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Panasonic HDC-TM300 Twin Media HD Camcorder (Black)

Panasonic HDC-TM300 Twin Media HD Camcorder (Black)
Panasonic HDC-TM300 Twin Media HD Camcorder (Black)

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Panasonic HDC-TM300 Twin Media HD Camcorder (Black)

Panasonic HDC-TM300 Twin Media HD Camcorder (Black)

HDC-TM300-K black Twin Media Hi Definition camcorder

  • Capture Full HD video; 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Records to 32 GB built-in memory or SD/SDHC memory card
  • 12x Leica Dicomar lens with Optical Image Stabilization
  • Capture stills up to 10.6 megapixels
  • 2.7-inch widescreen touch-panel LCD

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  1. 77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Almost a Prosumer Camcorder, June 3, 2009
    R. Reece (Atlanta, GA USA) –

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    I bought this camcorder to replace a Sony DSR-PD170. I needed to switch to from miniDV/DVCAM to HD, and in the process I wanted to go to flash media. There are very few choices right now. Panasonic’s AG-HMC70U is a gigantic monster compared to my DSR-PD170, and the new Panasonics and JVCs aren’t getting the greatest reviews – so I looked at the consumer camcorders.

    I wanted 3CCDs and XLR inputs, but no XLR on a consumer camcorder, so I’m using a Studio One stereo mini to XLR box. The CCD vs. MOS isn’t important to me, as long as I get 3 sensors. This is the only 3-sensor consumer camcorder using flash media I could find.

    The quality is good, and I would say it’s at the top of the consumer camcorder heap at this point. AVCHD is great for good quality with a very small file size, but make sure your editing software can handle the MTS format.

    Panasonic supplies a utility that gives you some preformatting options when you download your video from the camera, but I’m not using it.

    Here’s how the camera records: Each time you record, it creates an mts file (AVCHD), if you pause and then continue, it writes the first file, and starts a new one. So you end up with a lot of sequentially numbered MTS files. I just download them to my PC without any pre-processing, and import them into Premiere Pro CS4 (it reads the mts files with no problem). You just put them in order on the timeline.

    I am so happy to be done with tapes. The last vestiges of an ancient era in video processing. No more capturing video from the camcorder. Just lay the files into the timeline and edit them there.

    Just for the heck of it, I tried to upload the mts files directly to YouTube. YouTube accepts the files and transcodes them, but they are very choppy, dropping frames left and right once on YouTube. So I bought a batch converter that converts them to 720p MPEG 2 files, and that makes YouTube happy.

    So is the Panasonic HDC-TM300 a pro camcorder? Not hardly. Is it a prosumer camcorder? Not really. But it’s a good choice if you want good quality HD video at a low price (compared to pro camcorders).

    On the other hand, I just used this camera to record a 6-hour workshop in a hotel with not-so-great lighting. The video was very washed out – not even close to the low-light quality of my Sony DSR-PD170. The TM-300 has a manual iris/gain feature that lets you open up to 18db. Surprisingly, the brightness improves significantly without getting too grainy. Still not close to the PD170 in auto mode, but significantly better than the TM-300′s auto mode.

    I would have liked to have replaced my Sony with a Panasonic AG-HMC150, but at $3800, I just wasn’t ready for the price. Although the TM-300 isn’t quite good enough to cause me to get rid of my PD170, it’s good enough to make it my camcorder of choice in well-lit shooting environments.

    The Panasonic HDC-TM300 is a really great consumer camcorder that’s well-worth the price.

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  2. 52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very solid HD camcorder and almost a 5., July 4, 2009
    Michael Doughty (Ashburn, VA) –

    This review is from: Panasonic HDC-TM300 Twin Media HD Camcorder (Black) (Electronics)

    I’ve had the Panasonic HDC-TM300 for a little over a month now and have had several occasions to test it out in a multitude of situations and exposure levels. Overall, I think the video quality is excellent. Indoor footage with incandescent lighting is a little noisy, but so is the same footage on every other camera in its class. I also considered the Canon HF S10 and eventually decided on the Panasonic for several reasons, which I will discuss later. The camera is very close to being perfect, but there are a few nitpicky issues that annoy me about it, which prevent me from giving it a 5. Overall, I am very happy with the purchase and don’t regret buying the camera.

    I paid $950.00 for it from Dell, which is a reasonable price. It retails for $1,299.00, which is a little ridiculous in my opinion, but if you can find it for under $1,000, it is reasonable.

    The video might be the best overall against all competition in its price range. I did a good amount of research looking at sample videos at websites such as YouTube and Vimeo and found the video of the Panasonic to be as good, if not better than anything out there in the “Consumer” or “Prosumer” range.

    Main reasons I purchased the Panasonic HDC-TM300 over the Canon HF S10:
    1) Price. I was able to get the Panasonic for about $150 bucks cheaper than the Canon through Dell.
    2) The Panasonic has an optical pull-out viewfinder. The Canon has none.
    3) The Panasonic has a full-size manual focus ring. The Canon only has a manual settings knob and no manual focus setting.
    4) I personally liked the look and design of the Panasonic a little better.

    Other than that, the cameras are VERY similar in all respects. I really liked the manual controls that the Panasonic offered, along with the excellent video quality and overall design. On any other given day, I might have decided to buy the Canon HF S10, but I’m happy with the Panasonic.

    - Overall look and feel of the camera is of a very high quality instrument. It has a very solid and expensive feel to it.
    - Manual focus ring is very nice and quite useful.
    - Pull out viewfinder is a nice addition in this price range.
    - Very good video for its class, especially outdoors with plenty of natural light.
    - Touch screen works very well. I read several professional reviews online that stated the touch screen was horrible on the edge of unusable, but I have had no such issues.
    - Menu system is very easy to use and get used to.
    - Excellent manual feature set for a camera in its class.
    - Excellent battery life with stock battery.
    - Comes packaged with a nice set of accessories, including a remote control.
    - Smaller and lighter than I expected and has a nice feel in my hand.

    - Operation selector knob on the side of the unit is in a very bad position. The selector knob is designed to be used with your right thumb while holding the unit, but due to its position on the device, it is impossible for me to use it with that thumb, forcing me to use it with my left hand. VERY poor design.
    - Other controls not laid out in the most ergonomic of positions. Panasonic should buy a Sony camcorder and check it out for some pointers.
    - Average audio quality at best. I have had some very lackluster audio quality and mixed results when using the device. The video might look nice, but the audio will always remind you that the footage was taken from a camcorder.
    - USB port cover is annoying to use, but that’s par for the course for such devices.
    - No Firewire.
    - Accessory shoe port on the side of the device is a novel design and well thought out by Panasonic, but poorly engineered. Right when I unboxed the device, I attempted to slide in the accessory shoe adapter and check it out. Bad idea. The adapter became jammed into the camera, taking me about 45 minutes and a badly cut finger to remove. I came very close to just returning the unit. Either the port was too tight or the adapter was molded too big, but it went in and didn’t want to come out. The release button worked, but it was just jammed in there. Since then, I have been able to get it in and out without loss of blood, but it is still very tight. Bad design.
    - I’ve had issues with HDMI compatibility between the camera and my Philips HDTV. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I also experience audio problems with outputting to the TV via HDMI. I attempted to contact Panasonic tech support with no reply a week later….and that leads me to my last point.
    - Panasonic tech support stinks. Their website is virtually useless and their e-mail support seems to be staffed by ghosts or something, because they don’t respond. Also, the camera is so new, that you really can’t find any info online about issues. I haven’t tried to call Panasonic yet, but I’m not holding up any hope.

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  3. 28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great camera, August 17, 2009
    Brian D. Lackey “Fastglass” (Fort Collins, CO USA) –

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    This camera has amazing color saturation. The 3 chip sensor design can be attributed to that. I have 2 Canon GL-2 cameras and their color with the 3 chip design had awesome color. That 3 chip design is what pointed me to this camera as no other HD cameras by other vendors.
    The 10 mega pixel picture mode is nice too but is a little slow in processing the shot after the button is pushed.
    The camera is small and the only thing I added that makes it a little bigger is a wide angle view lens. I highly recommend this add-on because it does lack a wide enough angle for indoor shooting. The flash works great but not with the wide angle lens as it is so large that it covers the flash.

    Panasonic does not provide any AVCHD support for Mac (but does for Windows) in that there is not an app on the software CD that will transfer the video files to your computer. iMovie and Final Cut Pro/Express work for pulling in video but you cannot simply copy the media from the card to the hard drive. The files are not self contained and the movie apps need additional meta data that is in other folders on the card to do anything with the files. A 40MB file turns into a 200+ MB file after Final Cut has log and transfered the file. This is a 5x change in file size. Yikes! Better buy more hard drive space.
    Charger has a green light for charging and no light for when charging is done. Seems that if the power went off for the receptacle or the cord unplugged, you would not have a reliable sign as to whether the battery was charged or the cord came unplugged. Green light should note charging is done and an amber light should note it is charging.

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