If your company is just starting out with online video, you might think you need to go for a giant shoulder-mount camera, but why bother? You might find you get all the performance you need and much more portability with one of today’s ultra-compact models.
To feed this growing market, Panasonic has just announced three new dual cameras: the HX-WA10, the HX-DC10, and the HX-DC1. They’re called dual cameras because they can shoot full high-definition video (1920×1080) or photos without requiring the user to switch modes. Rather, each of them has separate video and photo capture buttons.
The HX-WA10 has the added benefit of being waterproof up to 10 feet. Both the HX-WA10 and the HX-DC10 include backside illumination, so they’re easy to use in dim lighting.
All three cameras record MPEG-4 AVC video. Both the HX-WA10 and the HX-DC10 take 16 megapixel photos, while the HX-DC1 takes 14 megapixel photos. Other features of all three models include image stabilization, face detection, and stereo microphones.
“Panasonic understands that consumers want a camera that will easily take still and video images, but they don’t want to sacrifice quality or portability, so with the new line of dual cameras, we’re providing easy-to-use models that can shoot full-HD video and high-resolution photos,” says Chris Rice, senior product manager, imaging, for Panasonic.
All three new models will be available in June. Pricing hasn’t yet been given.