When I travel I like to truly experience life, hands free. Sure, I want to capture and remember our memories throughout the trip, but the last thing I want is to be stuck behind a camera the entire time. With the new Panasonic A500, I don’t have to be distracted. I can capture life as it happens and still be in the moment.
For several months now I have been bugging my husband about our need for a hands free camera. He didn’t see the purpose. I tried to entice him with the memory of that one time when we went zip lining. How fun would that have been to record!? But he wasn’t budging. He’s right. I am not the most adventurous person. I don’t love roller coasters and I don’t know how to surf. While I could record my basket of flowers bumping up and down as I rode down my quiet suburban street, I’m not sure that is really worth recording. Unless of course I happened to come across a (gasp) garter snake! So what on earth would I use a hands free camera for that would make it worth buying?
On my last trip to Walt Disney World, I was given a Panasonic A500 wearable camera to try out. Upon opening it, I immediately sent a selfie to my husband back home to rub it in that “na-na-na-na, I got a wearable camera!!”. His text back was “Great. You look ridiculous”. He had me there. With this weird camera strapped to my head I felt like I had a third robot eye. However, that’s exactly what this camera is designed to do; become another eye. With it’s precise placement directly next to your own vision, this hands free camera captures whatever it is you are looking at, without worry that you’ve missed the shot. It is a carefree way to record memories as they happen and exactly as you see them.
Some other great notes about the Panasonic HX A500
- Waterproof and Dustproof
- 4K Video Resolutions at 30P
- Built in Video Stabilizer
- Built in Video Monitor (so you can see what you are recording)
After the quick and (somewhat) easy set up of the camera, I headed out into the Disney Parks to see what I would use this camera for anyways. I really was determined to show my husband some great footage when I got home and prove him wrong in his stance that we didn’t need this camera. I watched as the other mom’s rode roller coasters with their camera’s. That is going to be a really great video, I thought, but it wasn’t for me. As the entire day passed, I had only one video to show and it was of the waterfall at The Animal Kingdom. I’ll be honest. I felt like a huge failure. I exhaustively plumped down in my chair to watch the evening fireworks show at Epcot. Oh heck, I flipped on my monitor. At least I can show my kids this.
As the fireworks display continued, I watched in amazement. I really can’t remember the last time I simply sat back and watched a fireworks show. Every moment. Without being distracted. It brought me back to my childhood memories and the magical feeling I felt back then, laying on the grass watching the fireworks burst above me and feeling as though I could simply reach out and touch them if I wanted to. I broke my concentration and looked around at all of the people near me watching the fireworks through their tiny smart phone screens. I looked at the picture on their screen and then back at the full version in the sky. Oh yes, the real life version is so much better. I was so glad that I wasn’t missing it. I sat back in my chair and enjoyed the show, in real life, on the largest screen ever.
When I got home, you wouldn’t believe my excitement when I loaded my video to my laptop. It was so easy! As my family and I watched the footage together, I was taken back to that moment. This camera had captured everything just as I had seen it. Plus, I had the experience and vision in my own head to remember because I was able to live in that moment, hands free.
After seeing what the camera could do, my husband had a moment of realization and it clicked in his head that he could use this camera to film himself driving his car at the racetrack. Suddenly, this camera was a great idea and we should have bought one sooner. Go figure.