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Panasonic HX-WA20
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Panasonic HX-WA20 Camcorder

16.4MP 1/2.33 235g Jun 2012
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Active HD Camcorder HX-WA20 - A Waterproof & Dustproof Full-HD Camcorder Designed For Active Use. The waterproof design withstands immersion to 3 meters in depth for carefree shooting enjoyment on... More
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17 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

This big sensor size camcorder received an expert rating of 80 out of 100 from Expert Reviews.

Good Quality Lens

One customer wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had a good zoom. Four years ago Expert Reviews mentioned “Intelligent Zoom 15x” in their Panasonic HX-WA20 review.

Panasonic Has Good Video Camera Reviews

We checked 123 owner and expert reviews for Panasonic camcorders and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically within its big sensor size video cameras range.

Robust

One person who reviewed it wrote that it was good at resisting water ingress. Expertreviews.co.uk gave the Panasonic HX-WA20 a rating of 4 stars and wrote in their review “The HX-WA20 is a well-designed sports camera which is great for underwater footage”.

Nice Design

One Panasonic HX-WA20 owner who bought the Panasonic HX-WA20 reckoned that it was a good design. Four years ago Expertreviews.co.uk said on Expert Reviews “The HX-WA20 has a pistol grip design and is intended”.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The HX-WA20 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HX-WA20.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HX-WA20 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the HX-WA20.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HX-WA20, the HX-WA20 has an HDMI port.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HX-WA20 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to it. Most similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it support an SDHC memory card. This Panasonic video camera also supports an SD memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-WA20.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MS Pro-HG.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HX-WA20 has a built-in display. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HX-WA20 also have a built-in display.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The HX-WA20 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4608 x 3456. That's over seven times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by camcorders of this age and spec. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this video camera. This Panasonic camcorder also support still image resolutions of 640 x 480, 1280 x 720, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1440, 2560 x 1920 and 3840 x 2160 and 4608 x 2592.

This camcorder's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best supported still image resolution amongst all camcorders that came out around the same time as the HX-WA20.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution is the worst supported still image resolution across comparable types of camcorder.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago the video mode ranges from 480p to 1080p.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HX-WA20 is more than most big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Panasonic camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HX-WA20. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Manual" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Has Two Cables Included

The Panasonic HX-WA20 has a greater number of included cables than most big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HX-WA20. The cable included "AV" is also found on this camcorder.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Very Small

Video cameras of this spec and age have widths of between 15mm and 230mm. The HX-WA20 is fairly small (only 44.1 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Product Quality

One Panasonic HX-WA20 owner who reviewed it considered that it was not good quality. Expertreviews.co.uk said on Expert Reviews “Image quality isn't up there with the rest of Panasonic's camcorder range.”.

Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 5 times zoom factor, the HX-WA20 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HX-WA20. Across all the comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-WA20 the optical zooms range from 1x to 40x, and the average optical zoom is 14x.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the HX-WA20 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of video cameras that came out more than two years ago is 2.3" and the largest is 7.6". With a screen size of only 2.6 inches, the HX-WA20 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HX-WA20.

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Only 15 Extra/Smart Zooms

The Panasonic HX-WA20 is a 15 times zoom factor Extra/Smart zoom video camera. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HX-WA20 have between 14 and 54 Extra/Smart zooms.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HX-WA20 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HX-WA20 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras that came out around the same time as the HX-WA20 do not have a night mode. The Panasonic HX-WA20 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of this age and type are not waterproof. The Panasonic HX-WA20 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-WA20, the HX-WA20 does not have a built-in projector.

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Only Digital Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HX-WA20 has a Digital image stabiliser which is better than the Optical image stabiliser found on most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. Some compact cameras have digital Image stabilisation only, which simply boosts camera sensitivity (ISO) to obtain a faster shutter speeds to help prevent blur. No hardware is involved.

A Digital image stabiliser is actually the worst image stabiliser type amongst all video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HX-WA20.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the best image stabiliser type is Optical.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HX-WA20 have display resolutions of between 91,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 610,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,400 pixels, the Panasonic HX-WA20 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HX-WA20.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HX-WA20

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this Panasonic video camera was released.

Average Weight

At 235 grams, the HX-WA20 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HX-WA20.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 120 times zoom factor, the HX-WA20 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HX-WA20.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
On Screen Display
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display Language
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Video & Photo Dual Shot
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
USB 3.0 Port
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Extra/Smart Zoom
AV Output

Expert Reviews

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28 May 2012

Image quality isn't up there with the rest of Panasonic's camcorder range, but the HX-WA20 is a well-designed sports camera which is great for underwater footage...

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Design ergonomico
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Obiettivo grandangolare 28 mm
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hxwa20, hxwa20e, hxwa20ef, hxwa20egw, hxwa20efw, hxwa20egh, panasonic hxwa20, panasonic vbx090, panasonic vbx090e, panasonic hxwa20h, panasonic vwvbx090, panasonic vbx090ew, panasonic vwvbx090e, panasonic vwvbx090ew
Barcodes 04984824948761, 05025232659050, 05025232659067, 05025232659074, 05025232659081, 05025232659135, 05025232659142, 05025232669257
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