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

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9.1 out of 10 based on 17 reviews.
Panasonic HDC-TM60: Horizontally held, 25x optical zoom camcorder using SDXC card. See full product description

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Vasileios, Edessa Greece Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great camcoder!!!!
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Nov 2010

Ettienne, Milton Keynes Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Nice and stable video recording with easy to use auto everything and nice wide shot. Auto functions really work supurbly. Aim and shoot, without worry. Great sound pick up.
Bad points:
Like any HD video camera you will have to bare in mind that you need a quad core i5 or i7 with video card of note or Mac for video editing afterwards.

I cant find a fault with the camera itself though. It doesnt have any slow motion feature. So that could be a down side for some. Personally I think that they should make the zoom buttons more stiff. It's a bit to sensitive on these things, but Im sure it would be the case on most. Maybe its just me, maybe small hands would work better.

No external mic can be added to camera.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Simple to use.
Bad points:
Haven't found any yet.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Jul 2010

Harminder, Dartford Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Camcorder is very light and compact and has sleek design.
Intuitive to operate even without looking at the manual - can pick up and shoot out of the box
Very good picture quality and facial recognition systems.
Hard drive gives almost 3.5 hrs of recording time.
Long battery life between charges.
Playback Menu system very easy to use.
Excellent image stabalisation when shooting.
Overall would recommend this camcorder as excellent value-for-money vs. other more expensive branded models.
Bad points:
On/Off button needs to be accessed via opening LCD screen, so somewhat cumbersome, especially if you want to start-up the camcorder quickly.
5MP Photo mode is just ok - need a buy a decent camera if want to shoot photos.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Jul 2010

Ken, Applecross Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use once you find your way around the various settings - i.e. the menue settings for SD card or built-in memory - then remember that the setting slide button on the top rear needs checking for video or stills mode.

I was horrified at the movement I experienced using the video whilst using on board our boat, but the camera kindly got rid of a lot of that.
Bad points:
You really need a spare battery if out on a day trip - expensive item. I got half-way thruogh my day - with sporadic camera usage - then got the signal that the battery was low.

I've had to - unexpectedly - go shopping for a new PC which will handle the software required for this Cam Corder. It was probably geting to about that stage in any case - but still - -. You need a PC with a few bells and whistles in order to edit and playback the video section, but the SD card is fine when used for 'stills' with the usual USB card reader for downloading onto the PC.
There's no practical advice given about PC compatibility unless you KNOW all about PC specs and can speak/read PC language. Maybe my grandson could tell me all about it and I don't think I'm exactly dim - but my brain function locks with such technology and I'm still chipping my messages out in rock !
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 Aug 2010

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
small, light very good quality image
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
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: 04 Dec 2010

Guy, Eastbourne Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
A great light weight camcorder which is very easy to use. This is the only camcorder I have ever owned and have had no problems in getting to grips with using it. After reading some reviews on other panasonic camcorders, I felt as though this model would offer everything I'm likely to need it for, and at a price point which I was very comfortable with.

I bought it purely to capture those magical moments of my 8 month old daughter. However, I'm sure it will get used for other things. All in all a good investment.
Bad points:
I don't have any bad points to share as I haven't had the camcorder for very long (less than a month) and haven't given it a lot of use yet.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 02 Aug 2010

Product Features

Resolution quality HD
Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 25
Media format Flash
Connections USB
Type of memory card SD
Type of memory card SDHC
Type of memory card SDXC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 1500
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 16
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Weight (g) 258
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.3
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 35.7
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 893
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2010-01-26

Also known as: HDC-TM60, Panasonic HDC-TM60EB-K

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Manufacturer's Description

Twin Memory Full-HD Camcorder with 35.7mm Wide-Angle, Intelligent 35x Zoom

The twin-memory TM60 records onto its 16-GB built-in memory and an SDXC, SDHC, or SD Memory Card. The TM60 employs Intelligent Resolution Technology and is equipped with Crystal Engine Pro, which helps to record extremely clear, crisp motion images that exceed even Full-HD 1920 × 1080-pixel images in quality. It eliminates the colour smear that tends to occur at subject edges and renders sharp, beautiful images. Advances in the new imaging engine also provide Full-HD 1920 × 1080-pixel recording in all recording modes, including HE mode.

The O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which uses gyrosensors to detect hand-shake and moves a corrective lens to adjust the optical axis and eliminate blurring, has further evolved. While the conventional O.I.S. system could not sufficiently eliminate low-frequency hand-shake, the new POWER O.I.S. is able to correct it about five times more effectively. The new O.I.S. also features an Active mode to assure clear, beautiful images across the entire range from wide angle to telephoto.

The 35.7mm* wide-angle lens is especially convenient for recording indoors or in tight spaces. It makes it possible to shoot at a close distance from the subject while fitting both the subject and the surrounding area into the frame. This has the added benefit of allowing the voice of the subject to be clearly recorded, which is an important element in video recordings. The new lens captures beautiful images of wide landscapes and allows large groups of people to fit into the frame. * 35mm-lens equivalent.

In spite of the compactness of the TM60, the lens covers a wide shooting range from 35.7mm* wide angle to 25x optical zoom. The optical zoom ensures beautiful images because it causes no degradation in image quality. In addition, the Intelligent Zoom, which was made possible by Intelligent Resolution Technology, provides a super-powerful 35x zooming capability. It achieves stunningly clear Full-HD** images even at high zoom levels. * 35mm-lens equivalent. ** Approximately 810 TV lines. 1920 horizontal pixels x 1080 vertical pixels.

The iA function includes Face Recognition feature that recognizes the faces of previously registered subjects, and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure for those special people. It continues to track the subject as he or she moves anywhere within the LCD frame, making it ideal for video shooting. It is extremely useful for capturing someone’s face in a group. Names can also be registered and displayed on the LCD while shooting. A total of six people can be registered, and up to three people at a time can be detected when shooting.


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