Panasonic HDC-TM10 Camcorder Review

$599.00 MSRP


The HDC-TM10 ($599 MSRP), along with the HDC-SD10, represent the newest additions to Panasonic's consumer HD camcorder line. The camcorders are essentially more compact, repackaged versions of Panasonic's previous mid-range HD camcorders (the HDC-TM20, SD20, and HS20). The HDC-TM10 has the same sensor, pixel count, and optical zoom as these larger, cousin models—and it also captures Full HD video at 1920 x 1080. Panasonic didn't change many features or controls on the HDC-TM10 either. It still has the iA modes, a 24p Digital Cinema option, and a touchscreen interface. The TM10 does include less internal memory than the TM20 (8GB vs. 16GB), as well as a slightly smaller lens, an extra optical image stabilization setting, and updated editing software.

Since the HDC-TM10 is expected to retail for the same amount as the HDC-TM20, the decision between the two camcorders comes down to size and design. The TM10 is more compact and portable, while the TM20 is larger but has double the internal memory. The HDC-TM10 comes in black or silver and is due to be available in September 2009.

Update: The JVC Everio GZ-HM200 was ultimately selected as our 2009 Mid-Range Camcorder of the Year. To see why we selected it and read about our other awards, check out the 2009 Select Awards.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color & Noise Performance
  4. Motion & Sharpness Performance
  5. Low Light Performance
  6. Compression & Media
  7. Manual Controls
  8. Still Features
  9. Handling & Use
  10. Playback & Connectivity
  11. Audio & Other Features
  12. Panasonic HDC-TM300 Comparison
  13. Canon HF20 Comparison
  14. JVC GZ-HM200 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Photo Gallery
  17. Specs and Ratings