Like many other reviewers i must complement the quality of output produced by this camera, it is superb. Great colours and very sharp. As a still camera it is also very good. This camera was bought for my wife who needed to get a piece of kit that would do both things very well. We have just come back from a holiday in a very sunny place and my wife was often using the view finder rather than the screen. I can understand this because i have a canon 50d still camera and always use the view finder, the screen only for menus etc. We both found that these screens which look great in lowish light are rubbish in very bright light, you just cannot see them. I mention this because most reviews of this camera say that the view finder is a ‘nice to have’, imho it is an absolute must to have.
Pound for pound i rate this one of the best small compact camcorders you can buy as long as you learn how to use it properly, however it can be used as a ‘point and shoot’ as well but it would be wasted by not using the array of manual adjustments for audio/video. I suppose i am biased as i now have two .
Excellent compact camcorder produceing superb quality stills and even better video. I am a pro camcorder user and rather than carrying a stills camera and bulky camcorder while on holiday i was looking for something compact mainly for video but capable of taking good stills this is a supberb unit with a full range of manual settings easy to navigate and i am well pleased with it. I chose this unit over the x model as it has the 32gb intrernal hardrive+ the sd card.
Panasonic tm900 a gem of a camcorder. I bought the panasonic tm900 a few weeks ago as a back up camcorder to my more professional kit for making artists video works about landscape and nature. Since receiving the camcorder it seems to follow me wherever i go, it is just so small and convenient to have around. As i am writing this review it is right next to me as i have been filming birds just outside my studio window. This sums up what is excellent about the camcorder, it it just so easy to operate, carry around with you and delivers stunning broadcast quality footage. I just don’t carry my bigger professional camcorders around because of their bulk so i was missing a lot of interesting footage. The image quality is stunning in the 1080 50p mode beating many professional models in decent light conditions. The leica lens is beautiful and the automatic and manual controls are superb giving plenty of scope to manually adjust to zebra warning or adjust exposure, focus or white balance. The intelligent zoom gives a nice 20x magnification which covers most requirements but a 1. 8 or 2 times tele adaptor would be brilliant if panasonic provided one.
The follower to the tm700 which camcorder. Info had at the top of consumer cameras 2010. This will be the ‘king’ of 2011. The camera has several stabilizers, so it feels just like you had a stedycam built in. The mode is automatic in this sample. It has wievfinder as well as a 3,5′ screen. The audio which you cannot hear at its full is 5. 1 ac3 dolby sound with a zoom microphone. You get the surround effect on your home video. Built in 32 gb memory and option of copying to sdhc or sdxc cards. The software is functional and can keep the original quality on the output file. It is imovie compatible on a mac except the 50fps 1080p option.
Panasonic TM900 Full HD 1920x1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder – Black (3MOS Sensor, 32GB Inbuilt Flash, SD Card Recording, Leica Dicomar Lens and Manual Control Ring) : Excellent compact camcorder produceing superb quality stills and even better video. I am a pro camcorder user and rather than carrying a stills camera and bulky camcorder while on holiday i was looking for something compact mainly for video but capable of taking good stills this is a supberb unit with a full range of manual settings easy to navigate and i am well pleased with it. I chose this unit over the x model as it has the 32gb intrernal hardrive+ the sd card.