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Panasonic HM-TA20

Panasonic HM-TA20 Camcorder

5.33MP 1/4.1 158g MOS Aug 2011
Total Megapixels 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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21 Reasons For

Good Brand

Panasonic medium total megapixels video cameras have good ratings on average and across all camcorders Panasonic is one of the better rated manufacturers.

Good Product Quality

A number of people concluded that it was good quality. Evogadget.com mentioned “It can withstand anything you throw at - footage quality is good too”. Evogadget.com also mentioned “Good video quality”.

Robust

Some customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was strong and durable. Evogadget.com said “For a rugged minicamcorder”.

Easy to Use

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Nice Design

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

Good Technical Features

One customer who bought it thought it had good features. Evogadget.com wrote “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 it concluded that it had a good lens.

Good Size

One customer who bought it mentioned that it was thin. Evogadget.com said “It has a narrow lens” in their review of the Panasonic HM-TA20. One person concluded that this camcorder was a good size. Evogadget.com said in their review of the Panasonic HM-TA20 “Good size”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HM-TA20 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago, the HM-TA20 has an HDMI.

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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 a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. Across all medium total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HM-TA20 the optical sensor size ranges from 2/3" (worst) to 1/2" (best).

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HM-TA20 supports a better memory card type than most similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Panasonic camcorder supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it support an SDHC compatible memory cards. In addition, this video camera 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HM-TA20.

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 camcorder has a 1080p|480p|720p supported video modes, which is typical of many video cameras that have been around 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|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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3264 X 2448 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the HM-TA20 is 3264 x 2448. That's over three times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by camcorders of this type and age. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this video camera. In addition, this Panasonic video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 1600 x 1200. The still image resolution of all similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HM-TA20 ranges from 640 x 480 to 4608 x 3456.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This camcorder has a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently found image formats supported on similar spec video cameras 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 are a similar age to it.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on medium total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Has One White Balance

The number of white balance modes found on the HM-TA20 is more than most camcorders of a similar age and type to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HM-TA20.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the HM-TA20 is more than most medium total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Panasonic video camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this video camera.

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10 Reasons Against

Very Small Digital Zoom

Comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HM-TA20 have digital zooms of between 2x and 1,500x. The HM-TA20 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst medium total megapixels video cameras of this age.

If you would prefer a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Panasonic AG-AC90[plb_1834081_price] (10x).

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Not Full HD

The HM-TA20 is not Full HD. Most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the HM-TA20 are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HM-TA20 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of this type and age also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Panasonic HS900[plb_1047313_price], or the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HM-TA20 have a built-in display, however the HM-TA20 does not have a built-in display.

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Not 3D

The HM-TA20 is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HM-TA20 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HM-TA20 does not have a night mode. Most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HM-TA20 also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of this type and age do not have a built-in projector. The Panasonic HM-TA20 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

Alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might want to look at include the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price], or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years, the HM-TA20 is not waterproof.

Video cameras which are waterproof that might also be worth considering include the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has One Cables Included

The HM-TA20 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. This Panasonic camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on medium total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the HM-TA20.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The Panasonic HM-TA20 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image)s (only 2.93 megapixels) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. The average effective megapixels (image) of comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HM-TA20 is 7MP.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HM-TA20

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the HM-TA20 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen size video cameras currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ260E[plb_363188_price] which has better reviews.

If this Panasonic video camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also 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-TA20.

Average Weight

With a weight of 158 grams, the HM-TA20 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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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
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance
Display
Display Diagonal
Touchscreen
Display
Camera
3D
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
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
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Stylus Pen
Other Features
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Mac Operating Systems Supported

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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