Hey all – after a dead laptop needing replacement, and Youtube being challenging I finally have the final wrap up vlog for the Panasonic HM-TA20 up for all and sundry.
Youtube issues mean volume of voiceover a bit dodgy in places but hey, it there atleast!
Well, 2 weeks of testing on the lil Panasonic TA20 are complete. Beth the 2-year-old has dropped it, submersed it, bounced it and general treated it as a rubber ball, and whilst we have a couple of little scratches, it couldn’t be cracked!
Then of course, I gave it to hubby. He strapped it to a helicopter (RC, not a big one lol) and put it through its paces. Bouncy landings, one crash, and lots of spinning later, it’s still intact. We have failed……. We killed a canon cam, and a Sony compact went the way of the bin after a bouncy heli landing, but like an Energizer bunny – the Panasonic TA 20 goes on and on.
So – what was the outcome? I am finalising a video to show you and will link to it in next few days (my lil one got sick then my laptop graphics card failed, so I am waiting for hubby to get back with the other one to finished editing). Happy to accept a new laptop/Mac if anyone wants to offer one lol.
The idea of the TA20 is to offer an alternative to a phone camera – better quality output in a tough, go anywhere unit. Like phone cams, inside pics are grainy and blocky. Using the light helps on close up stuff, but at further than 1 metre don’t expect a work of art. See pics below:
Outside, it is fantastic especially close up and normal click and shoot distances. Again, longer distances (10m and above, start to get w bit dodgy). Zoom is good at close and mid distances too, but again, long distance is blocky. Depth through picture looks good (see first pic below).
It does have a touchscreen, don’t be gentle with it – needs a bit of pressure due to design to withstand water. And the view is only half the screen space so that the mode buttons can be incorporated, but it is simple, which I loved, as did my toddler.
The BEST feature is definitely the waterproof case. No need to add a cover, just make sure everything is locked down and chuck it in! Lots of fun for the kids (little and big) with fish tanks, baths, ponds, the ocean etc – can see lots of science projects on video! Pics are good and using the in-built light is great.
Generally I found the video output better quality than photos in comparison to similar compact cameras.
Overall, this is not a camera to give you super high quality pics, but that isn’t why you would buy it…… this is the camera that will survive anything and allow you to record what’s happening whilst you try to survive…… video that hungry shark approaching, walking under a waterfall, see your fish tank from the inside, record your visit to a coral reef. And you don’t need to worry about the kids stealing and destroying your camera – tell ’em to do their worst, then sit back and have a frozen daiquiri and watch the fun!
We have a new camera! Woo hoo! And yes – it is another Panasonic – adding to our stable hehe. This one is a Panasonic TA 20, we got it because both hubby and daughter have a knack for destroying MY cameras, so they can have one of their own. Hubby has dropped a couple of Sonys and wrapped one Pana around a tree in the course of filming as he flies RC helicopters. And Beth, well – she is the average soon-to-be 3-year-old – falling down and walking into stuff happens – A LOT…..
So we went for this Panasonic version as they say its tough. I mean really tough. Drop it 1.5m and it bounces back (well, not literally, but hey Mr Panasonic, there’s your next improvement: bouncy corners lol), but it will survive the fall to take pics again. Drop it in the pool or tub – no probs! Down to 3 m and it will swim happily and still take pics. Dust proof cover means dirt is no threat, great for digging in the garden, as has happened previously in our backyard *sigh* I wonder – when Pana say tough, have they considered those of the calibre of my family?????? They may be eating their words after I release the hounds of destruction on this lil baby!
But for all these features and Arnie-level toughness, it apparently still has brilliant performance. Full HD recording for movies in camera that looks pretty damn cool – we got blue, Bethie’s fave colour ATM – love it, and is just a little thicker than an iPhone. RRP is $299, but its at Ryda for $262, the idea being it is like a phone camera but much better quality and options – even comes with a lil tripod!!!!!!!!!
There is also Night View Mode, which detects dark scenes so you can shoot clear images in the dark. Minds out of the gutter people (yes I too had visions those glow in dark adult products bouncing around), it will be interesting to see how it goes in dark settings – will take some versus the TZ20 to see how good it is.
And best of all – amazingly – it has a touch screen on the back! Waterproof, dustproof and a touchscreen, how do they do it. I am ready to see just how well that could possibly work! On first play it seemed simple to use – even Beth was swapping between photos and vids hehe. Here is a pic I took of her as she got ready for testing – in low light of lounge room on a very overcast day and blinds half-shut. A little grainy but think I need to look at settings – just point and clicked after putting SD card in.
We have only just opened it up and put it through some initial paces. Bethie Boo spent today taking it for a run (literally, complete with falls), and hubby is strapping it to the bottom of an RM heli as you read. I’ll put together the results in some vlogs (videos) and you can see for yourself what happens.
Video below is of Bethie Boo’s intro to camera as was done on my Panasonic Lumix TZ20 – gorgeous camera for everyday use for those of use NOT so bent on destruction!
You have my faith Panasonic – and my family has your TA20! Quake in your boots.