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Panasonic HX-WA10

Panasonic HX-WA10 Camcorder

16.8MP 1/2.3 CMOS 5x Aug 2011
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Take the HX-WA10 underwater as deep as 3 meters for up to 60 minutes, and get some great photos or videos in a pool or the ocean. Swim along with tropical fish, capture shots of a beautiful coral... More
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Average Expert Reviews

This video camera received a score of 70 out of 100 from expert review site techguide.com.au.

Good Product Quality

Several customers who reviewed the Panasonic HX-WA10 agreed that it was good quality. Expert website Techguide.com.au rated the product 4 stars and wrote five years ago “Water don't mix unless you've got a waterproof model that can shoot high quality video, take good pictures”. Techguide.com.au also said “Good video quality in low light”. Techguide.com.au also wrote “Very good image and video quality for a small camcorder”.

Robust

One Panasonic HX-WA10 owner said in their reviews that the Panasonic HX-WA10 was reliable. Techguide.com.au wrote five years ago “Dependable waterproofing” and rated the product 4 stars. One Panasonic HX-WA10 reviewer who purchased the product reckoned that it was well made.

Easy to Use

One Panasonic HX-WA10 reviewer said in their reviews that the Panasonic HX-WA10 was easy to use. Techguide.com.au wrote “Easy to use”.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

On average Panasonic big sensor size video cameras have good reviews as do all camcorders manufactured by Panasonic.

Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HX-WA10, the Panasonic HX-WA10 has an image stabiliser.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ580[plb_409855_price], the Panasonic HX-WA30[plb_1874367_price], and the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-WA10, the HX-WA10 is Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including the HDR-PJ580[pl_409855_price], or the NEX-FS700R[pl_2635479_price] both from Sony or the Panasonic HC-V750[plb_2197141_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HX-WA10 has an HDMI port. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HX-WA10 also have an HDMI port.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think the HDR-PJ580[pl_409855_price], and the NEX-FS700E[pl_2941061_price] both from Sony or the Panasonic HC-V750[plb_2197141_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HX-WA10 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this Panasonic camcorder 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of a similar age and type to the HX-WA10.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera 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 HX-WA10 has a built-in display, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HX-WA10.

There are a number of other video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to consider including the NEX-FS700R[pl_2635479_price], or the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price] both from Sony or the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which has better reviews.

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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 the most common still image resolution of 1920 x 1080 (which is also supported by this camcorder). This video camera also supports a still image resolution of 1280 x 720.

This camcorder's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best supported still image resolution across all big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-WA10.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution is the worst supported still image resolution amongst similar 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. The worst video mode of all video cameras that have been available for more than two years is 480p and the best is 1080p.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HX-WA10 is more than most similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago. This Panasonic camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders that are a comparable age to the HX-WA10. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Manual" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Has Two Cables Included

The HX-WA10 has a greater number of included cables than most big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on video cameras of this type and age. The cable included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Very Small

The widths of big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 15mm to 230mm. The HX-WA10 is one of the smaller video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HX-WA10 (only 41.2 millimeters) amongst camcorders of this age.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

One person who purchased it wrote that it was not able to connect to the internet.

Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of video cameras of this age and spec is 1x, the biggest is 40x, and the average optical zoom is 14x. The Panasonic HX-WA10 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 5 times zoom factor) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the GC-PX100[pl_1725509_price] (10x), the GZ-GX1[pl_1286357_price] (10x), or the GZ-VX815[pl_1885721_price] (10x) all from JVC which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HX-WA10, the HX-WA10 does not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens which you might also want to consider including the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the NEX-EA50[pl_1464417_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] all from Sony.

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Very Small Screen Size

Across all the video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HX-WA10 the screen sizes range from 2.3" to 7.6", and the average screen size is 3.1". The Panasonic HX-WA10 has a fairly small screen size (only 2.6 inches) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HX-WA10.

If you would prefer a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Legria Mini[pl_1991330_price] (2.7"), or the Legria Mini X[pl_2434399_price] (2.7") both from Canon or the easypix DVC5127 Trip[plb_296709_price] (2.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HX-WA10 are not 3D compatible. The Panasonic HX-WA10 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the HX-DC1[pl_1109289_price], the HC-V707[pl_1350701_price], or the HC-X920[pl_1974849_price] all from Panasonic.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HX-WA10 does not have a night mode, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also do not have a night mode.

Other video cameras which also have a night mode that you might want to look at include the Sharp HC-W850[plb_2224112_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HX-WA10 are not waterproof. The Panasonic HX-WA10 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is waterproof then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HX-WA30[plb_1874367_price], or the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic HX-WA10 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HX-WA10 also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth considering alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ580[pl_409855_price], the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Quite Low Battery Capacity

At only 700 milliamperes * hour, the HX-WA10 has a fairly low battery capacity compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-WA10. The battery capacities of big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HX-WA10 range from 700mAh to 5,800mAh.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

The lowest movie megapixel count of big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HX-WA10 is 1.1MP and the highest is 17MP. When compared to other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HX-WA10, the movie megapixel count of the HX-WA10 of only 1.19 megapixels is one of the lowest.

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Only Digital Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HX-WA10 has a Digital image stabiliser which is better than most similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago have an Optical image stabiliser. 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 across all similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The average minimum illumination of camcorders of this age and spec is 5.2lx, and the minimum illumination range from 1lx to 17lx. The HX-WA10 has a fairly big minimum illumination (9 lux) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HX-WA10.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HX-WA10

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This Panasonic video camera has been on the market for over five years.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 120 times zoom factor, the HX-WA10 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HX-WA10.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the HDR-PJ580[pl_409855_price] (160x), the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price] (160x), or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] (160x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Aperture Range (F-F)
Power Requirements

Expert Reviews

(1)
16 October 2011

Summer's on its way and it's usually the time of year when we get our cameras out and head poolside or to the beach.But cameras and water don't mix unless you've got a waterproof model that can... Read more…

Dependable waterproofing
Good video quality in low light
Optical zoom
Very good image and video quality for a small camcorder
Tilting and rotating LCD screen
Dpad can be fiddly
No shockproof rating
More expensive than pocket Internet models
Image stabilisation a little twitchy
Pistol grip ergonomics may be tricky for small hands

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic vbx070, panasonic hxwa10, panasonic hxwa10k, panasonic hxwa10e, panasonic vbx070e, panasonic vbx070ew, panasonic vwvbx070, panasonic hxwa10eb, panasonic vwvbx070e, panasonic hxwa10ebd, panasonic 1920x1080, panasonic vwvbx070ew
Barcodes 00885170044791, 00885170044807, 00885170047112, 04984824910683, 05025232627783, 05053460597196

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