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conclusion:We like it

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Adventurous types who want to make the leap to 4K with their action camera will find plenty to like in the Panasonic HX-A500, including great image quality and solid battery life -- if they can get used to the two-part form factor.

The HX-A500 has an advantage over competing action cams like the Hero3+ or Camileo X-Sports in that it offers 4K video while its rivals are still stuck with 1080p. And it makes the most of that advantage, with TrustedReviews calling the 4K shooting ability "much more than a gimmick" that "produces great levels of detail as well as rich, accurate colour." Pocket-Lint agrees, noting the "realistic" colors as well as the "loads of detail on display." Sound-wise the HX-A500 isn't too shabby either, offering "good quality audio" despite that not being a strong point in most action cams.

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Pocket-Lint Jul 18, 2014

We like the wearable nature of the camera. It's practical and comfortable, but it does have some limitations when it comes to using the A500 in different roles. As a personal camera it's excellent, but it lacks the versatility that a more conventional design offers.

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Pocket-Lint Mar 24, 2014

The camera part weighs 31g, so won't weigh you down, and the operating unit it's attached to is 119g ... the preview content being shown by Panasonic looked good. We liked the predecessor and we can't wait to have a proper play with this new 4K version.

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