Panasonic announced at NAB Show today (6pm CET, 13th April) the Ultra-Compact, lightweight, tough, and excels in the dark Point-of-View HX-A1 action camera.
Las Vegas, NV (April 13, 2015) – Panasonic is proud to announce the HX-A1 (A1) wearable, ultra-compact, POV action camcorder that is so lightweight (at 1.6 ounces or approx. 45 grams) that shooting hands-free is nearly imperceptible. This allows for longer periods of recording exciting scenes in Full HD. The A1’s rugged structure keeps water and dust out and protects against impact and cold temperatures. Whether you’ll be getting wet while rafting or snowboarding and skiing in the freezing cold, the A1 is the ideal choice for any adventure thanks to its high durability. Another feature is shooting in total darkness. Using an infrared (IR) light source (commercially-available) and an IR filter for night mode (included in packaging), you can capture video in caves with no light or nocturnal wildlife at night. The A1 will be available at panasonic.com and other authorised retailers in the UK soon.
Main Features for the HX-A1
- Ultra-Compact, Lightweight, and Tough
Ultra-compact and lightweight (approx. 45 g) body, the A1 is designed to be used in harsh environments. Uniquely shaped, the cylindrical camera can be attached in numerous positions to suit a variety of shooting opportunities.
- Waterproof down to 5 ft (1.5 m) without a housing case (IPX8 compliant)
- Shockproof up to 5 ft (1.5 m) (MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock compliant)
- Dustproof (IP6X compliant)
- Freeze-proof to 14°F( -10°C)
- “0 Lux Night Mode” Enables You to Capture in Total Darkness
Using an IR light source (commercially-available) and filter (Night mode), you won’t miss anything in the dark, such as night-time wildlife in the depths of a forest. The camera size and weight are so indiscernible that it’s comfortable to wear even with a heavy head lamp.
- Networking Functions
You can capture video after verifying the angles on a smartphone or tablet using the Panasonic Image App. Images can also be uploaded and shared to Social Media sites.
- Wireless Twin Camera
While recording, footage on the A1 you can send video to a sub-window on the Panasonic camcorder (W970 and W870) via Wi-Fi. It is combined with the main picture shot by the camcorder, allowing you to merge two simultaneously recorded videos into one. With this feature, you can combine multiple subjects in one video or combine the same subject viewed from different angles, giving you more possibilities for shooting in various situations.
You can also use the A1 as a computer webcam when connected via USB. Using a Head Mount, you can share everything you do with your friends.
- Enjoy More Shooting Options with a Variety of Accessories
Multi Mount（VW-MKA1) – Attaches to goggles, shoulder bags or helmets
Tripod Mount (VW-CTA1) – Secures the camera to a tripod
- Optional Accessories
Twin Mount (VW-TMA1) – Attaches to the A1 and your light source for shooting in the dark. Also, two A1s can be attached facing in opposite directions to capture the action all around you
Extended Battery (VW-BTA1) – Enables approximately 2 hours and 45
minutes of continuous recording (with the A1, at 1920 x 1080 pixel / 30p).
Lightweight and waterproof without a housing case (IPX8 compliant)
Strap Adaptor (VW-SAA1) – Attaches the camera to a strap or carabineer.
Head Mount (VW-HMA1) – The camera can be mounted on either side of your head ideal for the casual adventure.
Clip Mount (VW-CLA100) – Clips to a cap visor or similar surface.
Suction Cup Mount (VW-SCA100) – Attaches to flat surfaces such as a boat deck or surf board
Handlebar Mount (RP-CMC10) – Ideal for mounting A1 to bicycle handlebar.
Wind Jammer (VW-WJA100) – Reduces wind noise on the microphone
- Additional Features
- Loop Recording
When recording for longer than an hour, this mode retains the most recent hour of scenes by erasing earlier scenes. The camera keeps recording seamlessly, by managing video in two-minute segments. No need to worry about running out of space on memory cards.
- Slow Motion Video
The A1 captures every detail, even in fast-moving scenes. At 1280×720 pixels, the camera records at 60 fps (double the normal frame rate), and at 848×480 pixels, it records at 120 fps (quadruple-speed).
To learn more about Panasonic’s line of LUMIX Digital Cameras and other consumer electronic products please visit panasonic.com and www.lumixlounge.com. You can also follow Panasonic on Twitter (@PanasonicUSA) and Facebook.