Panasonic's HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder is a shoulder-mount HD camera with a pro-style form factor that gives you added comfort and stability during long handheld shoots. Capable of capturing full HD 1920 x 1080 or downconverted standard-definition 576i video, the camera provides the versatility and convenience necessary for getting your shots the way you want them. A tiltable viewfinder and touchscreen LCD screen help you compose with ease, while the 16.8x optical/23x Intelligent zoom lens gets you as close to the action as you're likely to need. At the same time, a built-in zoom microphone follows the lens' lead, making sure that what you see is also what you hear.
Whether shooting weddings, events, or even a low-budget indie, the HDC-MDH1's full manual control over shutter speed, aperture, white balance, and focus--not to mention its large front focus ring--allow you to bring professional polish and finesse to all your videography.
The HDC-MDH-1 offers the stability of shoulder-mount shooting, packed into a high-mobility compact package. Comes complete with large grip and zoom lever, plus a wide-diameter focus ring for smooth, positive operation.
External Stereo Microphone Included
Connecting the external microphone lets you record high-quality sound while you shoot.
Sub Record Button & Sub Zoom Lever
REC start/stop button and zoom lever are mounted on the top of the hand grip. This is particularly helpful for smooth operation when shooting from low angles.
Manual Focus Ring
The large, easy-to-hold focus ring gives you quick, precise focus control. It lets you take both subtle, delicate shots and bold, expressive ones.
By contacting the camera at three points--the large eyecup, the grip belt, and the shoulder pad--you gain outstanding stability compared to a conventional "handy type" camera.
The viewfinder tilts up and down--a real convenience when making high-angle and low-angle shots.
Long Life Battery Included
For long events, this battery lasts up to 5 hours and lets you concentrate on shooting--without worrying about battery reserves.
Built-in Zoom Microphone
In proportion to the zoom setting of the lens, the two ECMs (electret condenser microphones) adjust automatically to bring sound and images together for exceptional atmosphere.
Full-HD 1920 x 1080 Recording
The MDH-1 lets you shoot with Full-HD picture quality. You can capture the fine details of important events in high-definition and then enjoy the beautiful results on a large HDTV screen.
HD/Standard Recording in AVCHD Format
Standard image quality can also be recorded by the camera. Therefore, you can choose the optimum format for different playback and editing situations. And since this standard image format is resized from Full-HD, picture quality is more attractive and detailed than in conventional DV recordings.
Intelligent 23x Zoom
Intelligent Zoom, which was achieved due to the Intelligent Resolution technology of the MDH-1's image processing LSI "Crystal Engine PRO," enables telephoto shots at up to 23x magnification. Even when the optical zoom range is exceeded, telephoto shots maintain their clear, beautiful HD image quality.
Touch Screen 2.7" LCD Monitor
Control settings are made by simply touching the LCD screen. Operation is intuitive and easy, and the large letters are easy to read. Shooting and viewing are simple and stress-free--even for beginners.
The 35.8mm wide-angle setting on the MDH-1 fits more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional 42mm lens. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room. For even wider angle 25mm results, add the optional VW-4607H Wide Conversion Lens.
iA (Intelligent Auto)
This powerful function senses the shooting conditions and automatically makes the settings and activates functions that will deliver optimal results.
HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
This hybrid system combines the advantages of optical stabilization and electronic stabilization in one. It helps capture beautiful images under all conditions by detecting and compensating for instability caused by a variety of movements. In addition to optical stabilization, it provides more powerful electronic correction during high-power zooming.
Pressing the O.I.S. Lock button on the LCD monitor maximizes the camera's blur detection sensitivity and correction. This is ideal for applications like bird watching, which call for zooming at a fixed angle. (Considerable blurring occurs when panning or tilting the camera, due to the movement of the corrective lens.)
Wind Noise Canceller
This function automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise, to give you natural sounds with lifelike ambience.
SD Memory Card Recording
The MDH-1 records on SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Cards to provide outstanding compatibility with PC applications and rapid data transfer. Compared to the DVC format, this media's image data can be transferred to a computer in about half the time to get jobs done more efficiently.
Manual Functions for Creative Flexibility
Let your true creativity shine, with a wealth of manual controls at your fingertips. Of course, you can also switch to auto mode, ideal when you need to start shooting at a moment's notice.
On-Screen Assist Functions (Zebra Pattern/Luminance Level/Histogram)
Manual Focus Adjustment
Manual Shutter Speed
Manual Iris Adjustment
Manual White Balance
Signal System 1080/50i, 576/50i (PAL)
Image Device 1/4.1" MOS
Effective, Video: 1.44MP (4:3), 1.92MP (16:9)
Effective, Still: 2.08MP (3:2), 1.92MP (16:9), 2.16MP (4:3)
Lens 16.8x Optical Zoom (23x Intelligent, 50x Digital Zoom)
2.90-48.7mm (35mm equivalent: 35.8-716mm (16:9), 43.9-878mm (4:3)
Sensitivity 1400 lux
Minimum Illumination 4 lux (1/25, Low Light scene mode)
1 lux (Color Night View)
Recording Format AVCHD; MPEG4-AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant)
Recording Modes 1920 x 1080 (VBR):
HA - 17Mbps
HG - 13Mbps
HX - 9Mbps
HE - 5Mbps
720 x 576 (VBR):
SA - 9Mbps
SX - 4.5Mbps
Image Stabilization Hybrid O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) / O.I.S. Lock
Shutter Speed 1/50 - 1/8000
Auto Slow Shutter ON: 1/25 - 1/8000
Manual Controls Focus, Iris, White Balance
Viewfinder Tiltable EVF
LCD Monitor 2.7" Touch Screen LCD (230,400 dots)
Speaker Dynamic type
Microphone 2ch Stereo, Zoom Microphone
Audio Compression Dolby Digital (2ch)
Input and Output Connectors HDMI (x1 Output)
Component: RCAx3 (x1 Output)
Composite: RCA (x1 Output)
Mic: 3.5mm Mini Jack (x1 Input)
Headphone: 3.5mm Mini Jack (x1 Output)
USB: USB 2.0
Memory Card Slot SD/SDHC/SDXC
Power Requirements 7.2/9.3VDC
2500mAh (min.) Li-Ion Battery
Power Consumption 5W (max.)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.5 x 8.8 x 17" (21.6 x 22.4 x 43.2 cm)
Weight 4 lbs (1.8kg)