Frequently Asked Questions
AG-AF100 series camera recorder


General

  1. What is AVCCAM?
  2. Which SD memory cards can be used?
  3. What is the Four Thirds system?
  4. What is the Micro Four Thirds system?
  5. What is the advantage of the Micro Four Thirds system?
  6. What is the size of the image sensor?
  7. What is the flange focal distance (Flange back)?

How can I...

  1. Is there any way to use lenses other than those designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras?
  2. Can I update lens firmware using the camera?
  3. How can I use Variable Frame Rate (VFR)?
  4. When using VFR(Variable Frame Rate), I cannot use...
  5. Is there any way to display built-in LCD monitor and viewfinder simultaneously? When I open the LCD monitor, the image on the viewfinder disappears.

Troubleshooting

  1. When using lenses other than Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds lenses, the image disappears...
  2. VFR (Variable Frame Rate) cannot be used with 720/24P mode.
  3. When "SDI 24PsF " is turned on, VFR setting is deactivated...
  4. When VFR (Variable Frame Rate) is turned on during INTERVAL REC use, INTERVAL REC is deactivated...
  5. Clips recorded with Linear PCM audio cannot be played back on AG-HMC150, AG-HMC40,AG-HMR10, and AJ-HPM200 series...



What is AVCCAM?
AVCCAM is the name of Panasonic's professional video line up employing the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD) codec. It employs SD/SDHC memory cards and SDXC memory cards (AG-AF100 series only) as recording media.
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Which SD memory cards can be used ?
SD memory cards:512MB, 1GB, 2GB (FAT12, FAT16)
SDHC memory cards: 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 12GB, 16GB, 32GB (FAT32)
SDXC memory cards: 48GB, 64GB (exFAT)

*Please use SD memory cards with a speed class higher than 6 when shooting in PH and HA mode.
*SD memory cards with a speed class 6 or higher are needed for shooting in VFR (Variable Frame Rate mode).
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What is the Four Thirds system?
The Four Thirds system is a common standard for Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras advocated by Olympus and Eastman Kodak.

Image sensor size: approx. 17.3mm x 13mm
Flange focal distance (Flange back): 38.67mm

Main supporting manufacturers: Olympus, Eastman Kodak, Sigma, Leica, Panasonic
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What is the Micro Four Thirds system?
Micro Four Thirds is an extended standard for the Four Thirds System designed by Olympus and Panasonic.

Image sensor size: approx.17.3mm x 13mm
Flange focal distance (Flange back) :20mm

General information: The following are modifications made to the mount of the Micro Four Thirds System from the Four Thirds System.
1) Flange focal distance (Flange back) is reduced almost in half (approx.20mm)
2) Outer diameter is reduced by approx.6mm
3) Contact points between the lens and body are increased to 11 points
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What is the advantage of the Micro Four Thirds system?
The flange focal distance (Flange back) is shortened and the outer diameter of the mount is reduced by 6mm, while maintianing the same area for the image to pass through.
Therefore, it is possible to make the lens and body much smaller and more lightweight with the same image sensor as with the Four Thirds System.
Lenses designed for the Four Thirds System can be used with an adaptor attached to the body of the Micro Four Thirds System. (but not vice versa )
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What is the size of the image sensor?
Image sensor size: approx. 17.3mm x 13mm
Much larger than traditional broadcast 2/3" sensors and almost the same size as 35mm motion film.



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What is the flange focal distance (Flange back)?
The distance from the lens mount to the image sensor:
Micro Four Thirds system: 20mm
Four Thirds system: 38.67mm
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Is there any way to use lenses other than those designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras?
As a result of its short flange focal distance, lenses designed for different mounts, such as Cinema lenses or lenses made for 35mm still cameras can be used with the appropriate adaptor, however, image quality varies depending on the lens used, so performance is not guaranteed.

*When using lens adaptors please turn "LENS CHECK" off to make video output available.
[ MENU ] > [ OTHER FUNCTION ] > [ LENS CHECK ] : OFF
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Can I update lens firmware using the camera?
Yes, updates are possible for lenses that have been checked and validated by Panasonic. For more details, please refer to the website below.

AG-AF100 series compatible lens firmware update
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How can I use VFR (Variable Frame Rate)?
To use VFR , please apply the following settings:
1. Use SD memory cards with speed class of 6 or higher
2. [MENU] > [ SCENE FILE ] > [ OPERATION TYPE ] : FILM CAM
3. [MENU] > [ SCENE FILE ] > [ REC FORMAT ] : PH1080/24p , PH1080/30p , PH1080/25p
Please choose one of these format
4. [MENU] > [ AV IN/OUT SETUP ] > [ SDI 24PsF ] : OFF
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When using VFR (Variable Frame Rate), I cannot use...
When using VFR , the following functions cannot be used. Please make sure if one or some of those functions are not working.
1) AUDIO recording (* level meter performs, and audio is output from AUDIO terminal, HDMI terminal and SDI terminal.
2)AUTO FOCUS (* neither ON / PUSH AUTO FOCUS )
3) PRE REC
4) INTERVAL REC 5) RELAY REC
6) TCG is fixed as RECRUN. FREE RUN cannot be used.
7) SLOW SHUTTER
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Is there any way to display built-in LCD monitor and viewfinder simultaneously? When I open the LCD monitor, the image on the viewfinder disappears.
When SDI output is ON, built-in LCD monitor and viewfinder cannot display simultaneously.
To display simultaneously, please turn "SDI OUT" menu item OFF.

[ MENU ] > [ AV IN /OUT SETUP ] > [ SDI OUT] : →OFF
[ MENU ] > [ DISPLAY SETUP ] > [ EVF MODE] : ON
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When using lenses other than Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds lenses, the image disappears...
When using lenses other than those made for Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds, please turn "LENS CHECK" menu item OFF.

[ MENU ] > [ OTHER FUNCTION ] > [ LENS CHECK ] : OFF
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VFR (Variable Frame Rate) cannot be used with 720/24P mode.
VFR cannot be used with 720 format. It can be operated with1080/24p,1080/30p and 1080/25p.
Applicable frame rates with each format.

[ MENU ] > [ SCENE FILE ] > [ FRAME RATE]
[1080/24p/30p] 12/15/18/20/21/22/24/25/26/27/28/30/32/34/36/40/44/48/54/60 frame/sec.
[1080/25p] 12/15/18/20/21/22/23/24/25/26/27/28/30/32/34/37/42/45/48/50 frame/sec.
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When "SDI 24PsF " is turned on, VFR setting is deactivated...
When outputting with 24PsF, VFR cannot be used.
To operate VFR , please turn "SDI 24PsF" menu item OFF.

[ MENU ] > [ AV IN /OUT SETUP ] > [ SDI 24PsF] : OFF

* "SDI 24PsF" is used for changing the frame rate to 24PsF when the recording format is 1080/24p.Output mode becomes 1080/60i when "SDI 24PsF" is turned OFF.
* When system frequency is set to 50 Hz, "SDI 24PsF" is not shown.
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When VFR is turned on during INTERVAL REC use, INTERVAL REC is deactivated...
When using VFR , INTERVAL REC recording cannot be used.
Please turn VFR OFF when recording with INTERVAL REC.
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Clips recorded with Linear PCM audio cannot be played back on AG-HMC150, AG-HMC40,AG-HMR10, and AJ-HPM200 series...
AG-HMC150, AG-HMC40, AG-HMR10 and AJ-HPM200 series are not compatible with Linear PCM audio.
Please change "AUDIO MODE" menu item to AC3 and record.

[ MENU ] > [ RECORDING SETUP] > [ PH AUDIO MODE ] : AC3
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What type is the HDMI terminal?
It is Standard type, not Mini.
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What is the size of tripod srew?
There are two screw holes.
Size:1/4 20UNC, 3/8 16UNC
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Can the Relay REC function can be used continuously like Slot1 to Slot2 to Slot1, etc?
They cannot be used continuously like that. After fully recording to Slot 1 and then Slot2, the recording will stop. If you open the SD memory card slot while recording, the recording will stop.
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Can SDXC and SDHC memory cards be used?
Yes, they can be used.
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How heavy of a lens can be used without support on the AG-AF100 series?
Please use a lens support when using large lenses weighing more than 1kg(2.2Ib) to prevent damage to the lens mount.
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What is the TEST tone level?
Test tone level is -12db.
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How many clips can be recorded to a SD memory card?
1000 clips can be recorded to a SD memory card.
If you try to record clips more than 1000, icon appears and you cannot record more clips.
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Can the menu language be changed?
Yes, it can be changed.
MENU>OTHER FUNCTIONS>LANGUAGE
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