Released April, 2009
The Pros:Auto focus and auto face tracking, bringing technology from point and shoot cameras. Compact, portable design, it is light and fits into a users hand well, but at the cost of a view finder. Good image quality when the lighting conditions is good, sharp and good colours.
The Cons:No manual control lens ring, cannot manually adjust focus without using the less accurate zoom. No viewfinder, whilst it does reduce weight and saves space, it is disappointing to see a $650 camera to not have it. Camera runs hot, makes users question its long term reliability.
The Panasonic HDC-TM20 is a high-definition camcorder recommended for new or intermediate users who desire an easy-to-use camcorder that can still produce top-notch, vivid video worthy of sharing with friends and family.
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The second of six Panasonic HDC-HS models, the Panasonic HDC-TM20 is a slight downgrade from the Panasonic HDC-HS20 in that it trades in its predecessor’s 80GB integrated HDD in favor of 16GB of internal flash memory. In all other ways, however, the HDC-TM20 is practically a duplicate of its peer. For instance, the HDC-TM20 is also equipped with a 5.1 channel surround sound system with a 5 microphones and a zoom microphone feature, not to mention an SDHC/SD memory card so that users can record and store 1920 x 1080 HD video content on either the HDD or an SD card. In addition, the HDC-TM20 offers full support for Apple Macintosh computers, and in fact allows easy file transferring so that files may be edited in iMovie. Furthermore, the HDC-TM20 features touch-screen controls with icon-based menus, an auto power LCD, and a quick 1.9 second power-up so that users can more easily catch spontaneous moments on video. The HDC-TM20 also boasts a Leica Dicomar lens with a 16x optical zoom, a 40x digital zoom, auto focus tracking, a 2.7” wide LCD, and automatic LCD brightness adjustments. The HDC-TM20 retails for a more affordable $649.95 (versus $799.95) and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.
- 5.1 Channel Surround Sound System
- 5 Microphones
- Zoom Microphone Feature
- 16GB Internal Flash Memory
- SDHC/SD Memory Card
- 1920 x 1080 HD Video Recording
- Macintosh Support
- Touch-Screen Controls
- Icon-Based Menus
- Auto Power LCD
- 1.9 Second Power-Up
- Leica Dicomar Lens
- 2.7” wide LCD (230,400 pixels)
- 16x Optical Zoom
- 40x Digital Zoom
- Auto Focus Tracking
- Automatic LCD Brightness Adjustments
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 64 x 69 x 128 mm
- Weight: 360g
- Available in Black, Silver, or Red
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
User Reviews (1)
Auto focus and auto face tracking, bringing technology from point and shoot cameras
Compact, portable design, it is light and fits into a users hand well, but at the cost of a view finder
Good image quality when the lighting conditions is good, sharp and good colours
Simple to use flash memory storage, no more worrying about hard drive failing, the memory can be easily removed and connected to most computers today
No manual control lens ring, cannot manually adjust focus without using the less accurate zoom
No viewfinder, whilst it does reduce weight and saves space, it is disappointing to see a $650 camera to not have it
Camera runs hot, makes users question its long term reliability
Below average battery life, possibly due to the image processor which also contribute to the heat issue
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