Panasonic HX-A500 is the first wearable 4K camcorder

Panasonic A500 camcorder is a wearable device that can record 4K resolution video hands free at 30 fps.

Published Tue, Mar 25 2014 12:26 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

Panasonic has show off an interesting new camcorder for those that want to be able to record 4K video hands free. The camera is called the HX-A500. This strange looking camera has the lens and main unit as separate pieces connected by a cable.

Panasonic HX-A500 is the first wearable 4K camcorder |

This allows the lens of the camera to be placed at eye level so the user can record hands free. I can see that being a popular feature with people that are into action sports. However, the lens is too large to be worn inside a helmet, but perhaps it could be worn on the outside.

The camera is able to record in 4K UHD resolution at 30 frames per second. It can be connected to a smartphone making it easy to upload video recorded. Panasonic does ship the camera with a head mount and an armband case for the main unit.

When using the head mount the user can opt to put the camera on one of their ears or on the back of the head. Panasonic will offer accessories with other mounting options. The A500 is water and dust proof with the ability to survive submersion in ten feet of water for nearly 30 minutes. Panasonic will ship the A500 at the beginning of July at an undisclosed price.


Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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