If you plan on taking a dip, trip or run in the rain, checkout Panasonic’s just launched HX-WA10 camcorder.  It’s fully waterproof in depths up to 9 feet for up to 60 minutes, can capture full HD video and snap 16 megapixel photos, an industry high for a compact point and shoot camcorder.  There is a flip out 2.7-inch LCD, 5x optical zoom, electronic image stabilization, face mode, mini-HDMI output, SDXC card slot and a built-in rechargeable battery.

No word on price, but you can expect it on store shelves by April of this year.

Panasonic Releases Two New Full-HD Camcorders
New Waterproof Full-HD Camcorder HX-WA10 enables users to shoot both photos and videos in high quality, while the HM-TA20 HD Mobile Camera has a tough design and provides great performance even in dim lighting

London, UK (February 15, 2011) – Panasonic today announced the release of two new full-HD camcorders, the HX-WA10 and HM-TA20.

The new waterproof Full-HD Camcorder HX-WA10, which allows easy, effortless photo and video shooting. The WA10 is also optimized for shooting outdoors and in rainy weather. It captures stunning, detailed images with Full-HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, thanks to Backside Illumination (BSI) technology for shooting in dimly lit conditions, and 16-megapixel still image recording with top-class digital camera quality. This lets users easily enjoy authentic HD shooting in a wide range of situations.

The MPEG-4 AVC file format (MP4) is convenient for uploading and editing images with a PC or the Internet. Blog and SNS handles are also easily used. Operation of the WA10 is very very easy thanks to the included HD Writer VE 1.0 software, which is compatible with both YouTube and Facebook, With the release of this new multi functional camcorder, Panasonic offers users the ability to shoot Full-HD videos and high-resolution photos, even during rugged outdoor, recreational and everyday activities.

Along with the WA10, Panasonic will also be releasing the HX-DC10 and the HX-DC1. The HX-DC10 features bright and stunning Full-HD11 video shooting with BSI Sensor, 16-Megapixel still picture recording12 and the highest class resolution among compact digital cameras. With the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode13/14 optimal settings can be always in use. The HX-DC1 features Full HD Recording in MP4 Format, 14-megapixel Still Picture Recording15 and a 3.0-inch Wide TFT LCD Monitor.

Also released, is the tough designed new HD Mobile Camera HM-TA20. The TA20 features a triple tough design that is waterproof, shockproof and dustproof, and Night View mode for shooting in dim lighting. These features greatly expand shooting possibilities — for both movies and photos — and allow users to enjoy active movie shooting during all kinds of sports and recreational activities. In addition, a large 3.0-inch Touch LCD enables easy and intuitive operation anywhere and anytime. The TA20 features the MPEG-4 AVC file format (MP4), which is convenient for uploading and editing images with a PC or the Internet.

The TA20 includes an integrated USB terminal in its compact body. After editing images inside the camera, the user simply connects the camera to a PC and the built-in software launches automatically. This makes it easy to upload movies online, such as to Facebook or YouTube. The new model can also be used as a web camera.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."