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Panasonic HX-WA3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews of Panasonic HX-WA3. 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. People really like the image quality and battery. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the size and zoom.

portability, usability, design, battery, image quality

zoom, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HX-WA3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Panasonic HX-WA3 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the portability. The usability is also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the size.

usability, portability


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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HX-WA3 Full HD Camcorder - White/Blue + Case + 16GB Memory Card and TripodPanasonic HX-WA3 Full HD Camcorder - White/Blue + Case + 16GB Memory Card and Tripod

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Matthew Bolton (

Panasonic HX-WA3 review


Shoots on the beach or up a mountain

Can offer detailed video ; Great battery life ; Waterproof and dustproof ; Handles motion brilliantly

Images can be a bit soft ; Image stabilisation can cause blurring ; Not super-ergonomic ; Big digital zoom no replacement for optical

If image quality was all that mattered here, we might give the Panasonic HX-WA3 a lower score than this. But context is vital, and the Panasonic HX-WA3 as a holiday package really stands out.

May, 2013


Expert review by: James Morris (

Panasonic HX-WA3


A waterproof, dustproof and freezeproof camcorder that takes great footage

Commendable image quality ; Waterproof to 5m, dustproof and freezeproof ; Creative settings ; Non-optical image stabilisation

Fewer manual settings than mainstream Panasonic camcorders ; Zoom divided into two portions

As with the WA2, the waterproofing is excellent, and this is one area where the Panasonic HX-WA3 shows marked improvement. Thanks to the double-locking door covering the SD card slot, battery, micro USB and micro HDMI ports, the WA3 is even tougher...

Apr, 2013

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC
Audio system:STEREO
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery Capacity:0.88 / 880
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.7


Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:9


Colour of product:Anthracite, Orange / Blue / Blue, White
International Protection (IP) code:IPX8
Protection features:Dust resistant, Freeze resistant / Dust resistant, Freeze resistant, Water resistant


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


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite): No

Image sensor

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


LED indicators: Yes

Lens System

Aperture range (F-F):3.5 - 3.7
Digital Zoom:120
Focal length range (f-f):6.8 - 34
Image stabilizer: Yes
Interchangeable lens: No
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.89
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):24
Optical Zoom:5

Operational conditions

Protection features:Dust resistant, Freeze resistant
Waterproof: Yes
Waterproof up to:5

Other features

Photo mode: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer VE 3.0
Cables included:AV, USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

AV output: Yes
Microphone in: No
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


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


Bundled software:HD Writer VE3.0

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:4608 x 3456
Photo mode: Yes
Still image resolution(s):3744 x 2106,640 x 480,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536,2560 x 1440,3072 x 2304,4352 x 2448,4352 x 3264,4608 x 3456 / 640 x 480,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536,2560 x 1440,3072 x 2304,4352 x 2448,4352 x 3264,4608 x 3456 / 640 x 480,2048 x 1536,2560 x 1440,3072 x 2304,4352 x 2448,4352 x 3264,4608 x 3456


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Camera file system:DCF, Exif 2.2
Compatible memory cards:Eye-Fi, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Internal Memory:65
Internal storage capacity:0.065
Memory slots:1

Technical Details

Audio recording formats:AAC
Colour of product:Black, Orange
Display resolution (numeric):230400
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/10000
Minimum illumination:3
Slowest camera shutter speed:0.033


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:17
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 480p, 540p, 720p
Video formats supported:AVC, H.264, MPEG4 / MP4
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080


Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Height :12.7
Weight:257 / 278

White balance

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