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Panasonic HM-TA20 Camcorder

5.33MP 1/4 158g MOS Aug 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Panasonic has excellent video camera reviews
Good product quality
Good technical features

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Reviews

Panasonic Has Excellent Video Camera Reviews

On average video cameras from Panasonic are rated 86%, which is in the top 7% of all video camera manufacturers that we have looked at.


Design

Good Product Quality

A few customers said in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality. Evogadget.com wrote “It can withstand anything you throw at - footage quality is good too” in their Panasonic HM-TA20 review. Evogadget.com also said “Good video quality”.

Robust

A few people mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Evogadget.com said “The Panasonic HM-T 20 has a comfortable, rugged design, easy operation” in their review of the Panasonic HM-TA20. Evogadget.com also said “For a rugged minicamcorder”.

Easy to Use

One customer who purchased it thought it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Nice Design

One Panasonic HM-TA20 owner concluded that it was a good design.


Features

Good Technical Features

One Panasonic HM-TA20 reviewer said in their reviews that the product had good features. Evogadget.com said five years ago “Just enough features to keep it competitive” in their review of the Panasonic HM-TA20.


Good Quality Lens

One Panasonic HM-TA20 owner who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it had a good lens.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

One Panasonic HM-TA20 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was thin. Evogadget.com said “It has a narrow lens”. One person who purchased the Panasonic HM-TA20 thought it was a good size. Evogadget.com wrote in their review “Good size”.

Average Weight

At 158 grams, the HM-TA20 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HM-TA20 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the JVC GZ-R15 is also worth considering.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HM-TA20 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The digital zooms of similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder range from 2x to 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 160x.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£201.44) (10x) which also has a higher rating.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Panasonic HM-TA20 supports HDMI. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years also support HDMI.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available which you might also want to look at including the Sony HDR-CX400E which has better reviews.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The Panasonic HM-TA20 has a touchscreen. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera also have a touchscreen.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Panasonic HM-TA20 has a pretty typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen size video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ260E.

If you want a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF S30 (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HM-TA20 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HM-TA20 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic HM-TA20 has a batteries included, as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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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 medium total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Still Image

Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HM-TA20 supports a maximum still image resolution of 1600 x 1200. That's 7% less still image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this video camera. In addition, this Panasonic camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 3264 x 2448. Across all video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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Image Sensor

Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The lowest effective megapixels (image) of comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder is 1.3MP and the highest is 21MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of only 2.93 megapixels, the HM-TA20 has a quite low effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/4.1" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

Panasonic released the HM-TA20 in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00885170050518

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