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Panasonic HDC-TM900K
JVC Everio GS-TD1
Panasonic HDC-SD90
JVC Everio GZ-EX210
Canon LEGRIA HF R106
Panasonic HDC-TM900K Camcorder
JVC Everio GS-TD1 High Definition 3D Camcorder
Panasonic HDC-SD90K Camcorder
JVC Everio GZ-EX210 High Definition Camcorder
Canon LEGRIA HF R106 High Definition Flash Media Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2011
Apr 2011
Feb 2011
Feb 2012
Dec 2011
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition, AVC, H.264, MPEG
Flash Media, High Definition
AVCHD, MEPG-4, AVC, H.264, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition, Flash Media
CCD Quantity
3.0
1.0
1.0
1.5
1.0
HDD Size
32.0 GB
64.0 GB
16.0 GB
32.0 GB
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
10.0 x
21.0 x
40.0 x
20.0 x
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital, 3D
Digital, 3D
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
14.2 MegaPixels
3.32 MegaPixels
3.32 MegaPixels
2.0 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media
High Definition
High Definition, Flash Media, AVCHD
AVCHD
High Definition, Flash Media
Use
Video
Video
Video, Photo Viewing
Video
Video, Music

  • Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and features advanced users want. But you have to be willing to baby the white balance a bit. The TM900 is my top pick of the three for its EVF, but if you're on a tight budget the SD800 should suit just fine.


  • The HDC-TM900 (MSRP $1099) is a great camcorder, that much is clear. It captured excellent video in a variety of record modes, and its performance recording 1080/60p HD video was as good as it gets. It has a ton of controls, a solid body design, and its 3D recording option (with the purchase of an optional conversion lens) makes it a cutting-edge product.

    Despite all this, we are still disappointed with the TM900. Other than adding the 3D capability and increasing the size of the LCD, Panasonic didn't do much to improve on last year's HDC-TM700â??


  • Panasonic's HDC-TM900 offers no revolutionary new features, now that 3D shooting has already started its journey to ubiquity. But like its predecessors it blends excellent enthusiast features, headlined by the lens ring, with supreme image quality. There's also no significant premium being charged for this new model compared to the outgoing TM700, if you can still find it. So the TM900 takes over from its predecessor as our videomaking enthusiast camcorder of choice.


  • If you are in the market for a high-end 3D camcorder you only have three options at the moment: the JVC GS-TD1, the Sony HDR-TD10, and the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 (and other Panasonic models that can use the VW-CLT1 3D conversion lens). There are also a few ultracompact models that shoot 3D, as well as a number of digital cameras, but the three models mentioned above are the only high-end HD camcorders aimed at consumers that allow 3D recording. Of those three models, the GS-TD1 is the second 3D camcorder weâÂ? Â? ve reviewedâÂ?


  • The JVC GS-TD1 is a high-end camcorder, promoted by JVC as the first consumer level camcorder to offer full HD 3D recording. The GS-TD1's full HD 3D capability is owed to the high speed processor that can simultaneously produce two full HD images (1920 x 1080i), recording in both the left and right streams (a process that JVC refers to as LR Independent Format).


  • With the Everio GS-TD1, JVC has produced the first consumer-grade camcorder to shoot two frames of Full HD in 3D mode, using a pair of parallel lenses and CMOS sensors. The resulting MP4 format is proprietary, but JVC’s approach also means better low-light performance even when shooting 3D in AVCHD mode. It’s the first consumer-grade camcorder to offer optical zoom in 3D mode, too. With a range of manual features as well, the GS-TD1 has loads to offer enthusiasts wishing to move into 3D.


  • The Panasonic HDC-SD90 is a mid-cost camcorder. This camcorder's iA (Intelligent Auto) feature selects the most suitable shooting mode at the press of a button. This feature includes Face Recognition, which finds the faces of registered people (up to six faces can be registered) and optimizes the focus and exposure for them.


  • The 3D compatibility may be the biggest headline for the HDC-SD90, but at its core this is essentially a very well featured midrange HD camcorder. If your budget can't quite stretch to a high-end model, this model would make a very acceptable compromise. With more enthusiast features than similarly priced competitors, and equal or better image quality, the HDC-SD90 gives you plenty for your money, with the added bonus of 3D if you're feeling a bit more flush.

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    The Panasonic HDC-SD90 is well built and has good ergonomics with an intuitive touchscreen control. It has a bright lens plus decent lens reach and feature set but is relatively expensive and clad in a plastic-y high gloss case.


  • JVC has realized the Wi-Fi capabilities are the way of the future when it comes to camcorder functionality. Wi-Fi is the highlight of this already impressive model in JVC's lineup. Sharing video with PCs and smart phones is a no hassle process. Sending short 15 second video e-mails is also a pretty cool feature. Beyond Wi-Fi, JVC has loaded this camcorder with useful and features. High speed video capture, time lapse, auto recording, and face recognition are a few included that will probably be used the most.


  • A camcorder first and foremost, the Canon Legria HF R106 is the camcorder to buy if high-definition video is your primary intention. Other models offer reasonable HD video capture and throw in still photo functions too, but the Canon is the best at pure video.


  • Cheap and mostly cheerful, the Canon Legria HF R106 is by no means perfect, but it's certainly one of the best camcorder options available in the sub-£250 price bracket.


  • No major flaws but lacking in various key areas. Plus, it's more expensive than many superior video cameras.