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Panasonic Debuts Three Dual, Two Mobile Cameras

4/05/2011 12:58:14 PM Eastern
Secaucus, N.J. - Panasonic has introduced three dual still and HD cameras with vertical designs and two HD 3-inch touch LCD cameras, one that is waterproof, shockproof and dustproof.

The Dual cameras, models HX-WA10, HX-DC10 and HX-DC1, all have an easy-to-hold vertical design, making it easy and seamless to shoot FullHD videos (1,920 by 1,080) or photos -- without having to switch between the two settings as there are separate video/photo capture buttons, Panasonic said.

The HX-WA10 is waterproof down to approximately 10 feet, and the HX-WA10 and HX-DC10 models include Panasonic's Backside Illumination (BSI) technology, which allows for optimal shooting in dimly lit conditions.

Panasonic's three new Dual Camera models record video in the MPEG-4 AVC file format (MP4), which is convenient for uploading images to the Internet or editing on a computer, the company said.

Beyond the FullHD video capabilities, the HX-WA10 and HX-DC10 also offer 16-megapixel still photos, while the HX-DC1 takes 14-megapixel photos -- resulting in high-quality images. All three models can take 2-megapixel still photos while shooting FullHD videos. All three models have a 5x optical zoom.

Other features of the three new Panasonic Dual camera models include a 2.6-inch-wide LCD monitor for the HX-WA10 and 3-inch-wide LCD monitor for the HX-DC10 and HX-DC1, electrical image stabilizer to help limit blurry videos, and face detection.

The HX-WA10 comes in black, orange, blue; HX-DC10 in black; and HX-DC1 in white, pink and dark gray.

The three models will be available in June with pricing to be announced about 30 days before shipping.

The HM-TA20, FullHD mobile camera is waterproof to approximately 10 feet, shockproof to approximately 5 feet and dustproof. It also has a Night View Mode for shooting videos and photos in low lighting.

The HM-TA20's small and compact size, combined with tough exterior, makes the video camera ideal for portability, and it features a 3-inch touch LCD that Panasonic said is easy and intuitive to use.

The Panasonic HM-TA20 shoots in FullHD 1,920 by 1,080 videos, and records in the MPEG-4 AVC file format (MP4), which is convenient for editing images with a computer and uploading files to the Internet.

The HM-TA20 includes an integrated USB terminal in its compact body, and after editing images within the camera, the user connects the camera to a computer and the built-in software will then launch automatically upon connection (once the software is installed). The HM-TA20 can also be used as a web camera.

Among selected other features of the Panasonic HM-TA20 are an included tripod stand, 4x digital zoom, capability of 8-megapixel still photos, E.IS (Electrical Image Stabilizer) during video recording, one touch recording and face detection, the company said.

The HM-TA2 is also a compact and mobile camera with the same features, except it is not waterproof, dustproof and shockproof.

Like the HM-TA20, the HM-TA2 features the Night View Mode and a 3-inch LCD for easy and intuitive Touch Operation for such controls as play, record, stop and zoom..

The HM-TA20 will be available in orange, while the HM-TA2 will be available in red, white and dark gray.

The Panasonic HM-TA20 and HM-TA2 will be available in June, and pricing will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipping.
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