updated 10:00 am EST, Thu February 17, 2011
Panasonic outs TA20, TA2, WA10, DC10, DC1 vidcams
Panasonic today bore some of the first fruits of its control of Sanyo with five new pocketable camecorders. The WA10 is its headliner and, in an Xacti-like design, can shoot its 1080p, H.264 video for up to an hour underwater at depths of up to 10 feet. In spite of the hardening, it's low-light friendly with a backside-illuminated, 16-megapixel CMOS sensor that can capture either full resolution stills in pure photography, with a 12X lens, or two-megapixel images while in mid-movie.
The DC10 is an equivalent for regular conditions that shoots with the same amount of visual fidelity but without the ruggedized body. A third model, the DC1, has a 14-megapixel sensor to trim the price.
Panasonic's Flip equivalents received their own updates. The fixed-zoom TA20 is a direct parallel to the WA10 in the compact world and will survive the same depths as well as drops of up to five feet and dust. A three-inch touchscreen provides the core interface for recording its 720p footage. Its unique trick lets it combine pixel input to shoot video in low light at a reduced 15 frames per second. Connecting through USB will also optionally turn it into a webcam, and a tripod is included either for the webcam or for hands-free self-portraits from the eight-megapixel camera.
Beneath it, the TA2 is a regular version of the TA20 but includes virtually identical features and the tripod but in a lower-cost regular shell.
As with most Panasonic launches, the cameras don't have ship dates or prices but will more likely get these closer to their releases. [via DPReview]