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Old Jan 07, 2013, 03:18 PM
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Panasonic HX-A100 Wearable Camera

Here is a new camera that should have some application in our RC aircraft. The following is a press release posted on Digital Photography Review:

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Panasonic Introduces a New Wearable Full HD Camcorder

HX-A100: Point-of-View Active Lifestyle Camera

January 7, 2013 (Las Vegas, Nevada) - Panasonic is pleased to announce the HX-A100 Wearable Camcorder, designed to let users easily capture and share images of everyday life such as sports and events.

The compact, lightweight design of the A100 makes it comfortable to wear. By setting the camera on the included Earhook, users can enjoy hands-free shooting without a helmet. A Multi-Mount option is also available for mounting the camera to a helmet or backpack. The waterproof design enables even greater shooting freedom in situations where the camera might get wet.

Another feature of the camera is its built-in Wi-Fi functions, which allows users to broadcast live video with simultaneous Full-HD recording. It also makes it easy to upload recorded images to SNS using a smartphone or tablet.

Despite its compact size and lightweight design, the A100 achieves excellent image quality. Featuring a host of image-enhancing technologies, including a bright F2.5 lens, the BSI Sensor, and Advanced Image Processing LSI, this wearable camera captures clear, low-noise images in both bright and dim lighting situations. It also minimizes shooting mistakes, with an Image Stabilizer to suppress blurring, and a Level Shot function to automatically correct tilted images.

The A100 also offers a large number of advantages that are made possible by Panasonic's long history of camcorder development. This is what makes it possible to shoot and share images with the user's precise line-of-sight perspective for special events, sports activities, and everyday situations.

Features of the A100
  • Features an IPX8-compliant waterproof design for safe outdoor shooting in water depth down to -1.5m / 5ft for up to 30min duration.
  • Dustproof design allows shooting safely in sandy or dusty environments.
  • The Wi-Fi connectivity makes it possible to broadcast live streaming video on Ustream as it is recorded in Full-HD Quality
  • Recording can be turned ON/OFF with a smartphone or tablet while watching in live view
  • Content can be easily shared on SNS using a smartphone or tablet
  • High low-light performance with an F2.5 bright lens, 1/4.1" BSI Sensor, and Advanced Image Processing LSI
  • Level Shot for automatic correction of tilting images, which often occur unnoticed
  • Image Stabilizer suppresses blurring for crisp and clear images
  • Sharp, impressive slow-motion video in HD quality
  • Recording formats: 1920 x 1080/60 fps, 1280 x 720/120 fps, 640 x 360/240 fps
  • Wind Noise Cut function suppresses excessive wind noise
  • 140 minutes of battery life* for extended shooting on a single battery charge
* When recording in Full-HD with Wi-Fi turned off.
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Old Jan 07, 2013, 04:15 PM
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Nice find, could be worth keeping an eye on.

A few details important to us that I can't find is how much it weighs and it would be better for fpv if it has a wired video out too.
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Old Jan 09, 2013, 05:28 PM
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I still haven't found any specs but on Engadget it looks rather bigger than I had hoped. It does say it incorporates image stabilization and auto tilt correction, which could be useful.
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Old Jan 09, 2013, 05:45 PM
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Mmmm, does look a bit on the chunky side but then so is the go pro. I can imagine this is going to cost some.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 04:58 AM
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Good find!!
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 11:49 AM
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I still haven't found any specs but on Engadget it looks rather bigger than I had hoped. It does say it incorporates image stabilization and auto tilt correction, which could be useful.
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http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_G...trackInfo=true

Reviews
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/01/can...n-gopros-turf/

http://www.technobuffalo.com/videos/...00-first-look/
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Old May 28, 2013, 01:15 PM
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Just saw this for the first time on BHPhoto newsletter. The tilt correction looks promising for those quick roll corrections on the quad, price is not that bad actually.

No aerial video I can find yet, hard to tell what final quality is like from youtube in any case. The configuration looks like it could provide many mounting options though, especially for multis.
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Old May 29, 2013, 07:28 AM
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Just saw this for the first time on BHPhoto newsletter. The tilt correction looks promising for those quick roll corrections on the quad, price is not that bad actually.

No aerial video I can find yet, hard to tell what final quality is like from youtube in any case. The configuration looks like it could provide many mounting options though, especially for multis.
Nearly an aerial view..
Back Coaster with Panasonic HX-A100 60P (1 min 10 sec)
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Old May 29, 2013, 07:29 AM
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Definitely an aerial view.
ウェアラブルカメラ HX-A100 作例動画「ヘリコプターから撮影」 (1 min 59 sec)
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