AG- Mini Mini-DV Camera-Recorder (PAL) Digital

AG- Mini Mini-DV Camera-Recorder (PAL) Digital
AGMini-DV Camera-Recorder (PAL)
Multi-Style Design and Performance
A Mobile, Versatile DV Camera for Professionals
Style 1
Style 2
Style 3
Versatile Design
Total mobility? Easy carrying? Or advanced audio specs?
With the multi-style handle, the choice is yours.
Designed with the professional in mind, the AG-DVC30 introduces a new
detachable handle that adds versatility by letting you use this compact DV
camera three different ways.
Style 1: With handle detached, this super-compact 3CCD camera fits
easily into a bag or pack for highest mobility.
Style 2: With handle in place, the AG-DVC30 is easy to carry and easy to
use, even when shooting at difficult angles.
Style 3: With the optional XLR adapter mounted on the handle,
the AG-DVC30 has outstanding audio specs, plus the ability to add two
external phantom mics or line inputs with "glow in the dark"
level controls.
Versatile Performance
Multiple modes to meet multiple needs
— such as the Zero Lux IR mode for night time shooting
With features like time/date superimposition and the Zero Lux IR mode —
the world's first* infrared nighttime shooting mode (B&W) in a 3CCD
camera-recorder — the AG-DVC30 is ideal for professional monitoring
and surveillance use. Add a slow shutter mode for high-sensitivity color
recording, Cine-Like gamma curve, and 25-fps frame recording that gives
images a film-like appearance, and you've got ultra-flexible performance
to meet a host of professional needs. The AG-DVC30 also features the
newly developed Leica Dicomar 16x optical zoom lens, which provides
superb image rendering in shots ranging from wide angle all the way to
telephoto.The motorized zoom is silky smooth and can go from wide to
tele in as fast as 1 second (for Sports applications) or as slow as 100
*According to a Panasonic survey
seconds (for dramatic work).
High Quality
Outstanding Image Quality, Sensitivity and Wide-Angle Framing — Plus Extra Versatility
Wide-Angle, High-Magnification Leica 16x Zoom Lens
A Digital Zoom for Professionals
The AG-DVC30's Leica Dicomar
16x optical zoom lens answers a
broad range of shooting needs,
delivering superb results from
39.5mm wide angle all the way to
632mm telephoto (both 35mm lens
equivalents). In wide-angle
performance — critical in
broadcast and other professional
applications — this lens is tops in
its class. Behind this outstanding
performance are the advanced optical technologies and expertise that
have made Leica Camera AG one of the most respected names in the
camera world. This new 16x optical zoom lens system uses lowdispersion glass and aspherical lenses to reduce color aberration and
boost resolution. Use of a special multi-coating process dramatically
reduces flare and ghosts. The result: sharp, crisp, beautifully rendered
pictures with vivid colors, delicate nuances, and exceptional shading.
Engineered for professionals, the AG-DVC30
is equipped with a digital zoom that instantly
magnifies the image by any of five fixed
values — 1.25x, 1.5x, 2x, 5x or 10x.
Use it together with the 16x
optical zoom lens, and you get
super-telephoto magnification
equivalent to a 160x zoom.
Image degradation during the
digital processing is
particularly low in the 1.25x
x 20 Zoom Image
magnification mode, so you get
superb zoom quality all the way
to 20x.
Optical Image Stabilizer
Wide (x 1)
Movie Simulation Mode
The AG-DVC30 can capture and reproduce images that are strikingly
similar in tone to film images, thanks to Panasonic's unique Cine-Like
gamma curve and a 25-fps frame recording function that electronically
interpolates interlaced images to create frames with no time
differences between fields.*
Settings for this mode are preset in the Movie-Like scene file.
*The resulting images are not the same as native progressive images recorded with a progressive CCD.
aspherical lens
Optical Image Stabilizer Compensates for Hand Shaking
The AG-DVC30's advanced Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)
compensates for hand shaking that occurs as you shoot. A gyrosensor
detects hand-shake and sends signals to a linear motor, which adjusts
the lens to compensate. Because this process takes place prior to the
CCD image capture (rather than in the downstream electronic
processing), it virtually eliminates any effect of hand-shake on
resolution and screen angle. The OIS can also be helpful when
zooming or shooting in dim lighting.
1/4-Inch, 470,000-Pixel 3CCD Image System:
High Sensitivity, Low Noise
To assure a level of picture quality
suitable for professionals,
the AG-DVC30 uses a 3CCD
image system that delivers the
highest sensitivity in its class. Its
high S/N ratio and extremely low
noise (in darker areas of a picture)
combines with high sensitivity to
deliver excellent image quality
even when shooting indoors under dim lighting. When shooting in
sunlight or under bright spotlights, this 3CCD system offers low smear.
12-bit A/D and RGB Gamma Processor
The AG-DVC30 features an A/D
converter that uses the same 12-bit
processing as broadcast-quality
camera-recorders. This, combined
with an RGB gamma processor that
uses Panasonic's unique gamma
curve function, helps assure highimage-quality processing. In fact,
the AG-DVC30's A/D converter
and RGB gamma processor are the
same ones used in our popular AG-DVX100A, which has won
acclaim as the industry's highest image quality DV camera.
*Leica and Dicomar are registered trademarks of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
Gamma Curve and Images (conceptual)
High-Sensitivity Slow Shutter
The slow shutter function uses image
accumulation to allow shutter speeds with
frame rates reduced by half or
more. The accumulation
method provides bright-color
images with less noise than
Gain Up Image
those captured using
conventional gain-up, so you
get the higher sensitivity
needed for nighttime shooting
Slow Shutter Image
without illumination. The slow
shutter function can also be used to obtain movie-like effects.
16:9 Wide Recording
The aspect ratio can be set to either 4:3 or 16:9
to accommodate wide-image recording.
In 16:9 recording, you can select either
letterbox or squeeze mode, giving
you more possibilities in
downstream editing and
16:9 Letter Box
16:9 Squeeze
Zero Lux IR Mode (Super Nighttime Shooting System)
The AG-DVC30 is the world's first* 3CCD camera-recorder to offer
B&W recording in the dark using infrared light. This opens the door to
a host of new possibilities in nighttime monitoring, surveillance and
news gathering. The built-in infrared light makes it possible to record
at a distance of about 5 m**. For greater distances, you can add an
optionallight that allows recording to approximately 30m**.
*According to Panasonic survey **According to Panasonic testing
Date/Time Superimpose Function
The AG-DVC30 can superimpose the date and time onto the video
signal as you shoot. This is especially useful and in many cases a
requirement for depositions, court reporting and surveillance
recordings. The date and time cannot be replaced during dubbing or
editing operations, as can happen with most other cameras.
*Image of Zero Lux IR Mode and date/time superimpose.
Night Shooting
Zero Lux IR Mode for Nighttime Monitoring and Surveillance
Operability an
Designed for Easy Use and Highest Mobility
Audio Level Meters
Two color audio level meters can be displayed in the viewfinder and
LCD monitor, making it easy to check the signal as you record.
Full Auto or Manual Shooting
Use the AG-DVC30 for either full auto or manual shooting.
The Auto/Manual switch turns the four auto functions — focus,
shutter speed, iris & gain, and white balance — on and off as desired.
Manual focusing is controlled by the large focus ring. You can also
switch between manual and auto focus by pushing the Focus button.
For added convenience, one of the user buttons can be assigned to
turn auto focus on and off.
Multi-Function Focus Ring
Professional Audio Quality with XLR Mic (Optional)
The AG-DVC30 comes equipped with a built-in stereo microphone.
Adding the optional AG-MYA30G XLR adapter provides you with
+48 V phantom mic and line input needed for news gathering.
Featuring two XLR audio input terminals and level controls, the
adapter lets you independently switch channel 1 or channel 2 to mic
or line input, with each having its own "glow in the dark" level
In Auto Focus, control over either the zoom or the iris & gain can be
allocated to the focus ring, letting you make quick, detailed
adjustments manually.
Three User-Assignable Buttons
The AG-DVC30 provides three user buttons that can be assigned to any of
16 camera functions and three VCR functions. User button 1 is positioned
atop the hand grip for easy access when shooting with one hand.
PHOTO SHOT, INDEX, SNS (Super Nighttime Shooting), EVF DTL, LUMI-FLICK,
WHITE BAL and SNS can be allocated to user button 1 only.
d Reliability
Focus Assist with One-Push Zoom
When a user button is assigned the PUSH AF+ZOOM function and
the AG-DVC30 is in Auto Focus, the camera will continue to zoom as
long as you hold the button down, then return to the original zoom
position when you release it. This helps you zoom and focus more
quickly in manual shooting mode.
Four Scene Files
The AG-DVC30 can save four sets of camera settings as "scene files" for
instant recall later in similar shooting conditions. Scene files 1 and 2 are
freely settable. Files 3 and 4 are preset (see list below), but you can
change the values as desired.
1 SCENE 1:
User setting (standard values)
2 SCENE 2:
User setting (standard values)
For sharper contrast in dark portions
4 MOVIE-LIKE: Movie Simulation Mode
Shooting Support Functions
•Backlight correction: Backlighting compensation can be assigned to a
user button for instant results.
•AE Lock: Locks the subject brightness; can be assigned to a user button.
•Zebra: Displays an overexposure warning on the viewfinder
and monitor
•Marker: Detects and displays the Video Brightness level in a very
useful, repeatable numerical value.
•Mode check: Displays the camera settings on the viewfinder and
monitor, for easy checking before you shoot.
•Zoom position: Displays the zoom position as a repeatable, numerical
representation in the viewfinder.
3.5" Color LCD Monitor and Tilt-Up Viewfinder
The large 3.5" color LCD monitor rotates 270 degrees, making it easy to
shoot at difficult angles and the Mirror mode makes it easy to record
yourself. The display is bright too, so even outdoors you get good
visibility when using the LCD to monitor footage or select settings from
the menu. For added ease of use when taking low-angle shots, you also
can tilt the viewfinder 70 degrees upward.
Precise Balance
The grip conforms neatly to the hand and is positioned at the camera's
center of gravity for perfect balance. This, plus the AG-DVC30's light
weight — approximately 1 kg — makes it easy to frame shots and shoot
without fatigue.
Lens hood
Large Eye cup
Lens cap
Wireless remote
control unit
AC adapter
AC cord
Magnesium Alloy Chassis
DC cables
DC cord
AG-YRL30G IR light
XLR microphone adapter
AG-MC100G XLR microphone
AG-MC15P microphone jack
Designed for professionals, the AG-DVC30 boasts the same tough
magnesium alloy diecast chassis as our DVCPRO broadcast models.
This rigid casing protects the high-precision components from bumps
and jolts, helps shield out interface and provides the AG-DVC30 with
the reliability and durability needed for active field use.
Automatic Head Cleaning
The AG-DVC30 provides the
same head cleaning function as
our DVCPRO models.
The white roller pad positioned
to the right of the head cylinder
cleans the head each time you
load a tape, helping to
minimize dropouts and head
Wide conversion lens
IEEE 1394 Terminal with Synchro Lock
An IEEE 1394-compliant 4-pin DV terminal makes it easy to upload
data from the AG-DVC30, or to dub footage onto a DV recorder. This
terminal also features a new synchro lock function that lets you use
the AG-DVC30 to remotely start and stop an external DV device.
Three recording modes help protect against mistakes: record onto
external recorder only, record onto both AG-DVC30 and external
recorder, begin external recording when the AG-DVC30 tape ends.
DV Cable
Battery Pack
Model No.
time with EVF
1600m Ah
120 min.*
2800m Ah
180 min.*
5400m Ah
420 min.*
AG-B15 AC adapter kit
IEEE 1394 Interface cable
AG-SC100G Soft carry case
AG-HT30G Hard carry case
DV Recorder AG-DV2500
More Features for Professionals
•Built-in SMPTE time code generator/reader
•Built-in SMPTE color bars - useful for setup
•Shutter: Maximum speed of 1/8,000 sec. When the AG-DVC30 is
recording a computer display, a synchro scan function matches the
shutter speed to the monitor to minimize flicker.
•A second Start/Stop button positioned toward the top front for
easy access
•Index: Insert index points as you shoot - convenient when searching
later (can be assigned to a user button)
•User File: Save sets of camera settings for instant recall
•Line recording: S-Video In/Out, AV In/Out and mic input
terminals provided
Professional Series Tape
Master Series Tape
Cleaning tape
BT-LS1400 14" SD LCD Monitor
A Logical, Intuitive Layout
Detachable handle: Quick, secure and
easy detachment – no tools required
Viewfinder: Slides and tilts upward.
Large eyecup
User buttons 2 and 3: Assignable
(user button 1 is on the hand grip)
Buttons that are
used less are set
the LCD panel
Lens hood: Resilient
(synthetic rubber)
Auto/manual focus button,
white balance button
SNS button:
Zero Lux IR Mode On/Off
Jog dial: To control shutter speed,
manual aperture, and menu selection
User button 1: assignable
Zoom lever
Built-in Stereo mic
REC Start/Stop button:
Convenient when using
a tripod or for low-angle
Power On/Off, CAM/VTR selector,
REC Start/Stop
Terminals for headphone, digital interface,
and camera remote. Split cover allows
access to headphone terminal only.
S-Video In/Out, Mic In/Out, AV In/Out, XLR
Adapter terminals (XLR Adapter can be
used with cover attached)
AG-DVC30 Specifications
Supply Voltage:
DC 7.2/7.9 V
Sampling Frequency:
48 kHz/32 kHz
Power Consumption:
5.0 W (when viewfinder is used)
6.1 W (when LCD monitor is used)
8.5 W (max.)
16 bits/12 bits
Operating Temperature:
0°C to +40°C
Frequency Characteristics:
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Wow & Flutter:
Below measurable limits
Operating Humidity:
10% to 85% (no condensation)
Approx. 1.05 kg
Approx. 1.20 kg with battery and cassette
Sampling Frequencies:
8 bits
110 x 116 (160: with handle) x 235 mm
Video Compression System:
DCT + variable length code
Error Correction:
Reed-Solomon product code
Dimensions (WxHxD):
Y: 13.5 MHz, PB/PR: 6.75 MHz
Pick-up Device:
1/4-inch interline transfer type CCD x 3
Picture Elements:
Total: 470,000 pixels
Effective: 440,000 pixels (horizontal pixel shift system)
AV Multi x 1, (input/output automatically switched)
analogue composite input/output, 1.0 Vp-p, 75Ω
Leica DICOMAR lens with optical image stabilizer,
motorized/manual mode switching, 16x zoom
F 1.6 (f = 4.1 to 65.6 mm) (35 mm equivalent: 39.5 to 632 mm)
4pin x 1, (input/output automatically switched)
Y: 1.0 Vp-p, C: 0.3 Vp-p, 75Ω
Filter Diameter:
43 mm
Optical Colour Separation:
Prism system
AV Multi x 1 (CH1, CH2) (input/output automatically switched)
Input: –10 dBv, high impedance
Output: –10 dBv, low impedance
ND Filter:
Auto On/Off by IRIS
4-pin, IEEE 1394 standard, digital input/output
Gain Selection:
0, +3, +6, +9, +12, +15, +18 dB
Internal Microphone:
Stereo microphone
Shutter Speeds:
1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/125, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750,
1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/8000 sec.
Outside Microphone:
Stereo Mini jack (3.5 mm diameter), –70 dBv
Stereo Mini jack (3.5 mm diameter)
Synchro Scan Shutter Speeds:
1/60.3 to 1/250.0.sec.
XLR Adapter:
exclusive 8pin terminal for AG-MYA30G
Slow Shutter Speeds:
1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25 sec.
Mini jack (2.5 mm diameter)
Minimum luminance:
4 lux (F 1.6, 18 dB gain, 50 IRE video output)
2P x 1, 7.9 V
Recording Fromat:
DV (Digital Video SD)
LCD Monitor:
Tape Used:
6.35 mm wide metal tape (mini DV cassette)
0.44-inch LCD colour viewfinder, 180,000 pixels
Recorded Video Signals:
625/50i (PAL)
Internal Speaker:
20mm round shape, volume – or +
Recorded Audio Signals:
PCM digital recording
16 bits: 48 kHz/2 channels, 12 bits: 32 kHz/4 channels
Recording Tracks:
Digital video, audio signals: helical track
Time code: helical track (sub-code area)
Tape Speed:
SP mode: 18.831 mm/sec., LP mode: 12.568 mm/sec.
Recording Time:
SP mode: 60 minutes, LP mode: 90 minutes
(when AY-DVM60 is used)
FF/Rew Time:
Approx. 140 sec. (when AY-DVM60 is used)
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3.5-inch LCD colour monitor, 200,000 pixels
*The specifications given above were measured by playing back tapes
recorded by the AG-DVC30 on standard VTRs.
Weight and dimensions shown are approximate.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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