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Panasonic HX-WA20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 122 reviews of Panasonic HX-WA20. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and price. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the memory and connectivity. Reviews are divided on the color.

usability, portability, size, price, image quality

battery, connectivity, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HX-WA20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Panasonic HX-WA20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the size and durability. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas the connectivity and design get negative comments.

usability, portability, image quality, durability, size

battery, design, connectivity

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic WA20 Full HD MP4 Vertical Camcorder - White/Grey/Blue (16MP, 3M Waterproof, Dustproof, 15x Intelligent Zoom, 240fps Slow-Motion Recording, PPanasonic WA20 Full HD MP4 Vertical Camcorder - Black (16MP, 3M Waterproof, Dustproof, 15x Intelligent Zoom, 240fps Slow-Motion Recording, Panorama Mo

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Andrew Unsworth (

Panasonic HX-WA20 HD Camcorder review


Image quality isn't up there with the rest of Panasonic's camcorder range, but the HX-WA20 is a well-designed sports camera which is great for underwater footage

May, 2012

Consumer review by: roger (

Panasonic HX-WA20


Good for carrying about for quick point and shoot shots and video . Weather proof so ideal for wet weather photos

Controls a little fiddely

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: daniel (

Panasonic HX-WA20


Lightweight, good picture quality. Not been used underwater yet

Very poor battery life. Filmed for about 20 mins and also took about 30 photo s then battery died. Purchased 2 extra (more powerful) batteries for the device

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Malcolm (

Panasonic HX-WA20


Only had the camera a few weeks - but I am very impressed

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Dave (

Panasonic HX-WA20


Fast start with when the screen door is open so you don't miss a shot ; The slow mo is excellent. Still image is good and has a good wide angle. Good flash for a small unit. Good for left handers as well

Controls are a bit difficult if wearing gloves ; It's easy to pick the wrong option if your not paying attention

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: Mark (

Panasonic HX-WA20


Good purchase

None as yet

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: bianca (

Panasonic HX-WA20


Small, waterproof, good value for money

Need to open viewer to film, no lens cover

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: William (

Panasonic HX-WA20


Good quality sound and images ; Great slow motion features ; camera is very good too

Batteries consumed quickly so just buy a few spares

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: Darren (

Panasonic HX-WA20


Good ergonomics, comfortable to hold, ease of use under water

Extra cost for the privalidge of colour choice white. 2 extra mega pixels doesn't sweeten it

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: Pete (

Panasonic HX-WA20


This is my fiirst camcorder and I am super happy with it! I did a lot of research to find a compact, rugged, weatherproof unit and I think I've got a winner. Very easy to use, great images, light weight and compact. Perfect

Not really a bad point but the control buttons are a bit small - but them so is the whole unit and that's why I bought it

Sep, 2012

Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/2.33''
Smartphone Remote Control: No


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Near Field Communication: 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:Vertical
Product Type:Pocket Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD


Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/10000


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