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Panasonic HX-WA3 Camcorder

14.4MP 1/2.33 278g Mar 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
- Tough Design - 5m Waterproof, -10 C, Freezeproof, Dustproof- Full-HD Video Recording and 16 Megapixels Still Picture Recording- Creative Control Featuring 12 Shooting Modes- Intelligent 18x Zoom... More
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12 Reasons For

Panasonic Camcorders Have Good Reviews

On average Panasonic big total megapixels video cameras have good reviews as do all camcorders manufactured by Panasonic.

Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HX-WA3 is Full HD. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years are not Full HD.

Other Full HD video cameras currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], or the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price] both from Sony.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HX-WA3 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HX-WA3.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], and the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price] both from Sony is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Panasonic HX-WA3 has an HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HX-WA3 also have an HDMI.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI to this video camera and we think the Panasonic HC-W850[plb_2203540_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Panasonic HX-WA3 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SDHC compatible memory cards supported by most similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. In addition, this video camera support an Eye-Fi and 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 amongst all camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HX-WA3.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera is MS Pro-HG.

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

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years is 1.1MP, the highest is 17MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 9.3MP. With an effective megapixels (movie) of 11.9 megapixels, the Panasonic HX-WA3 has a fairly high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HX-WA3.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HX-WA3 has a built-in display. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the Panasonic HC-W850[plb_2203540_price] which has better reviews.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Panasonic HX-WA3 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4608 x 3456. That's over seven times the still image resolution of the most common still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080. In addition, this video camera 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.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best supported still image resolution across all video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HX-WA3.

The worst supported still image resolution amongst similar types of video camera is 640 x 480.

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1080i Supported Video Modes

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. The worst video mode of all similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HX-WA3 is 480p and the best is 1080p.

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Has Two Cables Includeds

The number of included cables found on the Panasonic HX-WA3 is more than most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it. This video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on camcorders of this age and type. The cables included "AV" is also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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Has Three White Balances

The Panasonic HX-WA3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on camcorders of this age and type. The white balances "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable type and age to it.

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10 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of camcorders of a similar age and type to the HX-WA3 is 12x, and the optical zooms range from 3x to 23x. With an optical zoom of only 5 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-WA3 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HX-WA3.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] (12x and higher rated).

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HX-WA3, the Panasonic HX-WA3 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens to this camcorder and we think the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the NEX-VG30[pl_1543923_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] all from Sony which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

At only 2.6 inches, the Panasonic HX-WA3 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HX-WA3. Video cameras that were released more than two years ago have display diagonals of between 2.3" and 3.5".

Video cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the Canon Legria Mini[plb_1991330_price] (2.7"), the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price] (3"), or the Panasonic HC-W850[plb_2203540_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the Panasonic HX-WA3 is not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HX-WA3, the Panasonic HX-WA3 does not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price] which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of only 880 milliamperes * hour, the Panasonic HX-WA3 has one of the lower battery capacitys amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. The battery capacitys of camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HX-WA3 range from 700mAh to 5,800mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,700mAh.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HX-WA3 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HX-WA3 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras that have been around for more than two years are not waterproof. The Panasonic HX-WA3 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The Panasonic HX-WA3 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) (only 230,400 pixels) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. Across all the camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HX-WA3 the display resolution (numeric)s range from 92,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The minimum illuminations of camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HX-WA3 range from 1lx to 17lx, and the average minimum illumination is 5.2lx. The Panasonic HX-WA3 has a quite big minimum illumination (9 lux) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HX-WA3.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HX-WA3

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

Panasonic released the HX-WA3 over four years ago.

Average Weight

With a weight of 278 grams, the Panasonic HX-WA3 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HX-WA3.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the JVC GZ-VX815[plb_1885721_price] (235g).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 120 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HX-WA3 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HX-WA3.

If this big total megapixels video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the FDR-AX100[pl_2109545_price] (160x and higher rated), or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] (160x and higher rated) both from Sony.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Protection Features
International Protection (IP) Code
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
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
Microphone in
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Photo Mode
Windows Operating Systems Supported

Expert Reviews

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Can offer detailed video
Great battery life
Waterproof and dustproof
Handles motion brilliantly
Commendable image quality
Images can be a bit soft
Image stabilisation can cause blurring
Not super, ergonomic
Big digital zoom no replacement for optical
Not superergonomic

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hxwa30, panasonic vbx090, panasonic hxwa30e, panasonic hxwa30k, panasonic vbx090e, panasonic vwvbx090, panasonic hxwa30ef, panasonic hxwa30eb, panasonic vbx090ew, panasonic hxwa30eba, panasonic vwvbx090e, panasonic hxwa30efw, panasonic vwvbx090ew
Barcodes 04902704140524, 05025232669257, 05025232712496, 05025232712502, 05025232712519, 05025232712526, 05025232712540, 05025232712618, 05025232712625, 05025232724659

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