Here comes a bold statement from Panasonic:
The world`s first professional HD camera recorder conforms the micro four thirds standard.
AVCCAM quality and functions achieve digital single lens still camera images.
The AF100 is a AVCCam Camcorder which is equipped with a micro four thirds sensor, known from digital still cameras as the GH1.
The 4/3 MOS sensor generates a similar DOF as 35 mm film cameras.
You can use micro four thirds still lenses or (with an adapter) 35 mm primes.
The AF100 features HD SDI output, 2 channel XLR microphone inputs, remote control terminals, and all the bells and whistles you normally find on a professional camera.
It also offers PH Mode recording, to deliver optimal AVCHD quality in multiple HD formats including 24p and 30p and variable frame rates.
Recording time on SD/SDHC/SDXC media (two slots) is 12 hrs in PH mode and 48 hrs. in HE mode.
The AF100 records in:
1080 – 59,94i/50i/29.97p/25p/23.98p
720 – 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p
It also features a Dynamic Range Stretcher and Gama Select.
Sounds promising. Time for RED to finally come up with the Scarlet.
A lot of guys drooling for that little RED but may loose their nerves and jump on the Panasonic bandwagon, if they have to wait much longer.
Here is the original preliminary release by Panasonic: