Yesterday Garmin released two new Virb action cameras, and today Panasonic has unveiled its brand new HX-A1, a compact HD video camera that weighs a claimed 45g and is built to be rugged and durable. It's expected to costs $200, but no UK price has been announced yet.
It’s clear Panasonic has designed the HX-A1 to appeal to outdoor sports like road cycling, mountain bike, hiking, climbing, kayaking etc, because it’s small (83.1mm x 26mm) and light (46g) and is designed to be rugged and survive some abuse. It has an IP68 rating and is waterproof to 1.5m, shockproof from a height of 1.5m, freezeproof to -10°C, and is protected against dust ingress.
The HX-A1 shoots video at 1080p at 30fps, 720p resolution at 60fps, as well as 480p at 120fps. That last mode will provide the ability to do super slow motion video. The Panasonic is one of the few cameras that offers a night mode, “0 Lux Night Mode”, when combined with an after market infrared light source.
Like the Virb, the Panasonic HX-A1 features WiFi connectivity allowing the camera to be partnered with a smartphone and Panasonic has developed an app that can allow you to use the smartphone as an external screen, to check the angle of the camera, useful if mounting atop a helmet. A number of mounts allow a plethora of mounting positions, from the handlebars to the helmet.
The Panasonic HX-A1 will be available in June, with a price of $200, no UK price has been announced yet. More at www.panasonic.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.