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Highly anticipated, slightly Dissapointed.
on 17 April 2012
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!