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Panasonic HDC-TM700K Hi-Def Camcorder with Pro Control System & 32GB Internal Flash Memory (Black)

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  • 32 GB Internal Flash Memory
  • Full HD 1080p
  • 35mm Wide-Angle Lens
  • 18x Intelligent Zoom
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: HDC-TM700K
  • Media Type: SD
  • Lens Type: zoom
  • Optical zoom: 12 x
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0035LD0EY
  • Item model number: HDC-TM700K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,839 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 24, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The 3MOS System and Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 60 Progressive Recording Produce
All-New Color-Bright Image Quality.
Capture Crisp, Clear Images Even in Dim Lighting.
Built-in Memory/SD Card Twin Memory Full-HD Camcorder


High-density, ultra-smooth images
1080/60p Recording (Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 60 Progressive Recording)


The HDC-TM700 uses the progressive method to record twice as much image data as the interlace method. Whereas interlacing requires two images to produce a complete picture, the progressive method records a single image as a complete picture. Plus, the 60 Progressive Recording of the HDC-TM700 produces 60 images per second. This extremely dense image information creates intricate detail and silky smooth motion. Even when subjects move quickly, afterimages are minimized to create more natural images. The progressive method is most effective when shooting detailed designs where moir patterns tend to occur, or when capturing scenes during sports events where the subjects are intensely moving around. Also, the recorded images are displayed clearly even when they are made into still images, so it is possible to preserve stunning photos when clipping them from videos.

A bright, high-performance lens.
Leica Dicomar Lens


Panasonic HD camcorders use Leica Dicomar lenses, which are renowned for their ability to render sharp images and excellent shading. They also suppress ghosting, flare, and distortion at the image edges. Even in strong sunlight, these superb lenses maintain high contrast and resolution. A bright new F1.5-F2.8 lens with a 46mm filter diameter has been created for the HDC-TM700. Efficient light collection allows the new lens to capture bright, clear images even in dim lighting or at high shutter speeds. This high-end lens brings out all the beauty of Full-HD images. *Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystem IR GmbH, and Dicomar is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.

Captures large groups, even when shooting from up close.
35mm Wide-Angle Lens*


The 35mm wide-angle lens on the HDC-TM700 fits more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional 44.9mm lens. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room.

*35mm-lens equivalent

Beautiful zoom shots of distant subjects.
18x Intelligent Zoom


The HDC-TM700 features a 12x optical zoom and an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 18x. When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution Technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving image sharpness. You get crisp images of highly detailed objects - without the blurry edges.

Product Description

The HDC-TM700 uses the progressive method to record twice as much image data as the interlace method. Whereas interlacing requires two images to produce a complete picture, the progressive method records a single image as a complete picture. Plus, the 60 Progressive Recording of the HDC-TM700 produces 60 images per second. This extremely dense image information creates intricate detail and silky smooth motion. Even when subjects move quickly, afterimages are minimized to create more natural images. The progressive method is most effective when shooting detailed designs where moir patterns tend to occur, or when capturing scenes during sports events where the subjects are intensely moving around. Also, the recorded images are displayed clearly even when they are made into still images, so it is possible to preserve stunning photos when clipping them from videos.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It has excellent low light performance, great stabilization, and good zoom.
Gadget Guru
If you use an external mic the fan noise is gone, but you compromise the 5.1 surround sound.
JoshMan
This is my second camcorder and I took amazing videos with very high quality pictures.
Naser

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

259 of 277 people found the following review helpful By C. Michael on April 7, 2010
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The Panasonic HDC-TM700 is a rare camcorder in that it breaks new ground. The key upside of this camcorder is its 28 Mbps 60P mode -- the camera is capable of recording at 1920x1080 resolution in 60 PROGRESSIVE frames per second. This captures TWICE the image information of the interlaced method, resulting in smoother motion. The TM700 also capture more vertical resolution than other consumer camcorders when used in 60P mode.

There are many features of this camera that blur the line between "consumer" and "prosumer."

Whether you dub the 35mm lens "wide" or not, it's a hell of a lot more wide than any other consumer cam lens I've tried. My $6500 Sony EX1 has a 31.4mm equivalent lens, so the TM700 is in the same ballpark. For me this make a big difference in the practical use of the camera. No longer do I need to carry and constantly attach/detach a wide angle adapter. This also makes me more likely to use the 18X zoom (since there's no wide angle adapter on the cam).

One nice TM700 feature I haven't seen discussed elsewhere is peaking. Quite simply, "peaking" means that the camera outlines objects in focus with a color, so as to help the camera operator achieve correct focus. The camera does include a peaking function when switched to manual focus. Panasonic calls it "manual focus assist." This really helps achieve critical focus with the 260k pixel LCD screen. The peaking color is blue; I prefer yellow, but will gladly settle for blue.

Another upside to the TM700 vis-a-vis other consumer cams is the manual control ring. Panasonic has done a nice job implementing this feature and it's easy to quickly adjust zoom, focus, shutter speed, & iris using the ring.
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271 of 302 people found the following review helpful By Hassan B on April 1, 2010
Panasonic finally released a 1920x1080p60 camcorder to the market (Sony still refuse to add Progressive and canon max out at 1920x1080p30 or p24)

With the TM700 Panasonic did combine the smooth motion of 1080i60 with the crisp image of a progressive motion
I can not praise the footage quality from this camcorder, it's basically the best camcorder i have ever used, it beats my HF100 and HF S100 when it comes to sharpness and motion by far (I still prefer Canon colors though however Panasonic colors looks exactly as we see them in real life, Canon colors are unrealistic but looks more fun to me)

The wide angle 35mm~ is much better than my previous canons (Canon 43mm~, a little bit zoomed in) but still not as wide as Sony latest camcorders 29mm~, The stabilization From TM700 is really groundbreaking, All low hand shake are completely gone! as if you are using a tripod, almost as good as Sony stabilization (Sony stabilization is the best in the market, Canon got the worst stabilization from the major companies)

Now about the Major flaw with TM700... something i didn't see coming and would have properly canceled my order if i knew about it before i bought it, the Audio is really noisy ! TM700 got a built in Fan on the side (Sony/Canon does not have a fan like tm700) the fan is noisy and the microphone will pick up the noise, now if you think closing the LCD and using the viewfinder will eliminate the fan noise you couldn't be any wrong! close the LCD and the fan noise will be even higher !, problem is I'm afraid that it will collect dust over the months and it will properly be even louder by then or might even break.
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148 of 173 people found the following review helpful By Danns on September 24, 2010
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I bought this camcorder to replace my ageing tape-based Sony HDR-HC3 and was drawn to the TM700 by great reviews all over the Internet and its awesome 1080p60 framerate. I wasn't really looking for manual controls - I just wanted the best possible quality video from the default auto setting (whether indoors or out) so anyone in the family can pick the thing up and record the kids. Therefore, all my comments are based on the default settings with iAuto on.

The 1080p60 image quality was magnificent, and noticeably smoother and sharper than the HC3. One annoying thing I noticed though was as I followed people around the house and moved between rooms with different lighting (windows versus artificial light etc), the TM700 seemed to get its white balance knickers in a twist, and would seem to get stuck in the white balance suitable for the previous room's lighting, meaning everything looked wrong before suddenly shifting to new settings after 10 seconds or so, which would suddenly shift all the colours, giving a fairly bad look on playback. Presumably I could have avoided this by not using iAuto, but for the reasons above, this isn't my thing.

I had read about the fan noise issue, and could hear the fan on recordings during quiet segments but I was okay to overlook this issue, given the overall package. I know the effect can be reduced by switching iAuto off and disabling automatic gain, but then it seems I have to have to have everything in manual mode, which I don't want to do.

The whole user interface/menu system is poor: ugly, badly thought out and clunky. In my experience, consumer electronics companies all seem to be pretty bad at UI, but this has to be the worst effort I've seen in a long time.

Also, I disliked the battery charging arrangement.
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