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Panasonic TA1 Full HD Pocket Camcorder - Violet (8MP Still Images, Skype Compatible Webcam, Built In USB) (discontinued by manufacturer)


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  • Compact HD mobile camera for high-quality videos and photo
  • High Picture Quality with Full-HD (1,920 x 1,080/30p) recording and still image from movie capture
  • 8-Megapixel Still Picture Recording
  • IFrame Mode - Ideal for Mac and PC Users
  • 4x digital zoom with E.I.S. (Electrical Image Stabilizer)

Product details

Colour Name: Violet
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: HM-TA1EB-V
  • ASIN: B003XDT99Y
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 July 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,517 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Colour Name: Violet

Manufacturer's Description

With its simple design and effortless operation, the TA1 is easy for anyone to use, even the first time.
With its simple design and effortless operation, the TA1 is easy for anyone to use, even the first time.

Shoot, View, Link Up. The HM-TA1 Pocket-Size HD Mobile Camera

The HM-TA1 is a new-genre HD mobile camera with pocket-size dimensions and exceptional mobility. Small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, the TA1 slips easily into a pocket or a bag for both full-HD video recording and high-quality photo shooting -- any time and any place.

Full-HD (1,920 x 1,080) Recording and Still Image Capture

Even with its compact, palm-size body, the TA1 records full-HD (1,920 x 1,080/30p) videos with superb picture quality. You can even cut out and save a still image by simply pressing the Still Picture button right when the desired image appears on the TA1’s LCD monitor.* This ensures that you’ll never miss that perfect shot again.

Record movies with iFrame
Importing movies is fast and and file sizes are small. You can edit and upload right away.

iFrame Mode

The TA1 lets you record movies with iFrame. When using iMovie, the iFrame video data in your camera is the same format as the one you’ll be using to edit, so importing is fast and file sizes are small. You’ll be able to edit and upload movies to the internet and portable devices right away. iFrame is based on standards, so it works with compatible PC and Mac applications, such as Apple iMovie and PC applications.

Fight hand-shake to record crisp, clear images

The E.I.S. (Electrical Image Stabilizer) system helps to correct the kind of handshake blurring that often happens with compact cameras. Record all the images you want, whether you’re shooting while walking or taking self portraits, without having to worry about blurring.

4x Digital Zoom and LED Light for Shooting in Dim Locations

The TA1 zooms up to 4x, making it easy to capture faraway subjects and expand the user's range of creative expression. The built-in LED lets you capture bright, crisp images even in dark situations, like indoors or during night time events.*

Effect with Sepia/Monochrome/Soft Skin

The TA1 offers three effect modes. The Soft Skin mode produces beautiful skin tones. The Sepia mode adds warmth to the captured images. And the Monochrome mode transforms the appearance of images to create a cool ambience. By selecting one of these modes, the user can add a unique effect to suit the shooting purpose.

SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording

The TA1 uses an SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card as recording media. These solid-state recording devices are highly resistant to external impact and allow instant recording. Also, since the memory card can be removed from the camera body and carried around, recorded images can be easily shared with family and friends. This media is also ideal for transferring data to a PC.

Connect the TA1 to a PC and … it’s a web camera
Connect the TA1 to a PC and … it’s a web camera.

Works with Skype

The TA1 is compatible with Skype,* the video call service. You can talk face to face with faraway family and friends. Go ahead, try some visual communication with the TA1.

Quick PC Connection with a Built-in USB

When the TA1 is connected to a PC via the USB terminal, recorded images can then be loaded into a PC for playback, editing and uploading. Plus, the TA1 can upload videos directly to YouTube™ or Facebook, without having to launch a browser. When e-mail software such as Outlook Express is registered in advance, an e-mail message with the URL for the uploaded video page already attached is automatically launched, making it easy to send e-mails to family and friends to notify them of the uploaded page.

USB Charging and USB Bus Power

Charging the battery is as easy as connecting the TA1's USB terminal to a PC.* This eliminates the need to carry a separate cord or adaptor. The battery can be charged anywhere with an available PC. The TA1 is also USB bus-powered. When using the battery, power is automatically supplied from the PC as soon as the TA1 is connected to it with a USB cable to enable quick and easy video playback and editing with the PC, even in places where there is no external power supply.

*Still images cannot be cut out while shooting a video. The size of the cutout still image is the same as that of the video image.

*The LED light does not go on when operating in web cam mode.

*The use of a high-performance CPU is recommended for video conferencing with high-quality images.

*Do not use any USB extension cord other than the supplied one (Operation is not guaranteed with any other USB extension cord.)

Box Contains

  • HM-TA1 compact HD mobile camera
  • Rechargeable battery,AV cable
  • USB extension cable
  • Strap

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    241 of 246 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Nov 2010
    Colour Name: Grey
    This is Panasonics answer to the FLIP Video and it surpasses and falls short at the same time. First, the quality of the videos is remarkable. Automatically set at the highest default of 1920 X 1080, on a 4GB card you can record 40 minutes. With an 8GB card, you can record 1 hour and 20 minutes. Honestly, unless you are making a movie project, keep it at the high default, as shorter videos tend to be less boring. The 'menu screen' is very intuitive for both Video and Camera. The camera settings should always be at 8M (8 megapixels/the default) which will give a perfectly fine quality photo. A poster it won't make, but a 10 X 12 is easily possible. The software is very easy to use and one of the best features is the capability to record a video and come back later and extract an individual shot from motion. When taking pictures in low light, there is a button that turns on a bright light that is alarmingly effective. Playback of video and photos is clean, crisp and easy on a nice screen the same size as a Flip Video's. The special effects function allows you to record in 'monochrome', 'sepia' or 'soft skin'. Another very cool feature for real electronic buffs is that this camera has SKYPE capabilities, so if you plug it onto your computer Playback of video and photos is easily done on a good size screen (same size as a Flip Video) you can talk to other SKYPE users.

    Now for the not so great features - the construction of the camera. There are three access panels on the sides of the camera for:
    1) Battery and SDHC card
    2) An external A/V port
    3) The USB port for access to your computer.
    These are thin plastic pieces that attach only with a thin plastic loop and can easily break. Once in place, they are secure, but this is probably the biggest flaw.
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    64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Elfy on 30 Dec 2010
    Colour Name: Violet
    I purchased this after comparing lots of different 'small' camcorders and I wasn't disappointed.
    Despite some mentioning that the unit feels to have flimsy covers I still think that it is a great little unit and I personally don't think it feels too flimsy.
    I have a full sized hd camcorder, but wanted something to keep in my bag and this is great for that.
    On full hd resolution I only get 40 minutes of recording on a 4gb card, which I feel is quite low, but I find the quality is still good on the lower settings, where I can get up to 2 1/2 hours.
    Whilst I wouldn't recommend it for recording a full holiday, as a camcorder to have on hand to record those 'moments' in life, I find it is one of the best I have seen and does the job perfectly.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Iamtheoneandonly on 19 Mar 2011
    Colour Name: White
    I'll keep this short and sweet. Videos in daylight are nothing short of fantasic and the photos are not to shabby either. The video in lowlight is respectable but in my test it did show some nasty artefacts on the tv and photos are rubbish pretty much as good as the 0.7 megapixel camera on my iPod touch and for a 8 megapixel camera I was expecting it to be a little better but that said it never claimed to be made for photographs so I can't really moan. The flash is little to no use unless the subject in question is very close. One thing it has got going for it is a very good autofocus mode which is able to take very close-up pictures of said subject. It feels a little cheap as all the ports flop about loosely but is very light and has a very modern crisp look. (OK maybe a little longer than I thought).

    Any who thanks for reading and wasting 1 minute of your life lol :)
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    68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. D. Higgs on 20 Oct 2010
    Colour Name: Grey
    Bought this for up coming step daughters wedding, wanting a pocket camcorder with instant start, hd, and SD slot.
    Given the price, I was very impressed with the picture quality, on full HD but also lesser resolutions. What I did not expect was the still camera quality, for 5 mp it was excellent as a quick snap camera. Add to this iFrame format and I am very impressed.
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    30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Joelie on 23 Sep 2010
    Colour Name: Blue
    I really like this little camcorder. I bought it as a replacement after my previous camcorder broke and it's blown it out of the water on everything but battery life. Saying that, I've ordered a replacement battery (VW-VBJ10) for £5 so it still doesn't break the bank.
    It's compact, functional and very easy to figure out how to use without reading the manual. I have no frame of reference for HD, but the picture quality seems good in fair light. Though no relatively cheap camcorder is going to be very good at dusk.
    The only place it fell down in my eyes was the USB connection. The little cover for the USB terminal is a pain to get off and can get in the way of trying to plug the camcorder in. I was also disappointed that you can't do anything on the camcorder while it is plugged in and that the USB extension cord didn't let the battery charge at all, though it may just be that I have a faulty cable.
    All in all, I feel it was definitely worth the money.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By NigelB on 18 Mar 2011
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    This is a very good little camcorder , picture is excellent for the money in both video and photo modes . Much has been said of it's build quality , i have no problem with it , it's perfectly acceptable for what is'nt intended to be a everyday device . The digital zoom and night light are nice touches and work well. For the money this is a cracking buy and gets my recommendation.
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