Panasonic has a working prototype of the AG-AF100 at IBC this year, and details are spreading across the internet. The camera will feature a micro 4/3 sensor specially designed to be free of the moire issues we see in other DSLR cameras. The AF100 will record in 720p and 1080p at all the standard resolutions and has variable frame rate capability up to 1080 60p (that’s right 60P). The camera has all the professional inputs and outputs including XLR inputs for uncompressed audio, HD-SDI and HDMI outputs (both live) and a timecode input (LTC). It has many of the same menu items and function as the HPX170 including waveform, vectorscope, zebras, pre-record and interval record. The AF100 records to SDHC/SDXC cards with two card slots available. AVCHD recording at up to 24Mbps (PH mode) is available, as well as the lower bit rate versions for longer record time. Lens options include all the micro 4/3 lenses, PL lenses with the Hot Rod adapter and the new Zeiss CP.2 lenses, which will feature micro 4/3 mounting options.
Finally, as you can see from this picture, the top and side panels come off for an even slimmer form factor.
Barry Green is at IBC and wrote up an excellent review of the camera’s features over at DVXUser. View the press release here and pictures from IBC here. We are now accepting pre-orders on the AF100, which has an announced list price of $4995.