Image: Auto Slow shutter ON:
1/25-1/8000 OFF: 1/50-1/8000
Still Image: 1/2 - 1/2000
Iris Auto / Manual
Backlight Compensation Yes
Type Panasonic f/1.8 - f/3.5
Optical Zoom 21x
Intelligent Zoom OFF 26x
Intelligent Zoom 50x
Digital Zoom 60x/1500x
Focal Length 2.82-59.2mm
35mm Film Camera Equivalent [Motion Image with Level Shot off]
28.0 - 729.6mm [16:9]
36.2 - 893.0mm [4:3]
[Still Image]
33.2 - 697.6mm [3:2]
28.0 - 729.6mm [16:9]
33.9 - 712.6mm [4:3]
LCD 7.5cm (3 inches) Wide LCD (460,800 dots)
Recording Format JPEG
Recording Image Size [Stills]
20.4 megapixels [6016 x 3384] [16:9]
15.1 megapixles [4480 x 3360] [4:3]
15.1 megapixels [4752 x 3168] [3:2]
[Simultaneous Recording]
9.4 megapixels [4096 x 2304] [16:9]
1.4 megapixels [1440 x 1080] [4:3]
Signal System 1080/50i, 576/50i
Compression AVCHD;MPEG4-AVC/H.264
(AVCHD standard compliant)
Recording / Playback Mode 1080/50p [Max. 28Mbps/VBR], (1920x1080/50p)
PH [Max. 24Mbps/VBR], (1920x1080/50i)
HA [Ave. 17Mbps/VBR], (1920x1080/50i)
HG [Ave. 13Mbps/VBR], (1920x1080/50i)
HE [Ave. 5Mbps/VBR], (1440x1080/50i)
PM [Ave. 8Mbps/VBR], (1280x720/50p)
SA [Ave. 9Mbps/VBR], (720x576/50i)
Audio Compression Dolby Digital (2ch)
Microphone 2ch stereo
Speaker Dynamic
Media Remaining Indication Yes

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