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Panasonic HM-TA20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the usability and memory are generally positive. The design and value for money are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the resolution. Comments are divided on the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HM-TA20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 62 reviews)

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Panasonic HM-TA20 (orange)

 

Panasonic's first attempt at a minicamcoder, the TA1 , was a mess. The video quality was OK, but it offered no advantages over competing models, had mediocre editing and sharing software, and felt cheap considering its near-$170 price. That's not the...

The Panasonic HM-TA20 has a comfortable, rugged design, easy operation, and just enough features to keep it competitive.

For a rugged minicamcorder, the TA20's screen and lens are largely unprotected. It has a narrow lens, and there's no 720/60p resolution option.

As rugged minicamcorders go, the Panasonic HM-TA20 is very good and definitely deserves consideration.

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Panasonic HM-TA20Camcorder Review

 

The HM-TA20 is Panasonic's newest attempt at a waterproof ultracompact camcorder. The model did a decent job in our performance tests, but it didn't handle all that well and it was surprisingly difficult to use. The camcorder is available in blue or...

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Panasonic's slim new shooter misses target

 

When Cisco killed off its industry-leading Flip in April, it created a vacancy for a new chief in the cheap, pocket-sized camcorder space, and Panasonic hopes to fill it with the HM-TA20.

The ’00 HM-TA20 possesses some noble virtues, particularly its ability to take a lickin’ and keep on tickin,’ but it’s not the heir apparent to the Flip. If it’s possible for the category of cheap, pocket-sized camcorders to survive in an era in which...

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Panasonic HM-TA20

 

Decent performance, but didn't handle all that well and was surprisingly difficult to use

Good color results; Solid low light performance

Not the best sharpness; Motion had issues as well

It’s hard to come clean with our true feelings about the Panasonic HM-TA20. We love its rugged, adventuresome design, but we can’t say it is any better than the other waterproof camcorders we’ve tested—particularly the Kodak PlaySport series. In fact,...

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Panasonic HM-TA20 Pocket camcorder review

 

The Panasonic HM-TA20 pocket camcorder is an ideal on-the-go video recording device that's waterproof, shockproof and dustproof, but a little heavy to boot...

Solid build ; Good quality footage

Heavy ; Locking system is frustrating

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Panasonic HM-TA20 review

 

On-the-go Panasonic pocket camcorder that's water-, shock- and dustproof

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Panasonic HM-TA20 review

 

The Flip camera may be dead, but its legacy lives on in rival products

Waterroof ; Shockroof ; Good video quality ; Good size ; Funky design

No otical zoom ; Video wobble issues

As a knockabout, point-and-shoot video camera, we thoroughly recommend the HM-TA20. It's ideal for a family holiday where it might get dropped by the kids, or for a surfing trip where it'll get dumped in the water and thrown in with sandy clothes.

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Panasonic HM-TA20

 

Is Panasonic's HM-TA20 the toughest pocket Internet camcorder on the market?

Toughest pocket Internet camcorder ; Decent video performance

Fewer features than some competitors ; Non-removable battery

All the TA20’s functions are accessed via a 3in touch-sensitive LCD, which uses resistive technology and isn’t the most responsive we’ve come across. It still offers more menu space than Kodak’s Zx3 and Zx5, making it a little easier to operate....

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Panasonic HM-TA20 underwater camcorder

 

Review Pocket camcorders might have lost their appeal since the spread of HD-ready smartphones but the amphibious nature of the Panasonic HM-TA20 is still likely to grab the attention of holidaymakers. The HM-TA20 is an underwater pocket camcorder...

The Panasonic HM-TA20 is far from faultless and suffers from a chunky design and poorly implemented software. Still, if you have kids, are into water sports or just need a survive-all camcorder to take on holiday with you, it can be a reliable...

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Panasonic HM-TA20

 

Weatherproof cameras are in big demand, they even skip over water if you believe the latest Panasonic digital camera ad. But does the Panasonic HM-TA20 live up to its tough reputation? We take a look.

Toughest pocket Internet camcorder; Decent video performance

Fewer features than some competitors; Non-removable battery

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Product Specifications

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/4''

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
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
Format:Memory Card
Handheld Position:Candy Bar
Product Type:Pocket Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD
Type:Pocket Camcorder

Lens

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

Recording

Face Detection Mode: No
HD Video Format:MPEG4
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3
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