Panasonic has announced the HC-PV100, a palm-sized Full HD camcorder that provides the videographer with a full suite of features - including professional controls, audio and lighting features, plus dual SD card slots for continuous recording and a versatile 20x zoom, as well as a convenient handle for shooting. The HC-PV100 is designed to meet the needs of professional on-site acquisition, with the versatility to support the busy sole operator. It has triple manual rings, with a focus ring, zoom ring and iris ring on the lens barrel enabling speedy and intuitive camera work. 2-channel XLR audio input terminals ensure high quality sound, with support for everything from external microphones requiring a phantom power supply to audio equipment with +4 dB output. An illuminated LED ring on the side of the camcorder shows when it is recording, convenient for one-person operations when the cameraman is also the presenter.

When capturing low light evening events such as wedding receptions or corporate launches, the HC-PV100 ensures successful results with a 1/3.1-inch Back Side Illumination (BSI) Sensor, and a Built-in LED video light providing a bright 300 lx at 1 metre.

The camcorder's dual SD card slots provide worry-free continuous recording. When the first card reaches full capacity, the system automatically switches to the second card, and hot-swap recording allows cards to be exchanged while shooting. Simultaneous recording captures data at the same time onto both SD cards as backup against data loss.

Other convenient features to support the demands of a variety of shooting assignments include a colour conversion and a diffusion filter; optical 20x zoom/F1.8 lens; and blur suppression from wide angle to zoom shots via the 5-Axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabiliser (O.I.S.+).