Los Angeles Cameraman

Panasonic AG-AF100 Review

Well, time does fly. I meant to post a few things over the last several weeks, but a busy work schedule and a 6 month old baby at home conspired to delay me. Sorry about that.


I'll be posting with more regularity very soon, but wanted to start off by catching up with some older material, like my Creative Cow review of Panasonic's AF100 camera. It's an interesting camera -- a very large sensor, interchangeable lenses, a small body, true audio support, filter wheels and lack of aliasing issues found on DSLRs. On the other hand, its sensor still isn't as big as a DSLR, it records at a max bit rate of only 24mbps, didn't handle highlights as smoothly as expected in my tests, the image quality looked a little "video-like" (even with tweaked settings) and, to my eye, suffered from micro-jitters when used hand-held. Plus, the $5000 price tag is twice that of a Canon 5DII, and around three times as much as a 7D. 




I liked the camera, but didn't love it. In the end, the image just didn't feel like a big leap forward, as the DVX100 and HVX200 did. But not every camera can make such leaps. 

For my full review, click here