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Panasonic Handy Cam

The Panasonic HX-WA2 is designed like a pistol grip, and it is water resistant up to three meters while shooting videos. If you want to buy a regular camcorder to capture your beach activities, the Panasonic HX-WA2 is just right for you.

Operating it is very simple. It comes with a 2.6 inch screen that can flip and rotate around 285 degrees, which can also be used to turn the camcorder on. You also have the power button on the side to on or off the camcorder. To ease the shooting experience, most of the controls are located at the top for easy access. It is designed like a pistol grip, and it is also a bit heavy. The buttons for recording and playback, along with the intelligent automatic activation button, are located on the side panel. This section is usually covered by the display screen while the camcorder is off. It also comes with a small joystick on the rear that can be used to navigate the options on the menu. The battery, SD card and HDMI port with double locking door is located just below it.


It has 5x optical zoom, which is extended up to 15x using the Panasonic’s intelligent zoom technology. It can shoot videos with different qualities including 1080/30p, 1080/60i, 720/30p, 720/60p. Still images can be captured at a 14 megapixel resolution. The focus can be set manually from the menu options, but it is more comfortable to keep it automatic. There is a panoramic option provided for still photo, which can be used to blend a range of horizontal or vertical photos together. You will not find any other special features like shock resistance, apart from being water resistant. The extra zooming feature of Panasonic HX-WA2 handy cam is surely an advantage over other video cameras.

Image and Video Quality

While the Panasonic HX-WA2 may not produce the best video quality but it’s good enough for everyday shots, especially if you are using it for underwater shooting. The Autofocus function works well except for zooming to the full extent. Maximum zooming can affect the image quality due to absence of image stabilizer. Panasonic HD video camera has the best OIS technology compared to other camcorders and cameras in the same range. The colors are bright and effective from the Panasonic HX-WA2 with good exposures for all situations. The low light performance of Panasonic is average. The videos and still images may develop a little bit of noise.