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Panasonic HX-WA10 Camcorder

16.8MP 1/2 CMOS 5x Aug 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
Expert reviews are average
Good video quality in low light
Some wobbling in stabilisation

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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

This camcorder received a score of 70 out of 100 from expert review website techguide.com.au.

Panasonic Has Excellent Video Camera Reviews

Based on 338 expert and user reviews (including 86 verified purchases), Panasonic has excellent ratings for its camcorders. Panasonic also has excellent ratings specifically within its big total megapixels video cameras range compared to other brands. 89% of those that bought a Panasonic camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Some Wobbling in Stabilisation

Two people wrote in their reviews that it did not have a good image stabiliser. Six years ago website Techguide.com.au mentioned “Some wobbling in stabilisation”. They also said “Image stabilisation a little twitchy” in their review.


Design

Good Video Quality in Low Light

Three owners who bought this camcorder reckoned that it was good quality. Website Techguide.com.au wrote in their review of this camcorder “Good video quality in low light”. They also said “Very good image and video quality for a small camcorder” in their review. And also mentioned “Cameras and water don't mix unless you've got a waterproof model that can shoot high quality video, take good pictures”.


Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

This big total megapixels video camera was released in August 2011.


Lens System

Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 5 times zoom factor, the HX-WA10 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. Across all the video cameras of this type and age the optical zooms range from 1x to 25x, and the average optical zoom is 13x.

If this camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the HDR-CX730E (10x and higher rated), or the FDR-AXP33 (£949.99) (10x and higher rated) both from Sony or the JVC GC-PX100 (£884.59) (10x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HX-WA10 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider including because of their better review scores, the HX-DC3, or the HC-VX878 both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-CX730E.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 120 times zoom factor, the HX-WA10 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the HDR-CX570E (160x and higher rated), the HDR-PJ580E (160x and higher rated), or the HDR-PJ650 (160x and higher rated) all from Sony.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.6 inches, the HX-WA10 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder. The smallest display diagonal of big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera is 2" and the largest is 7.6".

If this video camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Legria Mini X (2.7" and higher rated), or the Legria Mini (£249.97) (2.7" and higher rated) both from Canon or the Sony HDR-CX730E (3" and higher rated).

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HX-WA10 supports HDMI. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder also support HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders which support HDMI currently available including because of their better review scores, the HDR-CX730E, or the PXW-X160 (£4,344.99) both from Sony or the Panasonic HX-WA30.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The HX-WA10 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Panasonic HX-WA10 does not support PictBridge, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and type also do not support PictBridge.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HX-WA10 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HX-WA10 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HX-WA10 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic HX-WA10 has a batteries included. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this video camera also have a batteries included.

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Still Image

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HX-WA10 is 4608 x 3456. That's over seven times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this Panasonic video camera. In addition, this Panasonic camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 1280 x 720. The still image resolution of all camcorders of this age and type ranges from 640 x 480 to 5472 x 3648.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on big total megapixels video cameras that have been available 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 the most frequently found maximum video resolution on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Image Sensor

Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of camcorders that have been around for more than two years is 1.1MP, the highest is 5,100,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 140,000MP. The HX-WA10 has a very low effective megapixels (movie) (only 1.19 megapixels) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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16.8 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 16.8 megapixels sensor video camera.

If this camcorder total megapixels is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the HC-V720 (17.52MP and higher rated), or the HC-V727 (£449.99) (17.52MP and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Sony PXW-Z100 (£5,220) (18.9MP and higher rated).

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Camera

Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The minimum illuminations of video cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 1lx to 17lx. With a minimum illumination of 9 lux, the HX-WA10 has one of the bigger minimum illuminations amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic 1920x1080, panasonic hxwa10ebd, panasonic hxwa10eck
Barcodes 00885170044791, 00885170044807, 00885170047112, 05025232628292

Panasonic HX-WA10 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HX-WA10 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,263 product attributes, 23,823 camcorder reviews and 1,763,100 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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