Panasonic has announced the release of two new adventure camcorders. Unveiled Monday morning at CES, the Active Style HX-WA03 and the HX-A100 are intended for consumers with active, outdoor lifestyles: Both are waterproof and include HD quality video, and both are designed according to the mobile needs of the user.
The HX-WA03 can withstand water depths of 16 feet for up to 60 minutes, and features a “trigger-like” ergonomic design. Panasonic is pitching the cam, which also has a cold tolerance of 14 degrees Fahrenheit, as ideal for rugged outdoor activities, such as diving, rock-climbing, or hiking. It is a "tougher" addition to its WA- series of extreme outdoor camcorders.
• Full-HD videos and 16 MP stills from an 11.9-megapixel MOS sensor (through interpolation, presumably)
• Nine creative filters: Old Movie, One Point Color, Fish-eye Effect, HDR Paint, Soft Skin, Monochrome, Sepia, Vivid, and Soft
• 18x zoom with Active Digital Image Stabilizer
• Eye-Fi compatibility
The helmet-less HX-A100 is a wearable adventure cam that is also intended for outdoor activities, but not quite as extreme as the HX-WA03. It’s only waterproof up to 5 feet for 30 minutes, for example, but it includes a range of extra connectivity features and controls. Whereas the HX-WA03 is designed for extreme sports and outdoor activity, the HW-A100 seems to have an eye for interactivity: The built-in WiFi allows users to live broadcast their videos or upload images to the social web.
• 140 minutes of battery life
• f/2.5 bright lens, 1/4.1" BSI Sensor, and Advanced Image Processing LSI
• Image Stabilizer and automatic correction of image tilting
• Slow motion video in HD
• Recording formats: 1920 x 1080/60 fps, 1280 x 720/120 fps, 640 x 360/240 fps
• Wind Noise Cut function