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Panasonic HX-WA10 Camcorder

16.8MP 1/2 CMOS 5x Aug 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
Expert reviews are average
Some wobbling in stabilisation
A bit expensive

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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

Camcorder expert review site techguide.com.au scored this video camera 70 out of 100.

Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 339 owner and expert reviews (including 85 verified purchases) for Panasonic video cameras and found that on average Panasonic has excellent ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Panasonic has excellent ratings specifically for its big total megapixels video cameras. 89% of those that bought a Panasonic video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Easy to Use

One person said in their reviews that the Panasonic HX-WA10 was easy to use.

Smart Design

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was well designed. Techguide.com.au wrote six years ago “Smart design” yet they only gave this camcorder a score of 1 stars.

Good Video Quality in Low Light

Three owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was good quality. Techguide.com.au said six years ago “Very good image and video quality for a small camcorder” in their review of this camcorder. Techguide.com.au also wrote “Good video quality in low light” in their review. Techguide.com.au also said “Cameras and water don't mix unless you've got a waterproof model that can shoot high quality video, take good pictures” in their review.

Waterproof to 3 Metres

One customer wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good at resisting water ingress. Techguide.com.au said “Waterproof to 3 metres” in their review of this camcorder. One customer who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was well made. Techguide.com.au wrote “Solid waterproofing”.

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was reliable.

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Tilting and Rotating LCD Screen

One customer who bought the product thought it had a good screen. Six years ago Techguide.com.au said “Tilting and rotating LCD screen” nonetheless they scored the product 1 stars.

Some Wobbling in Stabilisation

Two owners who purchased it concluded that it did not have a good image stabiliser. Techguide.com.au said “Some wobbling in stabilisation”. Techguide.com.au also said “Image stabilisation a little twitchy” in their review.

One customer who bought this camcorder considered that it did not have a good zoom. Techguide.com.au wrote “Can have difficulty autofocusing when using the zoom”.

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Price

More Expensive Than Pocket Internet Models

One person who bought it said that it was expensive. Techguide.com.au mentioned in their review of this camcorder “More expensive than pocket Internet models”.


Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HX-WA10 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera also have an image stabilizer.

Alternative camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the HX-DC3, or the HC-VX878 both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-CX730E.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 5 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-WA10 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera. Across all the camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder the optical zooms range from 1x to 25x.

If this big total megapixels camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the HDR-CX730E (10x), or the FDR-AXP33 (10x) both from Sony or the JVC GC-PX100 ($1,719.80) (10x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HX-WA10 has a fairly standard digital zoom (120 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

If this big total megapixels camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the HDR-CX570E (160x), the HDR-PJ580E (160x), or the HDR-PJ650 ($1,393.21) (160x) all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HX-WA10 supports HDMI, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras which support HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E, the Panasonic HX-WA30, or the Canon Legria Mini X.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The HX-WA10 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera, the HX-WA10 does not support PictBridge.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Panasonic HX-WA10 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HX-WA10 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The HX-WA10 has a batteries included. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder also have a batteries included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The HX-WA10 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have an AC adapter included.

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Still Image

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HX-WA10 is 4608 x 3456. That's over seven times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most common still image resolution supported by video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this video camera. In addition, this camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 1280 x 720. The still image resolution of all comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera ranges from 640 x 480 to 5472 x 3648.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Power

Memory Card Slot Positioned Under the Battery

One customer who bought it considered that it did not have a good battery life. Six years ago Techguide.com.au mentioned “Memory card slot positioned under the battery”.


Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

At only 2.6 inches, the HX-WA10 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder. Big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder have display diagonals of between 2" and 7.6", and the average display diagonal is 3.1".

If you are looking for a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Legria Mini (2.7"), or the Legria Mini X (2.7") both from Canon or the Sony HDR-CX730E (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Image Sensor

Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

At only 1.19 megapixels, the HX-WA10 has a fairly low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. Camcorders of this age and spec have effective megapixels (movie) of between 1.1MP and 17MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 9.5MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Panasonic released the HX-WA10.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic 1920x1080, panasonic hxwa10ebd, panasonic hxwa10eck
Barcodes 00885170044791, 00885170044807, 00885170047112, 05025232628292

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