Mini-DV Camera-Recorder (PAL)

Mini-DV Camera-Recorder (PAL)
AGMini-DV Camera-Recorder (PAL)
The Professio
Meet the compact DV camera for
professional use. Featuring a wide-angle 16x
optical zoom lens and a 3CCD camera system
with broadcast-grade image quality and superb sensitivity, the
compact AG-DVC30 caters to the needs of professional users
with multiple shooting modes and versatile system expandability.
Professional Performance
Multiple modes meet professional needs, backed by
the beautiful images of a wide-angle 16x zoom lens
and 3CCD
The Leica Dicomar 16x optical zoom lens covers the shooting range that
professionals require, from wide angle to telephoto. A 3CCD camera
system with broadcast-level resolution (470,000 pixels) and RGB gamma
processor produce class-leading image quality, sensitivity, and low noise.
Added to this are an ultra-sensitive and dramatic slow shutter mode
(accumulative), a Cine-Like gamma curve, film-like 30-fps frame
recording, and the world's first* infrared nighttime shooting mode (B&W)
in a 3CCD camera-recorder. This long list of shooting modes and features
makes the AG-DVC30 ideal for professional use.
*According to a Panasonic survey
nal Compact
Style 1
Style 2
Style 3
Professional 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.
High Quality
Outstanding Image Quality, Sensitivity and Wide-Angle Framing — Plus Extra Versatility
Wide-Angle, High-Magnification Leica 16x Zoom Lens
Movie Simulation Mode
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 low-dispersion glass and aspherical lenses to
reduce colour 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 colours, delicate nuances, and
exceptional shading.
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.
Optical Image Stabilizer
Gamma Curve and Images (conceptual)
*The resulting images are not the same as native progressive images recorded with a progressive CCD.
High-Sensitivity Slow Shutter
aspherical lens
*Leica and Dicomar are registered trademarks of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
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.
The slow shutter function uses image accumulation
to allow shutter speeds with frame rates reduced
by half or more. The accumulation method
provides bright-colour images with
less noise than those captured
using conventional gain-up, so you
Gain Up Image
get the higher sensitivity needed for
nighttime shooting without
illumination. The slow shutter
function can also be used to obtain
Slow Shutter Image
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 playback.
16:9 Letter Box
16:9 Squeeze
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 high-image-quality
processing. In fact, the AG-DVC30's A/D
converter and RGB gamma processor are the
same ones used in our popular AG-DVX100B, which has won acclaim as
the industry's highest image quality DV camera.
A Digital Zoom for Professionals
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
Wide (x 1)
processing is particularly low in the
1.25x magnification mode, so you
get superb zoom quality all the way
x 20 Zoom Image
to 20x.
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*.
*According to Panasonic testing
Date/Time Superimpose
*Image of Zero Lux IR Mode and
date/time superimpose.
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.
Professional System Functions and Easy Operartion
Professional Audio Quality with XLR Mic (Optional)
Three User-Assignable Buttons
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 adjustment.
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.
Audio Level Meters
Two colour 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
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
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.
PHOTO SHOT, INDEX, SNS (Super Nighttime Shooting), EVF DTL, LUMI-FLICK,
WHITE BAL and SNS can be allocated to user button 1 only.
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.
User setting (standard values)
User setting (standard values)
For sharper contrast in dark portions
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.
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
DV Recorder
Designed for Prosessionals
Precise Balance
Magnesium Alloy Chassis
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.
Designed for professionals,
the AG-DVC30 boasts the same
tough magnesium alloy diecast
chassis as our DVCPRO broadcast
This rigid casing protects the highprecision components from bumps
and jolts, helps shield out interface
and provides the AG-DVC30 with the
reliability and durability needed for
active field use.
3.5" Colour LCD Monitor and Tilt-Up Viewfinder
The large 3.5" colour 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 lowangle shots, you also can tilt the
viewfinder 70 degrees upward.
More Features for Professionals
• Built-in time code generator/reader
• Built-in colour 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
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 clogging.
Lens hood
Large eye cup
Lens cap
Wireless remote
control unit
AC adapter
AC cables
AV cables
DC cable
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 Accessories
XLR microphone adapter
Battery Pack (1600m Ah)
26" HD/SD LCD Monitor
17" HD/SD LCD Monitor
XLR microphone
Battery Pack (5400m Ah)
8.4" HD/SD LCD Monitor
AC adapter kit
Wide conversion lens
Professional Series Tape
IEEE 1394 Interface cable
Advanced Master
Quality Series Tape
Soft carry case
*Please do not use 80 minutes miniDV
cassette tapes
Cleaning tape
AG-DVC30 Specifications
Supply Voltage:
Power Consumption:
Operating Temperature:
Operating Humidity:
Dimensions (WxHxD):
DC 7.2/7.9 V
5.0 W (when viewfinder is used)
6.1 W (when LCD monitor is used)
8.5 W (max.)
0°C to +40°C
10% to 85% (no condensation)
Approx. 1.05 kg
Approx. 1.20 kg with battery and cassette
110 x 116 (160: with handle) x 235 mm
Sampling Frequency:
Frequency Characteristics:
Wow & Flutter:
1/4-inch interline transfer type CCD x 3
Total: 470,000 pixels
Effective: 440,000 pixels (horizontal pixel shift system)
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)
43 mm
Prism system
Auto On/Off by IRIS
0, +3, +6, +9, +12, +15, +18 dB
1/50, 1/60, 1/120, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750,
1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/8000 sec.
1/50.2 to 1/248 sec.
1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25 sec.
4 lux (F 1.6, 18 dB gain, 50 IRE video output)
Pick-up Device:
Picture Elements:
Filter Diameter:
Optical Colour Separation:
ND Filter:
Gain Selection:
Shutter Speeds:
Synchro Scan Shutter Speeds:
Slow Shutter Speeds:
Minimum luminance:
Recording Format:
Tape Used:
Recorded Video Signals:
Recorded Audio Signals:
Recording Tracks:
Tape Speed:
Recording Time:
FF/Rew Time:
48 kHz/32 kHz
16 bits/12 bits
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Below measurable limits
Sampling Frequencies:
Video Compression System:
Error Correction:
Internal Microphone:
Outside Microphone:
XLR Adapter:
Y: 13.5 MHz, PB/PR: 6.75 MHz
8 bits
DCT + variable length code
Reed-Solomon product code
AV Multi x 1, (input/output automatically switched)
analogue composite input/output, 1.0 Vp-p, 75Ω
4pin x 1, (input/output automatically switched)
Y: 1.0 Vp-p, C: 0.3 Vp-p, 75Ω
AV Multi x 1 (CH1, CH2) (input/output automatically switched)
Input: –10 dBv, high impedance
Output: –10 dBv, low impedance
4-pin, IEEE 1394 standard, digital input/output
Stereo microphone
Stereo Mini jack (3.5 mm diameter), –70 dBv
Stereo Mini jack (3.5 mm diameter)
exclusive 8pin terminal for AG-MYA30G
Mini jack (2.5 mm diameter)
2P x 1, 7.9 V
DV (Digital Video SD)
6.35 mm wide metal tape (mini DV cassette)
625/50i (PAL)
PCM digital recording
16 bits: 48 kHz/2 channels, 12 bits: 32 kHz/4 channels
Digital video, audio signals: helical track
Time code: helical track (sub-code area)
SP mode: 18.831 mm/sec., LP mode: 12.568 mm/sec.
SP mode: 60 minutes, LP mode: 90 minutes
(when AY-DVM60 is used)
Approx. 140 sec. (when AY-DVM60 is used)
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*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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