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Panasonic HX-WA2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 reviews of Panasonic HX-WA2. 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 really like the image quality and battery. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably, but the durability and design get less positive views. Reviews are divided on the zoom.

usability, price, portability, battery, image quality

design, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HX-WA2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HX-WA2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Panasonic HX-WA2 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the image quality and battery are generally positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the zoom and design.

usability, price, portability, battery, image quality

design, zoom

92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic WA2 Full HD MP4 Vertical Camcorder - Blue (14MP, 3M Waterproof, 15x Intelligent Zoom, Panorama Mode, EIS, Eye-Fi Ready, SD Card Recording, FPanasonic WA2 Full HD MP4 Vertical Camcorder - Blue (14MP, 3M Waterproof, 15x Intelligent Zoom, Panorama Mode, EIS, Eye-Fi Ready, SD Card Recording, F

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HX-WA2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Panasonic HX-WA2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the usability.

usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HX-WA2 Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Orange) HX-WA2DPanasonic HX-WA2 Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Orange) HX-WA2D

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic HX-WA2

 

A pocket-friendly camcorder with many features than a Flip for just a bit more money.

Many more features than pocket Internet camcorders, Optical zoom with 15x maximum iZoom, Waterproof to 3m

Zoom range split between W and T modes, Manual settings in full menu only, Electronic image stabiliser, not optical

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: Lexy Savvides (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic HX-WA2

 

Easy to operate ; Waterproof enough for underwater adventures

Electronic image stabilisation often produces twitchy footage ; Pistol-grip style can be difficult to hold and keep steady

As a dedicated underwater camcorder, the WA2 does its job well, but we can't help feeling that a little extra money spent on a regular waterproof camera will be a better investment.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

Panasonic HX-WA2

 

Panasonic brings back the “pistol grip” camcorder with its new waterproof model.

Waterproof up to 10 feet; Lots of recording options and still features

More expensive than the competition; Poor user interface and cheap button design

With its funky design, strange menu, and unique features, the Panasonic HX-WA2 deserves notice. It also deserves to have its story told, and anyone who remembers those Sanyo Xacti camcorders from a few years ago—the VPC-HD2000, VPC-CS1, and the...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: Videomaker (videomaker.com)

Panasonic HX-WA2 Waterproof Camera Review

 

If you're looking for a small camcorder, with lots of features, that you can take with you next time someone tells you to go jump in the lake, then the HX-WA2 may be just what the mermaid ordered.

Waterproof to 9.8ft. (3m), 5x optical zoom, 2.6" articulating LCD display, Full HD recording in both 60i and 30p, Many features

Buttons seem flimsy, Some manual options are difficult to find and adjust accurately

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HX-WA2

 

No lens cap , this rendered the camera useless for me

Feb, 2013

Consumer review by: David (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HX-WA2

 

Lightweight and slips in a pocket for easy carrying. Ready for use immediately the screen is opened, never miss an opportunity to capture the action. Menu items are all easy to use

None yet

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: KATHARINE (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HX-WA2

 

Feels substantial and well made

None that I have identified so far

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: skiwii (productreview.com.au)

Very good camera. OK image quality, easy to use. Great value for money!

 

I have owned 2 gopro cameras and sold them as I was fed up with the poor build quality (wifi not working, always having to do firmware updates to get it to work, stupid mount screw heads that are super easy to lose especially in the snow!) and lack of...

Nov, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):No / Yes

Battery

Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.7

Camera

3D: No
Camcorder type:actioncam / Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:3 / 4 / 9
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR / CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR

Design

Colour of product:Blue / Orange / White

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.6 / 7.62
Display resolution (numeric):230400

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):11.9
Effective megapixels (movie):1.19 / 11.9
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.33
Sensor Type:MOS
Total MegaPixels:14.4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):40 - 240
Focal length range (f-f):6.8 - 34
Image stabilizer: Yes
Interchangeable lens: No
Maximum aperture number:3.7
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):19.9 / 48.5
Minimum aperture number:3.5
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.99 / 4
Optical Zoom:5

Other features

Audio output:1
AV output:1
Interface:USB
Power consumption (typical):4.1

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer VE2.0
Cables included:AC, AV, USB / AV, USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
PictBridge: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Shutter speed (photo):1/2 - 1/1500
Shutter speed (video):1/30 - 1/10000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:4352 x 3264
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536,2560 x 1440,2560 x 1920,4352 x 2448,4352 x 3264 / 640 x 480,1920 x 1080,2352 x 1568,2560 x 1440,2560 x 1920,4352 x 2448,4352 x 3264

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.2
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No

Video

Dual shot (video & photo): Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 480p, 540p, 720p
Video formats supported:AVCHD, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,960 x 540,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.81 / 4.41
Height :12.1 / 12.6
Weight:162 / 238 / 259
Width:8.62 / 9.31 / 9.39

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Sunny