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Panasonic HDC-TM80K HD Twin Memory Camcorder (Black)

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  • Intelligent 42x Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S.
  • 33.7mm Wide Angle Lens
  • Zoom Mic and Wind Noise Canceller
  • 16GB built-in memory
  • SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording
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Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

Panasonic HDC-TM80 Digital Camcorder - 2.7" LCD - Touchscreen - CMOS - Black HDC-TM80-K Camcorders

From the Manufacturer

Intelligent 42x Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)

42x Zoom
POWER O.I.S. HYBRIDThe HD 80 Series features an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 42x. When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving the image resolution. You get sharp images of highly detailed objects – without the blurry edges. Plus, the HD 80 Series is equipped with HYBRID O.I.S., an image stabilizer system that corrects hand-shake blurring by combining the action of its hybrid optical and electrical image stabilization systems. Even when zooming, where hand-shake often occurs, both optical and electrical hand-shake correction make it possible to record beautiful images with approximately 2 times* the hand-shake suppressing effect as conventional models.

* Compared with the HDC-SD60, HDC-TM60, and HDC-HS60.

O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Lock

The image-stabilizing effect is increased by pressing and holding the O.I.S. Lock indication on the LCD screen, which maximizes the blur detection sensitivity. This is great for when you want to zoom at a fixed angle, like for bird watching.

* Considerable blurring is generated by the shifting of the corrective lens when the camera is panned or tilted.
33.7mm Wide Angle*

33.7mm Wide The 33.7mm wide-angle* on the HD 80 Series fits more people and more of the background into the frame than conventional models. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room.

* 35mm camera equivalent.

Crystal Engine PRO

The Crystal Engine PRO instantly processes the huge amount of data that goes into Full-HD images, and further enhances Full-HD quality. It produces smooth, high-resolution zoom shots even when the range exceeds the limit for optical zooming. Crystal Engine PRO clearly delineates even the tiniest details of your subject, with extremely natural beauty. In addition, its Noise Reduction (NR) technology has been completely redesigned. The low-frequency noise that occurs when recording in dim lighting has been further minimized. And Intelligent Resolution Technology ensures sharp and crisp pictures, resulting in bright and beautifully colored motion images.

Intelligent Resolution Technology

Intelligent Resolution TechnologyThe Intelligent Resolution Technology incorporated in the new Crystal Engine PRO uses edge detection technology to confirm the edges of objects within the image, then emphasizes the edges for optimal clarity. For example, it brings crisp definition to patterns and the outlines of objects like flowers. Conversely, it reduces noise and enhances the natural smoothness of parts without edges, like the sky. The increased sharpness is especially effective for images with delicate details. This highly advanced technology maximizes the beauty of Full-HD images.
New Zoom Mic and Wind Noise Canceller
  • Zoom Mic
    The Zoom Mic function that links with the camera's zoom action has evolved even further. Compared to previous models, the noise-reducing performance is improved by 1/3 (-10dB).* It lets you clearly record the sound of your target subject.

    * Compared with the HDC-SD60, HDC-TM60, and HDC-HS60.

  • Wind Noise Canceller
    The Wind Noise Canceller automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise. It lets you capture natural sounds with lifelike ambience even when shooting in windy conditions outdoors or by the sea.
Still Picture Recording at 3.0 Megapixels with Intelligent Resolution Technology

In Still Picture Recording mode, Intelligent Resolution Technology lets you record clear still images with resolution up to 3.0 megapixels.* Also, when playing back the moving pictures you shot, you can capture 3.0-megapixel* still images of any scene you want. The HD 80 Series lets you enjoy high quality in both motion and still images.

* For images recorded with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Scene Mode

Automatically selects the most suitable shutter speed and aperture for the shooting location and situation.
Scene modes:

  • Sports
  • Portrait
  • Low Light (Motion image only)
  • Spot Light
  • Snow
  • Beach
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Scenery
  • Night Scenery
  • Night Portrait (Still image only)
Soft Skin Mode

When this function detects skin tones, it softens the focus in that area. This has a skin beautifying effect, which makes wrinkles and lines appear less noticeable. When turned on, this function makes blemishes and moles look less conspicuous, while preserving resolution in areas of the picture outside of the skin.


You can shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 70cm from your subject. In addition, using the zoom at full magnification makes it much easier to capture extreme close-ups without your body or camera casting a shadow on the subject and while keeping the background in soft focus.

Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2 x 2.3 inches ; 6.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B004I43MHW
  • Item model number: HDC-TM80K
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,078 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at January 4, 2011

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Saxman1005 on June 15, 2011
Color: Black Verified Purchase
With the exception of low-light environments, this camera has consistently produced high quality video and audio.

Keep in mind, this is NOT 1080p video, the highest quality this camera produces is 1080i 59.94.

Also, the software provided only works with Windows. If you have a Mac, you will need a converter in order to change the native .MTI files into something you can edit with Final Cut Pro or iMovie. The camera DOES have a iMovie mode but it drops the quality down to 720p.

The best feature about this camera is the built-in "montage" that automatically makes a presentation of your videos and adds some music that ranges from classical to 80's car commercial pop style. It's actually pretty hilarious to watch since it makes some clips in slow motion, adds zoom where there wasn't any before, and adds quick cuts between different video clips which makes it seem like a music video.

Overall, it's a great little camera that produces great quality video. Just make sure you are prepared on the computer side because that can be very frustrating if you are trying to edit the 1080i videos on a Mac.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jodi N Stone on September 16, 2011
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I am hoping to save someone else a lot of the time I have spent over the past 2 weeks reviewing camcorders. I was just looking for a good camcorder to tape my daughter's vocal performances, so low-lighting was a must, along with decent audio, the best zoom, and a quick playback. I started out trying the standard definition but after trying a few, I soon decided the HD was the better choice. After trying Sony and another Panasonic, I finally found what I was looking for in the Panasonic HDC-TM80. I was fully prepared to have to also invest in addtional software, after reading all of the reviews here at Amazon regarding the HD Writer 3.0 and Windows. It loaded well onto my Windows Vista (32 bit#, but when I tried to burn to a DVD, an error message came up after 98 percent complete. I then pressed cancel, but by mistake, I put it into my PC and it played fine. I then tried it on the TV #standard, not HD) and was amazed that our dvd player, which usually doesn't play most home dvd's, accepted it and the quality was fantastic! I'm sure at some point I will encounter some sort of a block with the Panasonic software, given the reviews I've read, but for now I'm happy and this is exactly what I need. Thank you Amazon for these great reviews....they are always so helpful! And, I would have purchased this from you but I needed the internal memory, which you do not offer in this model.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. T. Kondrotas on May 5, 2011
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The quality of video is superb and the amount of manual controls is more than adequate, at least for my purposes (I use it for jewelry videos in a studio environment, with an enclosed AC adapter). The fully automatic mode is very good, too. The lens is sharp, right contrast, right color rendering. I got exactly what I wanted to get. Very happy.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By yokasan on November 3, 2011
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I bought this camera to record my kids playing sports and doing various other activities (i.e. things in motion). I'm finding that it has good quality when filming things that are pretty much stationary and require no or very, very slow panning, but whenever you need to pan to record anything in motion the resulting video is a blurry mess. Some of the videos I have of my kids playing soccer make me nauseous to watch due to the horrible blur. I have tried all the various settings that I thought would help this but nothing fixes it. I have a Panasonic mini-DV camera from 2005 that does a MUCH better job of this, so much so that I'm probably going to switch back to it. Had high hopes for this camera, but I've come away very disappointed...
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Camping Hog on June 24, 2011
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Panasonic HDC TM80K is compact, light and, most importantly, records great HD videos and digital photos. It features an unbelievably clear night recording under very low light conditions, perfect daylight recording and fantastic shake-free zoom capabilities. The unit's functions are very easy to understand and to use. The transfer between the unit and my Mac Book Pro was seamless, using IMovie program.
Prior to purchasing, I went to the closest Best Buy store and compared Panasonic HDC TM80K to its closest rivals (in the similar feature and price range), Sony and Cannon, and, by far, this model had more and better features, superior image quality, better portability and was better priced. It is also made in Japan.

I am very happy with my purchase. I saved about $100 by going through
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Heying on July 22, 2011
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This camera takes professional quality HD video. While it isn't the easiest to copy to DVD it does make stunning video once you've mastered the technique of burning to disc. I like it very much and it wows people with its picture quality and defination. A really great camcorder
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Asmuth on February 18, 2012
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This camera is perfect for both me and my wife. My wife doesn't like using my big, bulkier professional cameras that I use for my business, and just wanted something easy to use and small enough for her purse. I wanted something that I could easily flip into manual mode and control focus, aperture, shutter, etc. In addition, it actually lists the aperture settings in f-stops (the first consumer camera I've seen do this) instead of just saying iris up or down, or having a plus or minus. I LOVE that this camera is so easy to get into manual mode and that it has all the necessary controls right there, easy to access. With the push of one button I can switch it back to auto mode for my wife, which is what she loves about it. The picture quality is really good for the size of the chip it is using. I put a 32GB card in and can record about 5 hours of video at its highest resolution. The battery it came with will last just over 2 hours, not too bad. We don't really shoot much that would require progressive recording, like sport ing events, so this interlaced model was fine for us (1080p vs. 1080i). I also like that it has a switch on the side of the lens to close the lens cover instead of a cover hanging on a string that you have to pop on and off. The lens cover (really more of a shutter) automatically opens when you open the screen to begin shooting again. All-in-all I feel this was a VERY GOOD PURCHASE. It yields excellent quality for the price I paid.
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