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Panasonic HDC-TM300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 204 reviews of Panasonic HDC-TM300. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and design. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the finish and battery.

usability, portability, image quality, design, size

price, battery, finish

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 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HDC-TM300


alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-TM300 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the color and reliability are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas there are mixed comments on the size and viewfinder. The price and zoom get less positive reviews.

usability, image quality, portability, reliability, color

zoom, price

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HDC-TM300


alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-TM300 from 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 People really like the image quality and size. The design and portability also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the reliability and price.

usability, portability, design, size, image quality

price, reliability

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

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Jim Feeley (

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.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Panasonic HDC-TM300 (Black) review: Panasonic HDC-TM300 (Black)


Panasonic HDC-TM300 (Black)

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.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Mat Honan (

Review: Panasonic HDC-TM300 HD Camcorder


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 than the...

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

May, 2009

Expert review by : Review Crew (

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 ...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : Kaitlyn Chantry (

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...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (

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...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Jim Feeley (

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...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Kaitlyn Chantry (

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

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Jim Feeley (

Panasonic HDC-TM300 HD camcorder


The Panasonic HDC-TM300 camcorder is a good all-rounder suitable for amateurs and enthusiasts

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.

Oct, 2009


Expert review by : James Morris (

Panasonic HDC-TM300


The Panasonic HDC-HS300 looked like a hard act to beat, but the HDC-TM300 is an even more desirable camcorder.

The Panasonic HDC-HS300 looked like a hard act to beat when we reviewed it, but the TM300 is an even more attractive package. The smaller video storage is balanced out by the reduced weight, and it's around £50 cheaper too. Although Canon's LEGRIA HF...

May, 2009

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.


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:1.6

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash


Color of product:Black
Product color:Black

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.7

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


Built-in flash: Yes

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 4.1
Sensor Type:MOS
Total megapixels:10.6

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.77 - 21.2
Filter size:1.69
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.77 - 21.2
Focal length range (f-f):0.157 - 1.89
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:48mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens



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.)

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Cable type:Video Component, AV, USB, AC/DC
Lens system:Leica Dicomar
Manual focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):6.8
Resolution:1920 x 1080

Packaging Content

Bundled software:HD Writer AE 1.0
Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000

Still Image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,2560 x 1440,2560 x 1920,2592 x 1728,3264 x 2176,3264 x 2448,3328 x 1872,3520 x 2640,3984 x 2656,4224 x 2376


Internal storage capacity:32

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video compression format:H.264
Video formats supported:H.264

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


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

Weight & Dimensions

Height:2.83 / 2.87

White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes