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Panasonic HDC-TM300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 162 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and image quality. The portability and value for money also get good comments. There are some critical comments about the features. Opinions are divided on the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-TM300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HDC-TM300

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 16 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-TM300 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

portability, battery, viewfinder, usability, resolution

value for money

88% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-TM300 High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder With 32GB Internal Memory & 3MOS Sensor - BlackPanasonic HDC-TM300 High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder With 32GB Internal Memory & 3MOS Sensor - BlackPanasonic VW-PS55 Case For HDC-TM300/HDC-HS300/HDC-SD300 video camcorders

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HDC-TM300

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-TM300 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

value for money, usability, portability, image quality, design

features, reliability

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-TM300 Twin Media HD Camcorder (Black)Panasonic HDC-TM300 Twin Media HD Camcorder (Silver)Panasonic HDC-TM300 Twin Media HD Camcorder (Silver)

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Panasonic HDC-TM300

 

In 2008, we knocked the hard-drive-based Panasonic HDC-HS100 HD camcorder for its lackluster video quality. But 2009 is looking up for the company, as the excellent Panasonic HDC-TM300 delivers some of the best still and video images we've seen from a...

Innovative, useful automated settings ; Good HD and still-image quality

No 30p mode ; Expensive

The Panasonic HDC-TM300 generates good-looking video and still images, allows deep manual control, and provides useful automated settings.

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Panasonic HDC-TM300 (Black)

 

Panasonic's trio of top-of-the-prosumer-line HD camcorders--the flash-based HDC-TM300, and hard-drive-based HDC-HS300 and HDC-HS250--in many ways vastly improve over older models like the HS100 and SD100. Panasonic jettisoned most of what I disliked...

High-quality video; solid performance; electronic viewfinder; full manual feature set

Touch screen not responsive enough

A very good prosumer HD camcorder, the Panasonic HDC-TM300 nevertheless has an annoying touch-screen interface.

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Solid State Camcorder Packs in Pixels For a Price

 

Two-hundred-dollar pocket cams might advertise themselves as HD capable, but don't believe the hype: They typically yield 720p clips better suited to YouTube

Reproduces colors like a Crayola factory. Closeups pop with sharp, clear details. Nice performance in low light. Einstein-smart automatic shooting features are like having your own DP built into the camera. 32GB onboard memory is expandable via SDHC...

Fast pans in bright daylight turns up more artifacts than a Mayan ruin. May require second mortgage

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Panasonic HDC-TM300 Black Digital Camcorder Review

 

Panasonic's trio of top-of-the-prosumer-line HD camcorders--the flash-based HDC-TM300, and hard-drive-based HDC-HS300 and HDC-HS250--in many ways vastly improve over older models like the HS100 and SD100. Panasonic jettisoned most of what ...

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Panasonic HDC-TM300 Camcorder Review

 

The Panasonic HDC-TM300 (MSRP $1299.99) is the flash memory equivalent of the HDC-HS300, which we reviewed earlier this year. Without the bulky hard drive, the TM300 has a slimmer profile that's more comfortable to hold and easier on the eyes. However,...

Like the HS300 we reviewed earlier this year, the Panasonic HDC-TM300 (MSRP $1299.99) is an excellent camcorder in nearly every detail. It has impressive video performance, boasting strong colors and low noise in bright light and low light alike. The...

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Panasonic HDC-TM300

 

The Panasonic HDC-TM300 is the flash memory sister-model to the equally impressive HDC-HS300 (which records to an internal hard drive). These two top-of-the-line models from Panasonic are stellar camcorders, and the HDC-TM300, which includes 32GB of...

Part of the TM300's allure is its ergonomic design and comfortable handling. The camcorder doesn't have a large internal hard drive bulking up its right side, so when you grip it with your right hand it seems to meld perfectly into your palm. In...

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Review: Panasonic HDC-TM300 HD camcorder

 

Panasonic's HDC-TM300 HD camcorder captures good video and still images, allows deep manual control, and provides useful automated settings.

Three 1/4.1-inch CMOS chips capture images that the camera encodes as 1080i (at 60 interlaced frames per second) or 1080p (at 24 progressive frames per second) AVCHD files with a maximum data rate of 17 mbps. The camera has 32GB of built-in flash...

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Panasonic HDC-TM300

 

Comfortable to hold, easy on the eyes, with impressive video performance

Accurate, vivid colors; Excellent low light performance; Superb sharpness

Some artifacting

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Panasonic HDC-TM300 HD camcorder

 

In 2008, we knocked the hard-drive-based Panasonic HDC-HS100 HD camcorder for its lacklustre video quality. But 2009 is looking up for the company, as...

Excellent 1080p video quality, excellent still image mode, good manual + auto modes

Sub par LCD display, not available in Australia

The Panasonic HDC-TM300 HD camcorder is a great option for enthusiasts and amateurs alike. It combines user friendly controls with in-depth manual features, and is capable of taking excellent HD video. Highly recommended.

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Panasonic HDC-TM300 review

 

In 2008, we knocked the hard-drive-based Panasonic HDC-HS100 HD camcorder for its lacklustre video quality. But 2009 is looking up for the company, as the excellent Panasonic HDC-TM300 delivers some of the best still and video images we've seen from a...

Beyond those minor complaints - and they are indeed minor - the Panasonic HDC-TM300 is one of the best small HD camcorders we've seen. Its marquee features are its performance in well-lit conditions, its blend of automated and manual modes, and its...

Product Specifications

HD images contain 6 times as much information as standard images. HDTV has 1,080 horizontal scan lines, SDTV has 480. That translates into much higher resolution and much finer detail. With HD images on an HDTV, pictures are so clear and sharp that you can see textures. The shift in the industry from SDTV to HDTV is well underway. For shooting once-in-a-lifetime scenes that you want to capture in full beauty, an HD camcorder is the best choice. For videos of important moments you want to preserve, you want high image quality. That's what Panasonic's 3MOS System delivers, with a combination of optical technologies that further enhance the quality of full-HD images. The 3MOS System produces extremely accurate images with superb rendition of differences in darkness and light, rich color expression, and a full 1,080 lines of horizontal resolution. This advanced technology helps turn once-in-a-lifetime moments into vivid, beautiful images. There's nothing more disappointing than shooting a once-in-a-lifetime event on video, only to discover that the images are blurry or poorly exposed because of backlighting. Panasonic's iA helps avoid problems in difficult shooting situations by automatically making the optimal camera settings and activating certain functions. For example, iA now includes AF Tracking, a function that "locks" on and follows a subject as it moves, so images are sharply focused and properly exposed. This technology is a huge help for everyone. Panasonic's advanced O.I.S. helps suppress the effects of hand-shake as you shoot, for both motion and still images. This system uses gyro sensors to detect even tiny amounts of hand-shake, then shifts a lens and adjusts the optical axis to compensate - all at an astounding 4,000 times per second. It also covers approximately 3 times the stabilization area of the previous SD9 model. Because the system is optical, there's only minimal loss of image quality even when viewed on a large-screen TV. In addition, to shoot high-resolution still images, the normal O.I.S. Mode 1 is joined by an O.I.S. Mode 2, which has a higher stabilization capability. The O.I.S. corrective lens shifts and stabilizes the image the instant that the shutter button is pressed, to enable greater precision in stabilization. You get all the beauty and minimal blurring. The time lapse function uses longer frame intervals than standard shooting. You can use this function to capture shortened or condensed footage of events that actually take place over a much longer time period. For example, time lapse recording is ideal for shooting a flower in the process of blooming, or a long, slow sunset. With time lapse recording, you have an interesting video technique to explore. The maximum continuous recording time is 12 hours.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.6in
Height:2.8in
Weight:13.6oz
Width:2.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Low light / Night portrait / Night scene / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32GB

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:HDC-TM300/HDC-TM300K
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:48mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.65Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.05Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.1"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.2 mm ( 1/4.1 ) / 6.2 mm ( 1/4.1" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Advanced O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / H.264
Digital Zoom:700
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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