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Panasonic HDC-TM900
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Panasonic HDC-TM900 Camcorder

3.05MP 1/4.1 395g Nov 2012
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17 Reasons For

Good Product Quality

Three Panasonic HDC-TM900 owners who purchased it mentioned that it was good quality. Etechreviews.com wrote “Great image quality in most conditions”.

Good Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Panasonic camcorders and also specifically for Panasonic small sensor size camcorders and found that in both cases Panasonic had good ratings.

Reasonably Priced

Several people agreed that it was good value for money. Etechreviews.com said “Decent price” in their review of the Panasonic HDC-TM900. Etechreviews.com also mentioned “3D needs additional lens, which is added cost”.

Easy to Use

A number of people reckoned that it had a good interface. Etechreviews.com mentioned “Its straightforward, unglamorous interface and generally impressive video quality”. Etechreviews.com also mentioned “Generally excellent video quality and a straightforward, if somewhat unglamorous, interface highlight the Panasonic HDC-H 900”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

Small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HDC-TM900 have screen sizes of between 1.4" and 4.3". At 3.5 inches, the Panasonic HDC-TM900 has a very large screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of other 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], the XA10[pl_1476816_price], or the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] all from Canon.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago, the Panasonic HDC-TM900 is Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDC-TM900 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDC-TM900.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDC-TM900.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDC-TM900 supports a better memory card type than most similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it support an SD memory card. In addition, this camcorder supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDC-TM900.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDC-TM900 also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price], and the Panasonic HC-V500[plb_406538_price] is also worth considering.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HDC-TM900 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. This Panasonic camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDC-TM900. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight" and "Manual" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the HDC-TM900 is more than most video cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Panasonic camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on video cameras of this age and type. The cable included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

Small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HDC-TM900 have movie megapixel counts of between 0.41MP and 3MP. At 2.53 megapixels, the HDC-TM900 has a very high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDC-TM900.

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3840 X 2160 Still Image Resolution

The HDC-TM900 supports a maximum still image resolution of 3840 x 2160. That's over four times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by video cameras of this age and spec. This video camera also support still image resolutions of 640 x 480, 2560 x 1920, 2880 x 1920, 3072 x 1728, 3200 x 2400, 3600 x 2400, 4032 x 3024 and 4608 x 3072 and 4864 x 2736. The worst still image resolution of all camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-TM900 is 640 x 480 and the best is 4224 x 2376.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on video cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDC-TM900 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-TM900 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago is 10x, the biggest is 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. With an optical zoom of only 12 times zoom factor, the HDC-TM900 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

If this small sensor size camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] (32x) which also has a higher rating.

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Heavy

The weights of comparable spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 57g to 3.9kg. At 395 grams, the Panasonic HDC-TM900 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low Viewfinder Resolution

Video cameras that are a similar age to the HDC-TM900 have viewfinders resolutions of between 90,000 pixels and 1,600,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder resolution is 650,000 pixels. At only 123,000 pixels, the HDC-TM900 has a fairly low viewfinder resolution compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-TM900.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders of this type and age do not have a night mode. The HDC-TM900 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

Other camcorders which also have a night mode that you might also want to look at include the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V500[plb_406538_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-TM900, the Panasonic HDC-TM900 is not 3D compatible.

If you want a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDC-TM900 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of this type and age also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The HDC-TM900 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDC-TM900 are also not waterproof.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-TM900

Released Over Four Years Ago

This small sensor size camcorder has been on the market for over four years.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 700 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HDC-TM900 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] (1,060x), or the Samsung SMX-C10[plb_2120460_price] (1,200x) which also has a higher rating.

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The HDC-TM900 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4.1". That's 5% less optical sensor size than a 1/3.91" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
On Screen Display
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Battery
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Video Out Port
Audio Output
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Photo Mode

Expert Reviews

23 December 2011

Panasonic HDC-TM900 is a successor to lauded HDC-TM700 and offers same fantastic video performance like its predecessor, especially with its widely praised 1080/60p mode. Its straightforward,... Read more…

Generally excellent video quality and a straightforward, if somewhat unglamorous, interface highlight the Panasonic HDC-H 900
T 900, and S 800's capabilities
3D compatibility
Multitude of manual controls
Decent price
Wonky white balance and lack of a built-in neutral density filter are the two biggest drawbacks of an otherwise very good series of prosumer camcorders
Not a massive update to the T 700
3D needs additional lens, which is added cost
No 24Mbitssec AVCHD mode
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