Panasonic HDC-TM700 Camcorder Review



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. 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 S21 Comparison
  13. Panasonic HDC-TM300 Comparison
  14. Sony HDR-CX500V Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Photo Gallery
  17. Specs and Ratings