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Panasonic HX-A500E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 89 reviews of Panasonic HX-A500E. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and size. The reliability and image quality also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the zoom and color.

usability, image quality, reliability, size, price

color, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HX-A500E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HX-A500E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Panasonic HX-A500E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the reliability and design. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the color and battery.

usability, portability, image quality, design, reliability

zoom, battery, color

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HX-A500E-K 4K Wearable Action Camera Camcorder - BlackPanasonic HX-A500E-K 4K Wearable Action Camera Camcorder - Black

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HX-A500E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Panasonic HX-A500E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the portability and price. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability. There are some negative comments about the usability and image quality.

price, portability

image quality, usability

50% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HX-A500 4K Point-of-View Wearable Action Camera Camcorder with 3-Inch LCD (Gray)Panasonic HX-A500 4K Point-of-View Wearable Action Camera Camcorder with 3-Inch LCD (Gray)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Panasonic HX-A500 action camera review - Pocket-lint

 

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Good quality video, good quality audio, comfortable to wear, easy to control, 4K/25p capture, water resistant without extra casing

Two-piece design might present limitations, battery isn't changable - needs to be plugged in to charge, high cost compared to rivals

Overall, the thing that impresses about the Panasonic HX-A500 is the quality of its results. Although the 4K option is nice to have - and will no doubt be of interest to many, if not the main attraction to buy - it's the 1080/50p setting that we...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Panasonic HX-A500 pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

Panasonic today announced a new action camcorder, the Panasonic HX-A500. It follows the same design as the HX-A100 launched in 2013, offering a camera

Mar, 2014

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic HX-A500E

 

The first action camera we have tested that can shoot 4K at 25fps

Shoots 4K at 25fps ; Waterproof and dustproof ; WiFi control via iOS and Android apps

Fixed lens ; Wide field of view causes image distortion

The Panasonic HX-A500E lays down the gauntlet to GoPro, with capable 4K shooting in a rugged, feature-rich action camera format.

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Richard Easton (expertreviews.co.uk)

Panasonic HX-A500

 

An excellent Ultra HD action camera but we wish more mounts were included

Jul, 2014

Consumer review by: KSW (bhphotovideo.com)

Unique angles.... Check

 

I'm motorsports and use this to capture different angles others don't even think to get.

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: Krumkee (bhphotovideo.com)

Impressed!

 

This is a very impressive piece of technology and a reasonable price. The commentator who suggested the Nitecore 25.4mm filters as a protective cap was spot on. They even make a little click when you put them on.

May, 2015

Consumer review by: ThePurp5 (panasonic.com)

A500 Great for OCR

 

" Ran a Spartan Race with the A500 and it performed beautifully. It was comfortable, durable, captured great footage, and after about 10 minutes I forgot I was even wearing it. "

Easy to use , Durable , Exceeded expectations , Convenient

Apr, 2015

Consumer review by: Captain stavros (panasonic.com)

awesome video sharp clear stable

 

" I've used this camera for amazing surf and ski videos. Simple to use and share and very good video stabilization. "

Easy to use , Durable , Exceeded expectations , Convenient

Apr, 2015

Consumer review by: eddyattoronto (bhphotovideo.com)

One and only - at lease for now

 

I have to say I am not the average person who bought this camera to shoot themselves in action. I am a video producer, shooting documentaries, music video and trainning videos. I buy this camera to add a POV (point of view) shot to my work, and the...

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: b (bhphotovideo.com)

Nice little 4k camera

 

30 fps @ 4k.. nice. Once connected via WiFi, the Panasonic Image app controls the camera very nicely. It may bog down at times on your phone, but the image recorded is fine. Doesn't have a camera lens cover for storage. Will need to find something that...

Jan, 2015
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Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1.45
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:3.81

Focusing

Minimum Focusing Distance:50

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite): No

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):9.03
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.3
Sensor Type:MOS
Total MegaPixels:12.76

Lens System

Image stabilizer: Yes

Networking

Wi-Fi: Yes

Operational conditions

Protection features:Dust resistant, Water resistant
Waterproof: Yes
Waterproof up to:3

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Still image

Photo mode: Yes
Still image resolution(s):5376 x 3024, 3840 x 2160, 3072 x 1728

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC

Technical Details

Colour of product:Grey / Orange
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/2000
Minimum illumination:1
Night mode: Yes
Slowest camera shutter speed:0.04

Video

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:50
Maximum Video Resolution:3840 x 2160
Video formats supported:H.264, MPEG4
Video Resolutions:848 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080,3840 x 2160

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.85
Height :2.65
Weight:31
Width:2.65

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Sunny