Top positive review
on 31 May 2012
Probably one of the best value pocket handhelds in it's range, The panasonic TA1 is a reliable, strong and very convenient pocket camcorder. The built in USB is a great idea and is very handy when travelling, The battery does take quite a while to charge but on a full charge it has a very long lifespan. One of the great features of this phone is the ability to capture 8mp stills, The quality is great and is very easy to use and upload, Set the picture to the highest bandwidth for best results. My main issue though with the camera is the delay whilst pressing the capture button, There seems to be a 2-3 second delay and their is no way in improving the reaction time of the camera, Eventually you will be accustomed to it but others will find it difficult to understand at first which is not always a great thing when you need to capture a quick moment. The HD video is great quality for the price and size, The video works best in still or slow scenes, There is a picture stability function built in but it does not work very well. The light button is very useful and should be activated under low light conditions, Sound quality is good and the menu features are simple and easy to use. I would say in my opinion the worst thing about this pocket camcorder the screen size, Sometimes its very difficult to preview and capture a picture with the low res screen.
Overall it's a great little portable pocket camcorder, I bought it for quite cheap at the time and i did not expect too much but it has produced some great quality pictures and has been reliable and durable in all conditions from mountain to desert so i am very happy with it.