The new Panasonic camcorder features a high-resolution 3-megapixel, the versatile HMC80 shoots 1080 and 720 HD at 60i, 30p, 24pN as well as 480 SD at 60i, 30p, 24p. Using just one 32GB SDHC memory card, a user can record three hours of full resolution 1920×1080 video and audio in PH mode. It uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high profile encoding – which provides a doubling of bandwidth efficiency and improved video performance over the older MPEG-2 compression based formats (e.g. HDV) – so recordings look clean and crisp, even during fast motion, without image degradation or dropouts.
The stable-shooting camcorder offers extensive manual controls and reliable solid-state recording functions including pre-record, interval recording, shot marker and metadata capture. It offer a long list of invaluable standard features including 12X optical zoom with Optical Image Stablization, waveform monitor display, focus assists such as focus bar display and enlarged display, auto focus with face detection, and zebra functions. Versatile interfaces include XLR audio in, HDMI output, USB 2.0, Component Analog output, and 6-pin IEEE 1394 for DV only output.