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Panasonic TA-1 Ultrathin HD Pocket Camcorder Enabled with Skype and iFrame (Red)

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  • Full 1080P HD recording
  • 8 MP HD stills
  • iFrame recording format
  • Skype audio and video enabled
  • LED light for low light recording
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Product Description

Color: Red

Product Description

Panasonic HM-TA1 Digital Camcorder - 2" LCD - CMOS - Red HM-TA1R Camcorders

From the Manufacturer

This, That and Everything! HD Communication
Share your movies over the web

Upload your favorite movies. It's a snap!
Easy Web Uploading. (HD Write PE 1.0 Embedded Software*)
Upload your movies onto YouTube, Facebook or anywhere you want. As soon as you plug the TA1's built-in USB terminal into a PC, the embedded HD Writer PE 1.0 application launches automatically. With operation this easy, you can instantly share your movies with the world.

* For Windows OS

Intuitive operation makes it easy. No confusion here!
Simple Operation
Just press the Rec button to record. Then press the Play button to see what you've got. Operation is easy because each button has a single function. So you can enjoy shooting as soon as you pick up your new camera.

Ideal for Mac and PC Users.
iFrame Mode
The TA1 lets you record movies with iFrame. When using iMovie, the iFrame video data in your camera is the same format as the one you'll be using to edit, so importing is fast and file sizes are small. You'll be able to edit and upload movies to the internet and portable devices right away. Iframe is based on standards, so it works with compatible PC andMac applications, such as Apple iMovie and PC applications.

USB is built-in for direct connection.
Built-in USB
The TA1's built-in USB terminal means that there's no need to carry around a cord and an adaptor. And you can charge the battery by simply plugging the USB terminal into a PC.

* Do not use any other USB extension cord except the supplied one. (Operation is not guaranteed with any other USB extension cord.)

Connect the TA1 to a PC and...It's a web camera!
Works with Skype
The TA1 is compatible with Skype, the video call program. Talk face to face with faraway family and friends. Go ahead, try some visual communication with the TA1.

*The use of a high-performance CPU is recommended for video conferencing with high-quality images.

Easy Functions for Versatile Shooting.
Take it everywhere you go. It's snapshot easy!
Compact size
Even with its compact size and super mobility, the TA1 lets you shoot full-HD movies and photos. Just slip it into a pocket or hang it from your wrist. It goes wherever you go. Perfect for capturing everyday fun.

Save your memories, in all their beauty.
Full-HD (1,920 x 1,080) Recording
Record high-quality full-HD (1920 x 1080/30p) movies with this handy little compact. Save those fun moments forever in beautiful HD images.

*Full-HD video with 1920 x 1080 pixels" in Panasonic's home-use HD mobile camera refers to video recordings with 1920 pixels in the horizontal direction and 1080 pixels in the vertical direction.

Fight hand-shake to record crisp, clear images.
E.I.S. (Electrical Image Stabilization)

The E.I.S. (Electrical Image Stabilization) system helps to correct the kind of hand-shake blurring that often happens with compact cameras. Record all the images you want, whether you're shooting while walking, or taking self portraits, without having to worry about blurring.
Get Creative!
Effect function
Give the image some warmth with Sepia mode, make it extra cool with Monochrome mode, or capture beautiful skin tones with Soft Skin mode. Match your shooting to your mood and subject.
Save thoes precious moments.
Still Picture Recording
The TA1 lets you save a smile from someone special, or capture the beauty of flowers bathed in sunshine. You can save memories like these in high-quality images with 8-megapixel resolution.*

*Records 8-megapixel still images with 5 million effective pixels.
Cut out special moments from your movies.*
Still Image Capture
You can cut out and save a still image by simply pressing the Still Picture button right when the desired image appears on the TA1's LCD monitor. This ensures that you'll never miss that perfect shot again.

*Still images cannot be cut out while shooting a video.
*The size of the cutout still image is the same as that of the video image.

Dark scene? No problem.
LED Light for Shooting in Dim Locations
The built-in LED lets you capture bright, crisp images even in dark situations, like indoors or during nighttime events.*

*The LED light does not go on when operating in Web cam mode.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.1 x 0.7 x 4.1 inches
Item Weight 3.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 14.4 ounces
Item model number HM-TA1PP-R
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #30,182 in Camera & Photo
#1,789 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at July 27, 2010

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By Dino Papoutsis on August 21, 2010
Color: Dark Gray Verified Purchase
Arrived at Amazon August 17, arrived at my house August 19. Today is August 21, 2010.

Panasonic USA website still has this new camera on "Backorder" so Amazon seems to perhaps be the first place to have this! I placed a pre-order and have been waiting weeks for this . . .

What's in the box:
*USB "Extension Cord" About 40-inches long
*"AV" Cable about 4-feet long (composite Video-yellow connector, mono sound--white connector)
*Attachable hand strap
*Manual, misc. addenda, warranty/return survey

Stuff I wanted to know and could not find on web:
*(Real) Compatibility with IPAD--no direct support (the highly touted Apple iFrame capability means nothing as far as I can tell as to easily shooting video and directly bringing it into the IPAD). Of course moving any video into the IPAD is a big challenge. I own the Apple CCK Camera Connection Kit and was hoping this would allow me to plug the USB plug of the camera into this CCK adapter or the SD-card itself and import the video into the Apple photo app. I did easily get the still photos into the IPAD and it seems maybe the video too--but the video won't play (so how good is that). I believe this is because the high def 1920x1080P I was using at 12 Mbps (VBR) over exceeds the Apple allowable spec. (And it did not work with the iFrame content I shot at 960x540/30fps (approx 24 Mbps) (VBR). Perhaps if I had used the 640x480/30fps (approx 3 Mbps) (VBR) it would have worked--but who wants to save their precious moments in low def? (I believe the IPAD max bit rate is limited to 5 Mbps in the published spec).
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Color: Red Verified Purchase
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Much lighter than I thought comparing with my old FLIP. I really love this color and compact design!
Powerful 4x digital zoom and LED light work perfectly when needed.

I took a sample video using 1280x720/30 fps mode and edited two files using software built-in for you. Even without selecting the highest quality 1920x1080 mode (Full HD) in this camcorder, you can see the video quality is amazing!
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Color: Dark Gray Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I have been wanting a video camera for years to record and share performances and shows. Many of my friends have the Flip UltraHD Video Camera - Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation) NEWEST MODEL and I was excited to compare the two cameras. When I finally got my camera, I was disappointed to discover that I had to buy a specific kind of memory card to go with it (I purchased the Transcend 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card (TS16GSDHC10)). This would be slightly annoying after already paying so much for the camera itself. Incidentally, there is no clear indication on the product page that a card HAS to be purchased (unlike with the Flip camera that comes with 8 GB memory in the camera already) or suggestions for someone like me who isn't that familiar with memory cards on which type is best to buy BEFORE you get the product home. So -- without that memory card, the camera cannot be used directly out of the box.

When I was finally able to start playing around with the camera I found that it was a bit more complicated than the Flip, however Panasonic's buttons are clearly labeled and it is easy for anyone with some technical knowledge to use. As for the filming quality, for everyday filming the picture is very clear but when filming with bright stage lighting, the figures appear a bit washed out and fuzzy. I did notice that the Panasonic camera did a have a slightly higher video quality than the Flip.
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Rather than write a review right away, I decided to spend my time with my three little minivideo recorders (Flip minoHD, Panasonic HM-TA1, Flip ultraHD) and put them through the paces. Indoors, outdoors, dim lighting, bright, sunset, walking, driving, kids. It was fun.

The Flips are 720p video only recorders whereas the Panasonic is a 1080p video recorder & camera.

I thought all the cameras had their niches to fill. The older mino Flip is the most stylish and best built body of the three, though with the least picture quality. The ultra HD had very good PQ and the ability to use 3 AAA batts as backup (good for travellers). The Panasonic had the best resolution and most customization features of the three and a camera to boot.

The camera stills were okay - really best when outdoors with plenty of light. Fairly grainy, maybe blurry, when indoors. So while it is EXTREMELY convenient to have the ability to do video and stills in one device, the camera function should be a small consideration when deciding to purchase the Panasonic.

The videos themselves were pretty good when used outdoors, indoors, and even when outdoors at night I could get some passable shots with the built-in LED light (nice touch). The TA-1 also allows you to select 16:9 or 4:3 ratios & 1080p, 720p, 480p, iFrame, all at 30 fps.

I think for no-thought-to-use simplicity, the Flip ultraHD is probably the better choice. But if you're more willing to deal with a few more buttons and want a camera too, the Panasonic should be at the top of your consideration.
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