Panasonic HX-WA20 reviews: Memory card storage Full HD camcorder

32 customer reviews

+ This camcorder has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on battery life.

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8.4 out of 10 based on 32 reviews.
Panasonic HX-WA20: Vertically held, 5.9x optical zoom camcorder using SDXC card. See full product description

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Dave, Dover Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Fast start with when the screen door is open so you don't miss a shot.
The slow mo is excellent. Still image is good and has a good wide angle. Good flash for a small unit. Good for left handers as well.
Bad points:
Controls are a bit difficult if wearing gloves.
It's easy to pick the wrong option if your not paying attention.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Dec 2012

Mark, Kent Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Good purchase
Bad points:
None as yet
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 7.0
Sound quality 7.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Dec 2012

daniel, Keen amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Lightweight, good picture quality. Not been used underwater yet
Bad points:
Very poor battery life. Filmed for about 20 mins and also took about 30 photo s then battery died. Purchased 2 extra (more powerful) batteries for the device.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 7.0
Sound quality 7.0
Battery life 3.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Jan 2013

Pete, Cornwall Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
This is my fiirst camcorder and I am super happy with it! I did a lot of research to find a compact, rugged, weatherproof unit and I think I've got a winner. Very easy to use, great images, light weight and compact. Perfect.
Bad points:
Not really a bad point but the control buttons are a bit small - but them so is the whole unit and that's why I bought it!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Sep 2012

Darren, Long preston Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Good ergonomics, comfortable to hold, ease of use under water.
Bad points:
Extra cost for the privalidge of colour choice white. 2 extra mega pixels doesn't sweeten it.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Oct 2012

William, wales Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Good quality sound and images.
Great slow motion features
camera is very good too
Bad points:
Batteries consumed quickly so just buy a few spares
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 4.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Nov 2012

Andrew, Cowes Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Small, compact, easy to use, relatively robust, water proof & sand/dust proof.
Bad points:
Battery life can be short. Buy additional to avoid being dissappointed on long days out.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 02 Sep 2012

This Panasonic HX-WA20 is reviewed on Expert Reviews

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 5.9
Media format Hard disk drive
Media format Memory card
Connections HDMI
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDXC
Shape of camcorder Vertically held
Digital zoom ratio 120
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Weight (g) 235
Screen size (Inches) 2.6
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.9
Maximum aperture wide 2.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 280
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2012-04-18

Also known as: Panasonic HX-WA20EF, HX-WA20

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Manufacturer's Description

The all singing, all dancing, all terrain HX-WA20
Leading the pack, the WA20 allows users to enjoy exciting outdoor shooting even in harsh conditions. The stylish WA20 is optimized for shooting in not only rainy weather but also dusty conditions by keeping moisture and dust out of the camera interior.

Offering users more shooting fun in a variety of conditions, such as snorkeling and rugged outdoor activities, the WA20 is set to be a firm favourite.

Successor to the award winning HX-WA10, the WA20 takes a major step forward in image quality with the use of a new image sensor and image-enhancing engine that captures images in dimly lit situations, such as parties and sunset scenes in stunningly beautiful Full-HD glory.


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