Very good low-light video quality
The flash-based Panasonic HDC-TM700 and its hard-disk sibling, the HDC-HS700, stand out for their low-light video quality and broad set of manual controls. However, while the TM700 is very attractively priced for its class, the HS700 is not, and not worth the price premium unless you absolutely need the hard disk.
Good sharpness and motion in 1080p
Overall, the HDC-TM700 is a solid camcorder that is sure to be one of the best - if not the very best camcorder of the year. If you can get around the fact that the 1080/60p footage is difficult to work with, then you're going to be pleasantly impressed by the quality the HDC-TM700 is capable of. The $999 price tag is also a very reasonable cost for such a top-notch camcorder, as it comes in significantly cheaper than the flagship models from other manufacturers.
relatively healthy 12x optical zoom
Overall, the HDC-TM700 produces a killer combination of consummate manual control and best-of-breed image quality. And with a price already similar to the outgoing models, you should look no further than this if you're in the market for a top-end HD camcorder with semi-pro capabilities.
Excellent video quality
The TM700 is a solid contender for the high-end of the camcorder market. It deftly combines a nice selection of advanced features for the tinkerer with functions to help more novice users to get the best video. With a lens that's the best in its price range the TM700 can tackle a variety of challenging shooting environments far better than most camcorders.
Superb HD picture quality
The TM700's picture and sound quality is of an excellent standard, the same as the HS700. Virtually everything we pointed the camcorder at looked gorgeous when played back on a high-definition television, especially when using the 1080/50p shooting mode. Panasonic's proprietary Intelligent Auto technology also made light work of focusing, colour and lighting adjustments, although like all consumer camcorders on the market, the TM700 has a tendency to blow out highlights.
Low price tag
With its low price tag ($999 MSRP) and exceptional video performance, the HDC-TM700 is one of the most impressive camcorders to come along in a while. Simply put, it is a fantastic camcorder that is a much-improved upgrade over last year's HDC-TM300 (which won our award for camcorder of the year in 2009). To be fair, there are a number of flagship models from other manufacturers that we have yet to review in 2010, but we are confident the HDC-TM700 will remain as one of the bestâ??
A feature packed camcorder
The Panasonic HDC-TM700 is a feature packed camcorder that most beginners and avid videographers will find easy and intuitive to use. Its 1080/60p record mode shoots videos with striking details and flawless quality. This Panasonic flash memory camcorder is one of the best consumer camcorders that is a joy to use.
Solid camera for pro work
Very happy with this camera. My only gripe is it eats batteries. I have 2 and it destroys them on longer shoots, so be sure to stock up on some spares. Beyond that I've put about 100 hours on this camera so far and it's been rock solid. New firmware upgrade also adds a lot of nice features.
Panasonic's quartet of entry-level HD camcorders--the HDC-HS60, TM60, TM55, and SD60--deliver a nice manual feature set and good performance, as well as solid video quality for their class. As long as you don't pay list price, the SD60 is a great value, and if possible, avoid paying the unnecessary price premium for the hard drive in the HS60.
Panasonic definitely impressed us with the improvements it made with the HDC-HS60 (MSRP $699.95). The camcorder was a much stronger performer than Panasonic's crop of mid-range models from last year, and it often matched or exceeded the performance of the Canon HF20 and JVC GZ-HD300â??two of our favorite mid-range models from 2009.
Nice manual feature set
The HDC-SD60 has a nice manual feature set and good performance, as well as solid video quality for its class. The HDC-SD60 has a nice manual feature set and good performance, as well as solid video quality for its class.The HDC-SD60 has a nice manual feature set and good performance, as well as solid video quality for its class.
Excellent video quality and lens
Panasonic's HS60 is an all around excellent camcorder. It delivers best where it counts - video quality - while offering a nice selection of features that should keep both novices and more skilled owners busy. The HS60 has some irritants - the 2.7-inch touch-screen is a bit cramped - but for those looking for a high quality HD camcorder, it's a very good choice.
Tthe camera features true adjustable frame rates and an innovative 3D assist mode.
Compared to its more modest AG-3DA1 predecessor the new AG-3DP1 will be considerably more rugged. The front nose retaining cap is now easily removable for adding supplemental Proxar lenses or screw-in type filters; the magnesium chassis of the camera extending forward to provide substantial support (possibly) for a lightweight clip-on matte box. Since the P1 will contain built-in neutral density, many users may not feel the need for an external filter holder.
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