Panasonic Introduces HM-TA1 Pocket Size HD Camcorder; Offers Full 1080p HD Video Recording

Panasonic today introduced the new Panasonic HM-TA1 HD Camcorder, that is a pocket size Full High Definition (HD), 1920 x 1080 pixels-capable mobile video camera with pocket-sized dimensions for ultimate portability and ideal for on-the-go shooting opportunities.

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The Panasonic HM-TA1 HD Camcorder features an integrated USB terminal and software that allows for easy PC connection and uploading videos to online sharing sites such as YouTube and Facebook.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 HD Camcorder also supports the Apple iFrame video format (960 x 540/30p), which is optimal for Mac® users to import quickly and maintain small file sizes.  When using iMovie, the iFrame video data in the video camera is the same format as the one that is used to edit.

Besides its HD video-recording capabilities, the Panasonic HM-TA1 HD Camcorder can also double as a standard Web camera and microphone, working with IP-based video chat programs, such as Skype, by using integrated software and simply connecting the video camera to a computer via an included USB port.

“The new Panasonic TA1 is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, extremely easy and intuitive to use, and yet it is still powerful enough to shoot full-HD video and high-quality photos,” said Chris Rice, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “Designed to integrate easily with popular online social networks to quickly share videos, the TA1 can also be used as a Web camera, allowing users to make video chat calls – making this extremely portable video camera a truly versatile gadget.”

The Panasonic HM-TA1 HD Camcorder is pretty compact at 2.09 inch (w) x 0.70 inch (d) x 4.09 inch (h), and lightweight just 113 gms (with battery and SD card) and comes complete with a wrist strap, making it ideal for carrying.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 HD Camcorder is  perfect for shooting spontaneous videos and snapping photos. With an easy-to-use design, the tiny TA1 camcorder’s single-function buttons include: Power, Play, Record, Still Photo, LED Light (on/off) and Delete.  In addition, there is a center keypad for selecting additional settings.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 HD Camcorder can also record still photos with up to eight Megapixels. This high-resolution capability helps ensure clear, vivid images with sharp details and all data records to an SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 HD Camcorder can also cut still images out of a video clip during editing. There is no need to connect any other device or to load the video into a PC for editing. To cut out and save a still image, simply press the Still Picture button when the desired image appears on the TA1’s 2.0” LCD monitor.

Panasonic HM-TA1 HD Camcorder includes a built-in LED light, which comes in handy when shooting in dimly-lit situations, such as indoors.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 HD Camcorder has an integrated USB terminal with pre-loaded software that allows recorded video clips and still images to be easily loaded into a PC, edited, and then uploaded to popular sharing websites.

When the Panasonic HM-TA1 HD Camcorder is connected to the PC’s USB slot, its built-in software, HD Writer PE 1.0, automatically launches, enabling one-touch loading of data into the PC for editing.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 HD Camcorder can records MPEG-4 AVC file format (MP4), which offers excellent PC compatibility and is ideal for viewing clear, high-resolution images on a PC or distributing them over a network.

Other features of the Panasonic HM-TA1 include:

  • E.I.S. (Electrical Image Stabilization) to minimize hand-shake issues.
  • Digital zoom up to 4x, helping to expand the user’s shooting range.
  • Color effects enabling creative shooting, including Sepia, Monochrome, and Soft Skin. Sepia mode adds warmth to the captured images; SoftSkin produces realistic skin tones; and Monochrome mode transforms the appearance to create a cool ambience.
  • USB-capable charging by connected the TA1’s USB cord to a PC***, eliminating the need to carry a separate cord or charger.

The Panasonic HM-TA1 HD Camcorder will be available in three different color options, purple, dark grey and red in August 2010 with a suggested retail price of $169.95 or Rs. 8,185.00 with warranty. For more information on Panasonic camcorders, please visit www.panasonic.com/dvc.

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