07 Jul

Panasonic HM-TA1 Assess:

Here’s the thing about bringing a new manufactured goods to a crowded promote: you have to any offer a touch different and/or better or a touch akin to the struggle at a lower price. This is primarily right for sack video cameras, and Panasonic’s HM-TA1 minicamcorder delivers neither. With plenty of models by now available from camera and camcorder manufacturers, as well as struggle from multifunction devices like the iPod Touch and a bevy of smartphones, the TA1 is honestly undesirablein terms of price and facial appearance. Add to that the overall poor point and there’s just not much here to like. It is small and the video feature is very excellent–at least in sharp situation–but the device is otherwise everyday. Unless you can find it for cheap, there’s modest wits to pick the TA1 over minicamcorders from Flip, Kodak, or Sony.

HM-TA1The TA1 is a candy-bar-style minicamcorder that is held vertically. The device is arresting, frivolous, and very compact. Unfortunately, the point goes downhill from there. For starters, the body is made from glossy plastic (available in three color choices) with silver edges that show every fingerprint, and is somewhat slippery to hold. The power button and array/memory card compartment are on the right side and, depending on your hand size, your thumb may any accidentally hit the power or slide the compartment door open if you hold it too securely. The doorfeels cheap and poor, too.

On the left side under a door at the top is the sole AV productivity, which is composite only (a cable is included); there’s no choice for a constituent cable belt and no HDMI productivity. That means there’s no supervise over viewing from the TA1 of content at HD resolutions on an HDTV. On a side note, since Panasonic’s HDTVs have SD card slots, I tried to view the video that way, but no luck: Panasonic’s sets don’t help MPEG-4 playback from cards.

HM-TA1At the underside of the device is a slider for a built-in USB connector that pops out from behind a door on the lower left side. A USB additional room cable is included for getting to those hard-to-reach ports. Even if it is comes off, the array is exciting by USB and takes unequally 4 hours to fully power up. It drains in about 80 minutes of continuous tape, so if you’re going to be out doing a lot of tape you may want an extra array. For most public, even if, that should be plenty of array life.

In an attempt to simplify reins, Panasonic assigned only one gathering to each button. This only really adds two buttons to the digit typically found on minicamcorders, but it makes the control panel a cluttered mess. And since all of the buttons are flush with the body and made of slick plastic, they can be trying to press accurately. At least the confirmation button is front and focal point, so all you need to do is turn the TA1 on and press it to start tape.

HM-TA1Tape resolutions contain VGA, 720p, and 1,080p, all at 30 frames per following. Panasonic also hypes the availability of Apple’s iFrame format, a smaller-than-HD 960×540/30p (24Mbps) size designed to be straightforwardly imported into iMovie (even if you can straightforwardly import standard HD MPEG-4 formats into iMovie).

One of the few extra facial appearance of the TA1 is that it can be used as a Webcam at 640×480, 320×240, and 160×120 resolutions. Panasonic uses Skype help as a promotion point, but the software isn’t embedded on the device; you’ll need to download it unconnectedly from Skype. Also, the device can’t stand on its own, primarily when connected to a pad, so you’ll need a help and a touch to angle it upward if you’re using it on a desk.


A huge part of why sackvideocameras are standard is the embedded control and
sharing software that makes getting clips off the device and onto video-sharing sites simple. Panasonic’s Windows-only software is called HD Novelist PE 1.0 and is basically an off-the-shelf wrap. It does the bare minimum of equipment such as organizing and austere control, and playback and sharing is top bolt from the blue to YouTube or Facebook. (Even if, once a clip is uploaded, you can point out to glue the link to an e-mail.) The interface is dull and uses words like “Carry out” instead of “Start upload.” Overall, it’s just a less-than-thrilling encounter that makes sharing seem more like a chore.

The video feature and overall performance, on the other hand, are very excellent from the TA1. At 1080p and 720p resolutions, the movies are enjoyable to HM-TA1watch and excellent enough to be viewed on a large HDTV. Sign are sharp and vivid and exposure is right. The electronic image stabilization seems to help keep video charming with modest noticeable judder when panning. And subjects grow sharp, but not oversharpened. Low-light video isn’t as excellent, with a lot of noise and golden-haired blotching. (This is akin to the low-light dispensation we’ve seen in Panasonic’s still cameras.) A built-in LED light in front can help elucidate dimly lit scenes, but it’s really only OK for about 2 feet in front of the camera despite being blindingly sharp. There is a 4x digital zoom should you want to use it, but it does degrade video feature. Finally, Panasonic includes the capability to shoot in black and white and sepia, as well as apply skin softening with nice-looking consequences.

If the most vital equipment to you are video feature and a small body, the Panasonic HM-TA1 is a fine scale. Even if, there are models from other manufacturers that offer more facial appearance and akin video feature for the same or less money.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 excellent:

Very excellent video feature for its class; small; can be used as Webcam.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 terrible:

Poor point; no HDMI productivity; no macro focus; no mic, earphone jacks; median-of-the-road sharing software.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 underside line:

The Panasonic HM-TA1 minicamcorder offers above-mean HD video tape in a small wrap, but is otherwise pretty lame.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 Price: $169.99

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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in MOBILE


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