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      27.01.2013 22:25

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      Good for children, accident-prone users and those wanting to film close to water.

      This camera is perfect for the younger child in the family, as we found out. If you provide your child with a camera, it's bound to get dropped and essentially ruined, fairly quickly. But not this product, no. It's completely drop-proof, dust-proof and most importantly, waterproof. It's the ideal low-cost camera to take on holiday with you, and it doesn't matter too much if it ends up at the bottom of the pool!

      Unintentionally, we ended up testing this particular product to the limit. It was smothered in melted chocolate, washed, dropped from a 8ft wall and then lost at the bottom of the bath briefly. It's still going, despite having more than a few knocks. It should be noted that it is only waterproof for down to three metres, and we haven't (yet) tried that one out!

      I'm yet to common on the quality of the HD video, which is extremely good. 1080, 720 and 480 MP4 resolutions are the common qualities available, so you're able to select which suits your needs the most. With a mini HDMI cable, you're able to put the footage attained straight onto your television, or your laptop. The special mode featured for low light settings is an added bonus, as it works really well. However, the zoom is a bit hit and miss so this makes up for it.

      The camera comes with a wrist strap, USB cable and mini tripod. You'll need to get a SD/SDHC/SDXC card as the built in memory lasts for only a short amount of time - only a few minutes of HD.

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  • Product Details

    The HM-TA20 is a triple-tough design with waterproofing down to 3 meters for use even in seawater, shock-proofing to withstand a 1.5-meter drop, and a dustproof structure. This tough, compact, easy-to-carry design is ideal for both everyday and highly active use.

    The HM-TA20 is equipped with Night View mode. When shooting, this function automatically detects dark scenes and the mode selector button lights up on the LCD screen. Simply press the button to start shooting with Night View mode. And you can shoot clear images with minimal noise even in dark scenes, such as dimly lit indoor shots or party scenes.

    The HM-TA20 has an easy-to-see 3.0-inch touch panel with intuitive operation. The touch panel has a simple button layout and is easy to operate. The vertical configuration makes the camera easy to hold for shooting, while the horizontal 3.0-inch screen simplifies playback. To further increase operating ease, the Rec button is isolated and positioned below the touch panel. So you can simply pick up your mobile camera and start shooting or playback.

    The linear PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) system records sounds that are faithful to the original. You can also shoot a photo while recording sounds. Enjoy playing your recorded sounds and photos simultaneously. This is handy for a wide range of applications, including business meetings and lessons.

    Technical Data

    Product Description: Panasonic HM-TA20 - camcorder - flash card
    Product Type: Camcorder - 1080p - widescreen
    Media Type: Flash card
    Memory Card Slot: SD card
    Sensor Resolution: 5.33 Mpix
    Effective Sensor Resolution: Video: 2.93 Mpix - Photo: 5.08 Mpix
    Lens System: Lens - 4.1 mm - f/2.8
    Focus Adjustment: Automatic
    Digital Zoom: 4 x
    Image Stabiliser: Electronic
    Display: LCD display - 3"
    Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
    AV Interfaces: HDMI
    Colour: Orange
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 6.4 cm x 1.8 cm x 11.3 cm
    Weight: 156 g
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