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I upgrade my Sanyo HD2000A to Panasonic TM700 for its optical image stabilizer, eye-level viewfinder, 3MOS sensor technology and wider zoom lens. I got Sanyo HD2000A; because it was the first consumer camcorder that did 1920×1080/60P recording. The bad part for Sanyo HD2000A is that it uses a poor electrical image stabilizer; and it does not have a viewfinder. In order to make smooth video clips, I have to carry a monopod with HD2000A all the time. Panasonic TM700 not only resolves this issue, but also provides a lot more enhancements, which result in much better video recordings.
1) 1920×1080/60P recording is a big thing to me. TM700 is the second consumer camcorder that offers this recording. I don't like the flicker effect of 30P video. I also don't like the fussiness of 60i video during pausing or slow speed playing back. 60P recording has significant improvement on both issues. Comparing with 60i, 60P video footage looks more natural at camera panning recordings.
2) TM700 has a very sharp lens. The resolution of this lens is well above the image resolution of this camcorder, even at aperture fully opened.
3) Video image dynamic range is very good. It is a lot better than Sanyo HD2000A.
4) Optical image stabilizer for TM700 is excellent. This is the best image stabilizer I have experienced. I have shaky hands. Using this camera, I do not have any problem to make steady shoot with handheld at its optical zooming range.
5) This camcorder utilizes 3MOS sensor technology that processing RGB images separately. It results in very accurate color representation in the video clips. I can enhance color of those video clips easily without causing major color shift during post process. By the way, the original video recordings are nicely saturated. I do not feel I need to do color enhancement for most of my recordings.
6) The automatic white balance is very accurate under different lighting conditions. The auto white balance for Sony, Canon and Sanyo video cameras I used did not perform well under Halogen light bulb. I had to use manual white balance under such situation. This camcorder handles it very well. I believe 3MOS technology helps it.
7) I like to do handheld shooting. Using an eye-level viewfinder, I can get more stable video recordings comparing with using a LCD monitor; because, holding camera against my face makes camera more steady. A viewfinder also has advantage when using it under bright sunlight. Eye-level viewfinder is harder to find in consumer camcorders now. It is very nice that TM700 has it.
It has wider angle lens (35mm equivalent) compare with most consumer level camcorders.
9) Zoom and record buttons are well placed; they are very comfortable to use if you are using the Viewfinder.
10) Manual focus assistant of TM700 is a suprise to me. It does make manual focus easier.
1) I do not like a flash memory based camera that having moving parts. In this case, a electric fan that cools camera most of the time. Fan noise is picked up by TM700 MIC; and it is audible in the video clips if you take video in a quiet room. Out door recording does not have this problem. I can not hear it in my out door video recordings. You can switch MIC input control from auto to manual to minimize this noise. For my camera, I found that using manual MIC control setting with one step down on the input level, the result is acceptable. Will fan noise become worse? I don't know; that's why I do not like moving parts.
2) You can do manual control for exposure on this camcorder. You can set shutter speed and aperture. However, there is no shutter priority or aperture priority mode that I have expected in this price range. Yes, you can get similar results by using sports or portrait mode; but they are not the same thing. One more thing, you can not increase image sensitivity gain without aperture to be fully opened.
3) The camcorder can not save video into a hard drive directly. It can only save directly into Panasonic VW-BN2 DVD burner. Considering DVD 4.5 GB capacity, I do not think DVD burner is very useful.
4) A software, named HD Writer, coming with this camcorder is very weak. HD Writer is used to transfer video clips between PC and camera or SD card. It is also designed for playing back video clips and performing some simple video editing. HD Writer is picky; it can not read video clips without some companion files. Therefore, if you save video clips from camera by using window browser without companion files, you will have problem later to use HD Writer. Further more, if you want to playback edited video clips through this camcorder, you have to use HD Writer to edit. TM700 does not know how to play video files without some companion files too. When you doing editing, HD Writer generates those companion files, so that the camcorder knows how to play back. I do not use this software for saving and playing back. However, when I saving video to PC. I save whole "AVCHD” folder, which include all necessary video companion files, in case later on I might want to use HD Writer or to play back clips through this camcorder.
5) HD Writer does not know how to use my PC's video hardware accelerator (My PC has 2.4GHz Intel Core2 CPU with a MSI 7300GT display card). It plays back 60P video at about 20fps. Nero 8 Showtime plays back 60P footage without a problem. Window media player can play back too, with a little jerkiness; but it does a lot better than HD Writer does.
6) Battery life is short.
Generally say, this is a very good camcorder that producing highest quality HD video recording at the consumer level. Its image stabilizer and auto color balance are solid and reliable. The Viewfinder with control buttons layout are well suited for the person who want to make smooth/stable shooting without help from tripod/momopod. Fan noise of this camera may limit its usage for recording lower level audio. A external MIC can be used if audio quality is at high priority. I highly recommend this camcorder to people who chasing the highest video image quality at consumer camcorder level.
WARNING for you PC - Rosa -
I bought this camcorder to replace my old mini-DV Sony but I have not been able to export the videos to DVD, BD or any other sources because the 1080p 60 fps is too much for regular computers, here is the terrible part of it, after several tries my computer shout down forever!!!!!!! Now I have to buy a new PC…
The only way I have been able to see the recorded videos is using the camcorder itself but now the memory is full and can't record any more to it.
Stay away from this dangerous camcorder!!!!!!!!!!!Panasonic HDC-TM700K Reviews, Panasonic HDC-TM700K High Definition Camcorder
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Price on May 13, 2010 18:43:57 : $999.95
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- records to optional SD/SDHC and SDXC memory cards
- maximum video resolution: 1920 x 1080
- 3? touchscreen LCD
- 12X optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 700X)
- Leica wide-angle lens
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records to optional SD/SDHC and SDXC memory cards * maximum video resolution: 1920 x 1080 * 3? touchscreen LCD * 12X optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 700X) * Leica wide-angle lens * 3 separate image sensors for vibrant, true-to-life video * optical image stabilization * face recognition tracks your subject within the frame (up to 6 registered subjects)
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