Just when we thought the rush of new camera announcements had abated, Panasonic came forward with more pocket camcorders.
The highlight of the new models is the pistol-style HX-WA10, which is optimized for shooting outdoors and in rainy weather, the company says, with a backside illumination sensor for shooting in dimly lit conditions, such as swimming in a pool or the ocean.
The waterproof/shockproof casings is good for 3 meters underwater for up to 60 minutes. The camcorder captures 1080p video or 16-megapixel still images. It has a 2.7-inch LCD and a 5x optical zoom.
The HM-TA20 features a “triple tough design,” Panasonic says, that is waterproof, shockproof and dustproof — and a night view mode for shooting in dim lighting “such as a birthday party scene where someone is blowing out candles or a party at night.”
The camcorder captures 8-megapixel still pictures, and has a 3-inch touchscreen, but lacks a zoom lens.