Released April, 2009
The Pros:Manual gain controls can greatly improve low-light performance. Pull-out viewfinder is not often included on cameras of this price range. Stock battery has very long life for this type of camera.
The Cons:Many fine-tuning controls are not laid out as well as competing models in terms of ergonomics. Audio quality of recordings is not up to speed with other models at this price. Can be difficult to edit and find compatible software for AVCHD format.
The Panasonic HDC-TM300 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 fourth of six Panasonic HDC-HS models, the Panasonic HDC-TM300 is an upgrade from the Panasonic HDC-TM20 in that it features 32GB (versus 16GB) of built-in-flash memory, Optical Image Stabilization, an Intelligent Auto (iA) mode that allows shooters to either select a specific Scene mode or allow the camcorder to automatically choose one, and Panasonic’s revolutionary 3MOS chip system that utilizes three separate full-HD MOS sensors to provide up to 9,150,000 pixels when capturing video. In addition to these bevy of features, the HDC-TM300 sports a 43mm Leica Dicomar lens with a 12X optical zoom, 30X digital zoom, and 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. The HDC-TM300 also 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-TM300 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-TM300 also boasts a 2.7” wide LCD, auto focus tracking, and a manual ring that can control zoom, focus, aperture, shutter speed and white balance. The HDC-TM300 retails for a much more expensive $1299.95 (versus $649.95) and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.
- 3MOS Chip System
- 5.1 Channel Surround Sound System
- 5 Microphones
- Zoom Microphone Feature
- 32GB 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
- 43m Leica Dicomar Lens
- Manual Ring
- 2.7” wide LCD (230,400 pixels)
- 12x Optical Zoom
- 30x Digital Zoom
- Auto Focus Tracking
- Optical Image Stabilization
- Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode
- 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)
Manual gain controls can greatly improve low-light performance
Pull-out viewfinder is not often included on cameras of this price range
Stock battery has very long life for this type of camera
Great quality recordings in AVCHD format
Better menu navigation controls than other models
Many fine-tuning controls are not laid out as well as competing models in terms of ergonomics
Audio quality of recordings is not up to speed with other models at this price
Can be difficult to edit and find compatible software for AVCHD format
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