Panasonic HDC-TM700 Camcorder Review

A strong improvement on an already great formula, with a ludicrously low price for its value.



The Panasonic HDC-TM700 (MSRP $999) is the hotly anticipated successor to last year’s HDC-TM300—our pick for 2009 camcorder of the year. New features include a 1080/60p record mode, larger lens and LCD, increased pixel count, and improved lens ring control—all of which add up to make a much stronger camcorder than its predecessor. Top this off with a ridiculously-low $999 price tag, and you’re looking at one of the best camcorders to hit the shelves in a long time.

The HDC-TM700’s sister-model, the HDC-HS700, should have similar performance to the TM700, as the main differences between the two camcorders are price, size, and storage media. The HDC-HS700 retails for $1399 and records to a huge, 240GB internal hard drive (as well as having a memory card slot).

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  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Ease of Use
  12. Handling
  13. Controls
  14. Features
  15. Recording Options
  16. Hardware
  17. Other Features
  18. Canon Vixia HF S21 Comparison
  19. Sony HDR-CX500V Comparison
  20. Panasonic HDC-TM300 Comparison
  21. Conclusion
  22. Photo Gallery