Panasonic AG-HMC152 AVCHD Camcorder PAL

Panasonic AG-HMC152 AVCHD Camcorder PAL
The AG-HMC152 is a memory card camcorder with excellent image quality and high reliability. The AVCHD format employs the new MPEG4 AVC/H.264 codec to deliver approximately twice the compression of the HDV format which uses MPEG2. The AG-HMC152 supports higher bitrate recording mode (PH mode) which realizes higher quality of video images for professionals.

See also: Panasonic AG-AC160A AVCHD Camcorder


1080 50i / 720 50p & 25p
New 16:9 1/3" Progressive 3CCD
13x Leica Dicomar zoom lens
SD Card (off the shelf) Recording
HDMI out, USB2.0, component out composite out and RCA audio out jacks
Professional XLR Audio Input
PH Mode 21Mbps



Power Supply: DC7.2V (using with battery), 7.3V (using with AC adaptor)
Power Consumption: 9.8W (when recording)
Operating Temperature: 0 to 40oC
Operating Humidity: 10% to 80% (No condensation)
Weight: Approx. 1.7 kg camcorder only
Approx. 1.98 kg including SD memory cards, supplied battery, and microphone
Dimensions: 154 (W) x 164 (H) x 397 (D) mm, excluding the projection part


Pick-up Device: 3CCD (1/3-inch interline transfer type, and progressive modes supported)
Lens: LEICA DICOMAR lens with optical image stabilizer, motorized/manual mode switching
13x zoom, F1.6 - 3.0 (f=3.9mm to 51mm/35mm equivalent: 28mm to 368mm)
Optical Color Separation: Prism system
ND Filter: 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Gain Selection: 50i/50p mode: 0/+3/+6/+9/+12/+18 dB, (0dB fixed in slow shutter mode)
25p mode: 0/+3/+6/+9/+12 dB, (0dB fixed in slow shutter mode)
Shutter Speed: 50i/50p mode: 1/50 (OFF), 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 sec.
25p mode: 1/25, 1/50 (OFF), 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec.
Shutter Speed: 50i/50p mode: 1/50.0 sec. to 1/248.9 sec.
(Synchro Scan) 25p mode: 1/25.0 sec. to 1/248.9 sec.
Slow Shutter Speed: 50i/50p mode: 1/12 sec. and 1/25 sec.
25p mode: 1/12 sec.
Minimum Luminance: 3 lx (when F1.6, +12dB of gain and 1/25 sec. of shutter speed)
Digital Zoom: 2x/5x/10x (in 1080/50i or 720/50p, video format)
Filter Diameter: 72 mm


Recording Format: AVCHD
Compression Method: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Recording Media: SD Memory Card : 512MB, 1GB, 2GB (FAT12, FAT16)
SDHC Memory Card : 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 12GB, 16GB, 32GB (FAT32)
Recording Video Format: PH mode: 1080/50i, 1080/25p (over 50i), 720/50p and 720/25p (over 50p)
(50 Hz mode) HA, HG and HE mode: 1080/50i only
Transmission Rate: PH mode: approx. 21 Mbps (VBR, max 24 Mbps)
HA mode: approx. 17 Mbps (VBR)
HG mode: approx. 13 Mbps (VBR)
HE mode: approx. 6 Mbps (VBR)

Video System

Video Signals: 1080/50i, 720/50p
HDMI Output: HDMI x 1, 1080/50i, 720/50p and 576/50i
(Not compatible with VIErA Link)
Component Output: Mini-D x 1, Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ohm, PB/PR: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 Ohm
Composite Output: Pin jack x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ohm

Audio System

Compression Method: Recording/Playback: Dolby Digital (Dolby AC3)/2 ch
Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
Quantization: 16 bit
Compression Bit-Rate: PH mode: 2 CH 384 kbps, HA, HG and HE mode: 2 CH 256 kbps

Audio IN/OUT

XLR Input: XLR (3 pins) x 2 (INPUT1, INPUT2), LINE/MIC selectable, High impedance
LINE: 0 dBu, MIC: -50 dBu/-60 dBu (selectable in menu)
Internal Microphone: Stereo microphone
Line Output: Pin jack x 2 (CH1, CH2), Output: 316 mV, 600 Ohm
HDMI Output: 2 ch (Linear PCM), 5.1 ch (AC3)
Headphone: Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm diameter) x 1
Built-in Speaker: 20 mm (round) x 1

Other Connectors

USB: Type mini B connector (compliant with USB ver. 2.0)
Camera Remote: Super Mini jack (2.5mm diameter) x 1, for zoom and rec start/stop operations
Mini jack (3.5mm diameter) x 1, for focus and iris controls
TC PRESET IN/OUT : IN: 1.0 to 4.0 Vp-p, 10 kOhm
(also used for VIDEO OUT) OUT: 2.0+/-0.5 Vp-p, low impedance


LCD Monitor: 3.5 inches, LCD color monitor, 210,000 pixels
Viewfinder: 0.44 inches, LCD color viewfinder, 235,000 pixels

In the Box

AC adapter/charger
2640mAh battery pack
AC cord
DC cord
Wireless remote controller with button-type battery
Microphone holder, adaptor and screw
Eye cup
Shoulder Belt
Component video cable
Ferrite core
User's manual
Lens hood cap
INPUT 1/2 terminal cover
PIN-BNC conversion plugs


Reviewed by 4 Customers
Rating: 5.0
Panasonic AG-HMC152 AVCHD Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from Kuala Lumpur on
Low light excellent, small raw footage save disk space, very light only +- 2 kg with batt & mic so can handheld for long time.
Panasonic AG-HMC152 AVCHD Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from Kuching,Sarawak, E.Malaysia. on
l have used this camera for recording many wedding ceremonies, dinner parties, regattas, ( river boat races ) mini documentary series showing the the jungle and its people of Sarawak n aerial videography from helicopter. In low lighting areas and normal lighted areas n with add on camcorder lights this camera performed
Its about 4 years now.
Panasonic AG-HMC152 AVCHD Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from Australia on
I already own the Panasonic VX 70 mini Tape 12 years and have been happy with it . Now three weeks ago my dream to own the Panasonic AG-HMC152 AVCHD Camcorder PAL came true and I am very pleased , the first test recordings showed me in the Viewer a Crystal Clear HD Picture ,
I cod not be happier , I am not a professional , but now I can be like one.
panasonic HMC152
Rating: 5.0
By Verified Buyer from reunion on
camera was there within a few days. it's a good camera which makes nice pictures, good in darkness also but you need a powerful computer and appropriate editing software to handle the avchd codec. sound recording levels are only manual (which can be a problem to some people...)

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