Panasonic has announced the upcoming availability of its first ever pocket-sized full HD camacorder that also can perform as a web camera, named as Panasonic HM-TA1, capable of capturing up to 8 megapixel still shots, and full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video at 30 frames per second, featuring built-in USB terminal with pre-loaded software for quick, easy uploading videos to popular social sharing sites such as YouTube and Facebook.

Highlights of Panasonic HM-TA1 include:

  • 2.0-inch LCD display and integrated LED light
  • Functions as webcam and mic while connected to computer for Web video chat like Skype
  • E.I.S. (Electrical Image Stabilization) for reducing hand shake
  • Compatible with Apple iFrame video format (960 x 540 pixels/30p)
  • Support SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • Size: 2.09″ (W) x 0.70″ (D) x 4.09″ (H) ; Weight: 0.25 pounds

“The new Panasonic TA1 is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, extremely easy and intuitive to use, and yet it is still powerful enough to shoot full-HD video and high-quality photos,” commented Chris Rice, Senior Product Manager for Imaging at Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “Designed to integrate easily with popular online social networks to quickly share videos, the TA1 can also be used as a Web camera, allowing users to make video chat calls – making this extremely portable video camera a truly versatile gadget.”

The new affordable, ultra-portable Panasonic HM-TA1 video camera that available in 3 color variations – purple, grey and black, is scheduled to be available in August 2010 for around $170.