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HX-WA03: Active Lifestyle Full HD Camcorder

Comfortable grip design fits firmly in your hand Waterproof, Freeze proof, Dustproof sealed body suits an active lifestyle 16 Megapixel photo capture modes for sharp looking pictures
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Rating Snapshot (3 reviews)
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2 of 3(67%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for HX-WA03: Active Lifestyle Full HD Camcorder
Review 1 for HX-WA03: Active Lifestyle Full HD Camcorder
Overall Rating
1 out of 5
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Quality
3 out of 5
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Value
1 out of 5
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Ease of Use
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Features
3 out of 5
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My product experience:
Extremely Dissatisfied
1
Extremely Satisfied
My customer support experience:
Extremely Dissatisfied
1
Extremely Satisfied
Jim
Location: Naples, FL, USA
I have owned this product for: less than a month
I use this product: at least once per week
I have purchased the following product: N/A
I found this support type most helpful: Panasonic customer support line
Panasonic Early Adopter: No
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Photoshop - incompatible
Date:August 11, 2013
Pros: Compact
Cons: Did not meet expectations, Poor documentation, incompatible with adobe photoshop
" I am very disappointed in the camcorder. I have had an order in the system at my dealer for several months waiting for its release. I do extensive International travel. Lots of photos and some video. I liked the style and ease of use of this camera. Shot some practice videos at the local zoo. Playback is great on the unit and on the provided software. I use Adobe Photoshop Premier 11 for video editing. The videos from this camcorder are NOT compatible with Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements 11). We shot the same video with 2 different brands of camcorders. Tried playback on 2 different computers. One playback was perfect. The playback with Photoshop is a series of hesitations. Checked with both Panasonic and my dealer. Fortunately the dealer will take it back in exchange for another brand. This Panasonic WA-03 is unacceptable for use with Photoshop. There is no mention or warning of this incompatibility in the Panasonic Manual for the unit. "
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Review 2 for HX-WA03: Active Lifestyle Full HD Camcorder
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Quality
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Ease of Use
4 out of 5
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Features
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
My product experience:
Extremely Dissatisfied
4
Extremely Satisfied
Bill
Location: Hartford, Conn.
I have owned this product for: less than a month
I use this product: more than once per day
I have purchased the following product: N/A
I found this support type most helpful: None
Panasonic Early Adopter: No
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Great value if you like to shoot digital video
Date:July 22, 2013
Pros: Inexpensive, Compact, Exceeded expectations
Cons: hate all the colors except black
" I've tested the HX-WA3 for just a week but did get to put it through its paces. First, the video is superb. The camera is easy to use and it even shoots very acceptable stills. To utilize all of the camera's features you must download the "Advanced Features" manual since the one that comes with the unit is just too basic.
The viewfinder is more than adequate and while the controls look complicated at first, they aren't once you have used them for a while. It takes some practice to shoot holding the camera in one hand. The zoom is very effective but it has no speed control so the transitions from wide angle to telephone are abrupt. I've learned to live with that. Only about 10X of the 18X zoom are truly optical but 10X is plenty if you do a little planning.
It is also easy to tip the camera slightly when shooting with the pistol grip design. I've glued a tiny bubble level to the top of my camera and that really helps.
Battery life and recharge time are more than adequate and I've found it easiest to simply recharge it via the USB cable plugged into my PC or laptop.
When you stop shooting, it is necessary to change your grip slightly and when you do, you will change the camera to subject alignment. Knowing that, you can compensate in editing.
Read that manual and find the "wind cut" feature. It does a great job of cutting down annoying wind blast. I wish many professional cameras had that feature. Ditto with the stabilization feature. Turn it on and forget it. Jitter is really minimized.
If you really enjoy shooting video, you'll definitely want to install the optional SD card. I used a 32 GB card and that allows me to shoot more than I could ever use. Also, if you want to preview your video on a TV, you'll need an HDMI cable with a micro HDMI connector at one end. If you aren't picky, you can use the component video cables that come with the camera. I shoot at 1080/30 frames and component video doesn't do that kind of resolution justice.
While it isn't mentioned anywhere in the specs, this camera does have a sturdy tripod socket in the base of the pistol grip. I used that to mount the camera on the bridge of my boat and then shot a 7.5 minute video sequence of our boat leaving the dock and heading out into the ocean in a light mist and aganst a 10 MPH wind while we were going about 10 MPH right into it. The video is as good as I could have shot with my professional equipment. There is no wind blast and even "hands off" at the widest zoom setting, the video is remarkably clean as is the sound of us talking.
Put this innovative and inexpensive little camera in your pocket and shoot really good video wherever you go. "
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
Review 3 for HX-WA03: Active Lifestyle Full HD Camcorder
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Quality
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Ease of Use
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Features
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
My product experience:
Extremely Dissatisfied
4
Extremely Satisfied
My customer support experience:
Extremely Dissatisfied
5
Extremely Satisfied
mydi mouse
Location: waipahu hi
I have owned this product for: 1–3 months
I use this product: at least once per week
I have purchased the following product: Car audio
I found this support type most helpful: Panasonic web site
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
awesome cam
Date:February 22, 2013
Pros: Inexpensive, Compact, Easy to use, Durable, Exceeded expectations, awesome design
Cons: none
" you can go anywhere with this bad boy from land to sea,rain or shine totally great.. "
15 of 18 people found this review helpful.