Panasonic HX-A1 features, specs, news: Wearable camera with night vision introduced

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Panasonic has launched a hardy camera that can record in pitch black. The Panasonic HX-A1 isn’t just a traditional handy high definition camera because it has a 0-lux night vision mode. Even in pitch black, the 0-lux night vision mode allows a user to record images, provided there is an IR light installed to give luminescence in the scene while the camera is recording. Panasonic is already competing with GoPro, which is known to be the leading brand of POV cameras.

What adds more value to this camera is it can withstand sudden impact. This camera is not only shockproof but also waterproof, dustproof and freeze-proof. It can record full HD 1080p resolution video quality at 30 fps and has an HD slow motion video feature at 60 fps to120 fps. 

The default storage is a microSD in the camera, which can be upgraded up to 128 GB. The camera is just 3.3 inches long and weighs just 45 grams, which is good for any activity such as diving, biking, mountain climbing, caving and a lot more. It comes with an accessory that mounts the camera to helmets, bikes, bags, and wherever the user thinks is best.

Smartphones can be used to check videos and photo previews for this camera with an accompanying application.

The camera has a built-in Wi-Fi feature that allows users to share videos and photos instantly on social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. This can also be used as a webcam for computers or a twin-cam setup paired with the 2015 series of camcorders.

It comes with a small 480 mAh battery and it is expected to have a short battery life but can be charged conveniently using a micro USB.

There are only two colors available to choose from, either black or orange. The price of the Panasonic HX-A1 is at nearly US$ 200.