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Panasonic HDC-TM900K 3D Camcorder with 32GB Internal Flash Memory (Black)
- Advanced 3MOS sensor system
- HYBRID O.I.S image stabilization
- 2D & 3D video capture capability
- 32 GB built-in memory
- SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording
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|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||3.05 MP|
|Package Height||5 x 5.5 x 7.6 inches|
|Shipping Weight||2.35 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
From the Manufacturer
|Advanced 3MOS System |
Advanced 3MOS System The Advanced 3MOS System records beautifully natural images with powerful colors and detailed rendering in both bright and dark scenes. The Noise Reduction technology that goes to work when shooting in dim lighting has evolved even further in 2011 models, allowing them to reduce noise by approximately 45% compared to previous Panasonic models.* The Advanced 3MOS System, which is comprised of the 3MOS Sensor that captures images without color loss, the Leica Dicomar Lens that excels with its large, bright aperture, and the Crystal Engine PRO that increases image resolution, produces colorful, bright, beautiful images in Full-HD quality.
* Compared with the HDC-SD700, HDC-TM700, and HDC-HS700.
|3MOS Sensor |
Advanced 3MOS SystemThe 900 Series and SD800 employ the 3MOS Sensor, with its three-sensor configuration. This provides a resolution of 7.59 million effective motion image pixels (2.53 million x 3). The 3MOS Sensor splits the light information captured by the lens into the three primary colors - red, green and blue - and processes each color with its own individual sensor. This reduces light loss compared to the 1MOS sensor, and renders colors, details and gradation all with intricate detail and natural beauty. This superb color reproduction maximizes the inherent quality of Full-HD progressive images.
The three primary colors of red, green and blue are each processed by a separate sensor to achieve truly rich color reproduction.
|Leica Dicomar Lens |
LEICA DicomarThe 900 Series and SD800 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 900 Series and SD800. 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.
|Crystal Engine PRO |
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. Compared to previous Panasonic models, noise has been reduced by approximately 45%.* And Intelligent Resolution Technology ensures sharp and crisp pictures, resulting in bright and beautifully colored motion images.
* Compared with the HDC-SD700, HDC-TM700, and HDC-HS700
|Intelligent Resolution Technology |
Intelligent Resolution TechnologyThe Intelligent Resolution Technology incorporated in the 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.
|1080/60p Recording (Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 60 Progressive Recording)* |
Full HD With its transfer rate of 28 Mbps, 1080/60p recording (Full-HD, 1,920 x 1,080, 60 progressive recording)* conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording. 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 900 Series and SD800 produce 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 designs where more patterns tend to occur, or when capturing scenes during sports events where the subjects are intensely moving around. Also, the recorded images displayed clearly even when they are made into still images, so it is possible to preserve stunning photos when clipping them from videos.
Interlaced Scanning (1080/60i)***
Only half of the image data is reproduced in each picture. Fabric patterns run together, and moiré patterns appears.
Interlaced Scanning - Only half of the image data is reproduced in each picture.
* 1080/50p (full-HD, 50 Progressive Recording) in PAL areas.
**In NTSC areas. 50 images per second in PAL areas.
*** 1080/50i for PAL area.
|Intelligent 20x Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) |
20x Intelligent Zoom
HYBRID O.I.S.The 900 Series and SD800 feature an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 20x. 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 900 Series and SD800 are equipped with HYBRID O.I.S, an image stabilization 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-SD700, HDC-TM700, and HDC-HS700.
|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.
|35mm Wide Angle Lens* |
35mm WideThe 35mm wide-angle lens on the 900 Series and SD800 fit more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional lens. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room.
* 35mm camera equivalent
|5.1-Ch Surround Sound System (HS900/TM900/SD900) & Zoom Mic |
Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator The 900 Series is equipped with five electret condenser microphones. The center mic helps capture the sound source and distance accurately, so you get a more 3-dimensional effect. The Zoom Mic function improves noise-reducing performance and handles higher zooming power, allowing you to clearly capture target sounds. You get a realistic sound space that's a perfect match with the true-to-life HD images.
* Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. "Dolby" and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
|Wind Noise Canceller |
The technology of the previous Wind Cut function has evolved to form the Wind Noise Canceller. The new function automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise, to give you natural sounds with lifelike ambience. Also, unlike the previous Wind Cut function, which switched to monaural recording, the Wind Noise Canceller enables stereo recording. This maintains natural sounds when shooting outdoors.
Bass Setting (HS900/TM900/SD900)
You can adjust the level of low-frequency sound that is included in the audio track while shooting.
|Digital Cinema Mode |
Progressive 1080/24p (NTSC)*/ 1080/25p (PAL)**
Set the HD camcorder to Digital Cinema mode to shoot in the progressive 1080/24p (24 pictures per second) format for NTSC area, and in the progressive 1080/25p format for PAL area. Progressive scanning captures clear, vibrant images with intricate detail. You also get faithful images with an appealing film-like quality.
Digital Cinema Color*** with VIERA
Selecting the Digital Cinema Color mode makes it possible to shoot film-like images that are ideally suited to the Digital Cinema Color of VIERA plasma TVs. Colors recorded in this mode look richer than those recorded using the conventional Panasonic standard. For example, the subtle shades of red and gold in flowers, and the greens of leafy trees are remarkably true to life.
* The video captured as 24p using Digital Cinema Mode is converted and recorded as 60i.
** The video captured as 25p using Digital Cinema Mode is converted and recorded as 50i.
*** When using a TV that is compatible with "x.v.Color", images that are recorded in Digital Cinema Color mode will have a wider color range than conventional images. The color range varies depending on the TV. x.v.Color is a registered trademark.
|Still Picture Recording at 14.2 Megapixels |
Still Picture Recording mode lets you shoot with a maximum resolution of 14.2 megapixels*. You can also simultaneously record still images and video at 13.3 megapixels**.
* For images recorded with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
** 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.
|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.
|What's in the Box |
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Top Customer Reviews
All of these small cameras are compromises. I bought the TM-900 for one reason -it's 1000 line resolution
in 1080P. You can't touch that for at least another $2K. What I was surprised about is that Panasonic went
all-out trying to top the competition. Say, compared with a Canon M41 (comparable price range) the Panasonic
has a FAR better viewfinder and LCD screen. The Canon doesn't have any focus ring and the TM's is superb and
versatile. The controls for manual adjustment are light-years better on the Panasonic. The TM has Person
identification, not just face ID. This one is amazing- the TM allows you to use the camera's inside processing
chips while you edit with their editor- to hyper-speed the video conversion when making DVD's and Blu-Rays.
That's progressive engineering. The TM also is just beautiful-looking while the Canon is totally low-end (the
camera body itself).
I bought both -why? Because the low-light performance of the TM is only average. It's fine and in most shooting
you'd do well. The Canon M41 has their new HD pro sensor (same at their two best pro-consumer cams)and sees
exactly as well as humans do. It's amazingly good at low-light. the TM also has a top quality of 17MBS in it's
AVHCD regular HD recording. the Canon does 24MBS. The Canon is superior when shooting in 1080i (it's top level).
The TM's best 1080i AVHCD level of 17MBS is very good...excellent.. just not superb. Kick it up a notch to 1080P
and you're speechless. Wow! It's a high-res still photograph-that's moving. But remember, 1080P on the TM is
actually above the HD spec. Uh huh. So, your editor might not handle it.Read more ›
Things I don't like:
1. The LCD flips open very easily when holding the camera by the strap. Not a big deal, just have to remember to hold the camera differently.
2. There is no information in the user guide on how to get the camera to record in 1080/24p, or how that works. A search online doesn't reveal too much information either.
3. The lcd smudges easily, but image seems to show through clearly.
4. When in picture mode, the video record buttons should double as buttons for still images too. They don't. So to take a still you have to use the top button or enable shutter touch on the lcd.
5. The function slider switch at the top of the camera has video as the center option, this feels backwards. It should be video, image, and then preview.
6. If you're using a Mac, which I am, the high def formats have to be converted to use them in FCP or iMovie. You can choose the iFrame format, but that's lower quality video. I use Aunsoft, and converting the high def format can take a loooooong time. Especially from a full SD card.
Things I do like:
1. Very small and light weight.
2. The fold out lcd gives a great picture.
3. I really like the manual controls on this camera, although the position of the Camera Function button is hard to get to when the lcd is opened.
4. If you're recording from a tripod, you can close the lcd to save on battery life and the unit keeps recording.
5. Opening and closing the lcd will turn the unit on and off when not in record mode (very nice feature).
6. The 1080/60p footage shot with the camera is amazing on a high def TV!
7. The image stabilization is great.Read more ›
Another irritation is the mechanical click that happens when you release the zoom wheel. The product manual actually tells you not to release the zoom wheel suddenly and guide it back into position to avoid picking up a clicking sound on the recording. I am a long time Panasonic fan but, sadly, I am returning this product and purchasing a Sony CX700V.
Update: I purchased a Sony CX700V for a few extra $$$. In my opinion Sony is overpriced and I am impressed (but not blown away by its video quality and image stabilization) but at least I can record in 5.1 surround sound without picking up white, wind, or mechanical noise.
Panasonic's recent announcement about the fan noise is a disgrace. At least Apple offered free bumber cases to solve its death grip issue and Toyota offered free maintenance to compensate for quality problems. Panasonic on the other hand, offered to limit one of its key features instead of offering an appology and an extrenal microphone (which would still record only in 2.1 stereo). My view of Panasonic's announcement about the fan noise is that it is:
#1. An acknowledgement of an existing defect, so any prospective buyer should not buy this camera in hopes that the fan noise only happens on some but not all cameras, and
#2.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The camera is pretty nice and the functionality is okay to use. My issue with this is the fact that it only records in a format that is specific to Panasonic. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Damani Brown
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