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Panasonic HM-TA2
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Panasonic HM-TA2 Camcorder

5.33MP 1/4.1 138g MOS Aug 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
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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16 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Medium total megapixels video cameras manufactured by Panasonic have good reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just medium total megapixels video cameras) and found that Panasonic also has good reviews across its entire range.

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 Stabilizer

The Panasonic HM-TA2 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

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

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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 the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Across all video cameras of this age and spec the optical sensor size ranges from 2/3" to 1/2".

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Panasonic HM-TA2 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it. This video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it support an SDHC compatible memory cards. This camcorder also supports an SD compatible memory cards. 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 compatible memory cards is in fact the best supported memory card type across all comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HM-TA2.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera.

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

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 1080p|480p|720p supported video modes, which is the most frequently found supported video modes on medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This video camera has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 138 grams, the Panasonic HM-TA2 is quite light compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the HM-TA2. Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 76g and 3.3kg, and the average weight is 390g.

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3264 X 2448 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HM-TA2 is 3264 x 2448. That's over three times the still image resolution of the most common still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080 (which is also supported by this video camera). In addition, this Panasonic video camera support a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 480 and 1600 x 1200. Across all video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HM-TA2 the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This video camera has a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly found image formats supported on medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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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 video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has One White Balance

The Panasonic HM-TA2 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of this age and type. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on medium total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HM-TA2.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The Panasonic HM-TA2 has a greater number of audio formats than most camcorders of this type and age. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this camcorder.

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13 Reasons Against

Very Small Digital Zoom

Medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HM-TA2 have digital zooms of between 2x and 1,500x. The Panasonic HM-TA2 has a fairly small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HM-TA2.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic AG-AC90[plb_1834081_price] (10x).

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Not Full HD

Most video cameras of a similar type and age to the HM-TA2 are not Full HD. The Panasonic HM-TA2 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HM-TA2 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HM-TA2 also do 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 Panasonic HS900[plb_1047313_price], or the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price].

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Very Short Continuous Video Playback Time

With a continuous video playback time of only 0.5 hours, the Panasonic HM-TA2 has a quite short continuous video playback time compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HM-TA2. The continuous video playback times of camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HM-TA2 range from 0.5h to 2h.

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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 that have been around for a comparable time to the HM-TA2 which have a built-in display.

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Very Short Video Recording Time

The video recording times of medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 0.016h to 94h, and the average video recording time is 10h. At only 0.5 hours, the Panasonic HM-TA2 has a fairly short video recording time compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HM-TA2.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Across all the camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HM-TA2 the internal memorys range from 10MB to 130MB. The Panasonic HM-TA2 has a quite small internal memory (only 10 megabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HM-TA2.

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Not 3D

Most camcorders of this age and type are not 3D. The Panasonic HM-TA2 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HM-TA2 does not have a night mode, although it is worth noting that most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HM-TA2 also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic HM-TA2 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HM-TA2 also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth considering alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price], or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HM-TA2 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age are also not waterproof.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is waterproof then you might also want to look at the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

Across all the medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HM-TA2 the effective megapixels (image)s range from 1.3MP to 16MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 7MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of only 2.93 megapixels, the Panasonic HM-TA2 has a fairly low effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HM-TA2.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The minimum illuminations of camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HM-TA2 range from 0.3lx to 15lx, and the average minimum illumination is 3.5lx. At 9 lux, the Panasonic HM-TA2 has a fairly big minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HM-TA2.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HM-TA2

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Panasonic HM-TA2 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

We compared all the other 3" screen size camcorders to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ260E[plb_363188_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF S30[plb_1125145_price] (3.5" and higher rated).

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Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Panasonic released the HM-TA2.

Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Touchscreen
Display
Camera
3D
Minimum Illumination
Design
LED Indicators
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
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Voltage
Continuous Video Playback Time
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Other Features
Power Consumption (typical)
Auto Focus
Photo Mode
Internal Memory
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Mac Operating Systems Supported

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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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