Panasonic HX-A1ME-D action camera test and comparison

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Overall rating 4.1 / 5

Another very unusual action camera is the Panasonic HX-A1ME-D. It is very durable and compact.


The design is somewhat reminiscent of an old lantern due to its cylindrical shape.

It is available in a metallic orange lacquer and weighs about 45 grams, it is really lightweight.

Extra strong construction

The camera is ideal for extreme sports enthusiasts as it is not only compact but also extremely durable.

The model is sealed to a depth of about 1.5 meters without an additional protective casing. It is also protected from dust and sand. Has an IP68 protection class.

If the camera falls out of the holder while cycling, jogging or other activities, this is not a problem, because it can easily withstand falls from heights of up to 1.5 meters.

Video resolution and image quality

Various resolutions and frame rates are available for videos. The maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second.

If you want to create video at maximum frame rate, you must select 848 x 480 pixels in the menu, then the video will be generated at 120 frames per second. Plus, you still have 1920 x 1080 pixels available.

Photos and videos look pretty nice and crisp and have good color depth. You can also shoot at night as the Panasonic HX-A1ME-D has a night mode and an infrared flashlight.

Menu navigation and recording modes

You can connect the camera to a smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi, make various settings, view images and recordings, and share them on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube or Whatsapp.

You can also use the Panasonic HX-A1 as a webcam.

Also integrated is a loop recording function and the ability to start slow motion video. A maximum of 120 images per second is available for this, which is four times the normal write speed.

An optional head mount is included with which you can attach the camera to the side of your head (approximately at eye level).

scope of delivery

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The accessories for this action camera are quite extensive. In the kit there are several brackets with which you can fix the Panasonic HX-A1ME. There are also additional accessories that you can buy additionally.

The delivery includes the following parts:

  • Action camera Panasonic HX-A1ME
  • Universal bracket / VW-MKA1 (for glasses and shoulder straps)
  • Tripod mount / VW-CTA1

Additional accessories:

  • Double bracket
  • additional battery
  • Strap adapter
  • Headdress
  • Clamp holder
  • Suction cup holder
  • Steering wheel bracket
  • Windscreen
  • Multifunctional belt

Pros and cons

Pros and cons


    • Extremely durable, compact and lightweight
    • Withstands enormous impact forces
    • Cool design and unusual cylinder shape (allows you to wear it in any position)
    • Ideal for extreme outdoor activities
  • Water resistant up to 1.5 meters (without case)
  • Can be used even at extreme temperatures down to -10 degrees
  • Night mode and built-in infrared flashlight
  • Wi-Fi connection with a smartphone or tablet
  • Can be used as a webcam
  • Cool recording features like slow motion video or loop recording
  • Extensive accessories


  • Recording quality is not as good as other models


In fact, the design takes some getting used to, but it is very practical. Thanks to its shape, the camera can be attached anywhere, like a flashlight.

Because it is so unique, we make a clear purchase recommendation. You can buy the model here on Amazon! *