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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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18 Reasons For

Good Brand

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

Good Product Quality

Some Panasonic HDC-TM900 reviewers concluded that it was good quality. Expert review site Etechreviews.com mentioned in their review of the Panasonic HDC-TM900 “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”. Etechreviews.com also said “Great image quality in most conditions”.

Reasonably Priced

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

Easy to Use

A few Panasonic HDC-TM900 reviewers agreed that it had a good interface.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The HDC-TM900 has one of the largest display diagonals (3.5 inches) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. The smallest display diagonal of similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.4", the largest is 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3.5" screen size camcorders currently available including the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], the XA10[pl_1476816_price], or the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

Unlike most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-TM900 which are not Full HD, the HDC-TM900 is Full HD.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-TM900, the HDC-TM900 has an HDMI.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDC-TM900 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price], and the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HDC-TM900 supports a better memory card type than most small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. This video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SD compatible memory cards. This Panasonic 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).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type across all small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-TM900.

Across similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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 small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDC-TM900, the HDC-TM900 has a built-in display.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF G20[plb_1564217_price].

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Has Two Cables Includeds

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. This Panasonic video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on video cameras of this spec and age. The cables included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.53 megapixels, the HDC-TM900 has one of the higher effective megapixels (movie)s amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. Similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDC-TM900 have effective megapixels (movie)s of between 0.41MP and 1,300,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 19,000MP.

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3840 X 2160 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the HDC-TM900 is 3840 x 2160. That's over four times the still image resolution of the most common still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080. This Panasonic video camera also support still image resolution(s)s 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. Across all video cameras of this spec and age the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 to 4224 x 2376.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This video camera has a JPG image formats supported, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This video camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Has Four White Balances

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras of this age and type. This Panasonic video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDC-TM900. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight" and "Manual" are also found on this video camera.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-TM900, the HDC-TM900 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 12 times zoom factor) amongst camcorders of this age. The average optical zoom of small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HDC-TM900 is 31x.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] (32x and higher rated).

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Heavy

Small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-TM900 have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg, and the average weight is 480g. At 395 grams, the HDC-TM900 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDC-TM900 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDC-TM900 also do not have a night mode.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a night mode and we think 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 is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDC-TM900 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of this age and type also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in projector and we think the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price] is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The HDC-TM900 is not 3D. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age are also not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HDC-TM900, the HDC-TM900 is not waterproof.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-TM900

Released Over Four Years Ago

This small total megapixels video camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 700 times zoom factor, the HDC-TM900 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-TM900.

If this video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] (1,060x and higher rated).

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HDC-TM900 is 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 similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Filter Size
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
On Screen Display (OSD)
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
Battery
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Video Out
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
Kutudan HDMI kablo kmamas

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 7 May 2015 by Alan V.
(Verified Purchase)

Good Product . Good Value...

Works with no issues on Windows 7
Cheep
This adapter is easy to install with either Windows XP or Windows 7. It gets good reception on my home network. It was inexpensive. It uses a Realtek RT 8187 chip. It does what you would want it to do
I'm really broke at the moment and couldn't afford the 25 model locally so I ordered this. Then someone actually gave me one of the "regular" brand name but to my surprise this works WAY BETTER. No pr
Works with Linux
Loses connection if computer idle for too long
It is wide and long, like a thumb drive. I put a USB extension on it to keep it from covering other ports on the back of the PC
Gets very warm
The casing doesn't allow the prong to seat completely into the USB port on the back of my case because of a bolt that is in close proximity but it seats far enough to work
The wireless LAN adapter won't install on its own, you have to find the Realtek drivers online, search under RT 8187L (the chipset to search for is printed on a small sticker attached to the back of t

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