Panasonic HX-WA20 Waterproof/Dustproof Camcorder Reviews2012


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Panasonic HX-WA20 review

The Panasonic HX-WA20 records 1920 x 1080 50i or 1920 x 1080 25p to the MPEG-4 AVC H.264 format or snaps 11.9MP stills, has a 15x intelligent zoom, a 4 axis electronic image stabilizer and a 1/2.33″ MOS Sensor.

The new Panasonic HX series of waterproof pocket camcorders are the WA2 and WA20, both waterproof to 3m with the HX-WA20 dustproof and both upright models.

A 2 channel audio recording system has a 2 channel stereo built-in microphone, and the LCD monitor is 6.7cm wide, rotates through approximately 285° and has 7 levels of brightness adjustment.

The HX-WA20 records media to an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card, focus and white balance are selectable from manual or automatic, but iris control is limited to auto only.

The Panasonic WA20
water proof design allows submersion to 3 meters for up to 60 minutes for recording underwater while surfing, snorkelling or while shooting in the rain with IPX8 and IP5X waterproof ratings and sand is no worry with the dustproof design.

With the Panasonic HX-WA20, record both video and stills together without switching modes aided by a joystick on the rear. Capture great moments in sport with the HX-WA20 slow motion mode, recording video at 480 fps or 240 fps and replays slow-mo at 60 fps.

New intelligent resolution technology emphasizes the edges of the picture for optimal clarity and the signal processing systems minimizes image noise, maximizing the beauty of Full HD images.

The new HX-WA20 gives perfect results even handheld at full zoom, without image quality degradation when the active E.I.S. is turned on thanks to the new high-quality image engine which is equally effective from wide-angle to dynamic zooming.

For optimal results, the Panasonic WA20
analyzes the shooting conditions and switches automatically to the best scene mode with the intelligent scene selector function, and if recording a dimly lit scene, a slower shutter speed is automatically selected to lighten the video. This situation is also helped by the backside illumination technology of the MOS sensor.

Panasonic HX-WA20


Still imaging is just as impressive with the new Panasonic HX-WA20 waterproof pocket camcorder which will happily take16MP high-quality photos with dynamic 360°/180° panorama and the built-in HD Writer VE2.0 software is compatible with both YouTube and FaceBook for quick sharing.

Easily copy video clips to a PC or DVD disc with the smart wizard software by following the on-screen menu.

Panasonic HX-WA20 Included Accessories

Panasonic HX-WA20 Included Accessories
HX-WA20 waterproof and dustproof pocket camcorder
AC Adaptor
880 mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack
AV Cable
USB Cable
HD Writer VE2.0 software

Panasonic HX-WA20 Summary

Record Full HD even under water with the new Panasonic WA20 water proof and dustproof pocket camcorder or 16MP stills, with auto white balance and focus and a 6.7cm wide LCD screen with 7 levels of brightness adjustment and face detection. For a full list of features and the best discount price, click on the Panasonic HX-WA20 link.

3.0 out of 5 stars Highly anticipated, slightly Dissapointed. 17 April 2012
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…….read full review by BethsDad on Amazon

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Product Specifications

Model : HX-WA20EB-W
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Record 1920x1080 Full HD video or 16MP stills

Waterproof to 3m and Dustproof

Record superb low-light video with Back-illuminated MOS sensor

SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card recording

Auto focus, iris and white balance