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Panasonic HX-WA3 Camcorder

14.4MP 1/2 278g Mar 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Panasonic has excellent reviews for its camcorders
Not easy to use
Unacceptable noise level
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Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 339 expert and user reviews (including 85 verified purchases) for Panasonic camcorders and found that on average Panasonic has excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Panasonic has excellent reviews specifically for its big total megapixels video cameras. 89% of those that bought a Panasonic video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Support

Does Not Have Good Technical Guidance

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it did not have good technical guidance. Amazon.co.uk wrote two years ago “Installation guide" or "card only” in their review of this camcorder.


Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

One owner considered that it did not have a good battery life. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “No way to use with a battery of flash backup adapter”.


Features

Good Technical Features

One owner who reviewed the product said that it had good features.


Design

Not Easy to Use

Two owners said in their reviews that the Panasonic HX-WA3 was not easy to use. Two years ago Amazon.co.uk mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Only way to turn on write caching without risk, is to use a UPS”.

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it did not have a good interface. Amazon.co.uk wrote in their review of this camcorder “3) The cards bios does not interface with the on board adaptec server board bios so you have to endure to adaptec boot sequences that coudl have been accomplished with one”.

One customer concluded that it was not comfortable and easy to hold.

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Reliable

Three people who reviewed the Panasonic HX-WA3 thought it was reliable. Amazon.co.uk said “Adaptec reliable”. Amazon.co.uk also said “Reliable, hardware works out of the box, supports multiple RAIDs on same card” in their review. Amazon.co.uk also said “Fast, dependable, reliable, low cost” in their review.

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was well made. Amazon.co.uk wrote “RAID Built in”. Amazon.co.uk also wrote “Installed easily with two solid state drives 6's mirrored without any difficulty” in their review. Amazon.co.uk also mentioned “Currently used in a WHS 2011 build with 5 WD Green Drives in RAID 5 for backing up my Video (BluRay DVD) collection” in their review.

One person who reviewed it thought it was strong and durable.

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Three people considered that it was noisy. Two years ago Amazon.co.uk wrote “Is a little loud”. Amazon.co.uk also said “Loud and gets hot” in their review.

Noisy

Three people considered that it was noisy. Two years ago Amazon.co.uk wrote “Is a little loud”. Amazon.co.uk also said “Loud and gets hot” in their review.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Panasonic HX-WA3 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Panasonic HX-WA3 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was compact. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Works well and compact size, made in USA”. Amazon.co.uk also mentioned “Compact, very inexpensive, pretty good feature set” in their review.

One owner mentioned in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Harry Ronchetti said in his review of the Panasonic HX-WA3 “I'm a pretty heavy user of my headphones, used for exercise, home listening” and gave the product a rating of 7 stars.

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Average Weight

At 278 grams, the Panasonic HX-WA3 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

Panasonic released the HX-WA3 in April 2017.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Panasonic HX-WA3 supports HDMI. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years also support HDMI.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which support HDMI currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E, or the Canon Legria Mini X.

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Lens System

Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder is 1x and the biggest is 25x. At only 5 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-WA3 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder.

If you want a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-X920 (£679.99) (12x and higher rated), or the Sony HDR-PJ810 (12x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HX-WA3 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E, and the Canon Legria Mini X which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HX-WA3 has a relatively average digital zoom (120 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

There are a number of other 120x (digital) video cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Sony HDR-CX730E which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ810 (160x), or the Panasonic HC-W850 (1,500x) which is also higher rated.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HX-WA3 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E, or the Samsung NX210 (£749.99).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.6 inches, the Panasonic HX-WA3 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. Big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera have display diagonals of between 2" and 7.6", and the average display diagonal is 3.1".

If you want a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Canon Legria Mini X (2.7"), or the Sony HDR-PJ810 (3") which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,400 pixels, the Panasonic HX-WA3 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. Big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera have display resolutions (numeric) of between 230,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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Other Features

Features Photo Mode

The Panasonic HX-WA3 features photo mode. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder also feature photo mode.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The Panasonic HX-WA3 features indoor white balance, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this camcorder.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic HX-WA3 has a batteries included. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera also have a batteries included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Panasonic HX-WA3 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Still Image

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HX-WA3 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4608 x 3456. That's over seven times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by video cameras of this age and type. In addition, this Panasonic camcorder support still image resolution(s)s of 640 x 480, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1440, 3072 x 2304 and 4352 x 2448 and 4352 x 3264. The best still image resolution of all video cameras of this type and age is 5472 x 3648 and the worst is 640 x 480.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Camera

Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The Panasonic HX-WA3 has a quite big minimum illumination (9 lux) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera. The minimum illuminations of video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder range from 1lx to 17lx, and the average minimum illumination is 4.9lx.

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Price

Good Value for Money

Nine owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good value for money. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Affordable hardware RAID solution, steep learning curve, lots of options” in their review of this camcorder nonetheless they gave the product a rating of 1 stars. Amazon.co.uk also mentioned “This is a cheap yet powerful card for entry level RAID systems” in their review. Amazon.co.uk also said “Cheap, 8 ports on an 8x PCI-E means you get full SATA speed per port (or close enough to it” in their review.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hxwa30eba, panasonic hxwa30efw, panasonic hxwa30k
Barcodes 04902704140524, 05025232712496, 05025232712502, 05025232712519, 05025232712526, 05025232712540, 05025232712618, 05025232712625, 05025232724659

Panasonic HX-WA3 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HX-WA3 review we compared this camcorder to 575 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 138,449 product attributes, 23,573 camcorder reviews and 1,484,300 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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