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Panasonic A500: Point-of-View Wearable 4K Action Camera

Details
HX-A500H
Features
  • Waterproof and Dustproof
  • 4K video resolution at 30p
  • Level shot image stabilizer keep videos level on the go
  • Built-in LCD to see what you are recording
  • Includes VW-HMA100 head mount and SFC0147 armband case

Features

Waterproof And Dustproof The A500 is designed to enable underwater recording for 30 minutes at 3 meters. Dustproofing also allows you to actively use the camera at the beach and other places.
High Quality 4K Recording With image quality four times better than Full HD resolution, you can shoot crisper and more beautiful movies. Excellence of the picture quality is delivered by Crystal Engine Pro+, which provides outstanding image processing.
Level Shot and Image Stabilizer Tilted shots are automatically leveled and fine blurring is suppressed. Images are always easy to see.
Easy to Use With Built-in LCD HX-A500 comes with an LCD on the main unit. As well as enabling you to check your movies on location, it also makes it easy to change various settings. Operations are performed using the Joystick beneath the LCD. With visual feedback from the LCD, control soon becomes intuitive and fumble-free.
Small and Light Weight The lens unit weighs in at just 31 grams. This A500 wearable camera lets you record whatever is in your line of sight, whenever, wherever. Wearing the lightweight lens unit on the Head Mount, you can record scenes that put viewers right there in the midst of the action. Providing 4K capability, the camera can capture four times more detail than Full HD. Creating memories of exquisite beauty, naturally, you can capture the fleeting moments of everyday life.
Wi-Fi Features Create Highlights and Easy Share with Image App You can play back recordings on the main unit and extract selected sequences. It's easy to enjoy and share your stand-out scenes.

Real-time Broadcasting
Memorable scenes are distributed as videos on the Internet while recording. Live relays can be seen anywhere in the world.
Easy Share Without bothersome initial settings, NFC lets you connect a smartphone or tablet to the camcorder in one touch. In addition, using Wi-Fi you can use a smartphone or tablet to remotely control recording, and manage easy share to Social Media.
One touch Connection If you have an Android smartphone or tablet with NFC (near field communication) capabilities, just install and run our app.Without bothersome initial settings, you can connect your smart device to A500 in one-touch.
Slow Motion Video Impressive slow-motion videos are easily recorded in HD quality.
OPTIONAL ACCESSORY FOR MULTIPLE USES Multi Mount
You will find it useful in all kinds of outdoor situations. For example, you can mount the lens unit on goggles or a backpack strap.

Clip Mount
The lens unit can be easily mounted to a cap or other object.

Tripod Mount
The tripod mount will hold the lens unit on screw mounting platforms, such as tripods. Ideal for fixed-point shooting.

Wind Jammer
By shielding the mic, you can get a clear sound track when shooting on a bicycle, motorbike, or in windy conditions.
Multi Case
The case lets you keep the camera, cable, and main unit all together.
*Accommodates either HX-A500 or HX-A100.

Video Camera Mount (For Handlebar)
Mounting the lens unit on your handlebars is a great way to capture cycle rides.
*Used together with Tripod Mount VW-CTA100, which holds the lens unit.

Multi Belt
Neatly holds the main unit and cable. In different situations, you can wear it around the waist, across your body from the shoulder, or any way you like.

Suction Cup Mount
Helps when you want to fix the lens unit to a boat or other flat surface.
*Used together with Tripod Mount VW-CTA100, which holds the lens unit.

SpecificationsExpand All

  • SENSOR SECTION
    • Image Sensor
    • Total Pixels
    • Effective Pixels
    • Motion Image
    • Still Image
  • LENS SECTION
    • Lens Brand
    • F Value
    • Optical Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • Angle of View
    • Minimum focus distance
  • CAMERA SECTION
    • Standard Illumination
    • Minimum Illumination
    • Image Stabilizer
    • Focus
    • White Balance
    • Shutter Speed
    • Iris
    • Zoom
    • Optical Zoom
    • Digital Zoom
  • RECORDING SECTION
    • Media (Motion / Still Image)
    • Recording Format
    • Recording Format
    • Recording Mode
    • Recording Mode
    • Recording Mode
    • Recording Mode
    • Recording Mode
    • Recording Mode
    • Recording Mode
    • Recording Mode
    • Recording Mode
    • Recording Mode
    • Recording Mode
    • Audio Recording System
    • Microphone
    • Speaker
  • STILL IMAGE SECTION
    • Recording Format
    • Recording Image Size
    • Still Image
    • Simultaneous Recording
    • Creating Still Image from Motion Image
    • Intermitting Recording
    • Flash
    • DPOF
  • SYSTEM SECTION
    • Power Supply
    • Power Consumption
    • Weight
    • Without SD Card
    • Without SD Card
    • With SD Card
    • Dimensions (W x H x D)
    • Dimensions (W x H x D)
    • LCD Monitor
    • Interface
    • AV
    • HDMI
    • Microphones (Stereo mini)
    • Headphone (Stereo mini)
    • USB
    • AV Multi
    • Standard Accessories
    • AC Adaptor
    • AC Cable
    • DC Cable
    • Rechargeable Battery Pack
    • AV Multi Cable
    • AV Cable
    • IR Remote
    • Shoe Adaptor
    • USB Cable
    • SD Memory Card
    • Editing Software
    • Lens Hood
    • Others
  • Wi-Fi
    • Standard
    • Frequency
  • OTHERS
    • Tough Design
    • Waterproof
    • Dustproof
    • NOTE
    • UPC
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Reviews

HX-A500H is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A500 Great for OCR Ran a Spartan Race with the A500 and it performed beautifully. It was comfortable, durable, captured great footage, and after about 10 minutes I forgot I was even wearing it.
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome video sharp clear stable I've used this camera for amazing surf and ski videos. Simple to use and share and very good video stabilization.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Affordable 4K Camera I was surprised with the new 4 K recording Panasonic camera that I got from my brother a few months before , I liked its new features like adding the LCD screen not found in its processor the A 100 camera and its semi ragged design that makes it the best choice for me as I travel a lot and I always need something to remind me of my important moments .
Date published: 2014-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera Very easy to use and good picture
Date published: 2014-11-26
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Support

FAQs
  • What support content is available for my product?

    Click on a link below that interests you the most:

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    • Service Request - If you need a product repaired and is NOT a TV, Microwave, Vacuum, or Massage Chair, you can use our Online Repair Request. There, you will be able to get a repair estimate, pay online, and track the repair status.
  • What size SD Card can I use in my Camera?
    Cameras with a manufacturing date of 2006 or before can use Standard Sd Cards ( 2GB Max ) only. Models manufactured from 2007 thru 2009 can use Standard SD Cards and SDHC Cards ( Max 32GB ) Cameras Manufactured 2010 and later can use all SD Cards up to and including SDXC cards (64GBMax ).There is no firmware update that willincrease the maximum size of the SD Card for allowable usage.
  • What size and type memory card can I use in my camcorder?
    Panasonic camcorders use a SD (Secure Digital) card. There is the Standard SD, and also the SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity), and SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) Card Formats that can be used.
    • In 2007, camcorders can use up to a maximum of 4GB SDHC Card.
    • In 2008, camcorders can use up to a maximum of 8GB SDHC Card.
    • In 2009, camcorders can use up to a maximum of 32GB SDHC Card.
    • In 2010 to current, camcorders use up to a maximum of 64GB SDXC Card.

    Depending on the specific model of your camcorder. Refer to the owner's manual for the type of card to be used. Recording video also requires a fast memory card and so Class 6 cards up to the newer Class 10 cards are recomended.

  • What is the the difference between "Maximum continuously recordable time" and "Actual recordable time"?
    The actual recordable time refers to the time that is recorded when repeatedly starting/stopping recording, turning the unit on/off, moving the zoom lever etc. The maximum continiously recordable time refers to the recordable time when recording without pause, powering on/off etc.
  • What is NFC?
    NFC (Near Field Communication) is a short range wireless RFID technology that uses interacting electromagnetic radio fields instead of the typical direct radio transmissions used by technologies such as Bluetooth.
  • There are vertical/horizontal lines in my LCD screen. What do I do?
    We suggest you remove the battery and after a short wait, replace it. If this does correct the issue the camera will need to be sent in for service. Please click here for assistance.Click Here.
  • The LCD screen on my camera is blank. What do I do?
    We suggest you remove the battery and after a short wait, replace it. If this does correct the issue the camera will need to be sent in for service. Please click here for assistance.Click Here.
  • My lens cover won't open or close. What do I do?
    We suggest you remove the battery and after a short wait, replace it. If this does correct the issue the camera will need to be sent in for service. Please click here for assistance.Click Here.
  • My camera won't power on. What can I do?
    If you have a second battery, try it to see if you can power on the camera. If you don't have an extra battery and you're sure the battery you have is fully charged then the camera may need to be serviced. Click Here.
  • Is this model camcorder compatible with Mac OS X?
    Yes, the camcorder is compatible with the Mac OS. You will be required to use iMovie11 in order to import the videos, however any videos recorded in 1080/60p is not compatible with iMovie.
  • Is there any software for the Max that will work with the camcorder?
    Yes, you would be able to use iMovie for videos and iPhotos for pictures.
  • Is the supplied software compatible with Windows 8?
    Yes, the software supplied with the camcorder is compatible with Windows 8 OS.
  • I saw a notice on Panasonic's web site that a firmware update was available for my camera. What is a "firmware update" and is it important that I install it?
    Panasonic may occasionally add a new feature to the camera, or if we discover a minor problem after the camera started selling Panasonic may issue new firmware to make the necessary changes. Any new firmware release includes a description of the changes it makes. If you are having the problem it corrects, or if you want to add the new feature, follow the instructions and install the update. You should always begin the firmware update usong a fully charged battery.
  • I have used the wrong charger cable, now my camcorder doesn’t turn on. How can I fix this?
    You will be required to send it to our Service Center to have the camcorder repaired. Click the below link and submit a new repair request. http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/RequestCenter?storeId=15001&catalogId=11017
  • How do I transfer images from my wearable camera to an iOS device? (HXA100,HXA500)
    To learn how to do this, Click Here
  • How do I resolve a "Check card" error message when inserting a micro SD card with adapter in the camcorder?
    Make sure that the micro SD card is placed correctly in the adapter. There might be a compatibility issue with the SD card and the camcorder. It is recommended that you try another card to see what exactly the issue is with the camcorder.
  • How do I fix my LCD screen when it is freely swinging in and out while in use?
    You will be required to send it to our Service Center to have the camcorder repaired. Click the below link and submit a new repair request. Click Here
  • How do I combine two scenes, because when I pause the video when recording it creates a different scene?
    You are able to combine both of the scenes into one by using the HD Writer software that is provided with the camcorder. To use the software however, you will require an Operating System no earlier than Windows XP
  • How do I assemble and wear the head mount and armband on the HXA500?
    The A500 comes with an easy-to wear armband case and head mount. Having the Main Unit on your arm makes it comfortable to control the camera while shooting.

    Watch this video to learn how to assemble and properly wear the armband and head mount.

  • How can I use a smartphone as a Wi-Fi Hotspot (Tethering)? HX-A500H

  • How can I compare the features of the new camcorders?
    Go to the Shop site, select Cameras & Camcorders from the dropdown menu.Select Camcorders from the list. Place a check mark in the box above the camcorders you wish to compare (you can compare up to 4 items at once) Click on "Compare" at the top of the page.

    Click Here.

  • Does this camcorder support 64GB SDXC cards?
    Yes, this camcorder does support 64GB SDXC cards.
  • Does this camcorder support 5Ghz wireless signal?
    No, this unit only supports 2.4Ghz wireless signals.
  • Does this camcorder have a firmware upgrade?
    There is no firmware available for this camcorder.
  • Do I need a USTREAM account to use the Live Cast feature?
    Yes, please go to www.ustream.tv to create an account. You will also need a Lumix Club account, which you can create by navigating to Wi-Fi setup on your camcorder.
  • Can this camcorder operate only with the AC adapter?
    Yes, the camcorder can operate using only the AC adapter.
  • Can the HX-A500 shoot 4K compatible video?
    Yes, you can shoot 4K video in 3840x2160/30fps.
  • Can the camcorder record in 24P mode?
    No
  • Can I use my smartphone to control the HX-A500?
    Yes, with the Panasonic Image App.
  • Can I transfer videos without connecting the camcorder to the PC?
    Yes, you can transfer vidoes and still pictures using Wi-Fi.
  • Can I add additional Web Services to my Lumix Club Account?
    Yes you can add Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, and Ustream.
  • Am I able to record with this camcorder for a continuous 3 hours? Also, am I able to record with a LCD screen closed using a smartphone or tablet to operate?
    Yes, the camcorder is capable of continuous recording for 3hrs if the camcorder is connected to an AC adapter and there is sufficent recordable space available on the memory.
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