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Panasonic HM-TA2
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Panasonic HM-TA2 Camcorder

5.33MP 1/4.1 138g MOS Aug 2011
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Easy To Use 3.0-inch TouchscreenThe HM series has an easy-to-see 3.0-inch touch panel with intuitive operation. The touch panel has a simple button layout and is easy to operate. The vertical... More
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Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Based on 123 user and expert reviews, Panasonic has good reviews for its camcorders. Panasonic also has good reviews specifically for its medium sensor size video cameras.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HM-TA2 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HM-TA2 also have an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Panasonic HM-TA2 is Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HM-TA2 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The Panasonic HM-TA2 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.1". That's 41% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size. The best optical sensor size of all camcorders of this spec and age is 1/3" and the worst is 1/5.8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HM-TA2 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. Most comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SD memory card. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC 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 in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HM-TA2.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSDXC.

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

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p|480p|720p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic HM-TA2 is more than most medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Panasonic camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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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 typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Very Light

At only 138 grams, the Panasonic HM-TA2 is fairly light compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HM-TA2. The average weight of video cameras of a similar age and type to the HM-TA2 is 320g.

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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 typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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3264 X 2448 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HM-TA2 supports a maximum still image resolution of 3264 x 2448. That's over three times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution of 1920 x 1080 (which is also supported by this video camera). This Panasonic video camera also support a still image resolution of 640 x 480 and 1600 x 1200. The worst still image resolution of all comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HM-TA2 is 640 x 480 and the best is 4608 x 3456.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Small

The average depth of medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HM-TA2 is 110mm, and the depths range from 15mm to 460mm. At only 16.9 millimeters, the Panasonic HM-TA2 is quite small compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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11 Reasons Against

Very Small Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HM-TA2 has a quite small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HM-TA2. Camcorders that were released around the same time as the HM-TA2 have digital zooms of between 2x and 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 180x.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic AG-AC90[plb_1834081_price] (10x).

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HM-TA2 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Panasonic HM-TA2 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think the Panasonic HS900[plb_1047313_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Short Continuous Video Playback Time

The continuous video playback time of camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HM-TA2 range from 0.5h to 2h. With a continuous video playback time of only 0.5 hours, the Panasonic HM-TA2 has one of the shorter continuous video playback time amongst video cameras of this age.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HM-TA2 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HM-TA2 which have a built-in display.

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Very Short Video Recording Time

The video recording times of video cameras of this spec and age range from 0.016h to 94h, and the average video recording time is 12h. The Panasonic HM-TA2 has one of the shorter video recording times (only 0.5 hours) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Very Small Internal Memory Size

The Panasonic HM-TA2 has a quite small internal memory size (only 10 megabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The internal memory sizes of camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 10MB to 130MB.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HM-TA2 are not 3D compatible. The Panasonic HM-TA2 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you want a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Panasonic HDC-Z10000[plb_1312813_price].

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HM-TA2 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HM-TA2 also do not have a night mode.

Other camcorders which also have a night mode that you might want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ330[plb_2109562_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HM-TA2 do not have a built-in projector. The Panasonic HM-TA2 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders of this age and spec are not waterproof. The Panasonic HM-TA2 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years the minimum illumination range from 0.3lx to 15lx. The Panasonic HM-TA2 has a quite big minimum illumination (9 lux) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HM-TA2.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HM-TA2

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Panasonic HM-TA2 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HM-TA2.

If you would prefer a video camera with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF S30[plb_1125145_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

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

Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Networking
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Auto Focus
Photo Mode
Internal Memory Size
The Windows Operating System
Mac Operating Systems
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hmta2ebw, HM-TA2EB-W, panasonic hmta2, panasonic hmta2e, panasonic hmta2eb, panasonic hmta2eba, panasonic hmta2ebv, panasonic hmta2ebr, panasonic hmta2ebk, panasonic hmta2ebw, panasonic 770618081hmta2, panasonic 770604623hmta2, panasonic 770604623hmta2e, panasonic 770618081hmta2e, panasonic 770604623hmta2eb, panasonic 770618081hmta2eb, panasonic 770618081hmta2ebk, panasonic 770604623hmta2ebv
Barcodes 00885170045651, 00885170047020, 00885170050488, 00885170050501, 05025232624546, 05060319630669

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