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Panasonic HXA100D Camcorder

$289.95
3.32MP 1/4 167g Mar 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Average expert reviews
Poor design
Poor battery life
14 Reviews
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Reviews

Average Expert Reviews

This small total megapixels camcorder received a score of 70 out of 100 from expert review site parentesis.com.

Average User Reviews

On average, based on 13 user reviews this camcorder has an overall user rating of 77 out of 100. 71% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 339 owner and expert reviews for Panasonic video cameras and found that on average Panasonic has excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Panasonic has excellent reviews specifically for its small total megapixels camcorders. 78% of those that bought a Panasonic video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Best Seller

The HX-A100 is a popular choice of camcorder.

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this small total megapixels camcorder was released.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

One owner wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Klenzer said on Bhphotovideo.com “If you want a compact head camera with little functionality, buy a Replay Mini instead as its almost as small” and gave this camcorder a score of 5 stars.

Very Light

The HX-A100 is fairly light (only 167 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as this video camera. The average weight of camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder is 460g.

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Design

Easy to Use

Six owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to use. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Easy to Use” in their review of this camcorder but they only gave it a score of 20 out of 100. Tireless Bicyclist wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “On the one hand, for ID reasons I want to use the highest resolution conveniently available; on the other hand, I want as many hours as possible”. Cranky Frank mentioned “Simple to use and spectacular video! B&H is simply the best online vendor”.

One person thought it was easy to handle. One customer thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Three years ago Dave Henniker mentioned on Amazon “In use I found the headset to be comfortable in use and remarkably stable”.

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Good At Resisting Water Ingress

Three customers who reviewed the Panasonic HX-A100 thought it was good at resisting water ingress. Four years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Wi-fi While Underwater”. Profiledefile gave this camcorder a score of 5 stars and mentioned “The only video cam I could find that sends wi-fi to my smartphone while the camera is underwater” in their review of this camcorder.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Tireless Bicyclist rated the product 7 stars and mentioned “The form factor is of a cheek-camera held on the ear connected by a sturdy cable to a recorder on the arm”.

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Good Quality

Three owners who reviewed the product thought it was good quality. Four years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “Great Picture Quality”. Eam Studios gave it a score of 8 stars and wrote “The picture quality is superb” in their review of this camcorder.

Poor Design

One person mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was not well designed. Three years ago Klenzer mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Unfortunately despite the design, this is a failure”. One customer who bought the Panasonic HX-A100 thought it was not good looking. Profiledefile mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Not stylish enough to wear”.


Good Image Stabiliser

One customer said in their reviews that this camcorder had a good image stabiliser. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Good Image Stabilization” however despite that they only rated this camcorder 20 out of 100.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HX-A100 is Full HD. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder also are Full HD.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the HC-V130, and the HC-V160 ($149.99) both from Panasonic is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The HX-A100 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think the HC-V130, and the HC-V160 ($149.99) both from Panasonic which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 4.6. The HX-A100 has a fairly low maximum aperture number (only 2.5) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture Number

The lowest minimum aperture number of small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder is 1.1 and the highest is 3.1. With a minimum aperture number of 2.5, the HX-A100 has one of the higher minimum aperture numbers amongst video cameras of this age.

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Other Features

Waterproof

The HX-A100 is waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age are not waterproof.

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Features Photo Mode

The Panasonic HX-A100 features photo mode, as do most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The HX-A100 features indoor white balance. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera also feature indoor white balance.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The HX-A100 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HX-A100 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HX-A100 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic HX-A100 has a batteries included, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Image Sensor

Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.8 megapixels, the HX-A100 has one of the higher effective megapixels (movie) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. The effective megapixels (movie) of video cameras of this age and spec range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (image)

The lowest effective megapixels (image) of camcorders of this age and spec is 1.1MP and the highest is 10MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of 2.8 megapixels, the HX-A100 has one of the higher effective megapixels (image) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/4.1" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Still Image

2304 X 1296 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HX-A100 supports a maximum still image resolution of 2304 x 1296. That's 44% more still image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. In addition, this video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 3072 x 1728. Across all small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4224 x 2376.

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Power

Poor Battery Life

One person concluded that it did not have a good battery life.


Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Support HDMI

The HX-A100 does not support HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec do support HDMI.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI and we think the HC-V130, or the HC-V160 ($149.99) both from Panasonic which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The HX-A100 does not support PictBridge, although keep in mind that most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also do not support PictBridge.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hxa100d, panasonic hxa100k, panasonic hxa100e, panasonic hxa500e, VW-WJA100GUH, hxa100ek
Barcodes 00008.8517E+11, 00012302000787, 00031111125559, 00031111125566, 00042448744214, 00112292838985, 00121417306018, 00132017881027, 00154940324105, 00652373347314, 00858897846443, 00885170116764, 00885170116771, 05025232724666, 05025232724673, 05711045964763

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