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Panasonic HM-TA1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 257 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the size and image quality are generally positive. The value for money and portability also get good feedback. There are mixed comments on the reliability and battery, and some have doubts about the features.

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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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 257 reviews)

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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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Great vids, super saturated & tack sharp, easy to use.

 

I've had this video camera for a couple of months now, daily gold box special on ********** for $65. The more I use it, the more I like it. Keep it in my jeans pocket at all times and it feels just right. I use it for basically anything and ... Expand...

Panasonic vid quality is the show stopper here. Wife has Kodak Playsport, a good friend has FlipUHD. Panny TA1 vids are simply superior, and the anti-shake stabilizer is THE BEST! Easy: Charge, shoot, then play on virtually any device. Cheap thrills

An external battery charger would have been nice

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"Terrible durability, Terrible 1yr manufactures warranty"

 

Bought this camera in Aug '10 alrwady broken in jan '11. Sent this camera back under the 1yr manufactures warranty and they told me that i needed to pay non-refund $45 fee just to do the diagnostics, $45 doesn't cover the repairs. Make sure you buy the...

good video quality, user friendly (when it works)

Cheaply made. Terrible camera life(6months)

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Terrible durability, Terrible 1yr manufactures warranty

 

Bought this camera in Aug '10 alrwady broken in jan '11. Sent this camera back under the 1yr manufactures warranty and they told me that i needed to pay non-refund $45 fee just to do the diagnostics, $45 doesn't cover the repairs. Make sure you buy the...

good video quality, user friendly (when it works)

Cheaply made. Terrible camera life(6months)

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"Great vids, super saturated & tack sharp, easy to use."

 

I've had this video camera for a couple of months now, daily gold box special on Amazon.com for $65. The more I use it, the more I like it. Keep it in my jeans pocket at all times and it feels just right. I use it for basically anything and everything.

Panasonic vid quality is the show stopper here. Wife has Kodak Playsport, a good friend has FlipUHD. Panny TA1 vids are simply superior, and the anti-shake stabilizer is THE BEST! Easy: Charge, shoot, then play on virtually any device. Cheap thrills.

An external battery charger would have been nice.

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Great Deal for the money

 

If you are looking for a reasonably priced camcorder that is a great value for the money this is definately the camcorder to get. It does Full HD 1080P Video which looks stunning for under $100. It also functions as a webcam and it can be used to talk...

Under $100 ; Lightweight ; Full HD Video ; Skype Enabled

For the cost there are no cons

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic HM-TA1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 158 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.

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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