The AG-HMC151 provides enhanced HD production capabilities for budget-conscious operators desiring professional features, extended recording capability, and the fast, simple, and highly reliable workflow offered by tapeless, solid-state recording. The AG-HMC151 features three native 16:9 progressive 1/3-inch CCD imagers with an optical image stabilisation (OIS) function to ensure stable shooting and a 28mm Leica Dicomar wide-angle zoom lens (35mm equivalent). The AG-HMC151 handheld offers 1080i and 720p recording at 13 Mbps, comparable to current HDV compression formats with bit rates of 25Mbps. An additional, higher bit rate mode is incorporated for higher-level use. The AG-HMC151 supports a full range of HD formats including 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/30p, 1080/25p, 1080/24p native, 720/60p, 720/50p, 720/30p, 720/25p, and 720/24p native and is 50Hz / 59.94Hz switchable.
The advanced handheld utilises the second-generation long GOP HD standard – AVCHD. Based on MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high-profile encoding, AVCHD provides a near doubling of bandwidth efficiency and considerably improved video performance over the older MPEG-2 compression used in HDV formats. Announced by Panasonic and Sony, this industry-standard format is now supported by more than 30 companies and implemented in numerous camcorders, NLE systems, and consumer HD playback devices.