Panasonic Introduces Wearable 4K Camera to U.S Market

by on July 3, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – July 3rd, 2014

Electronics manufacturer Panasonic, who is one of the leaders in the consumer 4K camera production market, has recently developed a neat twist on the typical DSLR, hybrid and Video production options they already have on sale by offering a small wearable 4K video camera that can be easily placed on the person and used on the move.

So far, this is probably one of the most economically sized, smallest and also lowest priced 4K video cameras you’ll find on sale anywhere from a major brand but despite this, it delivers surprisingly well on specs.

The 4K video semi-micro camera goes by the model number HX-A500 and is being sold and shipped from Panasonics website to U..S customers. Other retailers in the country are expected to also start selling it very soon.

The shooting specs it offers are definitely not something to laugh at considering its price and size. It can shoot 4k 30p video at 30 frames per second and process it through its Crystal Engine Pro processor. It’s also built to be dustproof and waterproof for as much as 30 minutes at a depth of 10 feet under water, which makes it an excellent filed shooting camera for rough natural environments.

In addition to 4K film, the A500 can also shoot normal HD video and other video formats at higher frame rates for slow motion playback. These include: 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60 fps, 1280 x 720 pixels at 120 fps and 848 x 480 pixels at 240 frames per second.

It also comes with a 1.5 inch color LCD screen, built-in WiFi, an image stabilizer for level shots and even a Near Field Communications capacity for connecting easily to an enabled smart phone or tablet. The HX-A500 also only weighs a very light 31 grams.

Best of all, Panasonic is offering the HX-A500 at the very competitive price of just $399 USD.

This little camera is going to be a serious competitor to the already popular existing 4K Hero 3 mini cam from the Go Pro brand. However, the Hero 3 only manages a weak 15 fps shooting rate for its 4K capacity.

4K technology in cameras and display screens has been going through a boom since first coming out commercially in mid-2012. The resolution standard, which offers a minimum of 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution in photo and video shots, promises crystal clarity and a visual experience that goes far beyond what users can experience with conventional Full HD.

While 4K cameras of any type have so far stayed firmly in the $2000+ price range (and cost well above $10,000 with accessories included if we’re talking about full blown video production cameras), their prices are steadily dropping as competition between major manufacturers causes manufacturing and design to streamline.

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