Panasonic announced today the HX-A1 (A1) wearable, ultra-compact, POV action camcorder. The A1 weighs only 1.6 ounces or approx. 45 grams. The Panasonic HX-A1 has a rugged structure that keeps water and dust out and protects against impact and cold temperatures.
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Another feature highlight is shooting in total darkness. Using an infrared (IR) light source (commercially-available) and an IR filter for night mode (included in packaging), you can capture video in caves with no light or nocturnal wildlife at night.
Main Features for the A1
1. Ultra-Compact, Lightweight, and Robust
Ultra-compact and lightweight (approx. 45 g) body, the A1 is designed to be used in harsh environments. Uniquely shaped, the cylindrical camera can be attached in numerous positions to suit a variety of shooting opportunities.
● Waterproof down to 5 ft (1.5 m) without a housing case (IPX8 compliant)
● Shockproof up to 5 ft (1.5 m) (MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock compliant)
● Dustproof (IP6X compliant)
● Freeze-proof to 14°F( -10°C)
2. “0 Lux Night Mode” Enables You to Capture in Total Darkness
Using an IR light source (commercially-available) and filter (Night mode), you won't miss anything in the dark, such as night-time wildlife in the depths of a forest. The camera size and weight are so indiscernible that it’s comfortable to wear even with a heavy head lamp.
3. Networking Functions
You can capture video after verifying the angles on a smartphone or tablet using the Panasonic Image App. Images can also be uploaded and shared to Social Media sites.
● Wireless Twin Camera
While recording, footage on the A1 you can send video to a sub-window on the Panasonic camcorder (W970 and W870) via Wi-Fi. It is combined with the main picture shot by the camcorder, allowing you to merge two simultaneously recorded videos into one. With this feature, you can combine multiple subjects in one video or combine the same subject viewed from different angles, giving you more possibilities for shooting in various situations.
You can also use the A1 as a computer webcam when connected via USB. Using a Head Mount, you can share everything you do with your friends.
4. Enjoy More Shooting Options with a Variety of Accessories
Multi Mount（VW-MKA1) - Attaches to goggles, shoulder bags or helmets
Tripod Mount (VW-CTA1) - Secures the camera to a tripod
● Optional Accessories
Twin Mount (VW-TMA1) - Attaches to the A1 and your light source for shooting in the dark. Also, two A1s can be attached facing in opposite directions to capture the action all around you
Extended Battery (VW-BTA1) - Enables approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes of continuous recording (with the A1, at 1920 x 1080 pixel / 30p).
Lightweight and waterproof without a housing case (IPX8 compliant)
Strap Adaptor (VW-SAA1) - Attaches the camera to a strap or carabineer.
Head Mount (VW-HMA1) - The camera can be mounted on either side of your head ideal for the casual adventure.
Clip Mount (VW-CLA100) - Clips to a cap visor or similar surface.
Suction Cup Mount (VW-SCA100) - Attaches to flat surfaces such as a boat deck or surf board.
Handlebar Mount (RP-CMC10) - Ideal for mounting A1 to bicycle handlebar.
Wind Jammer (VW-WJA100) - Reduces wind noise on the microphone
5. Additional Features
● Loop Recording
When recording for longer than an hour, this mode retains the most recent hour of scenes by erasing earlier scenes. The camera keeps recording seamlessly, by managing video in two-minute segments. No need to worry about running out of space on memory cards.
● Slow Motion Video
The A1 captures every detail, even in fast-moving scenes. At 1280×720 pixels, the camera records at 60 fps (double the normal frame rate), and at 848×480 pixels, it records at 120 fps (quadruple-speed).
Panasonic has not yet revealed the pricing of the HX-A1.
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See also the new Garmin Action Cameras that have been announced today as well.