Panasonic's HM-TA1 Pocket Camcorder is as small as a mobile phone, records full HD video, offers 8 megapixel pictures and built-in software for easy online uploading. Kevin Pereira and Chris Hardwick take a look at this $110 pocket video camera that's perfect for the holidays on the go.
What You Need To Know
The Panasonic TA1 is one of the of the smallest and lightest pocket camcorders we've seen.
It's just a little thicker than a cell phone and weighs only 3.3 oz.
The battery cover might slide off because it's so light and plastic-y.
The USB port is also kind of awkward to slide out.
There's no HDMI output so you can't watch videos in HD on your TV.
It is SDXC compatible.
The TA1 is at least easy to use: menus are laid out in a logical way.
There are shortcut buttons for deleting, taking still pictures and turning on the light.
Just like the Flip, the TA1 comes with built-in software to share and edit your videos.
There are shortcuts to upload videos to both YouTube and Facebook in a quick, painless process.
Editing videos is cool: you can add titles, transitions and cut parts out, though again, it doesn't look like much.
Doing some heavier editing might bog down your computer a little.
The TA1 also works well as a Skype webcam: just change the camcorder to webcam mode and connect it to your computer.
You can Skype at a resolution of 640x480.
The camera records in full HD and has electronic image stabilization.
The foot looks okay: normal light footage looks almost as good as the Flip with bright colors and no overexposure.
The image stabilization feels non-existent, since any movement makes the video jump a lot, sometimes with artifacting and trailing.
Low light footage doesn't look very good: it's grainy and sort of blurry, and even the light doesn't help.
The pictures aren't bad: if you have the right light, the photos look good but most of our pictures looked a bit overexposed or soft.
Low light photos aren't bad but you better keep a steady hand or they'll blur.
This is a good, cheap alternative pocket camcorder and it has expandable memory.