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Panasonic HDC-TM80K HD Twin Memory Camcorder (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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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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|Item Dimensions||2.32 x 2.01 x 4.29 inches|
|Item Weight||0.43 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||1.5 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||MOS|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
The Panasonic 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. This camcorder model also includes a 16GB built-in flash memory. The internal flash memory lets you record continuously for up to 6 hours and 40 minutes without changing any memory card. iA (Intelligent Auto) for automatic optimal results New Zoom Mic and Wind Noise Canceller Still Picture Recording at 3.0 Megapixels with Intelligent Resolution TechnologySpecifications Image Sensor - 1/5.8 MOS Effective Pixels - 1.30 Megapixels Lens - 2.38 - 81.0mm (33.7 - 1240mm in 35mm equivalent) Optical Zoom - 34x Intelligent Zoom - 42x LCD - 2.7 Wide Touch LCD (230K dots) Media - 16GB Built-in Flash Memory, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card Image Stabilizer - HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Recording Format - Still - JPEG; Movie - AVCHD (HA / HG /HX - MEPG-4 AVC/H.264) Recording Size - Still up to 3.0 MP (2304 x 1296); Movie up to 1080i (1920 x 1080) Microphone - 2-ch Stereo, Zoom Microphone Speaker - Dynamic Interfaces - HDMI (Mini), USB 2.0, AV Multi Others - LED Video Light Power - 1790mAh Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery Dimensions (WxHxD) - 2.02 x 2.32 x 4.29 in. / 51.5 x 59.0 x 109 mm Weight - Approx. 0.43 lb. / 193 g
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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.
- 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.
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.
Automatically selects the most suitable shutter speed and aperture for the shooting location and situation.
- Low Light (Motion image only)
- Spot Light
- Night Scenery
- Night Portrait (Still image only)
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.
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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.
This is my first camcorder – only second digital camera of any sort – so wanted something of a starter/beginner/learning unit to get into the process before jumping in whole hog.
Wanted it for:
•videos of the new grandsons
•wildlife videos & stills – needed/wanted lots of zoom and quiet operation.
•good enough stills for computer or TV display – not necessarily for large prints
•Have had the camera since the end of April.
•The camera is way more advanced than I am.
•The camera keeps up with the grandsons better than Papa can.
•Didn’t get the kind of vids I wanted right off the bat – made some mistakes with the zoom, how I was holding it (it’s not very big, fingers get in the way of the microphone), and coordinating with the software.
•I’ve attached a quick detachable tripod mount to the camera that helps me hold the camera in my right hand and use my left index finger on the touch screen. A tripod is a good investment.
•I wish the camera had a view finder. I’m used to my old (very old) 35mm film camera. But, to get one of those, it’s another $200 to $400. I didn’t want to leap for that as a beginning camera.
•The learning curve has been OK. One just needs to begin to take some vids/pics and to fiddle with the settings to begin learning. Practice is the way to go.
•The biggest disappointment was not being able to see the LCD monitor in bright sunlight. That was correctable by adjusting the LCD brightness. It is now very good.
•I haven’t been able to get good vids or stills yet with the zoom out into the Intelligent Zoom range – past 37x. But the 37x setting has brought some grizzly bears up close enough to get some good vids. So, I’m very happy with that part for the price of the camera. I’ll keep fiddling with the Intelligent Zoom to see if I can make it work.
•I think the Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer works real well at 37x.
•I think the camera does well in low light situations, but I’ve nothing to compare it to. I got pretty good pictures of owls until almost dark.
•The battery life seems good to me, but I bought a spare so I could flip-flop back and forth.
•One should use the software to off load the videos to a PC, so that you preserve the m2ts files. That way you can make an AVCHD DVD.
•The HD Writer AE software as an editor seems a bit clunky to me, but it works with Windows 7, 64 bit. Since first using it, I’ve tried others and they work the same, so I must be the clunky one. I’m getting used to it. It takes a while to burn a DVD, even with an Intel Core i5 processor.
•I made a AVCHD DVD and it played on our Panasonic Blu-ray player connected to our 46” Samsung TV. The picture was really good of the Grandsons – very happy with it.
•If one copies off the pics and vids to a computer, the 16 GB internal memory may be enough memory. With a 32 GB SDHC memory card, one has plenty of recording time.
•Purchased an Anker VW-VBK180 / VWVBK180 1800mAh Rechargeable Li-ion Battery from LaptopMate fulfilled by Amazon as a spare. It works well. It tells the camera how much charge remains and the camera displays it.
Ended up getting everything wanted and the picture quality is very good. Couldn’t ask for more as a starter arrangement, I recommend this camera and software.
I love the simplicity of this little camera, yet it performs solid with so many great features for a variety of uses.