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Panasonic WA20 Full HD MP4 Vertical Camcorder - White/Grey/Blue (16MP, 3M Waterproof, Dustproof, 15x Intelligent Zoom, 240fps Slow-Motion Recording, Panorama Mode, EIS, Eye-Fi Ready, SD Card Recording, Face Recognition) 2.6 inch LCD


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  • 3m Water Proof, Dust Proof
  • Active EIS (4-axis)
  • 28mm Wide (EISOFF)
  • 15x i.Zoom
  • 16MP Still

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 9.4 x 12.5 cm ; 236 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 640 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: HX-WA20EB-W
  • ASIN: B006T9JJ62
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Jan. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,882 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

 Active HD Camcorder Range

Active HD Camcorder HX-WA20 - A Waterproof & Dustproof Full-HD Camcorder Designed for Active Use

The waterproof design withstands immersion to 3 meters in depth for carefree shooting enjoyment on rainy days and in the water. A dustproof design keeps the HX-WA20 safe even if handled with dirty hands or used in a place with swirling dust. The HX-WA20 is protected against sand too, so you can take it to the beach or sports field with no worries. * This camera's waterproof/dustproof rating complies with IPX8 and IP5X ratings. This doesn’t guarantee no destruction, no malfunction, or waterproofing in all conditions.

High Speed, High Quality Images

Fast-moving scenes can be taken in slow-motion video. Choose 240 fps (640 x 360) for 15 seconds, or 480 fps (320 x 180) for 15 seconds.This lets users capture great moments in sports.

Wide Angle Lens

28mm Wide-angle gives the user a wider range of composition possibilities and it's ideal for shooting field sports at a wide angle. The Intelligent 15x Zoom enables to shoot faraway subjects. * 35mm camera equivalent. ** When the optical image stabilizer is turned on, the zoom is 12x.

Still Images

You can catch those special moments in 16-megapixel high-resolution still pictures. Depending on the situation, You can shoot high-quality photos or videos--whichever you want.

It enables dynamic 360°/180° panorama shooting, just swing the camera up, down, left or right. And you can take vertical or horizontal images easily.

3 Metre Waterproof and Dustproof Design for Active Shooting

Carefully designed, the WA20 can be used to a depth of 3 metres underwater for up to 60 minutes. Can be used in dusty areas with no worry about dust getting inside the camera. With its dustproof design, the WA20 is ideal for taking to the beach without worrying about sand getting into the interior. This is a camcorder for enjoying life, not a camcorder to be kept indoors safe and sound. Perfect for more shooting fun in a variety of conditions, such as snorkelling, skiing, surfing and rugged outdoor activities.

Slow Motion Mode

This newly added feature offers creative video shooting. Records images at an impressive 240 fps (640 x 360) for 15 seconds or at 480 fps (320 x 180) for 15 seconds, and plays slow-motion images at 60 fps. This lets users capture great moments in sports.

 Enjoy 1920 x 1080 Full-HD Movie Recording
Enjoy 1920 x 1080 Full-HD Movie Recording
28mm Wide-angle with Intelligent 15x Zoom*

This wide-angle lens gives the user a wider range of composition possibilities, allowing them to fit more of their desired scene into the shot. Ideal for shooting field sports at a wide angle, or shooting spacious landscapes for example. Thanks to the Intelligent 15x Zoom.
*Users can shoot faraway subjects with ease

Panorama Mode

For more creative filming, the Panorama Mode enables dynamic 360/180 degree panorama shooting. Simply swing the camera up, down, left or right to take easy vertical or horizontal images.

Back Light Compensation (HDR)

The WA20 features a number of user friendly features that work to help users produce the best movie footage. For example, HDR (Back Light Compensation) is when three images are taken at different exposures, and then combined to record one optimal still image while suppressing blown highlights and blocked shadows. Another correction process, HDR (Paint), gives still images an artistic, painting-like effect for more enjoyment and creative freedom.

Burst Shooting

Incredibly responsive, the WA20 captures decisive moments even in fast-moving scenes. Ten consecutive images at 3-megapixel resolution are fired off at 1-second intervals for a total of 40 continuous images in about 4 seconds. This helps to catch fleeting photo opportunities in fast-moving situations like sports. Fast and durable, the WA20 is the perfect outdoor companion.

Built in uploader
Built-in uploader for quick sharing.
MP4/iFrame Recording

The MPEG-4 AVC file format (MP4) is convenient for uploading and editing images with a PC or the Internet. The format features high compression that results in small files that are easy to share. iFrame files are designed to speed up video editing. With iFrame, the video in your camera is the same format you'll edit, so it's fast to import and edit with compatible video editing applications such as iMovie.

Built-in Uploader

Sharing movie footage with friends and families is of keen interest to users, which is why Panasonic has made it so easy. Designed with users in mind, the built-in uploader is activated by connecting the HX-WA20 to a PC via USB. Simply select the video inside the camera in advance for easy uploading to SNS websites.

More Features

  • Intelligent resolution
  • BSI Sensor for bright, stunning Full-HD video shooting
  • Active E.I.S. (Electrical Image Stabilizer) for powerful, 4-axis hand-shake correction
  • Automatic optimal settings with iA (Intelligent Auto) mode
  • Captures faces beautifully with Face Detection
  • Handheld Night Shot
  • Clearly records sound with stereo microphones
  • High-speed Reverse Consecutive Shooting
  • Macro Shooting
  • Nine-point Auto Focus
  • Manual Shooting
  • A stylish, easy-to-hold vertical design
  • 2.6 -inch wide TFT LCD monitor, which is capable of rotating 285 degrees
  • Eye-fi Card compatibility for easy transferring of image data to a PC
  • Micro HDMI Terminal for even more beautiful Full-HD resolution
  • Compatible with the SDXC Memory Card for large-capacity recording
  • Box Contains

    AC Adaptor
    Rechargeable Battery Pack
    AV Cable
    USB Cable
    Included Software

    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By BethsDad on 17 April 2012
    Colour Name: White/Grey
    I've been eagerly awaiting the release of the wa-20 for some months. I have to say firstly it's made of sturdy stuff, feeling pretty robust and comfortable to grip. Pretty quickly though I'm not impressed with the button lay out and how they function, having to swap between the joystick and zoom buttons on top, and also the menu button situated on the side when flicking between playback and record. A shortcut option is available for the joystick keys but these are predefined in the menu and limited, rather than being able to select your own shortcuts.
    Being a complete amateur cameraman I just want something to turn on and point and this is perfect for this. Intelligent scene chooses the right setting exposure etc although like any camera this can be overridden if required. A great feature is being able to record a movie and very simply being able to save a picture of a frame. Sound quality is good also. One of the biggest disappointments for me is the much hyped panoramic mode, I gave up in the end, only managing one horizontal picture and no successful attempts at the 360 degree, it kept failing. Still pictures can be taken upto 16m but to be honest I'm not impressed with the quality when compared to my 12m Sony compact camera, there is just too much noise particularly in dim lighting conditions or when using the zoom, although for a camcorder stills are acceptable. Battery time just over an hour isnt amazing Overall I'd say good video quality, shame it doesn't come with a hd lead for playback, stills ok and at £260 not a bad price. 3 stars not 4 just because of the slightly annoying menu setup, new firmware shouldn't be long away please!
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on 7 Sept. 2012
    Colour Name: Gray Verified Purchase
    I bought this camera to film myself kayaking the English Channel and some training sessions on Lake Windermere. The reason I picked the WA20 is because it is advertised as a sport camera and it is waterproof to 3 metres. It did the job but there were some annoying design flaws.

    The video quality at HD resolution (30fps and 60fps) is excellent. It was one of the reasons I chose a Panasonic camera over similar sports cameras on the market. The slow-motion feature is good but you need really good light conditions - don't expect much from anything indoors or low-light conditions. The 480fps mode is at such a small resolution (320x180) so will need some post-production resizing to be of any use.

    The battery only lasts around 40mins which for sports use is not great, not much chance to recharge it if you're outdoors away from power source. There is a battery saving mode but I haven't turned that on yet.

    Because it is waterproof all the connections are behind the lockable battery compartment door. This means to charge the device or connect it to the TV you have to leave it open which could put it more at risk of accidentally becoming snapped off.

    There did appear to be some internal lens fogging at one stage of my main channel trip, this did affect the quality of some of my video clips. The camera was not submerged at any point of the journey and was possibly more to do with condensation build up as it was a very warm day - either way not good!

    The screen in bright sunlight cannot be seen so at times I couldn't see if I was recording, not great if you're trying to capture a once-in-a-lifetime sporting event.

    You can't film whilst the screen is down. This means the battery is sometimes unnecessarily drained by the LCD screen.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard L. Williams on 1 Aug. 2012
    Colour Name: White/Grey Verified Purchase
    Can't see screen in sunlight and getting the angle right is difficult when shooting blind.Would like it to work when screen is folded in.Very good performer apart from previous crits.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PA Newton on 14 Jan. 2013
    Colour Name: White/Grey Verified Purchase
    I was looking for a simple to use robust camcorder, having owned a panasonic camcorder myself I have always been impressed by the picture quality of my unit so was confident that this unit would give good results and it does,it uploads the footage in mp4 so it is much easier to put it on to a computer all in all a good camcorder.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve in Ringwood on 16 May 2012
    Colour Name: White/Grey Verified Purchase
    Wow what a great product. Low light level recording a bit grainy but outside shots stunning HD. Clever editing tool.
    Battery life not brilliant and almost impossible to get a second battery as product is so new.
    Very pleased so far. Best price on Amazon too.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By triagos on 9 Jan. 2013
    Colour Name: White/Grey Verified Purchase
    once you get use to the feel and smallness of the camera it's great. we sail and the fact it.s water proof is ideal
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smiles on 9 Jun. 2013
    Colour Name: White/Grey Verified Purchase
    Bought this camcorder for the sole purpose to be able to film a family wedding. Wanted something that I could use with one hand as I was on crutches. It was very portable & easy to use but it stated it had 15x intelligent zoom but only goes as far as 10.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alyke Thorpe on 27 April 2013
    Colour Name: White/Grey Verified Purchase
    Ar first it took some getting used to it as my hands don't function too well due to arthritis, but by now manage quite well although do suffer from camera shake when changing focus.
    Otherwise its brilliant and I love it, well worth the money I spent. I got the WA20 instead of the cheaper WA2. Don't know if I will ever use the fast filming button. As well as filming underwater at 80+ but as a new grandchild is on the way thought I should get it. Also am learning to word and edit with Final Cut and Panasonic is one of the cameras supported by Final Cut.
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