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Panasonic HX-WA30
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Panasonic HX-WA30 Camcorder

16.4MP 1/2.33 290g Feb 2013
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Good Expert Reviews

This camcorder received a rating of 80 out of 100 from expert review website altomdata.dk.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Panasonic has good average reviews for its big sensor size video cameras as well as across its entire camcorder range.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HX-WA30 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HX-WA30 also have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ580[plb_409855_price], or the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the HX-WA30, the HX-WA30 has an HDMI port.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think the Sony HDR-PJ580[plb_409855_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HX-WA30, the Panasonic HX-WA30 is Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD video cameras currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ580[plb_409855_price] which has better reviews.

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Waterproof

Unlike most of the other video cameras of this spec and age which are not waterproof, the HX-WA30 is waterproof.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative waterproof video cameras currently available including the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which has better reviews.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HX-WA30 supports a better memory card type than most big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC memory card. This Panasonic video camera also 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).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HX-WA30.

An MS Pro-HG memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder.

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

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Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the HX-WA30 is more than most camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This camcorder has a Sepia photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago. The photo effects "Black&White" and "Vivid" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HX-WA30 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 that were launched more than two years ago. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this Panasonic camcorder. In addition, this camcorder support still image resolutions of 640 x 480, 2048 x 1536 and 2560 x 1440 and 2560 x 1920.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution is actually the best supported still image resolution amongst all comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

The worst supported still image resolution across similar types of camcorder is 640 x 480.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HX-WA30 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ650[plb_1610617_price], or the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

The HX-WA30 has one of the largest internal storage capacities (65 gigabytes) amongst video cameras of this age. Across all the camcorders of this type and age the internal storage capacities range from 0.032GB to 65GB.

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Very Deep Waterproof Depth

The HX-WA30 has one of the deepest waterproof depth (10 meters) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. The waterproof depth of big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 5m to 10m.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HX-WA30 is more than most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HX-WA30. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Has Two Cables Included

The HX-WA30 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras of this spec and age. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HX-WA30. The cable included "AV" is also found on this Panasonic camcorder.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of video cameras of this age and type range from 1lx to 17lx. The HX-WA30 has a quite small minimum illumination (only 2 lux) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HX-WA30.

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Very Small

The smallest comparable spec video camera that came out more than two years ago is 21mm deep, the biggest is 480mm, and the average depth is 150mm. The Panasonic HX-WA30 is one of the smaller video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HX-WA30 (only 46.2 millimeters) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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8 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HX-WA30 is 1x and the biggest is 40x. The HX-WA30 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 5 times zoom factor) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

If this big sensor size camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the JVC GZ-VX815[plb_1885721_price] (10x) 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-WA30, the HX-WA30 does not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth considering other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Very Small Screen Size

At only 2.6 inches, the Panasonic HX-WA30 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. The screen sizes of similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HX-WA30 range from 2.3" to 7.6".

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Legria Mini[pl_1991330_price] (2.7" and higher rated), or the Legria Mini X[pl_2434399_price] (2.7" and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The smallest bitrate at maximum video resolution of camcorders of a similar type and age to the HX-WA30 is 5 Mbit/s, the biggest is 50 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 25 Mbit/s. The HX-WA30 has a quite small bitrate at maximum video resolution (only 15 megabits per second) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HX-WA30 are not 3D compatible. The HX-WA30 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the HC-V707[pl_1350701_price], or the HC-X920[pl_1974849_price] both from Panasonic.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HX-WA30, the HX-WA30 does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Panasonic HX-WA30 does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth considering other camcorders 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 also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of camcorders of this age and spec range from 2MP to 17MP, and the average megapixel count is 9.9MP. With a megapixel count of only 8.37 megapixels, the Panasonic HX-WA30 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst similar spec video cameras of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HX-WA30

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this video camera was released.

Average Weight

At 290 grams, the HX-WA30 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HX-WA30.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the easypix DVC5127 Trip[plb_296709_price] (190g).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 120 times zoom factor, the HX-WA30 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HX-WA30.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price] (160x), or the JVC GZ-VX815[plb_1885721_price] (200x) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Photo Effect
On Screen Display
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Shock Proof Height
Waterproof Depth
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
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
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Networking
WiFi
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
Photo Mode
Waterproof
Shock Proof

Expert Reviews

(1)
13 December 2013

Mange af livets mest spændende øjeblikke sker ikke, når du står med det store spejlreflekskamera forsvarligt sat op på et stativ under kontrollerede forhold, men når du er ude på usikker... Read more…

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User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 21 November 2013 by Martin
(Verified Purchase)

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hxwa30, panasonic vbx090, panasonic hxwa30k, panasonic vbx090e, panasonic hxwa30e, panasonic hxwa30ef, panasonic vwvbx090, panasonic hxwa30eb, panasonic vbx090ew, panasonic hxwa30ebd, panasonic hxwa30efw, panasonic vwvbx090e, panasonic hxwa30eba, panasonic vwvbx090ew
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