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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 4, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    Shockproof, waterproof…. consumer-proof?

    Ciara O'Brien

    Check out Panasonic’s latest round of goodies. These cameras are built to be used under less than perfect conditions, and still give you great footage.

    The HX-WA30 is shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof and dustproof; in short, it can take pretty much anything you can throw at it. You can take this full HD camcorder underwater, to a depth of 10 metres, or out in -10 degree celsius weather, if you prefer skiing or snowboarding.  Slow motion video capture in HD gives you some creative control over your action shots; there’s also a whole heap of creative effects you can use straight from the camera, from fish eye and miniature effect to time lapse recording, ghost effect and monochrome.

    The WA30 has a 5x optical zoom, and captures 16 megapixel images

    It even has built in wifi so you can link it up to a smartphone or tablet and control the camera live.

    RRP: €359.99



    The WA3 is the next in line, aimed at active holidaymakers and outdoor sports enthusiasts. It’s a little less full on than the WA30, but it’s still fairly robust. It’s waterproof to 5 metres, freezeproof to -10 degrees and dustproof.

    Like the WA30 it’s a bit of a hybrid. Not only does it shoot video, but you can also capture still images at 16 megapixels, and while recording a video, you can capture still shots at 2 megapixels by using the Photoshot button.

    The WA3 also has a burst shooting mode that captures up to 10 images one after another, dropping the resolution to 3 megapixels.

    It’s not quite as much of a rugged camera as the WA3, but it won’t suddenly seize up should you decide to take it somewhere a bit out of the ordinary either.

    RRP: €319.99



    Finally, there’s the HX-DC3. Aimed more at the average user who won’t try to drop it in the ocean or freeze it on the slopes, the DC3 records full HD video and uses Active E.I.S for blur-free footage. Like the other cameras in the range, it records stills at 16 megapixels, has the creative effects and weighs almost the same as your average smartphone.

    RRP: €219.99