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Panasonic HM-TA20

Panasonic HM-TA20
alaScore 86

59 reviews

Oct, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 reviews of Panasonic HM-TA20. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the image quality and price are generally positive. The portability and durability also get good opinions, but views are divided on the zoom.

usability, durability, portability, price, image quality

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of Panasonic HM-TA20 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the battery and price. The portability and durability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the reliability and zoom.

usability, durability, portability, price, battery

zoom, reliability

75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic HM-TA20 HD Mobile Camera - Orange (8MP Stills) 3-inch Touchscreen (Tripod Included)

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (

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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.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (

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...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Chad Sapieha (

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...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (

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,...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Marc Chacksfield (

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

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Spencer Dalziel (

Panasonic HM-TA20 review


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

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

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

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Catherine Monfils (

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...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: James Morris (

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

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (

Reviewed: Panasonic HM-TA20 underwater HD camcorder


Panasonic's latest pocket video camera will shoot 1080p footage ... under water. We put it to the test.

Jun, 2011

Product Specifications


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


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


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


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