Panasonic announces two pocket camcorders: HM-TA2 and waterproof HM-TA20

Panasonic announces two follow-ups to the HX-TA1 pocket camcorder, including one waterproof model.

Along with three pistol-grip camcorders, Panasonic also announced two follow-ups to last year's HM-TA1 pocket camcorder, the Panasonic HM-TA2 and the HM-TA20.  Both camcorders sport the Flip Video-like vertical body design, with the requisite integrated USB connector, one-touch recording, and YouTube/Facebook uploading software. The TA20 is a waterproof (3 meters), shockproof (1.5 meters) and dust proof camcorder, while the TA2 is a similar model without the weatherproofing.

The two stand-out features are a new automatically enabled Night View mode for shooting in low light and the huge 3-inch touchscreen LCD.  Other features include:

  • 1920×1080 resolution HD video recording
  • MPEG-4 AVC file format (MP4)
  • Tripod stand included
  • 8-megapixel still picture recording
  • Still images cut from video clips
  • Electrical Image Stabilizer
  • Face Detection and Intelligent Auto functions
  • Sepia, monochrom, and soft-skin playback effects
  • Webcam ability
  • Mini HDMI connection
  • Orange and blue color options for TA20
  • Red, black, and white color options for TA2

Pricing and availability were not yet announced.