Good video quality in low light
The upright camcorder format won't appeal to everyone, and the D-pad used for accessing the main settings isn't the most finger friendly around. The HX-WA10 is also significantly more expensive than pocket Internet camcorders, even waterproof ones. But there's a proper optical zoom, video quality is better, and still images are far superior to any pocket Internet or similarly-priced Handycam-style model.
Excellent iA imaging system
Overall, we're mightily impressed by the HX-WA10. You're paying something of a premium for the waterproofing features, but we'd say they're worth it. It's safe underwater, it's easy to use and it produces some excellent video. We do recommend investing in a tripod to go with it, but as a fairly small, reasonably light consumer camera, it's absolutely worth your time.
Head-mounted design and simple four-button interface
The adventure cam market (often called "POV" by industry insiders) is packed with quality options, and dominated by the GoPro goliath. To break into this space you really need to innovate, not only in functionality but in the user experience as well. Despite its few image quality and handling shortcomings, the A100 seems poised to meet these demands.
Definitely a cam for action
Works like a charm for I-phone or I-pad, but if you have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone , it is a no-go. It will NOT link with my galaxy3 at all, so beware if that's your only phone. Hopefully that bug will get fixed sometime.
Very uncomfortable head wear mount for me. I will be making a mount of my own to suit my needs. The performance of the cam is otherwise flawless. A great on-the-go camera that lets you forget it is along for the ride.
Lots of recording options and still features
At first blush, it doesn't seem like the Panasonic HX-WA2 will be a top camcorder. Construction is shoddy, design is boneheaded, and if either of these are an indicator of image quality, then we're not expecting much. Of course we've been fooled before. And not by just any camcorder, but by this model's direct ancestors: the Sanyo Xacti models like the VPC-HD2000 and VPC-CG10, which, thanks to Panasonic's acquisition of Sanyo, featured very similar designs as the WA2.
This is absolutely perfect for those who don't want to carry around a larger camcorder and all of the chargers/attachments that come along with it. This fits nicely in my pocket of my husband's jeans or in my purse. We prefer the smaller size so that we can bring along and not feel like stalkers. The videos are of great quality and we were very happy with the purchase.
Optical zoom with 15x maximum iZoom
At a little over £200, Panasonic's HX-WA2 isn't as budget conscious as pocket Internet camcorders costing £100 or less. It doesn't quite have the immediate single-function appeal of Flip-style camcorders, either. But if you do fancy a go-anywhere pocket-friendly shooter, and are willing to pay a little extra for quite a lot more features, this is a capable camcorder for the money.
Good color results
It's hard to come clean with our true feelings about the Panasonic HM-TA20. We love its rugged, adventuresome design, but we can't say it is any better than the other waterproof camcorders we've tested particularly the Kodak PlaySport series. In fact, the TA20 doesn't have the best grip due to its rigid design, and we did find its memory card slot area wasn't as protected from water as we would have liked it to be.
Decent video performance
Taken purely as a pocket Internet camcorder, Panasonic's HM-TA20 is decidedly average. It shoots decent video, but apart from the built-in video light it doesn't have a particularly class-leading feature set. It's a different story when the headline features of waterproofing and shock resistance are taken into account. In this respect, the TA20 is clearly top of the pack, with the most confidence-inspiring locking mechanisms on the market, belying its budget pricing.
Good video quality
As a knockabout, point-and-shoot video camera, we thoroughly recommend the HM-TA20. It's ideal for a family holiday where it might get dropped by the kids, or for a surfing trip where it'll get dumped in the water and thrown in with sandy clothes. It's not the last word in picture quality, but this kind of device isn't supposed to be. It does its job, which is to take decent footage in any condition.
Chunky design and poorly implemented software
The Panasonic HM-TA20 is far from faultless and suffers from a chunky design and poorly implemented software. Still, if you have kids, are into water sports or just need a survive-all camcorder to take on holiday with you, it can be a reliable companion for your trips and is capable of producing decent looking videos and, if you shop around, can be found at a reasonable price.
Consistently sharp video
In all, we wouldn't place the GE DV1 on a higher tier than the Kodak Playsport Zx3, but we would put it in roughly the same category as the JVC GC-WP10 and Panasonic HM-TA1. It is a flawed waterproof camcorder that is available at a low price. If you want good video quality or top-notch handling, you should look elsewhere.
Overall I am very happy with this camera -- it is small, has full HD, is easy to use, has a flashlight on the front, small but clear viewing screen and decent on camera volume. It is capable of taking both videos and pictures. It also has YouTube, Facebook, and Skype interfaces. A nice extra touch would have been if the product had come with a felt bag or protective case of some kind.
No optical image stabilization
The Panasonic HM-TA1 is a middle-end camcorder. It is designed to capture video footage in full HD. It features a built-in USB terminal, E.I.S technology, and easy web uploading. The built-in USB terminal allows for a user to plug the camcorder directly into a computer.
Built-in video light
Apart from the built-in video light, webcam capability, and marginally better low light ability than many competitors, Panasonic's HM-TA1 is a relatively innocuous pocket Internet camcorder. However, it does have one feature to set it apart from the crowd its price. At around Â£85, even when you add the price of a SDHC memory card, you should still pay less than Â£100. This makes the HM-TA1 one of the best value camcorders in its class.
An easy, fuss-free way of getting photos and videos on the internet
The Panasonic HM-TA1 offers an easy, fuss-free way of getting photos and videos on the internet. The built-in software lets you upload content directly to Facebook, YouTube and Flickr once you have set up an account, the Panasonic HM-TA1 will lead you through the prompts.
If you're after something cute and sexy in your pocket, then you're barking up the wrong tree here. What the Panasonic HM-TA1 offers is some really good imagining power packed tight into an incredibly convenient and small frame. It's a joy to carry around and it won't let you down, and it has got the inner most issues addressed.
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