Panasonic HX-WA2 HD Waterproof Dual Camcorder, 14.4 Megapixel, 1/2.33" CMOS Sensor, 5x Optical Zoom, USB, micro HDMI, Orange

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About Panasonic HX-WA2

Ready to go where you are even underwater, the Panasonic HX-WA2 HD Waterproof Dual Camcorder (Orange) is a high-definition powerhouse disguised in a sleek and stylish form. With best-of-class features such as 15x Intelligent Zoom, intelligent scene modes and Face Detection--all in the service of a sensitive, 14MP backlit CMOS sensor--the WA2 lets you capture and share HD memories with unprecedented ease. Video and photos are equally well served by this waterproof (up to 9.8 ft) wonder. Whether shooting HD video or 14MP stills, you're assured of capturing impressive high-quality images. The 15x Intelligent Zoom lets you get closer to your subject with no image degradation.

Panasonic HX-WA2 Features

  • Waterproof to a Depth of 3 Meters: Take the HX-WA2 underwater as deep as 9.8 feet (3 meters) and get some great still or moving images in a pool or the ocean. Swim along with tropical fish, capture shots of a beautiful coral reef, or get action footage of a friend snorkeling
  • Bright HD Movie Recording: Even with its light weight and slim design, the HX-WA2 renders images in breathtaking, high-definition beauty. You can record clear images even when in dimly lit places--like indoors and at parties. You can preserve precious memories in stunning image quality
  • 15x Intelligent Zoom for Motion Image Shooting: In addition to an optical zoom, the HX-WA2 lets you shoot motion images with a maximum 15x Intelligent Zoom with no image quality degradation. You can get a flexible shooting range, from wide-angle to dynamic zooming
  • iA (Intelligent Auto): This powerful function senses the shooting conditions and automatically makes the settings and activates functions that will deliver optimal results. With both motion and still images, iA does the bothersome settings for you and makes it easy to capture beautiful
  • Intelligent Scene Selector: The Intelligent Scene Selector function analyzes the shooting situation and automatically switches the Dual Camera to the suitable scene mode that will give you optimal results. Scene modes are Portrait, Scenery, Spotlight and Low Light, for a range of exposure options
  • E.I.S. (Electrical Image Stabilizer): The E.I.S. system helps to correct the kind of hand-shake blurring that often happens with compact cameras. Record all the images you want, whether you're shooting while walking, or taking self-portraits, without having to worry about blurring
  • 14MP Still Picture Recording: Shoot high-quality still images with 14MP resolution. Depending on the situation, you can flexibly shoot either high-quality photos or movies
  • Easy Web Uploading (HD Writer VE 2.0): It's so easy to upload your images onto YouTube or Facebook. The included HD Writer VE 2.0 software (Windows OS only) lets you post movies with easy operation

Panasonic HX-WA2 Specifications

Image Sensor
1/2.33" MOS Sensor
Total Pixels
14.4 Megapixels
Effective Pixels

11.9 Megapixels [16:9], 14.3 Megapixels [4:3]

11.9 Megapixels [16:9], 14.3 Megapixels [4:3]
F Value
F3.5 (WIDE), F3.7 (TELE)
Optical Zoom
5x
Focal Length
6.8 mm - 34.0 mm
35 mm Film Camera Equivalent
Standard Illumination
1400 lx
Minimum Illumination
9 lx (Scene Mode off: 1/30), 3 lx (Low Light Mode: 1/15)
Image Stabilizer
Active E.I.S. [Electrical Image Stabilizer]
Focus
Auto/Manual
White Balance
Auto/Manual (Sunny, Cloudy, Indoor1, Indoor2, Whiteset)
Shutter Speed

1/30 - 1/10000
(Low Light Mode: 1/15 - 1/10000)

1/2 - 1/1500
Iris
Auto
W-Range Zoom / i.Zoom

W-Range Zoom 12x, i.Zoom 15x
Digital Zoom
Media (Motion / Still Image)
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, Built-in memory
Recording Format
[MP4] MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
[iFrame] MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
Recording / Playback Mode
1080/60i, (1920 x 1080/60i)
1080/30p, (1920 x 1080/30p)
720/60p, (1280 x 720/60p)
720/30p, (1280 x 720/30p)
480/30p, (640 x 480/30p)
540/30p, (960 x 540/30p)
Audio Recording System
AAC (2ch)
Microphone
2ch stereo
Speaker
Dynamic type
Media Remaining Indication
Yes
Recording Image Size

[16:9]
10 Megapixels (4352 x 2448)
7.8 Megapixels (3744 x 2106)
3.5 Megapixels (2560 x 1440)
2.0 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
[4:3]
14 Megapixels (4352 x 3264)
10 Megapixels (3744 x 2808)
5.0 Megapixels (2560 x 1920)
3.0 Megapixels (2048 x 1536)
0.3 Megapixels (640 x 480)

360deg. Panorama Horizontal (14400 x 720)
180deg. Panorama Horizontal (7200x720)
360deg. Panorama Vertical (1280x14400)
180deg. Panorama Vertical (1280x7200)
Simultaneous Recording
[16:9]
2.0 Megapixels, (1920 x 1080)
0.9 Megapixels, (1280 x 720)
[4:3]
0.3 Megapixels, (640 x 480)

Yes
Flash
Yes
Power Supply
3.7 V (Battery) / 5.0 V (USB)
Power Consumption
4.1 W (Recording) / 4.5 W (Charging)
Interface
AV output, HDMI Yes (micro), USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Monitor (LCD)
2.6" Wide LCD ( 230,400 dots)
Dimension (W x H x D)
93.9 x 125.6 x 44.1 mm / 3.70 x 4.95 x 1.74 inch
Weight
238 g / 0.53 lb (w/o Battery)

Panasonic HX-WA2 Reviews

Reviewed by 3 customers

 
5.0

Amazing camera!

By

from Princeton, NJ  -  Video Enthusiast

The camera is perfect for travelling and family holidays! the pictures are great quality too. Very easy to use!

 
5.0

Great Camcorder

By

from Charlottesville, VA  -  Video Enthusiast

Basically I purchased this camcorder for filming at concerts and music festivals (Bonnaroooo) but I have found myself using this camcorder on a daily basis. It's fast and easy to use, takes amazing quality still shots, and records high quality HD video. Great buy!

(59 of 60 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Camera

By

from Undisclosed

I recently bought this camera and i must say I am pretty impressed with it. The pictures it takes are amazing, as is the video. This camera by far beats any other pocket cam i have had in the past and i have had a few of them. This camera has more of a professional feel to it and offers a lot more than the other "pocket cams" or "flip cams" This camera can easily become your main camera to take with you on family vacations and things, where other cameras in this category i find cant be as dependable and certainly doesn't take as nice of pictures as this one does. Its great to take high quality videos and pictures with the same camera. So far the only thing I would like to see change is the quality of the buttons, they seem to be a bit flimsy. Other than that im really happy with it...Oh and it would have been nice to have a lens cover too...

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M I  What is the difference between the wa2 and wa10? Not in terms of specs, but in terms of real world useability? No one seems to want to compare them outright.
EDGAR SIMMONS I  don't know anything about the wa2, as far as performance. Sorry. I do like the Wa10, My only compaint is that it is too fragile. Must keep track of the hour in the water. This is compaired to the Playsport which is practically bullet proof. Not as good on picture quality.
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