Panasonic HX-A100 HD Wearable Camcorder, 5.3MP, 1/4.1" BSI MOS Sensor, 160deg. Wide Angle of View, 1.5m / 5' Waterproof, Black

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About Panasonic HX-A100D

The Panasonic HX-A100 HD Wearable Camcorder (Black) is designed to let users easily capture and share images of everyday life such as sports and events. The compact, lightweight design of the A100 makes it comfortable to wear. By setting the camera on the included Earhook, users can enjoy hands-free shooting without a helmet. A Multi-Mount option is also available for mounting the camera to a helmet or backpack. The waterproof design enables even greater shooting freedom in situations where the camera might get wet.

Another feature of the camera is its built-in Wi-Fi functions, which allows users to broadcast live video with simultaneous Full-HD recording. It also makes it easy to upload recorded images to SNS using a smartphone or tablet.

Despite its compact size and lightweight design, the A100 achieves excellent image quality. Featuring a host of image-enhancing technologies, including a bright F2.5 lens, the BSI Sensor and Advanced Image Processing LSI, this wearable camera captures clear, low-noise images in both bright and dim lighting situations. It also minimizes shooting mistakes, with an Image Stabilizer to suppress blurring and a Level Shot function to automatically correct tilted images.

The A100 also offers a large number of advantages that are made possible by Panasonic's long history of camcorder development. This is what makes it possible to shoot and share images with the user's precise line-of-sight perspective for special events, sports activities and everyday situations.

The Panasonic HX-A100D is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Panasonic HX-A100D: Compact, Convenient, Durable, Easy to use and Inexpensive

Summary of Customer Reviews

(7)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Compact (6),Durable (6),Easy to use (6),Inexpensive (6),Convenient (5),Exceeded expectations (3)

Panasonic HX-A100D Features

  • Features an IPX8-compliant waterproof design for safe outdoor shooting in water depth down to -1.5m / 5ft for up to 30min duration
  • Dustproof design allows shooting safely in sandy or dusty environments
  • The Wi-Fi connectivity makes it possible to broadcast live streaming video on Ustream as it is recorded in Full-HD Quality
  • Recording can be turned ON/OFF with a smartphone or tablet while watching in live view
  • Content can be easily shared on SNS using a smartphone or tablet
  • High low-light performance with an F2.5 bright lens, 1/4.1" BSI Sensor and Advanced Image Processing LSI
  • Level Shot for automatic correction of tilting images, which often occur unnoticed
  • Image Stabilizer suppresses blurring for crisp and clear images
  • Sharp, impressive slow-motion video in HD quality
  • Recording formats: 1920 x 1080/60 fps, 1280 x 720/120 fps, 640 x 360/240 fps
  • Wind Noise Cut function suppresses excessive wind noise
  • 140 minutes of battery life for extended shooting on a single battery charge

Panasonic HX-A100D Specifications

Image Sensor
1/4.1" BSI MOS Sensor
Total Pixels
3.32 megapixels
Effective Pixels
Motion Image: 2.8 megapixels (Wide Mode), 1.62 megapixels (Standard Mode, Image Stabilizer OFF), 1.31 megapixels (Standard Mode, Image Stabilizer ON) [16:9]
Still Image: 2.8 megapixels (Wide Mode), 1.62 megapixels (Standard Mode, Image Stabilizer OFF), 1.31 megapixels (Standard Mode, Image Stabilizer ON) [16:9]
F Value
F2.5
Angle of View
Approx. 160deg. (Wide Mode)
117deg. (Standard Mode, Image Stabilizer OFF)
104deg. (Standard Mode, Image Stabilizer ON)
Minimum focus distance
Approx. 30 cm / 11.81"
Standard Illumination
1400 lx
Minimum Illumination
6 lx, 1 lx (Color Night Rec.)
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer, Level Shot Function
Focus
Fixed
White Balance
Auto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy / White set
Shutter Speed
1/30 - 1/12000 (for NTSC)
1/25-1/12000 (for PAL)
Media (Motion / Still Image)
micro SD / micro SDHC
Recording Format
MPEG-4 AVC file format compliant(.MP4)
Video Recording System MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Recording / Playback Mode
[Normal Recording Mode]
1920x1080/60p (28Mbps / VBR), 1920x1080/30p (15Mbps / VBR), 1280x720/60p (15Mbps / VBR), 1280x720/30p (9Mbps / VBR), 640x360/30p (3Mbps / VBR)
[Slow Motion Mode]
1920x1080/60fps/30p (15Mbps / VBR), 1280x720/120fps/30p (9Mbps / VBR), 640x360/240fps/30p (3Mbps / VBR)
Audio Recording System
AAC
Microphone
Monaural
Speaker
Dynamic type
Still Image: Recording Format
JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2)
Image Size Intermitting Recording
Still Image: [16:9]
5.3 megapixels (3072 x 1728), 3 megapixels (2304 x 1296)
Yes (3 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, 60 sec)
Power Supply
3.7 V (Battery) / 5.0 V (Mobile Backup Charger)
Power Consumption
Max. 3.8 W (Recording) / 5.3 W (Mobile Backup Charger2, Charging), 2.3 W (PC, Charging)
Wi-Fi Standard
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi Frequency
2.4 GHz band
Waterproof
1.5 m / 5 ft (IPX8 compliant)
Dustproof
Yes (IP5X compliant)
Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Camera: 26.5x66mm (1.04x2.60" )
Body: 59.5x94x25 mm (2.34x3.70x1")
Weight
Without SD Card:
Camera: 30 g (1.05 oz )
Camera Body: 117 g (4.12 oz)
With SD Card" Approx. 167 g (5.89 oz)

Panasonic HX-A100D Reviews

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4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great on-the-go camera ...

A great on-the-go camera that lets you forget it is along for the ride. It is a good quality product, very stylish. When it finally works, it works well. A hardware's downfall would be its short battery life while streaming and that the battery is neither removable nor you can connect the camera to a power source while streaming. But I keep my first opinion about the software part (Lumix Club & the mobile application): both are buggy and poorly designed. It is a shame to have software looking...

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A great on-the-go camera that lets you forget it is along for the ride. It is a good quality product, very stylish. When it finally works, it works well. A hardware's downfall would be its short battery life while streaming and that the battery is neither removable nor you can connect the camera to a power source while streaming. But I keep my first opinion about the software part (Lumix Club & the mobile application): both are buggy and poorly designed. It is a shame to have software looking like a development version with such a good hardware. The head mount that comes with it is acceptable but not great; you have to use it as there is no other way to mount this camera. That is a serious problem in any other application. The cable to the controller is only about 2 feet long which also makes it difficult to use in other mounting applications. I did not use any of the included software as it is not necessary or useful, also the manual not really clear explain how to use device, but when you actually find out camera work very well. Also its will be really great if the camera will include memory card. You cannot do anything with this camera without the card. In the end I won’t to say that its works like a charm for I-phone or I-pad. Now just talk about this camera more detailed: The A100 is rather well designed, we think. It's a departure from the GoPro method, and it keeps the camera section separate from the recorder section. This is an interesting idea that does open up some new avenues, and also some frustrations. The camera section is small, and is tied to the recorder with a fixed cable. This can't be removed or replaced, which is a little worrying as it could break and render the whole device useless. Cables are always a bit of a problem in this regard, and we always like to see that devices have a method of easy replacement if a component goes wrong. Still, that's quite unlikely to happen, and the cable is thick, well insulated and feels like it will survive a lot of use. The record sections is quite simple. There are five buttons on the front, which are for power, video recording, still capture, Wi-Fi and locking the device. On the right-hand side, there's a switch which enables you to unlock a compartment within which the microSD slot and USB connector live. And that's pretty much all there is on the surface of the device. In the pack you get a headband, which is used to wear the camera section, and there's also an armband which you would use to hold the recorder section while you're doing whatever it is you happen to be doing with this camera. Let’s talk about Stabilization System with the head-mount, the Panasonic does the same thing, it gives you a view that's nearly identical to what you see as you go about your life. It's actually enormously pleasing to watch, and even though footage isn't Steadicam smooth, having it attached to your head does give it more stability than any hand-held camera. Along with being visually pleasing, the head mount means you don't have to worry about where you point the camera: just look that way, and you'll get a shot of what you want. It does take a little thought, because you need to remember not to randomly look at things that catch your eye, or it can be disconcerting to watch. Given some good light, the picture quality of video from the A100 is actually very good. Indoor light sensitivity is also pretty bad. What you tend to get is quite washed-out colours with lots of noise. This is a problem when light levels fall, but give it enough ambient light and results are watchable. But really, this isn't a camera for indoors, and if you need to record stuff inside, get one of Panasonic's other cameras that have near-professional levels of gain. Where video pretty much always remains watchable though, stills are a whole other level of not very good. Detail is almost non-existent here, and drop light levels to the point where no dedicated compact camera would struggle, and they really fall apart. As with all these small, sports cameras, sound is an issue. Go fast on a bike, say, and you'll get loads of wind noise. Put it in a quieter environment, and the wind noise goes, but you get lots of handling noise when you move or touch any part of the camera. It's a bit annoying, but not unique to this camera at all. The good news is that dialogue, when recorded, is really clear. It lacks low-end punch, but the quality and clarity is very good. This means that it will record conversations well, and we can see that being quite a nice use for this little setup. There's no real way to replace the on-board audio though, short of recording on another device, then dubbing it later and spending ages getting the sync right. Astute readers will notice that there is no screen on the A100. To get around this, Panasonic has an app that allows you to use a smartphone as a screen. We found it worked well, and for the purposes of remote controlling the camera, it's simple to use, and gives you everything you need to get the camera set-up. Having said that, it's actually surprising how little you need the app. Put the camera on, using the head mount, and you'll find that it automatically frames the same things you're looking at - which stands to reason. You need to watch the angle of the camera, because it can be changed, as can the rotation, so it's important to make sure it's not recording at 90 degrees or something before you go and do some once-in-a-lifetime activity. At times, the connection of the app can be a little bit of a pain. You need to connect your phone to the camcorder's own Wi-Fi network, and then start the app, or it simply won't work. But once it's connected, we found the range surprisingly good and the connection stable. One of the things we do like is the reasonably hassle-free way you can switch the camera to slow-no mode. It does involve using the app - but then most advanced features do - but once you've done it there's nothing else to do. You don't need to mess about in post production slowing the footage down, it is simply converted by the camera from 50p down to 25p, and in so doing reduces the speed by 50 per cent. The big problem we found was that it does this at the expense of a bit of picture sharpness. Outside in daylight, we don't think this will be a big deal, but inside it shows up quite noticeably. As this feature is more than likely going to be used by people doing sports, we think the picture quality will be much less of an issue overall. Certainly, the quality of the slow motion is so good, you can forgive the quality loss. The big problem with the A100 is its lack of removable battery. This would have been a simple fix for Panasonic, but the firm has opted for an internal cell that isn't user serviceable. Battery life, however, is good enough. We used it in various modes for more than two hours and had no problems. We also recorded solidly for over 45 minutes, and still had enough charge to mess around with it at the end of the day. The problem, of course, comes if you're away from reliable power, doing something extreme, or in the cold where batteries don't last as long. It's forgivable to some extent, as Panasonic has cleverly opted for USB recharging, which means you can recharge from anything from a laptop to a portable phone charging pack. The HX-A100 is a tough camcorder to score. There are a few little things about it I don't like. I’d love to be able to swap the battery, and the picture quality is a little on the soft side, with too much noise in less than perfect conditions. On the other hand, it's a really well thought-out product. The view you get is so ideal for extreme sports, but also has uses in other types of production. It gives you a human perspective, and can produce footage with more impact because you can relate to it. Overall, I think it's solid though, and it's not desperately overpriced considering the competition. And even this camera has some minuses I will definitely recommend it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good product with potential for improvement

I used der camera mounted on a helmet for kajaking and canyoning. Setup and connection to my iPhone was easy and fast. Footage quality is quiet good in sunlight. With less light as it is often the case in canyons the image quality suffers. Here is clearly room for improvement. I like the slow motion mode in HD. Great to record jumps. What I missed from my previous camera was a one touch recording switch. An action camera needs a fast and reliable switch to start and stop recording. In additio...

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I used der camera mounted on a helmet for kajaking and canyoning. Setup and connection to my iPhone was easy and fast. Footage quality is quiet good in sunlight. With less light as it is often the case in canyons the image quality suffers. Here is clearly room for improvement. I like the slow motion mode in HD. Great to record jumps. What I missed from my previous camera was a one touch recording switch. An action camera needs a fast and reliable switch to start and stop recording. In addition the LED recording indicator is not bright enough. It can hardly be seen in sunlight. As the battery live is not really great (as for most acton cams) I missed the possibility to change the battery. The arm strap that holds the recording unit is too wide and did not hold well on my arm. The device fell several times out of the holder. Fortunately the cable and helmet mount were robust enough to hold the recording unit. My proposal for improvement would be to mount the recording unit on the back of the helmet and to add a small remote switch with a clear ON and OFF state.

Reviewed by 7 customers

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A great on-the-go camera ...

By

from New York, NY, USA

A great on-the-go camera that lets you forget it is along for the ride. It is a good quality product, very stylish. When it finally works, it works well. A hardware's downfall would be its short battery life while streaming and that the battery is neither removable nor you can connect the camera to a power source while streaming. But I keep my first opinion about the software part (Lumix Club & the mobile application): both are buggy and poorly designed. It is a shame to have software looking like a development version with such a good hardware. The head mount that comes with it is acceptable but not great; you have to use it as there is no other way to mount this camera. That is a serious problem in any other application. The cable to the controller is only about 2 feet long which also makes it difficult to use in other mounting applications. I did not use any of the included software as it is not necessary or useful, also the manual not really clear explain how to use device, but when you actually find out camera work very well. Also its will be really great if the camera will include memory card. You cannot do anything with this camera without the card. In the end I won’t to say that its works like a charm for I-phone or I-pad. Now just talk about this camera more detailed: The A100 is rather well designed, we think. It's a departure from the GoPro method, and it keeps the camera section separate from the recorder section. This is an interesting idea that does open up some new avenues, and also some frustrations. The camera section is small, and is tied to the recorder with a fixed cable. This can't be removed or replaced, which is a little worrying as it could break and render the whole device useless. Cables are always a bit of a problem in this regard, and we always like to see that devices have a method of easy replacement if a component goes wrong. Still, that's quite unlikely to happen, and the cable is thick, well insulated and feels like it will survive a lot of use. The record sections is quite simple. There are five buttons on the front, which are for power, video recording, still capture, Wi-Fi and locking the device. On the right-hand side, there's a switch which enables you to unlock a compartment within which the microSD slot and USB connector live. And that's pretty much all there is on the surface of the device. In the pack you get a headband, which is used to wear the camera section, and there's also an armband which you would use to hold the recorder section while you're doing whatever it is you happen to be doing with this camera. Let’s talk about Stabilization System with the head-mount, the Panasonic does the same thing, it gives you a view that's nearly identical to what you see as you go about your life. It's actually enormously pleasing to watch, and even though footage isn't Steadicam smooth, having it attached to your head does give it more stability than any hand-held camera. Along with being visually pleasing, the head mount means you don't have to worry about where you point the camera: just look that way, and you'll get a shot of what you want. It does take a little thought, because you need to remember not to randomly look at things that catch your eye, or it can be disconcerting to watch. Given some good light, the picture quality of video from the A100 is actually very good. Indoor light sensitivity is also pretty bad. What you tend to get is quite washed-out colours with lots of noise. This is a problem when light levels fall, but give it enough ambient light and results are watchable. But really, this isn't a camera for indoors, and if you need to record stuff inside, get one of Panasonic's other cameras that have near-professional levels of gain. Where video pretty much always remains watchable though, stills are a whole other level of not very good. Detail is almost non-existent here, and drop light levels to the point where no dedicated compact camera would struggle, and they really fall apart. As with all these small, sports cameras, sound is an issue. Go fast on a bike, say, and you'll get loads of wind noise. Put it in a quieter environment, and the wind noise goes, but you get lots of handling noise when you move or touch any part of the camera. It's a bit annoying, but not unique to this camera at all. The good news is that dialogue, when recorded, is really clear. It lacks low-end punch, but the quality and clarity is very good. This means that it will record conversations well, and we can see that being quite a nice use for this little setup. There's no real way to replace the on-board audio though, short of recording on another device, then dubbing it later and spending ages getting the sync right. Astute readers will notice that there is no screen on the A100. To get around this, Panasonic has an app that allows you to use a smartphone as a screen. We found it worked well, and for the purposes of remote controlling the camera, it's simple to use, and gives you everything you need to get the camera set-up. Having said that, it's actually surprising how little you need the app. Put the camera on, using the head mount, and you'll find that it automatically frames the same things you're looking at - which stands to reason. You need to watch the angle of the camera, because it can be changed, as can the rotation, so it's important to make sure it's not recording at 90 degrees or something before you go and do some once-in-a-lifetime activity. At times, the connection of the app can be a little bit of a pain. You need to connect your phone to the camcorder's own Wi-Fi network, and then start the app, or it simply won't work. But once it's connected, we found the range surprisingly good and the connection stable. One of the things we do like is the reasonably hassle-free way you can switch the camera to slow-no mode. It does involve using the app - but then most advanced features do - but once you've done it there's nothing else to do. You don't need to mess about in post production slowing the footage down, it is simply converted by the camera from 50p down to 25p, and in so doing reduces the speed by 50 per cent. The big problem we found was that it does this at the expense of a bit of picture sharpness. Outside in daylight, we don't think this will be a big deal, but inside it shows up quite noticeably. As this feature is more than likely going to be used by people doing sports, we think the picture quality will be much less of an issue overall. Certainly, the quality of the slow motion is so good, you can forgive the quality loss. The big problem with the A100 is its lack of removable battery. This would have been a simple fix for Panasonic, but the firm has opted for an internal cell that isn't user serviceable. Battery life, however, is good enough. We used it in various modes for more than two hours and had no problems. We also recorded solidly for over 45 minutes, and still had enough charge to mess around with it at the end of the day. The problem, of course, comes if you're away from reliable power, doing something extreme, or in the cold where batteries don't last as long. It's forgivable to some extent, as Panasonic has cleverly opted for USB recharging, which means you can recharge from anything from a laptop to a portable phone charging pack. The HX-A100 is a tough camcorder to score. There are a few little things about it I don't like. I’d love to be able to swap the battery, and the picture quality is a little on the soft side, with too much noise in less than perfect conditions. On the other hand, it's a really well thought-out product. The view you get is so ideal for extreme sports, but also has uses in other types of production. It gives you a human perspective, and can produce footage with more impact because you can relate to it. Overall, I think it's solid though, and it's not desperately overpriced considering the competition. And even this camera has some minuses I will definitely recommend it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good product with potential for improvement

By

from Switzerland

I used der camera mounted on a helmet for kajaking and canyoning. Setup and connection to my iPhone was easy and fast. Footage quality is quiet good in sunlight. With less light as it is often the case in canyons the image quality suffers. Here is clearly room for improvement. I like the slow motion mode in HD. Great to record jumps. What I missed from my previous camera was a one touch recording switch. An action camera needs a fast and reliable switch to start and stop recording. In addition the LED recording indicator is not bright enough. It can hardly be seen in sunlight. As the battery live is not really great (as for most acton cams) I missed the possibility to change the battery. The arm strap that holds the recording unit is too wide and did not hold well on my arm. The device fell several times out of the holder. Fortunately the cable and helmet mount were robust enough to hold the recording unit. My proposal for improvement would be to mount the recording unit on the back of the helmet and to add a small remote switch with a clear ON and OFF state.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic, versatile little camera

By

from Norwalk, CT, USA

I couldn't be happier with this product. It is a versatile little camera with fantastic hd recording capabilities that you can find a use for in myriad of situations. I use it daily as a dashcam in my car through a selfmade mount that I attach to the back mirror. I also use it on hiking and biking trips. It is waterproof so I never have to worry about weather, unlike my phone, and possesses an image stabilizing function, so I never have to worry about a blurry recording. You can also use it to stream live video, although I have not done so as of yet, and since it has no display, you can sync it with your smartphone to view the recordings as they happen. Overall it is a very well built, affordable, steardy and versatile product. Would not expect anything less from Panasonic.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the good action cameras out there

By

from Brooklyn, NY, USA

I have really enjoy the camera. Been taken video on my last sailing trip. Currently installing this camera in my car. I am sure will have a lot of fun from the video of Brooklyn traffic :))))

 
5.0

A Gadget that every person should own

By

from Brooklyn, NY, USA

I have waited soo long for something like this to come on the market. It has exceeded my expectations. Its small and super light (some times you forget you're wearing it). Now i can do 2 things at once, record and continue what i was doing using both hands and both eyes- where with other camcorders you use one hand and one eye to operate the camera. It goes comfortably around your head and you're ready to Go! streaming videos is easy and quality is better then expected. I'm not a computer nerd so i find most things difficult to opperate , however this has been an Amazing experience .

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent camera for those with active lifestyles

By

from Norwalk, CT, USA

If you're an adrenaline junkie like I am, you will really come to appreciate this little device. The HX A100 is a trully great product that you can use for a very wide number of activities, including diving, biking, hiking, and really anything and everything you want to capture for your memories. I adore this camera as it acts as a great dashcam with a few self made modifications. The video quality is fantastic and I was able to pair it up with my Iphone for LCD access since it doesn't come with one. Seems very durable and well built and is light in weight. A fantastic product that I would recommend to anyone looking for a small, yet versatile camera.

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Captured the moment without missing living in it!

By

from Southern IL, USA

As a mom I find it hard to balance what moments to capture and what to live in. I don't want to live life through a viewfinder/screen, but I also want to preserve the moments, too. With this camcorder I was able to record the moment and live it. I used it to record graduations (and I wasn't one of those people with their camcorders or phone in anyone's way), going to the zoo, and playing at the park. I am not an extremist that records jumping off of things. I am just a regular mom and I loved this camcorder. It took a little getting used to because I am not used to wearing a camera. The armband was a little hot to wear in the heat of the summer. I have only had this camcorder for a couple of weeks, but I am so happy with it. The controls are very easy and intuitive. My kids really got a kick out of the A100 and asked to wear it and record, too. It was really fun seeing things from their perspective. They did fun things wearing it like riding bikes quickly down hill, climbing trees, and playing on the playground. My kids even dropped it a few times, but it didn't affect the performance at all. The image quality is really great. The colors pop without being over saturated. I was very pleasantly surprised with how well the videos look. At this price, being so compact, and easy to use I was honestly expecting inferior video quality. Not at all, though. So happy I went with this camcorder. For an active family I think this is a great choice. I highly recommend the A100 for any mom that wants to be more in the moment than just recording it! My friends are already asking how to get one for themselves.

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Phil B  Is the battery in the power pack user replaceable?
j w  Can you take still shots?
PAUL W  I haven't tried but it has the ability to. It will take burst shots also.
Shopper  how long is the cable and lense? I presume it is detachable from the cam or isn't it?
WILLIAM J  The cable is about 2.5-3 ft long, and no it is not detachable.
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