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on March 12, 2013
After researching affordable camcorders I decided the Panasonic TM40 would be the thing for me: a basic, functional video camera with good features like internal memory, a built-in (though admittedly weak) light, and great zoom capability. I foolishly purchased a refurbished model, which I will never do again. It did work great (my only complaint was that low-light quality was especially noisy, but it wasn't a deal breaker for me). But it only worked for a mere 6 months.
Then, in the middle of my son's birthday party, it simply stopped working. In short, the camera, while functional, was unable to access its own memory (or a new external card I purchased). It did not recognize any of the data already on it, nor was it able to record any new data, giving me "incompatible data" errors, even after a factory reset. The folks at Panasonic have offered to fix it, for a fee, since any refurbished camera is of course out of warranty. I'm not throwing good money after bad, so now it's a brick. Next time I'm going for Sony. Never buy Panasonic. Never buy refurbished. What a waste of money...