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Panasonic HM-TA1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 337 reviews of Panasonic HM-TA1. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, but many are critical about the battery and reliability.

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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 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 145 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 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the size and image quality are generally positive. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas views are divided on the zoom. Many are negative about the reliability and durability.

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82% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Aug, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HM-TA1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 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. People are impressed by the image quality and size. The price and portability also get good views, but the battery and reliability get critical views.

usability, portability, price, size, image quality

durability, reliability, battery

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Panasonic HM-TA1 review: Panasonic HM-TA1

 

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.

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

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...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

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.

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

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.

Expert review by: Marc Chacksfield (t3.com)

Panasonic HM-TA1 review

 

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

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Panasonic HM-TA1 Full HD pocket camcorder

 

Panasonic's pocket digital camcorder offers Full HD recording, attractive looks and good image quality

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.

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Dan Sung (pocket-lint.com)

Panasonic HM-TA1 - Pocket-lint

 

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

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

If you're after something cute and sexy in your pocket, then you're barking up the wrong tree here. What the Panasonic HM-TA1 offers is some really good imagining power packed tight into an incredibly convenient and small frame. It's a joy to carry...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic HM-TA1

 

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

May, 2011

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Panasonic HM-TA1 review

 

Panasonic has joined the pocket camcorder party with this stylish little number. But do you need it in the age of HD-shooting smartphones?

Colours and Skype mode impress, but the poor build quality and difficulties with movement reduce this to an also-ran

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Panasonic HM-TA1 review

 

With Sony and Samsung already having failed to outperform Flip's UltraHD and MinoHD models, it was inevitable that Panasonic would also try its hand in the mini camcorder market. We're very keen on the company's full-sized camcorders, so we had high...

Detailed 1080p footage in good lighting conditions, but design issues and low light performance mean it isn’t for everyone.

Sep, 2010

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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