The Panasonic AG-AC90 is a camera built for video production. It is usable both handheld and on a tripod, although it’s always recommended to be used on a tripod. This model is slightly older than the Panasonic AC-30, and unlike the AC-30 does not have any lighting capabilities, so its use in low light is not quite as good. You can book out an external light from the Media Store. The camera has two audio channels and two XLR inputs, which enables you to use external microphones with it along with its in built microphone. Overall it is the perfect camera to use for broadcast journalism stories.

The user Guide below explains how to add an external mic to the AC90 camera.






















Written Instructions:

  1. Take the XLR cable and connect it to Input 1 on the camera. Take the other end and connect it to the microphone.
  2. Plug in your headphones and turn on the camera.
  3. On the top of the camera set input 1 to MIC & switch +48v to ON.
  4. On the side of the camera, set CH1 to Input 1. The dial will now control the input volume level.
  5. On the camera screen you should see the audio monitor levels. You’re aiming for them to be 3/4 across.

The most important step is to USE THE HEADPHONES. What you hear through the headphones is what is being recorded. If you can’t hear anything, chances are you are not recording anything. To adjust the headphone volume touch the screen and thn tap the headphone symbol.

As a back-up, you can simultaneously record using the internal camera. To do this, in step 4 change CH2 to INT(R) & use the dial to set the levels. The TV mic will come through one ear, and the external mic will come through the other ear.

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