By James Morris
Reviewed: 23 Mar 2011
Panasonic HDC TM-900
does it have nighttime shooting like some sony (DCR-TRV models)?
I'm still waiting to update my sony hdr-hc3 hdv camcorder but no new camcorders seem to be able to match both its infra red recrording and its super slo-mo 240fps recording. Are there any upcoming HDD/flash based camcorders with these abilities?
Do you mean the infrared mode?
Forgive my ignorance, but do I have to buy a PAL-specific version for UK use? (I'm still using an analogue camcorder and am a bit out of touch!). Maybe it only matters when playing direct from camcorder to TV rather, and is irrelevant if I edit footage on a PC and burn to DVD?
Does it suffer from the notorious 'green colour cast' in auto white balance (AWB) mode that was the scourge of previous models from Panasonic? (Namely the 700 and 300 ranges)
The Panasonic HDC-TM900K camcorder delivers about as good a picture as is possible from a camcorder. I've used Sony, Canon, and Panasonic before, and all three make fine products. I've always been partial to Canon as I have many lenses for my still cameras, but my last DVD camcorder was a three chip Panasonic and that video of 7 years ago is still head and shoulders above the rest. A chip for each primary color makes a clear difference. I can watch that old video on a high definition TV and be quite pleased.
My first HD camcorder was a Canon ...the last tape based model they made. It works great, but the Panasonic is far better. Why?
The 5.1 sound is fantastic...even played on stereo speakers. The old issue with fan noise is gone...at least on my Panny.
The picture is as crisp as you can get. Each frame is worthy of a still photo. 60p is startling.
And best of all, the image stabilization actually works. My Canon barely does anything, and I have to use a tripod for everything or the picture is unwatchable... while the Panny's image stabilization is apparent right away. I zoomed out without the IS on and then hit the button. WOW. It really works. And the zoom is substantial.
My main complaint would be the Record Button placement. If you use the viewfinder, as I do in bright light, I mean real bright light as in New Mexico, the button is against your nose. You can't turn it on or off without movement. Of course, I like to edit, so this isn't a real problem...and you can always use the LCD screen.
Overall, this is a wonderful camcorder...and I've only begun to use it's features. But the main features, picture quality and sound, are top notch.
P.S. If you will buy this Camcorder I suggest for best deal at: www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B004I1KPG6/trustedreviews.com-21
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