Panasonic HDC-TM300 reviews: Flash and memory card storage HD camcorder

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+ This camcorder scores high on image quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 72 reviews.
Panasonic HDC-TM300: Horizontally held, 12x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Eddy, Netherlands Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Just a overall perfect camera
Bad points:
Till now no problems
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Jan 2010

william, free spirit Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
excellent battery life
easy to use
Bad points:
screen detail not visible in bright sunlight prefer to use eyepiece
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 27 Jan 2010

Peter , chippenham Professional videographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent picture quality
Bad points:
White balance inaccurate at time, poor low light performance sony CX505 is better...
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Jan 2010

Georgie, Birmingham Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Its really easy to get going without reading the manual! Images are of a very high quality and the inbuilt mic is very good. I've been doing some filming with children and they find it a doddle to use to.
Bad points:
The software that comes with this is a pain - crude and limited. As I use this at work, its frustrating that it won't pick up files stored on our network. Picks up wind noise readily.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Excellent image quality, including in non-ideal conditions. Pictures look excellent on an HD widescreen TV. Comes with tolerable software, but handling the AVCHD format is notoriously compute-intensive , and that's certainly been my experience.
Bad points:
Menuing system is fiddly and the battery with which it is supplied is the lowest-spec one in the range. To keep up-front costs down , of course. You'll have to re-charge pretty much each time you use it for any length of time.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 4.0
Weight 5.0
Value for money 7.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Feb 2010

Upali , Bath Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Sucha good quality camera, Japanese make, at a price very reasonable and recommend to all
Bad points:
wished it had more zoom power and manufacturer giving us a micro sd card free when purchase!!!!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 4.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Feb 2010

M, Ammanford Experienced amateur

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
plenty of manual features, good hd picture sharpness, good sound
Bad points:
flat dull looking colours, which totally defeats the 3 sensor design, greys tend to look dark green, auto WB gets it wrong most of the time, manual WB not easy to get right. picture blowouts are more common compared with rival models.

Photo quality is very bad resolution wise, Panasonic claim 10mp, but this is interpolated, the true resolution is more like 2mp, useless as a digital camera hybrid.
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 5.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Feb 2010

Product Features

Resolution quality HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 12
Media format Flash and memory card
Connections USB
Type of memory card SD
Type of memory card SDHC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 700
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 32
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 385
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.8
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 45
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 540
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2009-02-10

Also known as: HDC-TM300, Panasonic HDC-TM300EBK, Panasonic TM300, PANASONIC HDC TM300

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Manufacturer's Description

Full HD Camcorder with 3MOS Sensor and Manual Operation Recording On SD Card and Internal Memory

The TM300 is a twin memory model that records Full HD images either on its 32GB internal flash memory or an SD (or SDHC) Memory Card. A 32-GB SDHC Memory Card can hold around 12 hours of recorded video clips (in HE mode). The TM300 can copy recorded video images from the SD Memory Card to the internal memory, or vice versa, with easy operation.

The TM300 features the Full HD 3MOS sensor, developed by Panasonic based on its proven 3CCD technology. Panasonic’s new 3MOS system captures more vibrant, true-to-life colours, greater detail and richer gradation.

The iA function automatically activates several convenient shooting functions. These include Advanced O.I.S., which compensates for hand-shake to eliminate blurring; Face Detection, which adjusts the exposure so faces are captured perfectly; and Intelligent Contrast Control, which helps ensure proper contrast. Also included is the Intelligent Scene Selector, which determines the shooting conditions and automatically selects the scene setting that will provide optimal results. (Face/Scenery/Low light/Spot Light) And AF Tracking keeps the subject in focus even if it moves around to ensure continuously perfect image quality.

The Manual Ring is provided for users who want more creative freedom in their image production. with the new HDC-TM300 users can enjoy precise, responsive fingertip control over five key settings — zoom, focus, iris, shutter speed, and white balance.

Image sensor size has been increased from previous 1/6 inch to 1/4.1 inch. 3MOS system with 3 full-HD sensors has total pixel count of 9,150,000 pixels* (3,050,000-pixel x 3). While higher pixel count tends to make noise more noticeable when shooting under dim light conditions, HDC-TM300 solves this problem by using 3 high-sensitivity MOS sensors. It records beautiful images even under dim lighting while maintaining high pixel count, thus making it possible to shoot under minimum luminance of 1.6 lx. * Effective motion image pixels: 6,210,000


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