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Panasonic introduces a wearable camera HX-A1 that captures scenes you have never seen before

Ultra-Compact, lightweight, tough, and excels even in the dark Panasonic introduces a wearable camera HX-A1 that captures scenes you have never seen before

Jun 18, 2015 -

Panasonic is proud to announce a wearable camera HX-A1 offering a revolution in capturing night scenes you have never seen before. Ultra Compact, the camera is so lightweight at approximately 45 grams that shooting hands-free is compatible even over longer periods and recording exciting scenes in Full HD. Sturdy construction keeps water and dust out and protects against impact and cold temperatures. Whether you’ll be getting wet while canoeing and rafting or snowboarding and skiing in the freezing cold, the HX-A1 is the ideal choice thanks to its high durability performance. That's why it proves its strength in even the most rugged environments, such as the Adventure Race.

Another feature is shooting in darkness. Using an infrared (IR) light (commercially-available) and Glasscover (Night mode), you can shoot in caves with no light from outside or shoot nocturnal wildlife in the dark. Now you can capture what you couldn’t see normally before.

Main Features for the HX-A1

1.Ultra-Compact, Lightweight, and Tough Enough to Shoot Scenes

You Have Never Seen

Despite its ultra-compact and lightweight (approx. 45 g) body, the HX-A1 is designed to use in harsh environments. Uniquely shaped, the cylindrical camera can be attached in many positions to suit a variety of shooting conditions.

● Waterproof down to 1.5 m [5 ft] without a housing case(IPX8 compliant)

● Shockproof up to 1.5 m[5 ft](MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock compliant)

● Dustproof (IP6X compliant)

●Freezeproofdown to -10°C [14°F]

2.“0 Lux Night Mode” Enables You to Capture Beyond the Darkness

Using an IR light (commercially-available) and Glasscover (Night mode), you won't miss anything in the dark, such as night-time wildlife in the depths of a forest.

Camera size and weight are so imperceptible that it’s comfortable to wear even with a heavy head light.

3.Networking Functions

●Built-in Wi-Fi®

You can shoot after checking the angles on a smartphone or tablet using Panasonic Image App. Images can also be uploaded to photo-posting websites.

●Wireless Twin Camera

While recording, footage from the HX-A1 can be sent to a sub-window on a Panasonic camcorder (released in 2015) 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, which gives you more possibilities for shooting in various situations.

●Webcam

You can also use the HX-A1as a computer webcam when connected via USB. Using a Head Mount, you can share the sights you have seen with your friends.

4.Enjoy More Shooting Options with a Variety of Accessories

●Bundled Accessories

・MultiMount(VW-MKA1)

Attaches to goggles, shoulder bags, or helmets.

・Tripod Mount(VW-CTA1)

Secures the camera to a tripod.

・ Twin Mount (VW-TMA1)

Attaches to the HX-A1 and your own light for shooting in the dark. Also, two HX-A1 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 HX-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

carabiner.

・HeadMount(VW-HMA1)

The camera can be mounted

on either side of your head.

・Clip Mount (VW-CLA100)

Clips to a cap visor or similarsurface.

・Suction Cup Mount (VW-SCA100)

Attaches to flatsurfaces such as boat decks.

・Video Camera Mount (For Handle bar) (RP-CMC10)

Attaches to bicycle handlebars.

・WindJammer(VW-WJA100)

Reduces wind noise on themicrophone.

Worn across a shoulder or strapped to a backpack(VW-MBA100)

Can be used with a mobile charger for longer recording

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.

●SlowMotion Video

The HX-A1 captures every detail, even in fast-moving scenes. At 1280×720 pixel, the camera records at 60 fps (double the normal frame rate), and at 848×480 pixel, it records at 120 fps (quadruple-speed).

Specifications

SENSOR SECTION

Image Sensor

1/3" MOS Sensor

Total Pixels

3.54 megapixels

Effective Pixels

Motion Image

2.87 megapixels [16:9] (Shooting Mode: Normal shooting mode, Pixels / Frame rate: 1920x1080/30p, Angle of view: Wide)

Still Image

2.66 megapixels [16:9] (Shooting Mode: Picture Recording Mode, Angle of view: Wide)

LENS SECTION

Lens Brand

Panasonic Lens

F Value

F2.8

Zoom

-

Focal Length

2.6mm

Angle of View

Approx. 150˚ (Shooting Mode: Normal shooting mode, Pixels / Frame rate: 1920x1080/30p, Angle of view: Wide)
Approx. 120˚ (Shooting Mode: Normal shooting mode, Pixels / Frame rate: 1920x1080/30p, Angle of view: Standard)

Minimum focus distance

Approx. 30cm

CAMERA SECTION

Minimum Illumination

6 lx

Image Stabilizer

-

Focus

Fixed-focus

White Balance

Auto /White Set/Sunny/Cloudy/ Indoor1 / Indoor2 (TTL system)

Shutter Speed

1/30-1/12000

Iris

-

RECORDING SECTION

Media (Motion / Still Image)

micro SD(1GB/2GB) , micro SDHC(4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB),

microSDXC(48GB/64GB/128GB) (Removable)

Recording Format

MPEG-4 AVC file format compliant(.MP4)

Compression

MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Recording Mode

[Normal Recording Mode]

1920x1080/30p (Average 15Mbps / VBR)

1280x720/60p (Average 15Mbps / VBR)

1280x720/30p (Average 9Mbps / VBR)

848x480/30p (Average 4.5Mbps / VBR)

[Slow Motion Mode]

1280x720/60fps/30p (Average 9Mbps / VBR)

848x480/120fps/30p (Average 4.5Mbps / VBR)

Audio Compression

AAC

Wind Cut

YES

STILL IMAGE SECTION

Recording Format

JPEG (Design rule for camera File system,based on Exit 2.2 standard)

Recording Image Size (Still Images)

[16:9] 2.7M 2176x1224 , 2.1M 1920x1080

Intermitting Recording

Yes (5 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, 60sec)

Shutter Speed (when manual mode)

1/15~1/12000

SYSTEM SECTION

Power Supply

When using Built-in Battery:3.7V /When using DC-input(Extended Battery): 5.0V

Power Consumption

Max. 1.3W (Built-in Battery, Recording), 1.4W (Extended Battery, Recording) /

2.1W (Charging)

Weight

Without microSD Card

Approx. 45g(0.099lb)

With microSD Card

Approx. 45g(0.099lb)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx.φ26.0 x 26.0 x 83.1mm(1.02 x 1.02x 3.27 inch)

LCD Monitor

-

WiFi

YES

Interface

HDMI

-

Microphone

Monaural

Speaker

Buzzer

USB

Hi-Speed USB(USB 2.0),USB terminal Type Micro B

OTHERS

Tough Design

Waterproof /Dustproof

IP68(IEC 60529)

Freezeproof

-10℃ / -14°f

Shockproof

1.5 m / 5 ft (MIL-STD810F Method 516.5-Shock compliant)

Night Mode

YES

Product details

Wearable Camera HX A500 600