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5.0 out of 5 stars great go anywhere do anything camera, 21 April 2013
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David Kay (Newcastle Upon Tyne) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Panasonic HX-WA30EB-D Full HD 1920 x 1080 Vertical Tough Camcorder - Orange (16MP, Built in Wi-Fi, 10 meters Waterproof, -10c Freezeproof, 1.5m Shockproof, Dustproof, High Quality Still Images, 18x Intelligent Zoom) 2.6 inch LCD (Electronics)
Smaller than it looks in the pictures, about the size of my hand, and fits easily into a jacket pocket.
Quality really is excellent, just feels very solid and robust. Straight out of the box, filmed my daughter underwater at Centre Parcs, fantastic footage, full HD. Didn't use my old camera as much because you are always worried about dropping it/ getting it wet etc. With this, even the kids were picking it up and making their own film, without me having to worry.
The 9 point Intelligent auto focus, is very rapid, and very cleverly adjusts aperture and all settings to whatever conditions you are filming in. Outside in the dark, with only the glow of a barbecue, the low light ability made it seem quite light, and gave great results.
Rechargeable battery can be charged in the camera, or if you purchase a dedicated charger (about 6 on Amazon), you can charge out of camera or charge a spare. I bought a non Panasonic spare battery for 6 against the 60 for the Panasonic original, and it seems to be just as good.
Film records onto SD memory cards, make sure you get a "class10" card to ensure you take advantage of the full HD, apparently something to do with the data transfer speed
*Camera does not come with a memory card* and only has a small internal memory so you do need one. The camera has WI-FI ability, what that means is that you can control it when on a tripod, using as smart phone, though I have to say this is a gimmick unlikely to be used.
Camera zoom is quite easy to control with a thumb operated rocker switch, and the camera can take 16mp still pictures which is quite handy so you don't need a separate still camera.
Only gripe, although not a negative feature of the camera, is that it doesn't come with dedicated case,mainly to protect the snazzy orange paint from scratches in my pocket and I'm having real problems finding one that suits the camera. The nice people at John Lewis tell me Panasonic are bringing one out in the next few weeks so I'll just have to be patient. On that subject JL guarantee the camera for 2 yrs against Amazon s one, and at the same price.
Sorry Amazon but hopefully Amazon will do something about their price to make the deal competitive.
All in all, I looked at every camera sub 500, and this was overall the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but all in NTSC, 30 Nov 2013
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Mr. A. Poole "podgioli" (Chester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Panasonic HX-WA30EB-D Full HD 1920 x 1080 Vertical Tough Camcorder - Orange (16MP, Built in Wi-Fi, 10 meters Waterproof, -10c Freezeproof, 1.5m Shockproof, Dustproof, High Quality Still Images, 18x Intelligent Zoom) 2.6 inch LCD (Electronics)
This is an excellent little camera but be aware that the frame rates are NTSC only. You will not be able to create projects involving any PAL cameras you already have. Separate projects only. This is the reason as I have left out a star, as it's really just a camera for the US market trying to find extra bucks here. Actually it's really the company I'm deducting the star from , not the product, as it should be more clearly marked as US video format device. I was aware of the limitations but many buyers won't be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic WA30, 28 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Panasonic HX-WA30EB-D Full HD 1920 x 1080 Vertical Tough Camcorder - Orange (16MP, Built in Wi-Fi, 10 meters Waterproof, -10c Freezeproof, 1.5m Shockproof, Dustproof, High Quality Still Images, 18x Intelligent Zoom) 2.6 inch LCD (Electronics)
Excellent from order placement to delivery.

Easy to use and crammed with features. Brilliant underwater video and photo quality. Used this already on 2 holidays and have over 10 hours of video footage.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Works as expected, 8 Jan 2014
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Good value for money, works as it should and has a quality feel about it. Manual is not very detailed, but quite clear.
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