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Panasonic HM-TA1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 423 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the build quality and image quality. The portability and value for money also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the control panel and features. Comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, value for money, portability, image quality, build quality

battery, features, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HM-TA1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HM-TA1

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 127 user reviews of Panasonic HM-TA1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, portability, image quality, value for money, size

features

83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HM-TA1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 156 user reviews of Panasonic HM-TA1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, value for money, portability, build quality, size

battery, control panel

80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic TA-1 Ultrathin HD Pocket Camcorder Enabled with Skype and iFrame (Dark Grey)Panasonic TA-1 Ultrathin HD Pocket Camcorder Enabled with Skype and iFrame (Purple)

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Panasonic HM-TA1 (black)

 

Here's the thing about bringing a new product to a crowded market: you have to either offer something different and/or better or something similar to the competition at a lower price. This is especially true for pocket video cameras, and Panasonic's...

Very good video quality for its class; small; can be used as Webcam.

Poor design; no HDMI output; no macro focus; no mic, headphone jacks; mediocre sharing software.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 minicamcorder offers above-average HD video recording in a small package, but is otherwise pretty lame.

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Panasonic HM-TA1 Camcorder Review

 

Panasonic has become the newest manufacturer of ultracompact camcorders with the release of its HM-TA1 ($169 MSRP). The camcorder features a sleek design, Full HD recording, a built-in LED light, and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card compatibility. While it did...

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Panasonic HM-TA1

 

Despite a solid performance, void of features that really make it stand out from the crowd

Decent low light performance; Consistently sharp video

No manual controls; Mediocre color results

Panasonic seems to have waited a bit too long to enter the ultracompact camcorder market with the HM-TA1 ($169 MSRP). With the market already clogged with similar camcorders, the HM-TA1 fails to bring any truly exciting features into the conversation.

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Panasonic HM-TA1

 

The Panasonic HM-TA1 creates some of the best videos and pictures we found among pocket camcorders, and it has multiple options for sharing your content electronically. However, its flimsy design and complicated battery-charging options are legitimate...

Share the high-quality movies you shoot online via Mac or PC, or use this Panasonic device as a webcam

The USB slider is easy to break, there are no jacks for external audio and you can only recharge via computer

Social-media options are fun and easy to use, but poor construction and design flaws are major hindrances.

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Panasonic HM-TA1 review

 

Panny's first jaunt into the pocket camcorder market brings Full HD on a budget

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Panasonic HM-TA1 Full HD pocket camcorder

 

The Panasonic HM-TA1 is a pocket-sized HD camcorder for the Web 2.0 blogging set. Dubbed a "multimedia mobile camera", the Panasonic HM-TA1 can be use...

Solid video performance, user-friendly interface, attractive styling, good still image mode

No HDMI port, limited feature set, no lens cap

The Panasonic HM-TA1 is a great choice for people who just want to do the basics. It will suit casual videographers, teenagers and bloggers on the go.

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Panasonic HM-TA1 review

 

Manufacturers have picked up on the importance of the pocket camcorder market quite significantly in the last 2 years. Although there's never been a rush of them in the same way as there's been with netbooks. The steady stream of more and more...

Very compact, good stills, good lens, good in low light

A bit clunky, too many flaps and buttons, terrible strap and bad desktop software, mono mic only

Definitely good at its job but there are one or too bumps it would have been nice have seen ironed out. Not stylish but certainly functional

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Panasonic HM-TA1

 

Can Panasonic's entry into the pocket Internet camcorder market give Flip something to think about?

A variety of video format options are available. There’s 1080p Full HD on the menu, but also 720p and VGA (640 x 480). Strangely, whilst Full HD runs at a reasonably healthy 12Mbits/sec, the highest data rate actually comes from the iFrame mode, which...

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Panasonic HM-TA1 review

 

If you've always assumed that camcorders are unwieldy, expensive and complicated, the Panasonic HM-TA1 is the perfect antidote to all that. It's easy to carry, simple to use and amazingly good value for money, but it has its limitations, including no...

Easy to use ; Good value ; Supports 1080p recording ; Built-in USB connection ; On-board editing/sharing software

No HDMI support ; Low (30fps) video frame rate ; Digital-only zoom ; Small screen

Simplicity is probably the Panasonic HM-TA1's defining feature. It might not be able to bring Panasonic's high-end quality to the low end of the market but, as a pocket cam, it conducts itself well and is extremely easy to use. If you can live with its...

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Panasonic HM-TA1 review

 

The Panasonic HM-TA1 full HD pocket camcorder is a great choice for people who just want to do the basics. It will suit casual videographers, teenagers and bloggers on the go.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 offers an easy, fuss-free way of getting photos and videos on the internet. The built-in software lets you upload content directly to Facebook, YouTube and Flickr â€" once you have set up an account, the Panasonic HM-TA1 will lead...

Product Specifications

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Autofocus: No
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser / No
Sensor Size:1/4''
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI Interface: No
HDMI PORT: No
PictBridge: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Format:Memory Card
Handheld Position:Vertical
Product Type:Pocket Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD
Sensor Size:1/4''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera
Type:Pocket Camcorder

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Recording

Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode: No
HD Video Format:MPEG4
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3
Serial Shot Mode: No
Shutter Priority: No
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