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Panasonic HM-TA20

Panasonic HM-TA20 Camcorder

5.33MP 1/4.1 158g MOS Aug 2011
Sensor Size Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
- Waterproof up to 3 m*1- Dustproof*1- Shockproof up to 1.5 m*2 - FULL HD recording: 1920 x 1080p @ 30fps- Records to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards- Recording format: MP4 and iFrame- 4x digital zoom-... More
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22 Reasons For

Good Product Quality

A number of Panasonic HM-TA20 reviewers who purchased the product said that it was good quality. Evogadget.com said in their review of this camcorder “It can withstand anything you throw at - footage quality is good too”. Evogadget.com also mentioned “Good video quality”.

Panasonic Camcorders Have Good Reviews

We checked 123 user and expert reviews for Panasonic camcorders and found that on average Panasonic has good reviews. We also found that Panasonic has good reviews specifically within its medium sensor size video cameras range.

Robust

Several customers wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Evogadget.com said in their review of this camcorder four years ago “For a rugged minicamcorder”.

Easy to Use

One customer said in their reviews that the Panasonic HM-TA20 was comfortable and easy to hold. Evogadget.com mentioned in their Panasonic HM-TA20 review “The Panasonic HM-T 20 has a comfortable, rugged design, easy operation”.

Nice Design

One person who reviewed it mentioned that it was a good design.

Good Technical Features

One customer thought the product had good features. Evogadget.com wrote “Just enough features to keep it competitive” in their review of this camcorder.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who reviewed the Panasonic HM-TA20 said that it had a good lens.

Good Size

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was a good size. Evogadget.com wrote “Good size”. One person who reviewed it mentioned that it was thin. Evogadget.com wrote “It has a narrow lens” in their Panasonic HM-TA20 review.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HM-TA20, the Panasonic HM-TA20 has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HM-TA20 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HM-TA20 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HM-TA20 also have an HDMI port.

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The HM-TA20 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.1". That's 41% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". The optical sensor size of all camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HM-TA20 ranges from 1/5.8" (worst) to 1/3" (best).

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HM-TA20 supports a better memory card type than most comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This Panasonic video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most video cameras 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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 video camera has a 1080p|480p|720p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the HM-TA20 is more than most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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3264 X 2448 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HM-TA20 supports a maximum still image resolution of 3264 x 2448. That's over three times the still image resolution of the most common still image resolution of 1920 x 1080 (which is also supported by this Panasonic camcorder). In addition, this video camera supports a still image resolution of 1600 x 1200. Comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago still image resolutions range from 640 x 480 to 4608 x 3456.

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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 camcorders of this age and type.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Small

The Panasonic HM-TA20 is quite small (only 17.7 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HM-TA20. The smallest video camera of this age and type is 15mm deep and the biggest is 460mm.

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8 Reasons Against

Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the HM-TA20 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age. Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HM-TA20 the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,800x.

If this camcorder 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

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HM-TA20, the HM-TA20 does not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to consider include the Panasonic HS900[plb_1047313_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The HM-TA20 does not have a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HM-TA20 do have a built-in display.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HM-TA20 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HDC-Z10000[plb_1312813_price].

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HM-TA20 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have a night mode.

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

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HM-TA20 does not have a built-in projector, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

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

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HM-TA20, the HM-TA20 is not waterproof.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the HM-TA20 is more than most camcorders of this type and age. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HM-TA20.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HM-TA20

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HM-TA20 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

If this camcorder screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF S30[plb_1125145_price] (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

Panasonic released the HM-TA20 over five years ago.

Average Weight

At 158 grams, the HM-TA20 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HM-TA20.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-CX260[plb_409852_price] (205g).

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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
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
3D Compatible
On Screen Display Language
Design
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
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Networking
Battery
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Stylus Pen
Other Features
The Windows Operating System
Mac Operating Systems
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

1 June 2012

As an overall opinion, the new Panasonic HM-TA20 is a good and resistant camcorder , but it did let us down in regards to the waterproof function. The rigid design and the colors it comes in...

It can withstand anything you throw at - footage quality is good too
The Panasonic HM-T 20 has a comfortable, rugged design, easy operation, and just enough features to keep it competitive
The Panasonic HMT 20 has a comfortable, rugged design, easy operation, and just enough features to keep it competitive
Toughest pocket Internet camcorder
Decent video performance
It's heavy and the locking system is frustrating
For a rugged minicamcorder, the T 20's screen and lens are largely unprotected
It has a narrow lens, and there's no 72060p resolution option
Fewer features than some competitors
Nonremovable battery

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Product Identifiers

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