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$5000 is a great price point to buy some of the top end professional camcorders. The best brands at the sub-$5000 price point are Canon and Panasonic which have some of the most compelling 3CCD based, larger lens/sensor options for Independent filmmaking and wedding photography.

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Panasonic AVCCAM AG-AC130

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Panasonic AVCCAM AG-AC160
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Panasonic AVCCAM AG-AC160 Camcorder
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Release Date
Oct 2011
Jan 2011
Nov 2008
Jun 2003
Oct 2006
HDD Size
32.0 GB
240.0 GB
Optical Zoom
22.0 x
20.0 x
20.0 x
12.0 x
20.0 x
Recording Format
AVCHD standard (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264), DV standard (AVI Type2)
Mini DV, DV, Flash Media
Flash Media, HDD, AVC
DV, High Definition
Mini DV, HDV
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Recordable Media
Memory Card
Flash Media
DV, High Definition
Use
Video
Video

the tiny, low-resolution LCD is pretty difficult to work with.

the tiny, low-resolution LCD is pretty difficult to work with.

Great camcorder for electronic news gathering and independent filmmaking alike

the tiny, low-resolution LCD is pretty difficult to work with.

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