Panasonic has just released two new HD mobile cameras (the HM-TA20, and TA2) , and three full-HD camcorders (HX WA10, HX-DC10 and HX-DC1). The TA20 camera is waterproof, shockproof and dustproof (which sounds great to me, with two small kids in my house), and has a night view mode for shooting in dim lighting. It has a 3.0 inch touch LCD, and also can be used as a webcam with Skype. Continue after the cut to see all the details about these devices.
Features of the TA20:
- Full-HD Shooting with a 3-Meter Waterproof, 1.5-Meter Shockproof and Dustproof Design
- 3.0 inch LCD
- Tripod stand included for self-portraits
- 4x Digital Zoom
- Face Detection
- 8-megapixel still picture recording
- Simultaneous linear PCM sound recording with still pictures
- Three playback effects: sepia/monochrome/soft skin
- Direct connection to high-definition TVs with a single HDMI cable
Panasonic is also introducing the TA2 HD Mobile Camera, but as far as we can tell from their website, it has the same features as the TA20.
The WA10 pistol grip camcorder has full-HD 1920 x 1080p resolution, and 16 megapixel still image recording. It can also record in the MPEG-4 AVC file format (MP4).
- Waterproof to 3 meters for up to 60 minutes (must be in dry conditions for more than 10 minutes after 60 min water exposure)
- BSI (Backside Illumination Sensor), for shooting in dimly lit areas
- Can take still photos while shooting a movie without changing modes
- 2.7 -inch wide TFT LCD monitor
- Optical 5x zoom/12x Advanced zoom for movie recording.
- Electrical Image Stabilizer
Panasonic is also releasing the HX-DC10 and the HX-DC1. The HX-DC10 has Full-HD11 video shooting with BSI Sensor, 16-Megapixel still picture recording. The HX-DC1 features Full HD Recording in MP4 Format, 14-megapixel still picture recording 3.0-inch Wide TFT LCD Monitor.