Panasonic HX-A1 Review

Quick Take
  • Size and tough build make it easy to take this camera anywhere you go
  • Good video quality for a great POV experience
  • No additional housing or case needed to take it underwater (limited to 5 feet)
  • Plenty of mounts for any activities
  • WiFi allows you to view, control and copy videos and still images wirelessly
  • Optional extended battery can greatly increase battery life
  • IR lens has the ability for night vision (untested)
  • Great price at $199.99 compared to other top POV action cameras
  • Small, 2.66-Megapixel still images aren't worth capturing
  • Built-in battery does not allow you to swap out for a fresh one
  • Extended battery more than doubles the size and weight of the camera
  • No HDMI output for HD movies on an HDTV
  • Had some troubles connecting to WiFi with smartphone
  • Only waterproof down to 5 feet
Bottom Line
The Panasonic HX-A1 is an ultra-compact POV camera that records good Full 1080p HD videos and has the ability to do so anywhere you go. A full range of mounts let you use the camera in any situation on any number of items. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
The Panasonic HX-A1 is an ultra-light action cam that is ready to go anywhere with you, hands free. Tough and versatile, the camera is dustproof, waterproof, freezeproof, and shockproof. This allows you to take it anywhere with you, no matter what your next adventure might entail, without any additional cases or enclosures.

A variety of mounts and accessories provide plenty of options for wearing or mounting the camera for all activities. Although it does not have a screen, its WiFi capabilities allow you to use a smartphone or tablet as a monitor and remote control. It also has the ability to capture still images as well.

  • Full 1080p HD video capture
  • Ultra-light 1.6 oz. body
  • 1/3"MOS sensor
  • f/2.8 lens
  • 2.7-Megapixel Still Image capture
  • Dustproof, waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof to 14°F
  • Built-in WiFi
  • High Speed USB
  • Night Vision IR lens

What's in the Box?:
  • Camera
  • Regular lens
  • Night IR lens
  • Multi-Mount
  • Tripod Mount

The Panasonic HX-A1 is available in black or orange with a MSRP of US $199.99.

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