Panasonic’s new wearable camera may be tiny, but it is very tough, as the company is trying to follow a new approach in this industry segment.
Panasonic decided to go “all-in” at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013, with ten new Lumix cameras announced during the event. CES is currently underway at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the Japan-headquartered company revealed a new wearable camcorder called HX-A100.
Panasonic’s HX-A100 camcorder is lightweight, the first thing to keep in mind when launching a wearable camcorder. The design is very attractive, so the camera will turn a few heads, though its orange flavor also adds to this aspect. For the time being, it is unknown whether the camera will be available in multiple colors or “orange” will be the only option.
The HX-A100 features a F2.5 lens with 1/4.1″ BSI sensor, capable of recording full HD videos at 60 frames per second, 720p at 120fps, and 620 x 360 at an impressive 240fps. Image stabilization is available in this camcorder in order to reduce blur when filming, while an Advanced Image Processing LSI will improve video quality by reducing noise when shooting in low-light conditions.
An extra feature called Level Shot adjusts videos when the camera is tilted and the Wind Noise Cut functionality corrects noise levels caused by the wind.
A possible deal-breaker is WiFi support that will allow shooters to directly stream their videos through services like Ustream, however, this function is also useful should the users want to share or backup their films on mobile devices.
Small, but tough
Panasonic added a rugged coating on this camcorder in order to make it waterproof and dust-proof, meaning that it can be used when it is raining or in the desert. Its battery provides 140 minutes of full HD video recording with WiFi turned off, whilst battery life decreases dramatically when streaming movies via WiFi.
Panasonic confirmed that the HX-A100 will be available for an estimated price of $299.99, though a specific release date was not mentioned. When that happens, the HX-A100 is going to face tough competition from GoPro’s slew of wearable cameras.