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Panasonic HDC-TM80
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Panasonic HDC-TM80 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.8 193g MOS Aug 2011
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Intelligent 42x Zoom And HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Beautiful Zoom Shots Of Distant Subjects. The HD 80 Series features an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 42x.... More
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13 Reasons For

Good Brand

Small total megapixels video cameras built by Panasonic have good reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just small total megapixels video cameras) and found that Panasonic also has good reviews across its entire range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The HDC-TM80 has an HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative camcorders with an HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] both from Canon.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDC-TM80 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDC-TM80.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Very Light

The HDC-TM80 is one of the lighter video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDC-TM80 (only 193 grams) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. Video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDC-TM80 have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has an optical image stabilizer type, which is the most frequently found image stabilizer type on video cameras that are a similar age to it. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Panasonic HDC-TM80 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SD compatible memory cards supported by most small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This video camera also supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. 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 total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-TM80.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards 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 Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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1080i Supported Video Modes

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. The worst video mode of all small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 576i and the best is 1080p.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HDC-TM80, the HDC-TM80 has a built-in display.

There are a number of other video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Vivitar DVR426[plb_2058978_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ320E[plb_1582785_price].

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Has Three White Balances

The Panasonic HDC-TM80 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDC-TM80. The white balances "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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2064 X 1376 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the HDC-TM80 is 2064 x 1376. That's 37% more still image resolution than the most common still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080 (which is also supported by this video camera). In addition, this camcorder support a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 480 and 2304 x 1728. Across all small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HDC-TM80 the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4224 x 2376.

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11 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This small total megapixels video camera received an expert rating of 60 out of 100 from parentesis.com. If all the video cameras of this age and spec are ranked by average expert review score then this camcorder is in the bottom 15%.

Not Full HD

The HDC-TM80 is not Full HD. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDC-TM80 are also not Full HD.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the HDR-CX190EB[pl_363186_price], or the HDR-PJ620[pl_2697194_price] both from Sony or the Canon Vixia HF R400[plb_1580899_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDC-TM80, the Panasonic HDC-TM80 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which is also higher rated.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x. At only 90 times zoom factor, the HDC-TM80 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDC-TM80.

If this Panasonic camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the SDR-S70[pl_1122822_price] (100x), or the HC-V130[pl_2196459_price] (100x) both from Panasonic or the Samsung VP-X300[plb_2297347_price] (100x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

Across all the camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDC-TM80 the effective megapixels (image)s range from 1.1MP to 10MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of only 1.3 megapixels, the HDC-TM80 has a fairly low effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDC-TM80 the effective megapixels (movie)s range from 0.41MP to 1,300,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 19,000MP. With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 1.3 megapixels, the HDC-TM80 has one of the lower effective megapixels (movie)s amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDC-TM80 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HDC-TM80 also do not have a night mode.

Alternative video cameras which also have a night mode that you might want to look at include the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30[plb_361770_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Panasonic HDC-TM80 is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of this spec and age are also not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDC-TM80, the HDC-TM80 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic HDC-TM80 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-TM80 also do not have a built-in projector.

Other camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might also want to consider include the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ320E[pl_1582785_price] both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

When compared to other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years that we have assessed the minimum illumination of, the HDC-TM80's minimum illumination of 7 lux is one of the biggest. The minimum illuminations of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDC-TM80 range from 0.1lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.9lx.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-TM80

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Panasonic released the HDC-TM80.

Average Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HDC-TM80 has a pretty average optical zoom (34 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDC-TM80.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 34x (optical) video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price].

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon 800[plb_2494042_price] (35x), or the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price] (38x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the Panasonic HDC-TM80 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HDC-TM80.

There are a number of other 2.7" screen size video cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the SDR-S70[pl_1122822_price], or the SDR-T70[pl_1109348_price] both from Panasonic or the Canon Legria FS406[plb_334116_price].

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] (3" and higher rated), or the Legria HF R66[pl_2848576_price] (3" and higher rated) both from Canon.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen

Expert Reviews

(1)
31 August 2011

La videocámara es aquellas personas que están en busca de portabilidad y grabar video en Full HD. Es ideal para capturar momentos vacacionales o videos caseros...

Can be controlled through VIERA Link televisions
Has relay recording
Can record to internal or external memory
Still pictures can be taken while recording video
The Panasonic HDCT 80
Uneven overall video quality
Low storage capacity
Lack of HD cable accessories
The subHD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video
El sensor de resolucin de subHD no alcanza a dar detalles destacados en video

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdctm80s, hdctm80r, HDC-TM80R, panasonic hdctm80, panasonic hdctm80r, panasonic hdctm80s
Barcodes 00033586881008, 00885170040298, 00885170040304, 00885170040311

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