Panasonic high definition mobile camera for easy video and photo shooting,
and instant image sharing.

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Share your movies over the web.

Upload your favorite movies. It's a snap!
Easy Web Uploading. (HD Write PE 1.0 Embedded Software*)

Upload your movies onto YouTube™ and Facebook. As soon as you plug the TA1's built-in USB terminal into a PC, the embedded HD Write PE 1.0 application launches automatically. With operation this easy, you can instantly share your movies with your family and friends.

* For Windows OS

Easy Web Uploading

Intuitive operation makes it easy. No confusion here!
Simple Operation

Simple OperationJust press the Rec button to record. Then press the Play button to see what you've got. Operation is easy because each button has a single function. So you can enjoy shooting as soon as you pick up your new camera.

 

Ideal for Mac and PC Users.
iFrame Mode

The TA1 lets you record movies with iFrame. When using iMovie, the iFrame video data in your camera is the same format as the one you'll be using to edit, so importing is fast and file sizes are small. You'll be able to edit and upload movies to the internet and portable devices right away. Iframe is based on standards, so it works with compatible PC and Mac applications, such as Apple iMovie and PC applications.

iFrame Mode

USB is built-in for PC connection.
Built-in USB

Built-in USBThe TA1's built-in USB terminal means that there's no need to carry around an adaptor. And you can charge the battery by simply plugging the USB terminal into a PC.

* Do not use any other USB extension cord except the supplied one. (Operation is not guaranteed with any other USB extension cord.)

 

Connect the TA1 to a PC and...It's a web camera!
Works with Skype

Works with SkypeThe TA1 is compatible with Skype, the video call service. Talk face to face with faraway family and friends. Go ahead, try some visual communication with the TA1.

* The use of a high-performance CPU is recommended for video conferencing with high-quality images.

Easy Functions for Versatile Shooting.

Take it everywhere you go. It's snapshot easy!
Compact size

Compact sizeEven with its compact size and super mobility, the TA1 lets you shoot full-HD movies and photos. Just slip it into a pocket or hang it from your wrist. It goes wherever you go. Perfect for capturing everyday fun.

 

Full HDSave your memories, in all their beauty.
Full-HD (1,920 x 1,080) Recording

Full-HD (1,920 x 1,080) RecordingRecord high-quality full-HD (1920 x 1080/30p) movies with this handy little compact. Save those fun moments forever in beautiful HD images.

* "Full-HD video with 1920 x 1080 pixels" in Panasonic's home-use high definition mobile camera refers to video recordings with 1920 pixels in the horizontal direction and 1080 pixels in the vertical direction.

Fight hand-shake to record crisp, clear images.
E.I.S. (Electrical Image Stabilization)

The E.I.S. (Electrical Image Stabilization) system helps to correct the kind of hand-shake blurring that often happens with compact cameras. Record all the images you want, whether you're shooting while walking, or taking self portraits, without having to worry about blurring.

E.I.S. (Electrical Image Stabilization)

 

Get Creative!
Effect function

Give the image some warmth with Sepia mode, make it extra cool with Monochrome mode, or capture beautiful skin tones with Soft Skin mode. Match your shooting to your mood and subject.

Effect function

Still Picture RecordingSave thoes precious moments.
Still Picture Recording

The TA1 lets you save a smile from someone special, or capture the beauty of flowers bathed in sunshine. You can save memories like these in high-quality images with 8-megapixel resolution.*

* Records 8-megapixel still images with 5 million effective pixels.

 

Cut out special moments from your movies.*
Still Image Capture

You can cut out and save a still image by simply pressing the Still Picture button right when the desired image appears on the TA1's LCD monitor. This ensures that you'll never miss that perfect shot again.

* Still images cannot be cut out while shooting a video. *The size of the cutout still image is the same as that of the video image.

Dark scene? No problem.
LED Light for Shooting in Dim Locations

LED Light for Shooting in Dim LocationsThe built-in LED lets you capture bright, crisp images even in dark situations, like indoors or during nighttime events.*

* The LED light does not go on when operating in Web cam mode.

Spectications

HM-TA1
  NTSC PAL
GENERAL
Power Supply (Battery / AC Adapter) DC3.6V / 5.0V DC3.6V / 5.0V
Power Consumption Max. 2.5W (Recording / Charging) Max. 2.5W (Recording / Charging)
Weight (w/o Battery) Approx. 93.0 g (0.21 lb) Approx. 93.0 g
Dimensions (W x H x D) 53.0 x 104.0 x 17.8 mm (2.09 x 4.09 x 0.70 [inch]) 53.0 x 104.0 x 17.8 mm
Media SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
OSD Language Language Menu Language Menu
LENS SECTION
Image Sensor 1/4.1" MOS
Total Pixels : 5.33 megapixels
Effective Pixels :
<Motion Image>
2.93 megapixels [16:9]
2.19 megapixels [4:3]
<Still Image>
2.93 megapixels [16:9]
5.08 megapixels [4:3]
1/4.1-type MOS (For Europe)
1/4.1" MOS (For Asia)
Total Pixels : 5.33 megapixels
Effective Pixels :
<Motion Image>
2.93 megapixels [16:9]
2.19 megapixels [4:3]
<Still Image>
2.93 megapixels [16:9]
5.08 megapixels [4:3]
F Value F2.8 F2.8
Digital Zoom 4x 4x
Focal Length 4.1 mm 4.1 mm
35 mm Film Camera Equivalent Motion Image : 49mm (16:9), 59mm (4:3)
Still Image : 49mm (16:9), 39mm (4:3)
Motion Image : 49mm (16:9), 59mm (4:3)
Still Image : 49mm (16:9), 39mm (4:3)
Lens Brand Panasonic Panasonic
CAMERA SECTION
Standard Illumination 1400 lx 1400 lx
Minimum Illumination Approx. 12 lx Approx. 12 lx
Focus Auto Auto
White Balance Auto Auto
Shutter Speed Motion Image : Auto (1/30-1/4000)
Still Image : Auto (1/20-1/4000)
Motion Image : Auto (1/30-1/4000)
Still Image : Auto (1/20-1/4000)
Image Stabilizer E.I.S. [Electronic Image Stabilization] E.I.S. [Electronic Image Stabilizer]
Quick Start Yes Yes
MONITOR
LCD 2.0" LCD (153,600 dots) 5.08cm(2.0") LCD (153,600 dots) (For Europe)
2.0" LCD (153,600 dots) (For Asia)
STILL IMAGE SECTION
Recording Format JPEG JPEG
Recording Image Size <Still Picture>
2.1 megapixels (1920x1080) [16:9]
8.0 megapixels (3246 x 2448), 1.9 megapixels (1600 x 1200), 0.3 megapixels (640 x 480) [4:3]
<Still Picture>
2.1 megapixels (1920x1080) [16:9]
8.0 megapixels (3264 x 2448), 1.9 megapixels (1600 x 1200), 0.3 megapixels (640 x 480) [4:3]
RECORDING SECTION
Signal System 1080/30p, 720/30p, 540/30p, 480/30p 1080/30p, 720/30p, 540/30p, 480/30p
Compression MP4,iFrame : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
(MPEG-4 AVC file format compliant(.MP4))
MP4,iFrame : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
(MPEG-4 AVC file format compliant(.MP4))
Recording / Playback Mode <MP4>
1920 x 1080 30p (Approx. 12Mbps / VBR)
1280 x 720 30p (Approx. 9Mbps / VBR)
640 x 480 30p (Approx. 3Mbps / VBR)
iFrame 960 x 540 30p (Approx. 24Mbps / VBR)
<MP4>
1920 x 1080 30p (Approx. 12Mbps / VBR)
1280 x 720 30p (Approx. 9Mbps / VBR)
640 x 480 30p (Approx. 3Mbps / VBR)
iFrame 960 x 540 30p (Approx. 24Mbps / VBR)
Audio Compression MP4 : iFrame : AAC (1ch) MP4 : iFrame : AAC (1ch)
Microphone 1ch, Monaural 1ch, Monaural
Speaker Dynamic type Dynamic type
Media Remaining Indication Yes Yes
Continuous Recording Time MP4 : 29 minutes 59 seconds
iFrame : approx. 20 minutes
MP4 : 29 minutes 59 seconds
iFrame : approx. 20 minutes
INTERFACES
AV Yes Yes
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed 2.0 Hi-Speed
OTHERS
LED Video Light Yes Yes
STANDARD ACCESSORIES
Rechargeable Battery Pack min. 940 mAh min. 940 mAh
AV Cable Yes Yes
USB extension cord Yes Yes
CD-ROM HD Writer PE 1.0 (Built-in type) HD Writer PE 1.0 (Built-in type)
SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Compatibility for Motion Picture Recording
Capacity Gold Silver
SDXC Memory Card*1 64GB*3 RP-SDW64G
(Class 10, up to 22MB/sec *4*5)
-
48GB*3 RP-SDW48G
(Class 10, up to 22MB/sec *4*5)
-
SDHC Memory Card*2 32GB*3 RP-SDW32G
(Class 10, up to 22MB/sec *4*5)
-
16GB*3 RP-SDW16G
(Class 10, up to 22MB/sec *4*5)
RP-SDN16G
(Class 4, up to 15MB/sec *4*5)
12GB*3 - -
8GB*3 RP-SDW08G
(Class 10, up to 22MB/sec *4*5)
RP-SDN08G
(Class 4, up to 15MB/sec *4*5)
4GB*3 RP-SDW04G
(Class 10, up to 22MB/sec *4*5)
RP-SDN04G
(Class 4, up to 15MB/sec *4*5)
SD Memory Card 2GB*3 RP-SDW02G *6
(Class 10, up to 22MB/sec *4*5)
RP-SDN02G
(Class 4, up to 15MB/sec *4*5)
As of July, 2010

• An SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card utilises a portion of the storage space for formatting and other purposes.
• Use an SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card conforming to class 4 or higher of the SD Speed Class Rating or one of the following SD Memory Cards made by Panasonic for motion picture recording.
• Please confirm the latest information about SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Cards that can be used for motion picture recording on the following website.
Camcorder information (This website is in English only.)

*1 SDXC Memory Cards can only be used in SDXC host devices, which support the SDXC format.
*2 SDHC Memory Cards can only be used in SDXC and SDHC host devices, which support the SDHC/SDXC format.
*3 1GB means 1 billion bytes. Usable capacity will be less.
*4 The data transfer rate is a theoretical value and is anot a guarantee of performance. The transfer rate may vary depending on the conditions and equipment used.
*5 This card complies with SD Memory Card Physical Layer Specification Ver.3.0 (SDHC)/Ver.1.10 (SD). When using this card with SD-enabled products that comply with the specification, a speed performance of up to 20MB/sec. can be realized. When using it with SD-enabled products that comply with the conventional specification Ver. 1.01, the speed performance will be up to 10MB/sec.
*6 Available in North America.

SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Motion Image Recording Time* (Approx.)
Capacity Image Quality
1920 x 1080 1280 x 720 640 x 480 30 fps 960 x 540 30fps
SDXC/SDHC/SD
Memory
Card
64GB** 10 h 20 min 13 h 30 min 27 h 5 h 20 min
48GB** 7 h 40 min 9 h 50 min 20 h 3 h 50 min
32GB** 5 h 30 min 7 h 20 min 19 h 20 min 2 h 40 min
16GB** 2 h 40 min 3 h 30 min 9 h 40 min 1 h 20 min
12GB** 2 h 2 h 40 min 7 h 10 min 1 h
8GB** 1 h 20 min 1 h 40 min 4 h 40 min 40 min
6GB** 1 h 1 h 20 min 3 h 30 min 30 min
4GB** 40 min 50 min 2 h 20 min 20 min

• These figures vary depending on the pictures being recorded.
• We recommend using SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Cards conforming to class 4 or higher of the SD Speed Class Rating or the following SD Memory Cards made by Panasonic for motion-image recording.
• Please confirm the latest information about SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Cards that can be used for motion-image recording, on the following website. Camcorder Information (This website is in English only.) "

* When shooting for an extended period of time, make sure that you allow yourself enough battery power to last 3 to 4 times the amount of time you plan on shooting. The continuous battery-powered shooting time varies depending on the usage conditions, e.g., when shooting in low temperatures. See the Battery Life chart for information on the continuous battery-powered shooting time."
** 1GB means 1 billion bytes. Usable capacity will be less.

Number of Recordable Still Pictures (Approx.)
Image Quality Capacity
SDXC/SDHC Memory Card
64GB* 48GB* 32GB* 16GB* 12GB* 8GB* 6GB* 4GB*
1920 x 1080 pixels (16:9) 2.1 M 82380 60710 45060 22460 16840 11160 8340 5480
3264 x 2448 pixels (4:3) 8.0 M 23530 17340 12080 6020 4510 2990 2230 1470
1600 x 1200 pixels (4:3) 2.1 M 82380 60710 47200 23530 17640 11690 8730 5740
640 x 480 pixels (4:3) 0.3 M 494330 364280 247830 123550 92620 61400 45870 30170

• These figure vary depending on the pictures being recorded.
* 1GB means 1 billion bytes. Usable capacity will be less.

Battery Life (Approx.) [NTSC] [PAL]
  1920 x 1080 30fps 1280 x 720 30fps 640 x 480 30fps 960 x 540 30fps
VW-VBJ10-K SDXC/SDHC/SD
Memory Card
Continuous
Recording Time*
1 h 20 min 1 h 35 min 1 h 50 min 1 h 35 min
Actual
Recording Time*
45 min 50 min 60 min 50 min

• This is a guideline that includes time for operations such as starting and stopping the recording, turning the power on and off, and zooming. The actual time is shorter.
* When shooting for an extended period of time, make sure that you allow yourself enough battery power to last 3 to 4 times the amount of time you plan on shooting. The continuous battery-powered shooting time varies depending on the usage conditions, e.g., when shooting in low temperatures. See the Battery Life chart for information on the continuous battery-powered shooting time.

System Requirements
  HD Writer PE 1.0
iMovie '09 (not supplied)
OS Windows® XP(32bit)(SP2/SP3)
Windows Vista®(32bit)(SP1/SP2)
Windows® 7(32bit/64bit)
Mac OS X 10.5.8/10.6
CPU Intel® Pentium® 4 2.8 GHz or higher

When using playback function
Intel® Core™2 Duo 2.16 GHz or higher is recommended.
When using editing function
Intel® Core™2 Quad 2.6 GHz or higher is recommended.
Intel® Core™ Duo or Intel® Core™2 Duo
iMovie

• About HD Writer PE 1.0: This software is not compatible with a multi-boot environment. Operation is not guaranteed on Windows XP Media Center Edition, Tablet PC Edition, Windows Vista Enterprise or Windows 7 Enterprise.
• Microsoft, Windows and Windows Vista are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
• iMovie and Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

• Weight and dimensions shown are approximate.
• You are not allowed to reproduce (copy), or transfer to a network, any part of the software applications supplied with this product for commercial purposes without written authorization.
• Panasonic will in no way be liable for any damages sustained directly or indirectly from the use of this product or from any trouble occurring therein.
• Panasonic will also in no way be liable for any losses of data caused by this product.
• Skype is a trademark of Skype Limited.
• YouTube™ and the YouTube Logo are trademarks of Google Inc.
• Apple®, Mac, the Mac logo, the iFrame logo, the iFrame symbol and the Works with iMovie logo are trademarks of Apple, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.
• Facebook and the Facebook logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Facebook, Inc.
• Other names of systems and products mentioned in these instructions are generally the registered trademarks or trademarks of the manufacturers who developed the system or product concerned.
• All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.

* Design, functions, and specifications are subject to change without notice.
* All monitor and TV pictures are simulated.