The ultra compact high definition camcorder market has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years. Of course, this phenomenon may have a little something to do with a few websites in particular, namely Youtube and Facebook, but still the convenience these camcorders offer is fairly impressive. The Panasonic TA-1 Pocket Camcorder is one of the latest entries into the market, and offers a host of great things. While Panasonic is a company that seems to stay in the shadows lately, this new camcorder may put them back on the map. As the camera is pretty much a direct competitor of other successful compact cameras like all of the Flip camcorders, a strong entry like the Panasonic TA-1 can really get the market going.
While the TA-1 measures in roughly at 2″ by .7″ by 4″, it packs a lot of punch into that tiny frame. The camera records in HD quality with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (1080p). The integrated USB port simplifies the connecting process, and the two inch LCD screen makes keeping track of the action a total breeze. The presence of electronic image stabilization is a definite plus for any flash camcorder, but the LED light for dim or dark conditions really puts this camera over the edge in terms of options and versatility. Plus, the camera offers the chance to take a still photo from video already shot. However, this is another device that needs an SD memory card. Of course, when dealing with high definition video going with SDHC (secure digital high capacity) memory cards is really the only way to go. Furthermore, with the Panasonic TA-1 supporting iFrame and Skype technology, this is a versatile unit with a ton of potential. Obviously, the small size and lightweight make this an extremely portable unit, and the host of options Panasonic has outfitted the unit with make it perfect for just about every type of event imaginable.
All things considered, this is an impressive little flash memory camcorder that serves up solid options at a fair price. The Panasonic TA-1 Pocket Camcorder is available in a variety of locations, even Amazon. Anyone looking to purchase a compact video recorder for the first time or is looking to upgrade from and existing model should give this camera a try. Panasonic has clearly made a winner here, that may begin a compact camcorder price war.