Panasonic HX-A500 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • 1/2.3” BSI Sensor
  • 4K/30p video
  • Waterproof to 10 feet for up to 30 minutes
  • Dustproof
  • Separate head mount
  • Multiple mounting options
  • Wide angle view
  • Image stabilization and tilt correction
  • Slow motion capability
  • 1.5” LCD
  • Wi-fi and NFC
  • Release Date: 2014-07-06
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended


Panasonic HX-A500
Preview of the HX-A500.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 2/11/2016

4K has taken the world by storm--and now it's coming to wearable camcorders. The Panasonic HX-A500 shoots in 4k video at 30 fps (The Go Pro Hero 3+ shoots at just 15 fps in 4K). But perhaps even more exciting (especially if you don't own a 4K TV) is that the Panasonic HX-A500 will also shoot 1080p HD video at a solid 60 fps for very smooth action, which, for an action cam, is a pretty important thing. It can also be used for slow motion shots, useful for things like analyzing a golf swing, for example.

The HX-A500 is designed with two main parts, a lens that is mounted and a separate processor/screen/body, making it a bit easier to do point of view shots without a big camera on your head, though there's cons to the style too. The HX-A500 is waterproof, but only for a short swim or things like surfing, since the depth rating is just 10 feet for half an hour. It is also dust resistant.

The press release states the HX-A500 uses a wide-angle lens, but without full technical specializations available quite yet, there's no word on the maximum aperture.

Overall, the Panasonic HX-A500 is looking like a pretty capable camera; more details should be available closer to the release date in July. Set to retail at $399, it's not quite as shock-inducing as the price on many recent 4K camcorders. For some sample footage, check out this video supplied by the manufacturer:


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