Mediocre camcorder for the user who isn't too concerned with quality
25 December 2012
Summary: This pocket camcorder by Panasonic is user friendly and for folks who want an HD video recorder at an affordable price. The quality of the videos, while not perfect, are clear enough and sharp enough for users who aren't picky with video quality. Ultimately, you are getting a two-for-one deal with this Panasonic TA-1 camcorder. In addition to the video capabilities, you also get a point-and-shoot component.
Summary: My husband got me this camera for xmas in 2010. We had an upcoming trip and I really wanted a still/video camera that was much smaller than the one I had been using. This one is definitely small; the size was perfect for me. It is easy to use. I like that the usb connection does not require cords. It takes good video. In good light, it takes great stills. But ONLY if the light is good. In most indoor situations, there is not enough light.
Summary: I didn't use silver TA1 :) I use red TA1. It's very simple camcorder. One button - one action. Picture quality isn't very good, but it's the best for this camera format and its price. Rolling shutter could be less. View angle isn't wide, not good for inside using, but it has very right geometry and it's near human eyes view angle. It needs a charger, computer USB is very long charging device. I guess additional battery is necessary.
Summary: I have been enjoying using this camera. We made the switch as we used up our last miniDVD for our other Canon camera. I love the fact that it is so small that you can take it anywhere without the slightest inconvenience. The picture quality for both stills and video is great. The sound is wonderful too! I like to record my piano solos for instructional purposes, and it works wonderfully when I set it on my piano bench.
DOES NOT RECORD FOR MORE THAN 29MINS & 59SECS AT A TIME
Val "Val72484", Amazon
22 January 2012
Summary: Ok, I was REALLY excited when I ordered this camcorder. I bought it a case, an extra battery and wall charger and a small tripod stand. The extra battery and charger is a must if you plan to use it in situations where a computer might not be accessible, as it's only way to charge is via USB port.
Summary: I purchased this Camera on special Jan. 2011. I never liked the on and off switch. The compartments kept opening up. It felt like a you put it together camera. I do admit the pictures and video was pretty good. Living alone and seldom using it all of a sudden it just stopped working. I called Panasonic and they told I would have to pay for labor. Not wanting to invest any money on a camera that I was uncomfortable with. Took out the battery and memory and threw it out.
Summary: We gave this to my mother-in-law for Christmas (who is not too tech savvy). She liked the ease of using the camera and was taking videos within hours of taking it out of the package. She especially liked the fact she could take still photos from the video clips. Her desire is to take "real" pictures (not staged)and she can get the shots she wants from the video.