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Panasonic HX-A500 wearable camera captures 4K-resolution video

updated 02:09 pm EDT, Mon March 24, 2014

Head, arm-mounted Panasonic camera offers 200fps video function

Panasonic has revealed its first wearable camera capable of recording 4K-resolution video. The HX-A500 is unusual in its design, consisting of the camera sensor attached to an earpiece connected to an armband-mounted main unit instead of a self-contained box like the GoPro range, with the camera and unit weighing 31 grams and 119 grams (1.1 ounces and 4.2 ounces) respectively.

Panasonic HX-A500
Panasonic HX-A500

The camera sensor can be completely controlled by the main unit, which also includes a 1.5-inch LCD monitor for quick playback of footage, and an optional Wi-Fi connection to a smartphone or tablet with NFC pairing for editing and sharing video. Waterproof at a depth of 3 meters (9.8 feet) for 30 minutes and dust-proof, it can capture the 4K footage at 25fps, 1080p video at 50fps, 100fps for 720p video, and 200fps at a resolution of 848x480. The HX-A500 also includes leveling correction, lessening the impact of tilted recordings, as well as image stabilization for minimal blurring.

Just as with other sports cameras, Panasonic is offering a range of accessories for the camera, allowing it to be mounted in different ways. In order to reduce noise generated in high-speed activities, such as driving a wind jammer attachment is also touted.

Launching in May in the United Kingdom, the HX-A500 will be priced at £380 ($630)

by MacNN Staff



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