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Panasonic HDC-TM900 Camcorder

3.05MP 1/4 395g Nov 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Panasonic has excellent camcorder reviews
Quite large display diagonal
Only 1" optical sensor size

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Panasonic Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

Based on 338 expert and owner reviews, Panasonic has excellent reviews for its camcorders. Panasonic also has excellent reviews specifically for its small total megapixels video cameras. 78% of those that bought a Panasonic video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Four Years Ago

This camcorder has been on the market since November 2012.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera is 1.4" and the largest is 4.3". At 3.5 inches, the HDC-TM900 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the XF105 (£1,999), the XA10, or the Legria HF G10 all from Canon.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think because of its better review score, the Canon XA10 is also worth considering.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 has a fairly typical digital zoom (700 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF R406 (1,060x) which also has a higher rating.

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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 small total megapixels video cameras of this age. Small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x.

If you want a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF R406 (32x and higher rated).

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDC-TM900 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this video camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including because of its better review score, the Canon Vixia HF G20.

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HD-Ready

The HDC-TM900 is HD-Ready, as are most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this camcorder.

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Design

Great Image Quality in Most Conditions

Two people who purchased it thought it was good quality. Website Etechreviews.com said in their review of this camcorder six years ago “Great image quality in most conditions”. They also wrote “Its straightforward, unglamorous interface and generally impressive video quality” in their review.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HDC-TM900 supports HDMI. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera also support HDMI.

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Has a Microphone in

The HDC-TM900 has a microphone in, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 has a DC-in jack. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder also have a DC-in jack.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/4.1" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

At 2.53 megapixels, the HDC-TM900 has a quite high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder is 0.41MP and the highest is 4.5MP.

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3.05 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 3.05 megapixels sensor video camera.

If you want a bigger total megapixels then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF R406 (3.28MP) which is also higher rated.

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Price

Decent Price

Six people wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money. Website Etechreviews.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder six years ago “Decent price” . Website Amazon.co.uk rated this camcorder 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “Price is cheap”. They also said “Undeniably worth the tiny price, I'm planning on buying several more purely out of their handiness” in their review.


Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

At 395 grams, the HDC-TM900 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. The average weight of similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 450g, and the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg.

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Other Features

Has a Video Out

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 has a video out. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera also have a video out.

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Has an Audio Output

The HDC-TM900 has an audio output. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago also have an audio output.

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Features Manual Focus

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 features manual focus, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

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Features Auto Focus

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 features auto focus. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also feature auto focus.

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Features Photo Mode

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 features photo mode, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Flash

The HDC-TM900 has a built-in flash, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type do not have a built-in flash.

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Has a Built-In Light

The HDC-TM900 has a built-in light. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago do not have a built-in light.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The HDC-TM900 features indoor white balance. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder also feature indoor white balance.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 supports On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also support On Screen Display (OSD).

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDC-TM900 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDC-TM900 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HDC-TM900 has a batteries included, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Viewfinder

Very Low Viewfinder

Across all the comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder the viewfinders range from 90,000 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder is 660,000 pixels. The HDC-TM900 has a quite low viewfinder (only 123,000 pixels) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Still Image

3840 X 2160 Still Image Resolution

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. In addition, this Panasonic camcorder 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. The still image resolution of all camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera ranges from 640 x 480 to 4224 x 2376.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 05025232613120

Panasonic HDC-TM900 Review Sources

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