Secaucus, NJ—Panasonic announced the HX-WA10, the HX-DC10 and the HX-DC1 dual cameras, all with vertical designs and the ability to shoot Full HD video (1,920×1,080) or photos without having to switch between the two settings.
With separate video/photo capture buttons, the HX-WA10 is waterproof down to 10 feet, and the HX-WA10 and HX-DC10 include Panasonic’s Backside Illumination (BSI) technology, developed to optimize shooting in dim light.
The three models record video in the MPEG-4 AVC file format (MP4), convenient for uploading images to the Internet or a computer. Beyond the Full HD video capabilities, the HX-WA10 and HX-DC10 also offer 16 megapixel still photos, while the HX-DC1 takes 14 megapixel photos—utilizing 5x optical zoom lenses. The trio can also take 2MP photos while shooting videos.
“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,” said Chris Rice, senior product manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “Even more, the HX-WA10 is waterproof, and with its unique vertical design, the dual camera is easy to carry and hold—making it extremely versatile for all different shooting environments.”
Other features of the three dual camera models include: a 2.6-inch wide LCD monitor for the HX-WA10 and 3.0-inch wide LCD monitor for the HX-DC10 and HX-DC1; an electrical image stabilizer to help limit blurry videos; Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) suite of automatic functions where the camera does all the work; face detection; stereo microphones for audio recording; and mini HDMI terminals for connecting to HDTVs.
Panasonic’s new dual cameras will be available in June 2011 in the following color options: HX-WA10 in black, orange, blue; HX-DC10 in black; and HX-DC1 in white, pink and dark gray. Pricing TBA. panasonic.com