Panasonic HDC-TM300 Camcorder Review



The Panasonic HDC-TM300 (MSRP $1299.99) is the flash memory equivalent of the HDC-HS300, which we reviewed earlier this year. Without the bulky hard drive, the TM300 has a slimmer profile that's more comfortable to hold and easier on the eyes. However, it still has the impressive video performance that drew our approval when we reviewed its hard-drive-based sister model.

The TM300 records excellent video in all lighting conditions, captures surprisingly good still photos, and has just about every feature you could want in a consumer camcorder. Combine that with some user-friendly automatic controls and you have a recipe for one of the best camcorders of 2009.

Update: The Panasonic HDC-TM300 was, in fact, selected as our 2009 Camcorder of the Year. To see why we selected it and read about our other 2009 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. Canon HF S100 Comparison
  13. Sony HDR-TG5V Comparison
  14. JVC GZ-X900 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Photo Gallery
  17. Specs and Ratings