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Jumping on two bandwagons at once, and balancing between them like a tiny man wearing giant rollerskates, Panasonic's HX-WA10 boasts both a pistol grip design and a waterproof body. It's certainly an eye-catching product, and water resistance could be a boon for your holidays -- but should you splash out £200 for one? Our initial thought upon meeting the HX-WA10 for the first time was how much it reminded us of Sanyo's Xacti line -- specifically the Xacti VPC-CA100, to which Panasonic's pistol-shaped camera is all but identical. It's no coincidence, since Panasonic bought Sanyo a couple of years ago. The HX-WA10 in sleek black. You can see why Panasonic was happy to reuse Sanyo's design virtually wholesale -- the HX-WA10 is a natty-looking device with an angled trigger-style handle, an upwards-slanting lens and a toughened two-toned exterior that's available in orange, blue or black.Resistant to the wet stuff up to depths of 3 metres, the HX-WA10 battens down the hatches against fluid infiltration with a pair of lockable, rubber-sealed doors hiding the sensitive memory card slot, battery compartment and HDMI/USB sockets. Unfortunately, Panasonic's engineers have failed to address a number of inherent flaws in Sanyo's original design and these are ported across along with all the good things.
The snappily titled HX-WA10 is one of Panasonic's first forays into pistol-style camcorders. These were once Sanyo's bread and butter as part of its Xacti line, but the company was bought by Panasonic several years ago, resulting in the HX-WA10 and its brothers, the HX-DC10 and HX-DC1.The WA10 is the top of the range, offering a 16-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor capable of recording 1080p footage, all in a waterproof exterior. The DC10 is identical save for its lack of waterproofing, while the DC1 has a 14MP non-backside-illuminated sensor.Backside-illuminated sensors are hot stuff at the moment thanks to their inclusion in the iPhone 4 and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. The reason the technology is so popular is that it should provide improved recording in low-light situations - especially indoors.The WA10 offers a tempting selection of recording formats: 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 720/60p, 720/30p, 540/30p and 480/30p.Movies are recording as H.264 MP4 files, with audio in two-channel AAC. This is all complemented by electronic image stabilisation (EIS) and a slightly complicated zoom.
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