Panasonic's new AJ-SDC615 DVCPRO camcorder is now available, offering 520,000 pixel, 2/3" 3-CCDs and a built-in IEEE 1394 interface for in-field direct transfer of digital component video to a laptop nonlinear editing system.
Able to change between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios, the AJ-SDC615's three 2/3" IT CCDs provide 750 lines of resolution, a 63dB signal-to-noise ratio, a high sensitivity of F13 at 2000 lux, and low-light shooting down to 0.1 lux (at +48dB) with minimal smear, according to Panasonic.
Its newly-developed 12-bit A/D DSP circuits provide improved picture quality, color reproduction, and luminance gradation, and a 12-axis matrix color correction system allows very specific colors to be adjusted without affecting overall color tone.
This camera is equipped with a Digital Super Gain function, allowing noise-free gain in various capture rates, such as 30P, 15P and 6P (adding 6dB, 12dB and 20dB of gain, respectively). The AJ-SDC615 delivers a maximum record time of 66 minutes, and incorporates two channels of 48kHz/16-bit digital audio.
At 11 pounds fully equipped, the AJ-SDC615 is lightweight and well balanced. It also provides an electronic shutter (speeds from 1/100 to 1/2000 sec), and synchro-scan capability (1/60.3 to 1/250 sec.).
The AJ-SDC615's features include Shockless White Balance, allowing the camera operator to track moving subjects from inside to outside without changing the filter position; a built-in, two-second "news pre-record" mode that facilitates unattended video recording with the camera always recording two seconds ahead of the record button (and two seconds after the camera is paused); and a tape-saving ReTake function whereby the shooter can program the camera to back up and record over the previous, unusable take.
Other versatile shooting-assist functions include: a four-position (3200K, 3200K+ 1/8ND, 5600K and 5600K+1/64ND) optical filter wheel; four built-in user scene files and three user-customizable function buttons; a marker selector function (for displaying a 4:3 marker); Super-Iris for one-button backlighting; multi-functional zebra pattern/display adjustment; SD memory card for storage of operational settings; built-in time code generator/reader with genlock; 48V phantom power for microphone inputs; low power consumption of 24W when recording; and color playback.
The AJ-SDC615 is available at a suggested list price of $14,995.