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Panasonic HX-WA10 HD Camcorder,
This review is from: Panasonic HX-WA10 HD Camcorder - Blue (16MP Stills, 1920x1080, 5x Optical Zoom, BSI Sensor) 2.7-inch LCD (Electronics)
Overall very happy with this camcorder. As a family, we like spending time at theme parks with the kids and I thought that this would be ideal. I particularly liked the idea of its size (similar to a large mobile phone) which can fit in a trouser pocket easily and the fact that it is waterproof - great for the water parks and water rides.
Performance is impressive. Quality of the recorded image is excellent and the software supplied makes it easy to download the recorded files to my PC. Check that your PC meets the minimum requirements however especially if you intend to record and edit in full HD. Note however that it does not allow you to transfer the files to Blu-Ray disc. The file conversion for HD footage is AVCHD only. The level of sound is also very good with the built in microphone. It picked up much more detail than I expected it to.
Be prepared to buy a large memory card. Most people will want to capture full HD footage. The maximum size card that it will currently accept is an SDXC 64GB. This will allow you to record up to about 7 hours in full HD (a lot more if you record at a lower resolution). The cheapest I have seen that sort of card currently selling for is about £75.
Quite easy to use although you need a fairly steady hand. It has an automatic image stabiliser but I still noticed a bit of camera shake. I guess that the position of your hand using a 'pistol grip' just takes a bit of getted used to rather than the position of using a traditional camcorder. Controls are easy to get to grips with and the various settings are quick to learn and navigate. One minor issue that I have is that the zoom only works at one speed which is fairly fast. I would have prefered to see a 'steped' speed on the zoom button, but this is only a minor issue. Battery life seems ok, but I suspect that I will need to buy a second battery when taking it on holidays etc.
I went for the blue and white version which looks very nice but not sure how long it will stay looking that way. I have a feeling that it will look a bit worn in a few months. Need to buy a case for it although nothing specifically available at present. Hopefully Panasonic will produce one that fits it soon.