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Panasonic announces the HX-A500 Wearable 4K camera
by Sarah White -  3/26/2014

Panasonic announced the HX-A500, which the company is marketing as the world's first 4K wearable camera. The main body with LCD display and the lens are separate, so users can mount the lens and shoot hands-free, capturing life as it happens.

With 4K/30p image quality, the HX-A500 lets users capture every details of their day, with connectivity options for on the go sharing. With Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, users can quickly share and transfer images and video to another device while on the go. In addition to recording 4k resolution at 30fps, the HX-A500 records video at resolutions of 1080p at 50fps, 720p at 100fps, and 480p at 100fs. In addition to wireless connectivity, Panasonic has built in compatibility with Ustream, allowing users to broadcast a live stream directly from the device.

The main unit, which is separate from the camera, features a 1.5-inch LCD panel where users can adjust settings and the field of view. It houses a 1 /2.3 inch BSI senor for low-light performance, a Crystal Engine Pro + imaging engine, and image stabilization as well as tilt correction. The camera is waterproof for 30 minutes in up to 10 feet of water as well as dustproof. It comes with a head mount and armband for versatile shooting options and comfort.  

Panasonic states that the wearable HX-A500 will be available starting in May for around $626.