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Panasonic HDC-TM900

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the zoom and color are generally positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the memory and battery get negative opinions.

image quality, usability, portability, color, zoom

battery, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-TM900 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Panasonic HDC-TM900


Panasonic has a history of producing solid prosumer camcorders that deliver excellent video quality and performance, but have unexciting, functional designs. That tradition continues with the latest crop of models. Updates to last year's 700 series,...

Generally excellent video quality and a straightforward, if somewhat unglamorous, interface highlight the Panasonic HDC-HS900 , TM900 , and SD800 's capabilities.

Wonky white balance and lack of a built-in neutral density filter are the two biggest drawbacks of an otherwise very good series of prosumer camcorders.

Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and features advanced users want. But you have to be willing...

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Panasonic HDC-TM900 Camcorder Review


The Panasonic HDC-TM900 is the successor to the lauded HDC-TM700, our pick for Camcorder of the Year in 2010. The TM900 offers the same fantastic video performance as its predecessor, particularly with its widely-praised 1080/60p mode, but Panasonic...

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Panasonic HDC-TM900 – A Pretty Intimidating Camcorder


Panasonic HDC-TM900 is a successor to lauded HDC-TM700 and offers same fantastic video performance like its predecessor, especially with its widely praised 1080/60p mode. Its straightforward, unglamorous interface and generally impressive video quality...


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3D-capable camcorder


If you don't want to spend more for the top-rated Canon Vixia HF G10 (*Est. $1,400), experts say the Panasonic HDC-TM900 is a fine alternative. The Panasonic can't quite match the Canon's stunning sensitivity in dim light, but the Panasonic does one...

Outstanding 60p HD video, 3D capable (with optional lens), full manual controls

White balance problems in one test, some owners complain of fan noise in recordings

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Panasonic HDC-TM900


Great performance, but if you don't want 3D, little to recommend it over the TM700

Excellent color and noise results; Great motion and sharpness in 60p; Plenty of manual and auto controls

60i performance falls off a bit

The HDC-TM900 (MSRP $1099) is a great camcorder, that much is clear. It captured excellent video in a variety of record modes, and its performance recording 1080/60p HD video was as good as it gets. It has a ton of controls, a solid body design, and...


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Panasonic HDC-TM900K


The Panasonic HDC-TM900K is an HDV camcorder that brings some of the highest quality video equipment to everyone. You don't have to be a professional cameraman to get the best out of this product. The built-in memory may be a little lacking, but the...

It has a 700x digital zoom, which is the highest of any of the HDV camcorders we looked at

It only has 32GB of built-in memory, but it can use a variety of SD cards for those who need extra memory

This HD camcorder combines an impressive zoom, touchscreen functionality and a low LUX light rating to create a high-end device.

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"Superb picture quality and great image stabilization"


Just a quick note: I had the previous version of this camcorder. It was the TM700. It was a great camcorder. I ran into an issue with the optical stabilization not working properly with the zoom. I was within the warranty period and Panasonic did a...

The quality of the build of this video camera is very very nice. Looks & feels good in your hands. It has Amazing HD Picture quality, Easy to use, Outstanding Image stabilization. The HD video is amazingly sharp and crisp. Bright vivid colors are exce

Simplistic archaic menu compared to their competitors.. BUT very very functional.. so some people may think as this as a CON, but I think it is fine.

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic HDC-TM900


alaTest has collected and analyzed 148 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-TM900 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Long time owner


Best camera you can buy under $6000.

I purchased this when it was released more than a year ago. As far as I'm concerned it walks on water. It just does video like it should be done

It isn't 3D but I could not care less. If you just want awesome video, this is one of the top rated cameras on the market

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Excellent HD Video Camera


I purchased a neutral density UV filter and lens cap to protect the lens. There's an automatic lens cover, but the filter helps when actively shooting in harsh conditions.

Image quality, Size, audio are the strong points of this HD camcorder. I have used the previous model (TM800) extensively producing outstanding results. The improvements to the TM900K makes it a solid successor. I have done image quality comparison...

Different battery and power adapter than TM800. This won't be a problem if you don't already own the previous generation TM800. It is unclear that the battery and power adapter needed to be changed

Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: Yes
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:3X 1/4.1''


Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

Format:Flash + Memory Card
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD


Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/25
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/8000


Face Detection Mode: No
HD Video Format:AVCHD
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3