Panasonic has unveiled HX-A500 (A500), the company’s first wearable camera with 4K (3820×2160 pixels) video recording at 25fps. It has WiFi and NFC support to connect the camera to a smartphone or tablet so that you can remotely control the video camera and also share images and videos easily. It is waterproof with IPX8 rating (3 m/30 min) and dust proof with IP5X ratings.
Since the main unit is separate from the lens unit, you can mount the lens to your helmet or near your ear using a mount for hands-free shooting. The new armband-style case lets you easily carry the main unit. It also plans to sell clip mount, multi belt, and multi case. The Panasonic HX-A100 lacks a screen, but the main unit in the HX-A500 has a 1.5-inch screen.
Here is the official video that shows how you can use the camera at different scenarios.
Panasonic HX-A500 specifications
- Two-part structure
- 1/2.3-inch BSI sensor, Crystal Engine Pro+
- 4K video recording at at 25 FPS, 1080p at 50 fps and 720p at 100 fps and 480p (848×480) at 200 fps
- 1.5-inch (115 x 200 pixels) widescreen LCD display
- WiFi and NFC connectivity
- Camera weighs just 31 grams and the main body weighs 119 grams
- Water proof (IPX8 – 3 m/30 min.) and Dust proof (IP5X)
- EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
- Horizontal Correction Function
- Loop recording
- UStream for Real-time streaming
- Image App to edit a clip and uploaded to internet easily
The Panasonic HX-A500 is priced at 379.99 GBP (Rs. 37,950 approx). It would go on sale in UK in May and would be available in the US in early July. No word on global roll out yet.