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Panasonic HDC-TM900K
JVC Everio GS-TD1
Canon XF100
Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V
Sony Handycam HDR-CX550
Panasonic HDC-TM900K Camcorder
JVC Everio GS-TD1 High Definition 3D Camcorder
Canon XF100 Camcorder
Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V  240 GB  High Definition Hard Drive  AVC Camcorder
Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V High Definition Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2011
Apr 2011
Dec 2010
Jan 2010
Jan 2010
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition, AVC, H.264, MPEG
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition, MPEG-2
High Definition, AVC
High Definition
HDD Size
32.0 GB
64.0 GB
240.0 GB
64.0 GB
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital, 3D
Digital
Digital
Digital
CCD Quantity
3.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
Memory Still Resolution
14.2 MegaPixels
3.32 MegaPixels
2.37 MegaPixels
3.1 MegaPixels
12.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media
High Definition
High Definition
Hard Drive
High Definition
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video, Photo Viewing
Video

  • 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 Canon XF100 presents a compact and easy to handle design with a range of powerful features. This combination of benefits makes you believe that you will have an excellent time using this camcorder, and you will. However, in terms of actual results, your satisfaction may vary. If you want to see only the benefits, make sure to always shoot in good lighting conditions. It gets an overall rating of four over five which is a good score.


  • The Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V fares well compared with the competition, though its video could be a bit sharper and the interface less cumbersome. Unless you absolutely need to store a lot of video on the camcorder--which I don't suggest--or have large hands and therefore could benefit from the extra grip the hard drive provides, the cheaper and nearly identical flash-based CX550V is a better deal.


  • The XR550V boasts a number of important improvements, including 24Mbps recording, wide-angle lens and SD card support. We'd recommend the flash-only CX550V, unless you have gigantic hands or require 240GB of storage.

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    - As with many modern-day camcorders, it features a full-size touch-screen display, easy to use and smudge-resistant.
    - Considering the zoom is optical, not digital, there is no loss in quality when zoomed, and you will always get full resolution at any zoom level.
    - With a large 240 gb harddrive built-in, you will take some time to run out of space, even with the amazing, high-definition, 1920x1080 video resolution.
    - The nightshot mode on this camera is amazing.


  • The Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V fares well compared with the competition, though its video could be a bit sharper and the interface less cumbersome. Unless you absolutely need to store a lot of video on the camcorder--which I don't suggest--or if have large hands that could benefit from the extra grip that the hard drive provides, the CX550V is a better deal than its hard-disk-based sibling.

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    Overall, the HDR-CX550V isn't the best flagship model on the market (that title would currently go to the HDC-TM700 from Panasonic), but it is a rather impressive camcorder that is both easy to use and a powerful tool for professionals. Its major downside is a lack of any alternate frame rates for recording HD video (other than regular 60i). If that's not something you care about, however, then the HDR-CX550V is definitely worth a look.


  • With so many 1080p camcorders hitting the market these days for under $500, manufacturers have to work harder to justify a pricey camcorder. Sony mostly does with the CX550V, with a huge, bright touch-screen display, first rate video quality and a wealth of features to keep the avid video-taker busy. The inclusion of GPS does not, in my view, justify its pricey premium (your mileage may vary) and the menu system is not up to par with the rest of the CX550V's other virtues.


Top 5 hd pro camcorder:

  1. Panasonic HDC-TM900K Camcorder
  2. JVC Everio GS-TD1 High Definition 3D Camcorder
  3. Canon XF100 Camcorder
  4. Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V 240 GB High Definition Hard Drive AVC Camcorder
  5. Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V High Definition Camcorder