Panasonic HDC-TM900 – A Pretty Intimidating CamcorderCamcorders — on December 23, 2011 at 4:21 am | Comment Now
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, unglamorous interface and generally impressive video quality highlight the Panasonic SD800, HDC-HS900 and TM900’s capabilities. It offers sophisticated 3MOS system, 1080/50p recording, new HYBRID Optical Image Stabilizer, 3D image shooting with optical 3D conversion lens, huge 3.5 inch touchscreen LCD display and built in 32GB memory with SD/SDXC/SDHC Memory Card Twin Memory Recording. Its 3MOS System offers 7.59 million effective motion image pixels and separates light received through lens into three main colors – blue, red and green. It processes each color independently for providing images with drastically superior detail, gradation and color quality as compared to 1MOS Sensor System.
The Panasonic HDC-TM900’s 1080/50p recording at 28Mbps bit rate conveys about twice the information of 1080i recording for producing the ultimate in image quality, exceeding even traditional full high definition images. The HYBRID Optical Image Stabilizer is an electrical or optical image stabilization system, which detects subtle blurring by horizontal or vertical entire arm movement and corrects them using lens in optical system and sensor in electrical system. Powerful correction realizes beautiful images even while shooting on move or zooming stills.
The company’s trio of prosumer camcorders, the SD800, hard disk based HDC-HS800 and flash based Panasonic HDC-TM900 provide generally excellent video quality and offer full set of manual controls along with features advanced users looking for. Panasonic has a history of designing and developing stolid prosumer camcorders, which provide excellent performance and video quality, but have functional, unexciting designs. The Sd800, HS900 and TM900 models are essentially the same as their predecessors with quite a few modest improvements and little better video quality. However, they use same trio of lens and sensors and identical body design.
The Panasonic HDC-TM900 and HS900 are nearly identical, while the SD800 is a stripped down version of TM900 with same lens and sensor like other delivering same video. The TM900 is available for the price of $989.99 and comes with built in 32GB memory. The functioning is precise and video quality looks pretty good. It has relatively broad tonal range, though bright highlights tend to clip. In bright light, it produces nicely sharp video and changing white balance setting and then back to automatic typically fixes them. It is terribly small, but that is for accommodating comparatively large barrelled lens.
The Panasonic HDC-TM900 comes packed with 3 x 3.05 megapixel CMOS sensor, ¼.1 inch; 12x zoom lens, minimum illumination of 1,400 with standard, 1.6 with low light and 1 with color night view, electronic viewfinder, 3.5 inch LCD display with 460,000 pixels, 220GB hard disk/32GB flash; manual shutter speed, manual iris, accessory shoe and 5.1 channel microphone output. With dedicated 1080/60p and power button, full complement of connectors and ports live in LCD recess: SDXC card slot, component/AV and mini HDMI output and USB port.
One of the most significant improvements found on Panasonic HDC-TM900 is its bigger LCD touchscreen display with series update, making it comfortable for excellent for framing or touchscreen operation. It remains reasonably visible in direct sunlight and retains small record and zoom buttons on bezel. Standard features on TM900 include Built-in memory (32GB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card; On-Screen Display Language: German, English, Italian, French, Polish, Spanish, Netherlandic, Czech, Swedish and Turkish; 1/4.1-type MOS x 3 image sensor; Total Pixels: 9.15 megapixels; Still Image: 7.89 megapixels (2.63 megapixels x 3) [3:2] / 7.59 megapixels (2.53 megapixels x 3) [16:9] / 6.96 megapixels (2.32 megapixels x 3) [4:3]; 35.0-420mm (16:9) [Motion Image] / 35.7-428mm (3:2), 35.0-420mm (16:9), 38.8-466mm (4:3) [Still Image]; minimum illumination: 1.6 lx (1/30 Low Light scene mode) / 1 lx (Color Night View).
Also standard on Panasonic HDC-TM900 include HYBRID O.I.S. [Optical Image Stabilizer]; White Balance: Auto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy / White set; Motion Image [50i / 50p] Auto Slow Shutter ON : 1/25-1/8000 / [50i / 50p] Auto Slow Shutter OFF : 1/50-1/8000 / [25P] Auto Slow Shutter ON : 1/25-1/8000 / [25P] Auto Slow Shutter OFF : 1/50-1/8000; 12x Intelligent Zoom OFF; 30x / 700x (maximum value of zoom magnification) digital zoom; Still Picture 14.2 megapixels (4608 x 3072), 8.6 megapixels (3600 x 2400), 5.5 megapixels (2880 x 1920) [3:2] / 13.3 megapixels (4864×2736), 8.3 megapixels (3840 x 2160), 5.3 megapixels (3072 x 1728) [16:9] / 12.2 megapixels (4032 x 3024), 7.7 megapixels (3200 x 2400), 4.9 megapixels (2560 x 1920), 0.3 megapixels (640 x 480) [4:3]; Recording / Playback Mode 1080 / 50p (28Mbps / VBR) , (1920 x 1080) / HA (17Mbps / VBR) , (1920 x 1080) / HG (13Mbps / VBR) , (1920 x 1080) / HX (9Mbps / VBR) , (1920 x 1080) / HE (5Mbps / VBR) , (1920 x 1080); Audio Recording System: 1080 / 60p / HA / HG / HX / HE: Dolby Digital (5.1ch).
The Panasonic HDC-TM900 adds 5.1ch Surround, Zoom and Focus Microphone; Media Remaining Indication; accessories: AC Adaptor, AC Cable, DC Cable, Rechargeable Battery Pack, AV multi Cable, IR Remote, Shoe Adaptor, USB Cable, Included Software: HD Writer AE 3.0, Lens Hood and Stylus pen. The HDC-TM900 High Definition Camcorder is a high-end HD offering from Panasonic.