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Panasonic AJ-HDC27 VariCam DVCPro HD Camcorder -- Body Only

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The AJ-HDC27 VariCam HD Cinema Camera brings variable frame rate acquisition to the DVCPRO HD product line up. The camera is capable of variable frame rate at the touch of a button. Individual frame rates may be selected from: 4-fps to 60-fps in single frame increments. Frame rates may be changed during recording. Designed as a high quality production camera, this native 720p camcorder can be used for 60-fps or the film-like 24-fps acquisition. When acquiring for 24-fps projects, higher than 24-fps operation can be processed for slow motion effects while slower than 24-fps operation can be processed to speed up motion. Additionally, the variable frame rates and related variable shutter speeds create some very interesting ghost like motion blur effects, warp speed zoom effects, and long exposure still shots typical of what one might see in music videos, sci-fi dramas and dream sequences. The AJ-HDC27 VariCam serves a triple role: 1.) as a 24-fps camera, 2.) as a standard 60-fps video camera, and 3.) as a variable frame rate special effects camera.


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  • Colorimetry - Standard color is compliant with SMPTE standards. To achieve a desired "look", an advanced color correction scheme utilizes a 12-pole color matrix that allows very specific colors to be set, especially when critical color matching is vital.
  • New Digital Signal Processing (DSP) - Offers a higher standard of precision color, detail and gamma processing to ensure optimum picture quality that is repeatable and transferable to all AJ-HDC27 VariCams.
  • Assignable Scene Files - An externally accessible switch allows for easy access to any of three user-designed set-ups, each with programmable color, detail, gain and gamma. (Most commonly these switches are used for gain sets, leaving other presets in pla
  • Scene Files, Internal Memory - A selection of four separate camera set-ups -- plus one user standard-reference file -- are available through user menu access. These set-ups are stored in camera memory and updated as needed.
  • Scene Files, Card Storage - Camera set-ups can also be saved on a removable SD or Multi-Media Memory Card, allowing quick memory access to user-designed camera settings to achieve a particular look for given scenes. Also useful for matching multiple camer
  • Simple Cinematic Settings - Provides for superior versatility in a single camera system when the Film User Menu is chosen.
  • User 1 / User 2 - Two externally accessible, user-assignable switches provide direct access (on or off) any one of six operational functions, including Super Gain, Super Black, Black Stretch, Super Iris, and Audio 1 & 2 (for viewfinder display).
  • Wide Lens Selection - Offers the ability to capture superb images with a wide selection of lenses including todays newest HD technology lenses and a large variety of existing prime lenses.
  • White Balance Selection - Select between two programmable automatic white balance conditions (as set by the user) and one preset that can be set for either 3200° or 4300° Kelvin. This feature comes in very handy when moving quickly between dissimilar ambi
  • Wide Range Gain - When shooting in wide-ranging light-level conditions, a programmable gain switch can be set to optimize signal levels -- choose from -6 dB to +30 dB in thirteen steps.
  • Low Power Consumption - A moderate 32 Watts power consumption (38 Watts max) means a good battery life can be realized. Expect about 1.5 hours from a HyTron 100 battery. The camera runs cool and does not employ a fan, assuring quiet operation.
  • 46 Minutes Record Time - Employing the large DVCPRO Cassette, a recording time of 46 minutes is possible thanks to the DVCPRO HD video recording format.
  • Three 1.1-Million Pixel IT CCDs - True to high-definition standards, the Matsushita 720 x 1280 IT CCDs are the key ingredient in creating rich images with about 850 lines horizontal resolution.


  • Pick-Up Device (size & type) - 2/3-inch HD progressive 3-CCD
  • Picture Elements (pixels)
  • Quantization - 10-bit
  • Signal Processing - 74.1758 MHz (59.4Hz), 74.25 MHz (60Hz)
  • Sensitivity - F 12.L180 at 2000 lux, 89.9% reflect, 23.98P, 50% shutter
  • Minimum Illumination - 0.7 lux (F 1.4, +36dB gain 59.94P)
  • Horizontal Resolution - 700 lines (center)
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Lens - Interchangeable, 2/3" bayonet mount (optional)
  • Focus - Manual
  • Media Format - DVCPRO (large)
  • Recording Format - DVCPRO HD (720/60P, 720P/59.94P)
  • Frame Rates - 4-60P (in single frame increments)
  • Shutter Speeds (sec.) - 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
  • Synchro-Scan Shutter (sec.) - 20 to 99.5%
  • CineSwitch Technology - Yes
  • CineGamma Software - Yes
  • Assignable Scene Files - Yes
  • Programmable User Buttons
  • Filter Wheels - Dual-stage
  • White Balance Selection - 2 manual, 1 preset
  • Super Iris - Yes
  • Gain Selection (dB) - -6, -3, 0, +3, +6, +9, +12, 15, +18, +24, +30; Super Gain: +18, +24, +30, +36
  • Color Matrix - Yes
  • SMPTE Color Bar Generator - Yes
  • SDI Terminal - No
  • HD SDI Terminal
  • IEEE 1394 Interface - No
  • SD Memory Card Slot - Yes
  • LCD Screen - No
  • Viewfinder - 2.0"
Product Info
Rental IncludesAJ-HDC27F Body & Viewfinder, Manual, Panasonic Camera Plate, T-Support Bracket, Chrosziel Toe-Plate with 15mm Rods, Body Cap, 2 - Hytron 140 Batteries, Wireless Receiver Adapter Plate, A-B Battery Charger, IDX 60w Power Supply, 4 Pin XLR Power Cable, On Camera Mic, SD Memory Card, Molded Case.
Camera Info
Lens MountB4
Battery TypeGold Mount
Media TypeTape

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