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Good present and brighter future
on March 2, 2010
Although Panasonic naturally has new things in mind for 2010, the company clearly felt a `last hurrah' for the existing generation was in order. And so we have the HDC-TM350, a limited edition update of the TM300.
There are essentially three differences between the two models.
1) The TM350 has taken advantage of the ever-decreasing cost of flash memory, and now comes with 64GB instead of 32GB. This means it can store over 8.5 hours of footage even at the top quality setting.
2) The other two differences to the TM300 are less immediately obvious. The Advanced OIS image stabilization has allegedly been improved, so the Active Mode is more effective at smoothing out the effects of a walking cameraman. Active Mode is an extra OIS setting.
3) Panasonic also claims the image processor has been tweaked for mildly improved low light performance.
As the market has shown, in the beginning of 2010 the TM350 is still selling for over $1,400 and looks like it will remain in that price or even go up until they run out of them, so by the middle of this year you won't be able to fine any of these (at least NEW) for less than $2000. On the other hand Panasonic will introduce 2 new models (HDC-TM700 / HDC-HS700) that will have similar look, similar features but will be capable of recording in 1080p HD!!!!!!!