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Panasonic HX-WA2 Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Orange) HX-WA2D

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Technical Details

Color: Orange
  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: HX-WA2D
  • Media Type: Flash card
  • Optical zoom: 5 x
  • Display Size: 2.6 inches
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Product Details

Color: Orange
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0072EW7ZS
  • Item model number: HX-WA2D
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,734 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at January 27, 2012

Product Description

Color: Orange

From the Manufacturer

Panasonic HX-WA2 10-Ft Waterproof HD Camcorder Wide-Angle Dynamic Zoom 14MP Still Images Active E.I.S. - Orange

An Active Design for you, the Active Videographer
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Whatever your activity or weather conditions, the WA2 waterproof HD camcorder is made for active shooting, anytime. Snorkel, surf, hike, or engage in any other sport knowing that rain or shine, this rugged camcorder can capture your unique moments in high-quality videos and photos from underwater moments to a snowy mountaintop. The camcorder's waterproof rating complies with IPX8 ratings, withstanding up to 10ft. of immersed water conditions. Use Underwater Mode to bring out those crystalline marine colors giving them a naturally clear feel. The Noise Reduction function cancels what you don't need and keeps the clear sounds that match your just-taken images. And the camcorder's easy grip allows for you to shoot with one hand, minimizing shooting fatigue.

Intelligent 15x Zoom & Active E.I.S. Improve your Photographic Possibilities
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You can thank the Intelligent Zoom function for its smart, zooming abilities, bringing your subjects into your frame by 15x. Because of the waterproof HD camcorder's Intelligent Resolution technology, you can record at high zoom rates while preserving fine image quality and resolution. You get sharp images of incredibly detailed objects - without the nuisance of blurry edges. And if you find yourself in very active situations, don't worry. The WA2's Active E.I.S. extends to a various shooting styles, like zooming and shooting while walking making sure that blurring is minimized. Its 4-axis correction system produces clear images. Go on, zoom in on that far away spot that calls to you.

For the Producer: A Rotating LCD & Joystick
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Let this 2.6-inch wide-screen LCD monitor be your guide as it adjusts brightness on seven levels. It also rotates approximately 285° so you can easily position it at your preferred angle. This lets you keep your subject clearly in view, whether you're shooting high, low, or at yourself and your playful pets. The twin shutter lets you shoot both videos and still images without having to switch modes, and there is a joystick on the rear panel. The camcorder's control buttons are larger than on previous models, for more comfort and ease while recording. It's so improved that you can even produce while wearing gloves.

Create Intelligent Movies in High-Quality HD 1,920 x 1080 with the WA2 Waterproof HD Camcorder
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iA (Intelligent Auto) thinks for you. This powerful function, on the WA2 camcorder, senses your shooting conditions and automatically adjusts the settings and activates modes that will deliver optimal results. iA does the bothersome work for you making it easier to capture beautiful, well-focused images. This feature comes in handy for sudden photo opportunities that might be missed. With a waterproof mic, you can record anywhere, even underwater, capturing nature's sounds. Between the Intelligent Scene Selector and Face Detection, iA will analyze your setting and switch to one of four modes (Portrait, Scenery, Spotlight, or Low Light) and with nine-point autofocus it will detect light on your subject's face, adjusting accordingly and smoothing skin tones.

High-Speed Burst Shooting Lets You Analyze Motion Images

Say you're eager to capture a sports game or your child's park play. With high-speed burst shooting, you can snap up to 10 consecutive 3-megapixel still images per second for a total of 40 continuous images, taking you all but 4 seconds. With High-Speed Reverse Consecutive Shooting, never miss another shutter opportunity as it continues to capture your images until you tell it to end. This lets you preserve important memories without missing those split-second shutter opportunities. Macro Shooting, with the WA2 HD video camera, lets you get as close as 1cm when recording small objects like insects or intricate jewelry. And Nine-Point Auto Focus centers your subject even if it isn't.

Freeze a Moment in Time and Create a Still Image
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Picture yourself recording your children at play; you can easily capture those special moments in rich 14-megapixel high-resolution still images. You can capture 2-megapixel still images while recording a Full-HD video by simply pressing the Still button on the WA2 video camera. In Panorama mode, you can shoot a horizontal/vertical panoramic scene by shooting consecutively, enabling a range of 360°/180°. Enjoy truly versatile expression with HDR Backlight Compensation and Paint.

Create Panoramic Images
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In Panorama mode, you can shoot a horizontal/vertical panoramic scene by shooting consecutively and overlaying with the previous shot. This enables a range of 360°/180° images. Enjoy truly versatile expression with HDR Backlight Compensation and Paint.

A Waterproof HD Camcorder that Makes Sharing Your Photos With Your Social Media Circles Easy
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Let iFrame, ideal for PCs or MACs, quickly edit your work while you record. Part of your software, HD Writer VE 2.0, for Windows users, is compatible with iMovie. You can also save your work as MPEG-4 files. Either way, with the use of a USB port, you will be ready to update your status on Facebook or YouTube. And with Eye-Fi card compatibility, your camcorder can go wireless, making it easier to send your videos to your tablet or Smartphone without cables or memory cards. For best results, however, please make sure you obtain the proper permissions for Eye-Fi use in your region.

Product Description

Waterproof to 3 meters, active EIS and 5x optical (15x iZoom), 14 MP still picture, underwater mode, stable single handed shooting, 2.6" wide screen LCD with 285 degree rotation, twin shutter and joy stick, full HD video recording, Intelligent Scene Selector, face detection, panorama mode, burst shooting, high speed reverse consecutive shooting, Intelligent Auto, built in uploader to a PC via USB, HD Writer VE 2.0 software, orange.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Takes great HD videos and works well underwater.
Jules Hunter
Often I press down what used to be called a shutter release button and it doesn't take a picture.
Vincent Suppa
I already proved the waterproof quality and camera worked good.
Jose Reyes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By TinaTinaTina on December 2, 2012
Color Name: Blue Amazon Verified Purchase
This item was suggested by a salesman at a very reputable electronics store. We didn't buy it on-site because they only had the orange color in stock so we ordered from Amazon where we got the color we wanted and a better price. This is absolutely perfect for those who don't want to carry around a larger camcorder and all of the chargers/attachments that come along with it. This fits nicely in my pocket of my husband's jeans or in my purse. We prefer the smaller size so that we can bring along and not feel like stalkers. The videos are of great quality and we were very happy with the purchase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By james sajdak on April 20, 2013
Color Name: Orange Amazon Verified Purchase
Love the camera. HD quality is stunning. Learning curve was minimal because all options are very easy to get to and to use. Button placement prevents using the wrong button at the wrong time. Lots of features I've already used that I haven't used in other cameras because it's too hard to remember, on site, how to get to them (all found in scenes on the panasonic). Easy to change settings while in use, even underwater. Most video has been shot underwater and I am very pleased with the quality and the camera's auto compensation for low light levels. Typically we stay in the water close to an hour (the max allowed by the camera anyway) and the battery is only down to about 3/4 when we exit. Bought a 32 GB card and we have been in the Caymans 2 1/2 weeks and there is still memory left with daily shooting of usually 2 snorkel trips.

Have some questions about use of the photo zoom, which appears on the monitor but does not register for the actual picture. Also, the HD Writer seems to have a glitch that doesn't allow me to send emails. That menu item only takes me to the same one as the online sharing (You Tube and Facebook). Lastly, I also have some concern over water that appears in the card/battery area. So far it has stayed on the "wall" of that docking area and it has been just a few beads of water. My concern is that it's there in the first place (is this a faulty camera?) and that when I open the door it could drop on the electronics. I even made sure it was dry, put it in the sink for a soak and there was water in there then so I know it's not the depth I'm going to in the water. Please respond.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By dj opzzy on January 1, 2013
Color Name: Blue Amazon Verified Purchase
Solid purchase for the holiday season. The unit itself is light weight and good for pockets or other easy storage spaces. Havent figured out all the bells and whistles yet but recording is very clear. Manual is a bit long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By darazon on May 10, 2013
Color Name: Orange
I am a prior owner of a Sanyo Xacti (Sanyo was purchased by Panasonic) and we loved it -too bad I left it on the roof of my car! This is a solid and much improved replacement. Despite what some have complained about, I find the button and the toggle stick easy to use. It takes fantastic HD video and 14 megapixel pictures. Plus it is super fast to turn on and start shooting video. That was the biggest complaint about my Xacti is that it took way to long to turn on. With the WA2, I open the view finder press the record button and I'm shooting video instantly!

Others have complained about the menus. I find them very intuitive and easy to understand. I had most of the features figured out without even opening the manual.

The waterproofing is a bonus. I don't have to worry about the kids splashing it at the pool or the beach. I plan on testing the water proofing underwater soon. It has specific instructions on how to clean it after it has been underwater that are easy and straight forward.

A solid buy!!
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54 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Kyle on June 23, 2012
Color Name: Blue
My previous waterproof cameras merely required a quick rinse under a faucet and a toweling, before they were safe to open. According to the manual, this camera must be shaken in a special way, and then leaned against something to keep it upright for an unspecified time, to allow water to drain from its waterproof shell. The manual doesn't say how to deal with sediment and minerals eventually clogging the drain holes, allowing it to drain into the interior when opened.

Also from the manual: A tripod screw a hair too large and/or tight can crack the waterproof housing. If used in salt water, a fresh water soaking, not to exceed ten minutes, must start within an hour. If the camera is subject to rough handling (unspecified) the waterproof seal can leak.

From the manual: Careful inspection is required in a safe area before each closing. Hair, dust or lint on the paper thin O ring can cause a leak. A special brush, included, is required to remove the almost microscopic particles.

From the manual: Even if you don't get the camera wet, it's subject to condensation inside, and malfunction. This can be caused by temperature changes by going inside to outside - or cool water contacting the camera on a warm day. Because the lens components aren't sealed, condensation can also form there. If it can't be dried out, it can cause fungus growth on the lens.

Panasonic recommends replacing the O rings once a year.

Menus are navigated and operated with a floppy, non tactile, half inch button/joystick. The button has to be pulled exactly left/right/up/down to get the desired results. Pressing doesn't work. I don't have big fingers. I had to hook my fingernail under the tiny ridge around the button to precisely pull it.
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