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Panasonic HX-WA03 Dual Waterproof 16MP Digital Camcorder (grey)

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  • Waterproof Dual Camera, hybrid camera, 1920 Full HD movie & 16 MP still picture, Creative control (Diorama and one point color)
  • 5 M water proof, dust proof, freeze proof, 40 mm (EIS off), full-HD 1920 x 1080p
  • wind noise canceller, active shoot in various outdoors, new active EIS, 18x intelligent zoom, HDR photo, eye-fi
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 1.8 x 5 inches ; 9.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00AW54ZF4
  • Item model number: HX-WA03H
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,456 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 7, 2013

Product Description

Product Description

Panasonic HX-WA03 Digital Camcorder - 2.6" LCD - MOS - Full HD - Black HX-WA03H Camcorders

From the Manufacturer


Panasonic HX-WA03H Active Lifestyle Full HD Camcorder, Grip Design, Waterproof, Freezeproof, Dustproof, 16-Megapixel Still Pictures - Black/Orange


Comfortable Pistol Grip Design Fits Firmly In Your Hand

This active lifestyle HD camcorder will work as hard as you and is ready to go anywhere. You are free to actively shoot in various outdoor situations without worrying with the HX-WA03 Full HD Camcorder. The comfortable pistol grip design, with a flip-out LCD, gives it the power to follow your every adventure.

Waterproof, Freezeproof, Dustproof Sealed Body Suits An Active Lifestyle

The HX-WA03 video camcorder is waterproof, freezeproof, dustproof and is designed to fit firmly in your hand to deliver exceptional performance. The HX-WA03 is tougher than ever. It's waterproof down to 16ft / 5m, freezeproof down to -14°F / 10°C, and dustproof with a sealed body to meet the demands of your active lifestyle. Take it out shooting even in the harshest environments and it's ready to perform.

16-Megapixel Photo Capture Mode For Great Looking Pictures

The Panasonic HX-WA03 HD camcorder captures even the tiniest details in 16-megapixel high-resolution still pictures. Depending on the situation, you can flexibly shoot either high-quality 16-megapixel photos or Full-HD videos. You can also capture 2-megapixel still images while recording a video by simply pressing the Photo Shooting Button (varies depending on the video mode used for shooting).

Intelligent 18x Zoom and Active Image Stabilizer In Stunning Full-HD Video

In addition to an optical 5x zoom, the High-Quality Image Engine of the HX-WA03 video camcorder gives you the power to shoot videos with a maximum 18x Intelligent Zoom with no image quality degradation when the Active Image Stabilizer is turned on and the zoom is 12x. When shooting photos, the maximum zoom is 5x (2-megapixel / 16:9). The Active Image Stabilizer enables handheld zooming without blurring so you can achieve a flexible shooting range from wide-angle to a dynamic zoom.

Express Yourself with Cool Creative Controls and Panorama Mode

Inspire your creativity with the Panasonic HX-WA03's Creative Control features. Discover 9 filters — One Point Color, Old Movie, Fish-Eye Effect, HDR Paint (not available for video recording), Soft Skin, Monochrome, Sepia, Vivid, and Soft — for highly creative still and video images. Recorded data can also be retouched with eight filters: One Point Color, Old Movie, Fisheye Effect, Soft Skin, Monochrome, Sepia, Vivid and Soft. Panorama Mode of the camcorder makes it possible to shoot a wide horizontal/vertical panoramic image with consecutive shots taken by overlaying the previous picture. The multiple images are stitched together to create one single wide image capturing your scene.

HDR Backlight Compensation for Optimal Exposures

With the Panasonic HX-WA03H HD video camcorder you can easily take photos with the optimal exposure. Three images taken at different exposures are combined to record one optimal still image while suppressing blown highlights and blocked shadows. Natural-looking images can be captured even when shooting against the light.

Active Lifestyle Camcorder Comparison Chart
Image Sensor
1/4.1" BSI MOS Sensor
1/2.33" MOS Sensor
Total Pixels
3.32 megapixels
Approx. 14.4 megapixels
Effective Pixels
Motion Image
2.8 megapixels (Wide Mode), 1.62 megapixels (Standard Mode, Image Stabilizer OFF), / 1.31 megapixels (Standard Mode, Image Stabilizer ON) [16:9]
One Point Color, Old Movie, Fish-eye Effect, Soft Skin, Monochrome, Sepia, Vivid, Soft
Still Image
[16:9] / 5.3 megapixels (3072 x 1728), 3 megapixels (2304 x 1296)
[16:9] / 10 megapixels (4352 x 2448), 7.8 megapixels (3744 x 2106) / 3.5 megapixels (2560 x 1440), 2 megapixels (1920 x 1080) / [4:3] / 16 megapixels (4608 x 3456), 14 megapixels (4352 x 3264) / 7 megapixels (3072 x 2304), 3 megapixels (2048 x 1536) / 0.3 megapixels (640 x 480) / [PANORAMA] / 360° Panorama Horizontal (14400 x 720) / 180° Panorama Horizontal (7200 x 720) / 360° Panorama Vertical (1280 x 14400) / 180° Panorama Vertical (1280 x 7200)
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer, Level Shot Function
Active Image Stabilizer
Focus
Fixed
Auto / Manual
Optical Zoom
None
5x
W-Range Zoom / Extra Zoom / Intelligent Zoom (Only for Motion Image)
None
W-Range Zoom : 12x , Intelligent Zoom : 18x
Digital Zoom 1
None
120x (Motion Image), 50x (Still Image)
Microphone
Monaural
2ch stereo
Wi-Fi Standard
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
None
Wi-Fi Frequency
2.4 GHz band
None
Waterproof
1.5m / 5 ft (IPX8 compliant)
16ft / 5m (IPX8 compliant)
Freezeproof
No
14°F / -10°C
Dustproof
Yes (IP5X compliant)
Yes (IP6X compliant)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Easy for our grandchildren to use (fits small hands).
karin davis
The menu is easy to navigate with the thumbstick, which makes changing options a breeze.
Amanda
Is super easy to use and the quality of the pictures and videos are good.
Trina

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By David Ferguson on August 23, 2013
Color Name: Grey Verified Purchase
UPDATE:
After a year of having this device I still use it as my primary video recorder. I have found some quirks that are very easy to get around or deal with.

1: Sometimes the focus will not focus on the subject. This is hard to notice so I now have a habit of zooming in and out when I start recording. This seems to correct the issue.
2: When stopping recording the actual recording is cut off a little earlier than when the button was pushed. I now tend to let it record a little longer than I need to make sure it the video is not cut off.
3: Cant even count the times I have dropped it. Still works just fine.

ORIGINAL:

I did a ton of research when looking for a video recorder like this. I was tired of using phones to record video and getting inconstant results. Out of the box I was very pleased. It was big enough to hold on to but no so big my arm would get tired holding it. The interface and screen is nice but has a issues (below).

Pros:
The "Pistol" grip made it easy to hold.
Records great video in varied conditions with little effort.
The "iA" function is one of the best things about the camera. Makes taking videos in any condition a breeze.
Shock resistance just plain works. Our camera was dropped onto concrete from a height of about 3 feet and it still works. We did have to shut it down because the focus was stuck. But beyond that.. worked just fine.

Cons:
The menu system is just terrible and hard to navigate.
The controls are a bit strange and not very intuitive.
Hitting record/picture button when in the menus does nothing. It would be nice if it would exit the menus and start recoding without me having to exit manually.
Using the digital zoom is odd.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Seeker on October 24, 2013
Color Name: Grey
I bought this camera about 2 months ago. Unfortunatly, I still own a Sony Handycam HD which I still use and love. The Panasonic is about half the size and 1/3 the weight -- real plus values. The sensor on the Panasonic is VERY noisy in low light compared to the much older Sony. If the light is abundant, the Panasonic's images and video are quite good, but in low light the noise is intolerable -- I find I must switch back to the Sony in those circumstances. The Panasonic's images can yield 16M size but are not as good as the Sony's 10m images.My son has a cheap (apx $150) GE camera that yields bigger, cleaner (less noise) images than either. Go figure. I tried a slave flash (that's another story) and that may be the answer if you remember to allow for the pre-flash sync. I keep in mind that the Panasonic cost 1/5 what my Sony cost me new, that is is light and small, and (haven't tested it) water resistant. I know I'll use it a lot, with its serious noise problems remembered. The run time on a battery is about 45 min. You may want to get extra batteries. You'll get about 8 Hrs on a 64GB card.

In short: I like the camera. I just wish it was better.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sephwin on June 2, 2014
Color Name: White Verified Purchase
I bought this camcorder on a last minute decision before going on my pacific island vacation and I love it! From out of the box, I immediately started playing with the camcorder since I already have the same batteries on my other camera.
Let me give some background info: I have several DSLR, SLR cameras (35mm), and a few point and shoot. Photography has been my hobby for the past 33 years. This is not my first underwater capable camera/camcorder.
Pros:
1. The videos in all the setting are incredible, including the underwater video.
2. The picture resolution taken while the video is running may only be 3MP but its clear, sharp, and the color is fantastic.
3. The pictures are fantastic in all the setting (including IA and creative)
4. The controls and menu are so easy, I was surprise how user friendly they are. I even tried the controls underwater in a pool without goggles to see if I can do it. No problem on the controls but the screen is hard to read.
5. No problem aiming my shot at all, the swiveling screen keeps me on target all the time.
6. The indicated depth is great but I found out that this camera can go deeper, I will not do it again but it's good to know just in case you forget and go deeper while snorkeling.
Con:
1. The battery life is only 45 to 55 minutes depending on how you used the camcorder. (Get extra batteries and high capacity)
2. The screen should have a brighter mode in underwater setting, its a little dark. Above water in normal used the screen is just fine.
3. Get a floatation strap.
4. The charging time for the battery is too long in the camcorder (2 to 3 hours depends on the battery) get a fast charger.
5. No lens cover
Recommendations:
1.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Boatman on March 20, 2014
Color Name: White Verified Purchase
See the update at the end.

First off - I see this on Amazon for WILDLY different prices. At $250 it is a dog; at $150, well, that's what this review is about.

I cannot help but compare it to the (now replaced, but apparently not significantly improved) Sony GW77, which took unbelievable videos comparable to a $10,000 professional movie camera but suffered from poor low-light stills and the unfortunate Sony marketing gimmick of claiming its still camera capability was larger (many, many times larger) than what it really is. I had a number of issues with the Sony, but the reason it went back was it had an actual bug that caused it to die in the middle of use. If not for that, I would have kept it because its performance was better in every way than the Panasonic WA03. It was also a good deal smaller.

But it was also FOUR TO FIVE TIMES the price!

The WA03 is certainly a good looking camera, and its pistol grip is very comfortable (much more so than the Sony, which while much smaller had to be held somewhat awkwardly, perhaps like you would hold a candle in front of you). I love that it is NOT a touchscreen, which is a major disadvantage of the Sony - in bright sunlight, or underwater, you can see these screens barely if at all, so having old-fashioned manual controls is the way to go. You can also assign four functions to external buttons, but bizarrely the camera's software restricts you as to what button can be assigned to what function (for me, being able to quickly switch to panorama and underwater modes would have been helpful on vacation). Speaking of which, it is very problematic in panorama mode - three out of four attempts failed with an error, and for God knows why, horizontal panoramas are only 720 pixels high.
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