No review but my first impression of a new cam together with a Clip. It was quite hard to find any info and examples on the AG AC 160 so I thought I post it here. After 5 happy years with a Canon XHA1 I decided to change to the new Panasonic AG AC 160. I had a first test at Mayrhofen and I have to say that I´m quite happy so far. I still have to get used to everything but the handling is pretty much the same as with the XHA1. Love the SD Cards because they are affordable and the transfer goes pretty fast with Final Cuts Log and Transfer when having the camera connected via USB.
Really important for me was the 22x Zoom Lens - the main reason for getting a real camcorder and not a DSLR. Now I got a 28 - 616mm in one Camcorder with a nice zoom rocker - and that´s what I like for action filming. Together with the Panasonic I am using the Canon EOS 550D with the Tokina 11-16 and a 17-55mm Tamron and the Cinestyle Picture Preset for shooting and I was happy to find the preset recommendation by Barry Green on DVXUSER to match these two cameras. It worked fine and I only had to do really small changes to the footage. Edited with Final Cut Studio. All shots were adjusted with the Final Cut 3 Way color correction and then tweaked just a little with Magic Bullet Looks.
In the clip all the wide angle shots and follow runs were made with the 550, the rest with the Panasonic. I will post another Feedback in a few months when I am really used to the cam! Looking forward to the Full HD 50p film mode with the next firmware update! The one and only downer so far: The LCD Display is much darker than the one from the XHA1 and it´s sometimes difficult to see what your filming - especially on the mountain.
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