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Panasonic AG-AF101Canon XF305
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Manufacturer Panasonic Information about Panasonic

Canon Informationen zu Canon

Name AG-AF101XF305
European name ?AG-AF101EXF305E
US name ?AG-AF100XF305
lowest US price (5990) $7495 $
On the market since January 2011 July 2010
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?not yet testedVery good
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? AVCHD
MPEG2 - MXF
Recording Medium SDHC card
SDXC card
Compact Flash
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p
AVCHD 720/60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
MPEG2 1920x1080 50i
MPEG2 720p12 -50
MPEG2-1080p12 25
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p
AVCHD 720/60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
MPEG2 1920 x 1080/60i
MPEG2-720p12 60
MPEG2 1080p12-30
Max Bitrate ?24 Mbit/s50 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
MPEG2 MXF
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?  Canon
Optical Zoom ? 18 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ? 29,3 mm
Filter diameter ? 82 mm
Image Stabilization ? optically and electronically
ND Filter ?33
Exchangable optics ?Yes
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?13
Size of image sensor ?1/FourThirds inches
1/3 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ? 2070000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
auto
manual
presets
Focus ? auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/2.0001/16.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/21/18
Apperture control ?manual
auto
manual
Infrared recording ?No
 
Expanded Focus ?Yes
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?50-105%50-105%
Histogram ?Yes
waveform
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
Yes
Adjustable color ?Yes
Yes
Cinegamma ?Yes
Yes
Black Strech ? Yes
Knee ?Yes
Yes
Colorbars ?Yes
Yes
Misc.
Shot Transition ? No
Custom Presets ?Yes
Yes
Set Time Code ?Yes
Yes
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
No
No
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
  Out
HDMI ? Out
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
--
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0 OUT
Microphone / Audio input ? XLR
XLR
Headphones ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Lanc ?  
Time-code interface ? In
Out
In
Out
Genlock ?No
In
Accessory shoe ? Standard
Standard
HD-SDI ? Out
Out
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 1300 g2700 g
Weight (with battery) 1500 g2800 g
Battery type  Canon BP-955
Battery capacity   
Charger ?external
external
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 163 mm180 mm
Width 195 mm192 mm
Depth 290 mm394 mm
Relative Size ?92136
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?Color
S/W
Viewfinder format ?16:916:9
Viewfinder pixels ?1226000 Pixel 1550000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
S/W
Display size 3,5 Inch4,0 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?920000 Pixel 1230000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?No
No
External controls
Manual Zoom ? Rocker
Ring
Manual Focus ?  Ring
Manual Aperture ?  Ring
Focus switcher ? Yes
ND Filter ?Yes
Yes
Exp Lock ?Yes
Yes
Gain ?Yes
Yes
White balance ?Yes
Yes
Push AF ?No
Yes
Audio Levels ?Yes
Yes
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
313
Audio

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Audio Formats ?Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
2 channel PCM
Microphone ?external XLR
Stereo internal
external XLR
Audio Control ?manual
auto
manual
Audio levels ?Viewfinder
Screen
Viewfinder
Screen
display
Still

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Recording Medium ?  
Medium included ?No
 
Effective pixels ?  
Resolutions ?  
Standard ?  
Flash ?  
Misc.

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Specials Large Four-Thirds sensorVariable frame ratesInterchangeable LensVariable frame rates:720p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50fps1080p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25fps
Product Shots

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Test results

Test pictures
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luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ?
Manufacturers URL Website PanasonicWebsite Canon
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ? Good
Resolution ?  Excellent
Color performance ? Very good
subj.Picture impression ? Very good
Optical Zoom ? Satisfactory
Wide Angle ?  Excellent
Configuration / image ?  Excellent
Configuration / sound ?  Excellent
Handling ? Very good
Portability ? Satisfactory
Photo function ? Poor
Optics ? Very good
Dynamics ? Very good
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?not yet testedVery good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
 465
Pros - Large Micro Four Thirds sensor
- Interchangeable lenses
- Dual SD card slot
- HD-SDI Out
- Film Look
- 13 assignable buttons
- High sharpness
- 4:2:2 codec
Cons - Ergonomics
- 1080i/24p card format
- no shot transition
Conclusion Currently (Feb. 2011) the best video DSLR alternative in terms of film look.Thanks to the big and light sensitive micro Four Thirds sensor, interchangeable lenses, ND filter, peaking, XLR audio, HD-SDI, HDMI-out, etc.the Panasonic AG-AF101 combines the advantages of conventional video camcorders and DSLRs.A very good choice for low-budget film-making.In terms of display and viewfinder this camera raises the bar for competitors and its sharpness surpasses that of comparable modells from Sony und Panasonic.The lens is very good.Manual control options and assist functions like waveform monitor und vectorscope are aplenty.Only the low light performance is not completely satisfactory, it is visibly not on par with the Sony EX1(R), its closest competitor.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
AG-AF101 Review
XF305 Review
external reviews/tests philipbloom.net
 
Forum posts Panasonic AG AF101 or Canon 1D Mark III [lowlight]?
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SonyPMW-F3 and Canon XLHxx-Fast response to Panasonic AF101?
Philip Bloom is testing the Panasonic AG-AF100/AF-101
Stu Maschwitz on Panasonic AG-AF100/101
New AG-AF100 Footage
Panasonic announces ship date for AG-AF100/101
Panasonic AG-AF100 4 / 3 Inch camcorder with its own website
Panasonic AG-AF100 uncompressed - 4:2:0 via SDI and supposedly no Alias | Wavefront Mayaing
NAB 2010: Panasonic Announces AG-AF100 AVCCAM camcorder with 4 / 3 Inch Sensor
 


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