Panasonic have outed their latest Micro Four Thirds camera, but rather than try to squeeze DSLR-style interchangeable lens flexibility into your pocket, they're strapping it to the front of a relatively compact HD camcorder. The Panasonic AG-AF100 has a single-chip micro 4/3-inch 12.1-megapixel sensor and records at native 1080/24p.
However there are also 1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 25p and 24p (native) and 720/60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p (native) modes, each stored in 24Mbps AVCHD format. Connectivity includes HD-SDI out, HDMI, time code recording, built-in stereo microphone and USB 2.0, together with two XLR inputs with +48V phantom power. Thanks to two SDXC card slots, a pair of 64GB SDXC memory cards are good enough for up to 12hrs footage at maximum resolution.
The micro 4/3 mount, meanwhile, will allow users to opt for either still camera lenses or film lenses with fixed focal lengths and primes. The Panasonic AG-AF100 is set to hit shelves by the end of 2010, priced at around $6,000.