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Panasonic HX-A1M Operating Instructions Manual

Panasonic HX-A1M Operating Instructions Manual

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  • Page 1 Operating Instructions Wearable Camera HX-A1M Model No. Please read these instructions carefully before using this product, and save this manual for future use. SQW0379...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Preparation Wireless Twin Camera (Important) About the Waterproof/Dustproof Wireless Twin Camera function ....37 and Anti-shock Performance of this unit..3 Using this unit as a Wireless When using in a cold climate or at low Sub Camera........... 37 temperatures ..........6 Read this first ..........
  • Page 3: (Important) About The Waterproof/Dustproof And Anti-Shock Performance Of This Unit

    1.5 m for a time not exceeding 30 minutes. Anti-shock Performance This unit has cleared a test conducted by Panasonic, which complies with MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock (a drop test performed from a height of 1.5 m onto 3 cm thick plywood).
  • Page 4 this unit. If foreign objects are caught in it, water may leak in and cause malfunctions and other problems. ≥ Do not leave this unit for a long period of time in places where temperature is very low (at high altitude etc.) or very high (inside a car under strong sunlight, close to a heater, on the beach, etc.) waterproof performance may be degraded.
  • Page 5 Check that the terminal cover (waterproof), glasscover and rubber seals are neither cracked nor deformed. ≥ Be sure to read the supplied leaflet about the rubber seals. Rotate the terminal cover (waterproof) and glasscover until they are attached firmly. ≥ Rotate them in the opposite directions of Step 1. ≥...
  • Page 6: When Using In A Cold Climate Or At Low Temperatures

    ≥ If you remove the terminal cover (waterproof) or glasscover without thoroughly drying this unit, water droplets may form on the card or other parts. Also, water may accumulate in the gap around the card slot or the terminal connector. Be sure to wipe any water off with a soft, dry cloth. ≥...
  • Page 7: Read This First

    Use it at your own risk. ∫ Indemnity about recorded content Panasonic does not accept any responsibility for damages directly or indirectly due to any type of problems that result in loss of recording or edited content, and does not guarantee any content if recording or editing does not work properly.
  • Page 8 ∫ For the purposes of these operating instructions ≥ Pictures may be slightly different from the original. ≥ Depending on the firmware version you are using, captured screens described in these operating instructions may differ from the actual screens. ≥ Names, icons, contents and services of applications may be changed with no prior notice. Please note that they may differ from the descriptions of these operating instructions.
  • Page 9: Names And Functions Of Main Parts

    Preparation Names and Functions of Main Parts Inside the terminal cover 10 11 Microphone Wi-Fi Transmitter Access lamp Speaker Recording mode lamps Terminal cover ≥ The terminal cover (waterproof) is attached to ≥ [ ]: Motion picture recording lamp this unit at the time of purchase. When using ≥...
  • Page 10: Power Supply

    Preparation Power supply Charging the battery When this unit is purchased, the battery is not charged. Charge the battery fully before using this unit for the first time. ≥ This unit has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Do not remove except when disposing of this unit.
  • Page 11: Charging And Recording Time

    ≥ This unit heats up after use or charging. This is not a malfunction. ≥ For information about charging with a mobile USB charger or an AC adaptor, check the support site. (This site is English only.) The socket outlet shall be installed near the equipment and shall be easily accessible.
  • Page 12 When the Power lamp is flashing during charging Flashing with approx. 0.5 second period (off for approx. 0.25 second, on for approx. 0.25 second): ≥ Check that the USB terminals of this unit or the connecting device, such as PC are not dirty or covered with a foreign object, and reconnect correctly.
  • Page 13: Recording To A Card

    ≥ For the latest information on the cards that have been confirmed to operate with this unit, check the support website below. (This website is in English only.) ≥ When using the microSDHC Card/microSDXC Card on another device, check to see if the device supports the card.
  • Page 14: Inserting/Removing A Microsd Card

    Inserting/removing a microSD card When using a microSD card not from Panasonic, or one previously used on other equipment, for the first time on this unit, format the microSD card. 20) When the microSD card is formatted, all of the recorded data is deleted. Once the data is deleted, it cannot be restored.
  • Page 15: Turning This Unit On/Off

    Preparation Turning this unit on/off Press the power button to turn on this unit. The power lamp is turned on. To turn off this unit Press and hold the power button for approximately 1 second. ≥ The power lamp goes off after a while. About overheat detection If the internal temperature of this unit rises during use, warning beeps will be heard and the power lamp will flash fast.
  • Page 16: Wi-Fi ® Function

    Panasonic will not take any responsibility for any damage that arises when using this unit for any purpose other than as a wireless LAN device.
  • Page 17: Install The "Image App

    Install the “Image App” The “Image App” allows you to change this unit’s settings and record and play back images. About the “Image App” The “Image App” is an application provided by Panasonic. For Android apps For iOS apps Android 4.0 or later iOS 6.0 or later...
  • Page 18: Connecting To A Smartphone

    Preparation Connecting to a smartphone ∫ Preparations before connection Install the smartphone application “Image App” on your smartphone. Turn on the Wi-Fi function of your smartphone. ≥ For further details, please read the operating instructions for the smartphone. Setting up a Wi-Fi connection to a smartphone ≥...
  • Page 19: Setting Up This Unit

    Preparation Setting up this unit Use your smartphone to set up this unit. Preparation: Set up a Wi-Fi connection between this unit and the smartphone. Start up the smartphone application “Image App”. ≥ When you start “Image App” connecting with this unit for the first time, a message asking you to set the date and time will appear.
  • Page 20: Using The Setup Menu

    Using the Setup Menu For settings on the Setup menu, tap # [Camera setup] # respective items on the “Image App” screen. ≥ For more information, refer to the [Help] in the “Image App” menu. ≥ Displayed items may differ depending on your OS or “Image App” version. [Alert Sound] You can hear a confirmation sound when you start/stop recording, turn on/off this unit or perform various other operations.
  • Page 21 [Device info. display] The firmware version of this unit is displayed. ≥ For information on updating the firmware version, refer to page 51. [Select USB mode] Set whether to use this unit as an external drive (card reader) for a PC or as a web camera when you connect it to a PC.
  • Page 22: Attaching This Unit To A Multi Mount Or Tripod Mount

    Preparation Attaching this unit to a Multi Mount or Tripod Mount You can attach this unit to a Multi Mount or Tripod Mount and perform recording. ≥ When the Tripod Mount is attached to a tripod or similar item, do not hold this unit or adjustment belt to carry the assembled items.
  • Page 23 Fasten the Multi Mount securely by aligning the two fasteners to one another. ≥ Fasten securely to prevent the Multi Mount from falling off. ≥ Dust, etc. adhering to the hook and loop fastener will weaken the adhesion. Before attaching it, check if dust, lint, etc. is adhering. Attach this unit to the Multi Mount as shown in the figure.
  • Page 24 Attach this unit to the Multi Mount as shown in the figure. Attaching this unit to the Multi Mount ≥ Before attaching this unit, fasten the Multi Mount securely with the band and the hook and loop fastener. While holding the tightening nut A, tighten the adjustment knob B by rotating it towards LOCK.
  • Page 25 While holding the tightening nut A, loosen the adjustment knob B by rotating it towards UNLOCK to adjust the direction of this unit.   UNLOCK While holding the tightening nut A, rotate the adjustment knob B by rotating it towards LOCK until this unit is fastened securely.
  • Page 26: Using A Tripod Mount

    Using a Tripod Mount Attaching the tripod mount to a tripod, etc. The tripod mounting hole A of the tripod mount is compatible with the screw (1/4-20 UNC) of a tripod, etc. ≥ If you attach a screw with a length of 6 mm or more to a Tripod Mount, it may wobble.
  • Page 27 Removing this unit from the Tripod Mount While holding D, loosen the tightening nut C by rotating it towards UNLOCK, and remove this unit.   UNLOCK LOCK ≥ This unit is not waterproof when the terminal cover (USB connection) is in use. In this case, do not use this unit underwater or touch it with wet hands.
  • Page 28: Recording

    Recording Recording Check before recording When you connect this unit and a smartphone and start up the “Image App”, you can check the image from this unit on the live view screen. ≥ We recommend that you make a test recording to check the angle of view mode, [White Balance] setting and other settings before recording.
  • Page 29: Recording With This Unit

    Recording with this unit Record images with this unit. ≥ You can record images even when this unit is not connected to a smartphone. Press the recording mode/Wi-Fi button to switch to the desired recording mode. ≥ The recording mode changes each time you press the button. The recording mode lamps will light (or flash).
  • Page 30 ≥ The period between the start and end of recording is recorded as one file, but motion pictures exceeding 4 GB (approx.) will be divided automatically. (Recording will continue.) Divided motion pictures will be displayed as separate thumbnails and cannot be played back automatically as a continuous motion picture.
  • Page 31: Recording In Dark Locations (Night Mode)

    Recording in dark locations (Night Mode) You can record brighter images in dark locations using an infrared (IR) light (commercially available). Preparation: Turn off this unit. Rotate the glasscover (normal shooting) 1 in  the direction of the arrow to remove it. Rotate the supplied glasscover (night mode) 2 ...
  • Page 32: Using The Recording Menu

    Recording Using the Recording menu [Record Setup] respective items on the “Image App” screen. ≥ For more information, refer to the [Help] in the “Image App” menu. ≥ Displayed items may differ depending on your OS or “Image App” version. [Recording Mode] You can record images with a variety of recording methods by changing the Recording Mode.
  • Page 33 [Pixels / Frame rate] You can switch the image quality of the motion pictures you record. Available [Pixels / Frame rate] differs depending on the [Recording Mode] setting. ≥ When [Recording Mode] is set to [Normal Shooting] 32): The greater the number is, the higher the image quality is. However, the file size also becomes greater.
  • Page 34 [White Balance] When the colour tone does not look natural due to a light source, etc., tap [Preset], and select the mode. ≥ You cannot change this setting in Night Mode. Preset mode Recording conditions [Auto White Balance] Automatic White Balance adjustment [Daylight] Outdoors under a clear sky [Cloudy]...
  • Page 35: Playback

    Playback Playback Playback using a smartphone Motion pictures or still pictures stored in this unit are played back with the smartphone. ≥ For more information, refer to the [Help] in the “Image App” menu. Preparation: Connect this unit with the smartphone and start Image App. Example of the motion picture 1 Camera function playback screen display:...
  • Page 36: Playing Back On A Tv

    ∫ To delete motion pictures/still pictures stored in this unit or to copy them to the smartphone Delete or copy using ["Picture Share" Settings]. Touch and hold the thumbnail of the file you want to delete or copy, and drag and drop it into the picture jump tab [Trash (Delete)] or [Save to smartPH].
  • Page 37: Wireless Twin Camera

    Set up the Wireless Twin Camera function. For information on the setup procedure for the Main Camera and compatible devices, check the support website below. (As of May 2015) (On this unit) When the Wi-Fi lamp is off, press and hold the recording mode/Wi-Fi button for at least 1 second (approx.), and...
  • Page 38 When connecting to the Main Camera for the first time: The Wi-Fi lamp flashes (green) fast. When the connection is complete, the Wi-Fi lamp will light green and you will hear an alert sound. ≥ Main Camera information (SSID, etc.) will be saved to this unit. When connecting for the second time or later: The Wi-Fi lamp will flash green, and this unit will connect to the Main Camera using the Main Camera information that was saved to it.
  • Page 39: With A Pc

    With a PC What you can do with a PC You can use the following functions by connecting this unit to a PC: ∫ Charging the battery When you connect this unit to a PC, the PC starts charging the battery. ∫...
  • Page 40: Card Reader Function (Mass Storage)

    With a PC Card reader function (mass storage) Operating environment To use this unit as a card reader, you need a PC that meets the following system requirements: ≥ Even if the system requirements mentioned in these operating instructions are fulfilled, some PCs cannot be used.
  • Page 41: Connecting This Unit To A Pc

    PCs and some SD card readers are not compatible with the microSDHC Card or microSDXC Card. ≥ When using a microSDXC Memory Card, check the following support site. Copying motion/still pictures on PC Using with Windows When this unit is used as a card reader, two removable disks, one containing images (e.g.,...
  • Page 42: About The Pc Display

    About the PC display The folder structure of a microSD card on which this unit has performed recording is as follows. Example folder structure of a microSD card: ≥ Folder numbers range from 100 to 999. CAM_SD Five alphabetic characters after a three-digit DCIM number indicate the file type.
  • Page 43: Using This Unit As A Web Camera

    With a PC Using this unit as a web camera You can use this unit as a web camera by connecting it to a PC that is connected to the Internet. Operating environment To use this unit as a web camera, you need a PC that meets the following system requirements. ≥...
  • Page 44: Connecting This Unit To A Pc

    Connecting this unit to a PC You can broadcast live motion picture on the Internet using a motion picture streaming service (USTREAM, etc.). Preparation: ≥ Set [Select USB mode] of the “Image App” to [Web camera]. ≥ Register for a motion picture streaming site and make necessary settings. Turn on this unit.
  • Page 45: Others

    Others Troubleshooting ∫ It is not a malfunction in following cases The lens fogs up. ≥ This is due to condensation. It is not a malfunction. Please refer to page 4. Power Problem Check points This unit cannot be turned ≥...
  • Page 46 Playback Problem Check points This unit does not change ≥ When this unit is recording, “Image App” cannot change to to Playback mode. Playback mode. Files cannot be played ≥ If a high-quality motion picture is copied to a smartphone, it back.
  • Page 47 Wi-Fi connection Problem Check points The Wi-Fi connection is ≥ Make sure the smartphone is properly connected to this unit not possible between this by checking the Wi-Fi settings of the smartphone. unit and a smartphone. ≥ Make sure the SSID and Password have been correctly input. ≥...
  • Page 48 Alert Sound If this unit is not operating correctly, take note of the alert sound to resolve any problems. “2 Beeps” sound 4 times ≥ The clock of this unit is not set. Set the date and time. ≥ If the power lamp flashes fast and this unit turns off, the following symptoms are possible: j The battery is depleted.
  • Page 49: Cautions For Use

    Others Cautions for use Do not use this unit in strenuous sports About this unit involving impacts and collisions. When carrying this unit, do not drop or This unit and the microSD card become bump it. warm during use. This is not a ≥...
  • Page 50 ≥ The battery discharges slowly even if this unit Please note in advance that Panasonic is not is not used. The remaining battery level will liable in any way for any direct or indirect...
  • Page 51 (when the access lamp is lit or flashing), do the support website below. (As of May not perform the following: 2015) j Remove the microSD card j Turn the unit off index.html j Insert and remove the USB cable (This site is English only.)
  • Page 52: Recordable Time/Number Of Recordable Pictures

    Others Recordable time/Number of recordable pictures microSD cards are only mentioned with their main memory size. Approximate recordable time ≥ The default setting is [1920k1080/30p]. ≥ The stated times are the approximate recordable times for continuous recording. ≥ The recordable time may be reduced when lot of action scenes and recorded or recording of short motion picture is repeated.
  • Page 53 Approximate number of recordable pictures ≥ The stated number is the approximate number of recordable pictures. ≥ The number of recordable pictures depends on the subject being recorded. 2.7 M 2.1 M Picture size 2176k1224 1920k1080 Aspect ratio 16:9 4 GB 1800 2500 microSD card...
  • Page 54: Optional Accessories

    Others Optional accessories Some optional accessories may not be available in some countries. About the Video Camera Mount (For Handlebar) You can attach the Video Camera Mount (For Handlebar)/RP-CMC10 as follows. ≥ To use the Video Camera Mount (For Handlebar)/RP-CMC10, the Tripod Mount (supplied) is required.
  • Page 55: Requests When Disposing Of This Unit

    Others Requests when disposing of this unit When disposing of the used product, initialise the network settings 51) first and remove the built-in battery from this unit. Please refer to page about how to remove the battery. Thank you for supporting our battery recycling efforts. ≥...
  • Page 56 This figure describes the disposal of this unit, it is not instruction for repair. If disassembled, repair is not possible. ≥ Disassemble after the battery runs out. ≥ If it cannot be removed smoothly, contact Panasonic’s Service Centre. ≥ Keep disassembled parts out of reach of children. Remove the terminal cover and Remove the lead C from the glasscover.
  • Page 57: About Copyright

    Others About copyright ∫ Carefully observe copyright This product is licensed under the AVC patent laws portfolio license for the personal and non-commercial use of a consumer to (i) Recording of pre-recorded tapes or discs or encode video in compliance with the AVC other published or broadcast material for Standard (“AVC Video”) and/or (ii) decode AVC purposes other than your own private use...
  • Page 58 Panasonic Corporation Web site:

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