AG-AF100 will be better for video shooting than HDDSLR claims Panasonic’s Jan Crittenden Livingston

Panasonic AG-AF100 at DVExpo from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

On my last day in the USA I dropped by the DVExpo show in Pasadena and was able to grab this quick interview with Jan Crittenden Livingston of Panasonic USA about the upcoming AG-AF100 Micro 4/3 camcorder. I wasn’t expecting to see the camera at the show so I’m indebted to Kevin Garcia for volunteering to shoot the interview for me with no notice at all.

Jan claimed the camera was about 70 percent done and still had some improvements in the works. I have to say that the image it was showing on an external SDI monitor it was hooked up to was certainly very nice and moire free. They even added in a brick wall pattern on their set to prove a point.

After hearing top Hollywood Director of Photography Shane Hurlbut the previous week at PhotoCine Expo extolling the virtues of the Canon sensors and what he believes to be their superior rendering of the image, it will be interesting to see how the AG-AF100 production models perform compared to the venerable 5DmkII and newer HDDSLRs. I was impressed with the camera’s full set of audio features, gamma settings and the in-built ND filters, but am not too sure I want to give up the larger sensor of my beloved 5DmkII just yet in favour of a Micro 4/3 one. Time will tell.

You can see a PDF from Jan’s presentation to DVExpo here.

*Edit, I’ve added sample footage from the camera posted by Yves Simard of CREWS.TV below

Panasonic AG AF-100 01/02 evaluation footage by CREWS.TV from Yves Simard on Vimeo.

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