Not so sure Panasonic have their finger on the pulse with this update, it seems to me that Panasonic are happy with their AF101 so rather than give it a full V2 makeover they have decided to bring out the usual “A” version, similar to what was done with the AC160.
“Panasonic Corporation will release the new AG-AF100A Series Memory Card Camera Recorder in November 2012. The AG-AF100A Series is the professional HD camera recorder with a Micro Four Thirds mount. As with the conventional model AG-AF100 Series, AG-AF100A Series can use a wide range of lenses including Micro Four Thirds compatible DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) lenses and Cinema lenses with a mount adapter. AG-AF100A Series also features two-channel XLR audio input terminals and more functions to meet the professional needs.
In addition to the professional high quality PH mode (average approx. 21Mbps, maximum 24Mbps), AG-AF100A Series complies with the AVCHD ver. 2.0 (AVCHD Progressive) standard in its new PS mode (average approx. 25Mbps, maximum 28Mbps) for recording, playing and outputting (via HDMI only) Full-HD progressive (1080/59.94p, 1080/50p) images. The PS/PH modes support uncompressed 16 bit LPCM 2-channel audio recording.
The AG-AF100A Series can newly output HD signals with 10 bit 4:2:2 quality via the camera’s live output function and record onto the external devices, such as P2 Recorder, compatible with 10 bit high quality recording through SDI. P2 Recorder also syncs Rec Start/Stop with the AG-AF100A series trigger.
The AG-AF100A Series is newly equipped with the expand focus assist function, which enlarges the center of the displayed image, and 2.39:1 (cinema scope size) safety zone marker.”
Personally with the Sony FS700 and Canon C100 not to mention the Black Magic Cinema camera it seems a bit nieve of Panasonic not to update the AF101 with better resolution and 4:2:2 10bit onto memory card. That would have taken Panasonic over to CF cards or P2 but I don’t think this is enough of a upgrade to scare the competition.