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Panasonic HDC-TM80
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Panasonic HDC-TM80 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.8 193g MOS Aug 2012
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Intelligent 42x Zoom And HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Beautiful Zoom Shots Of Distant Subjects. The HD 80 Series features an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 42x.... More
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16 Reasons For

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Panasonic has good average ratings for its small sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire video camera range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDC-TM80 is 800x, and the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x. At 2,000 times zoom factor, the HDC-TM80 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDC-TM80.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 2,000x (digital) camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HDC-HS80, or the Canon Legria FS406 which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the HC-V130 (2,500x and higher rated), or the HC-V550 (3,000x and higher rated) both from Sharp or the Panasonic HC-V130 (2,500x and higher rated).

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDC-TM80 has an HDMI port. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDC-TM80 also have an HDMI port.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 ($399.00) both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V110 ($220.39).

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HDC-TM80 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDC-TM80.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 ($399.00) both from Canon or the Samsung VP-X300.

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Very Light

The HDC-TM80 is quite light (only 193 grams) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HDC-TM80. The lightest small sensor size camcorder that is a similar age to the HDC-TM80 is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDC-TM80 supports a better memory card type than most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it support an SD memory card. In addition, this camcorder supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDC-TM80.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on video cameras of this age and type.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. The video mode of all camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDC-TM80 ranges from 540p to 1080p.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDC-TM80 has a built-in display. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDC-TM80 also have a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think the Sony DCR-PJ5 ($379.85), and the Vivitar DVR426 ($29.43) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The HDC-TM80 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of this age and spec. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

Across all the video cameras of this spec and age the display resolutions range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The HDC-TM80 has one of the higher display resolutions (230,400 pixels) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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2304 X 1296 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HDC-TM80 is 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 44% more maximum image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Across all small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-TM80 the maximum image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels to 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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Very Small

Small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HDC-TM80 have depths of between 27mm and 1,200mm, and the average depth is 140mm. At only 59 millimeters, the HDC-TM80 is fairly small compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDC-TM80.

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Very Small

The smallest video camera of a comparable type and age to the HDC-TM80 is 30mm wide, the biggest is 570mm, and the average width is 75mm. With a width of only 51.5 millimeters, the HDC-TM80 is one of the smaller small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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11 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Video camera expert review website parentesis.com scored this video camera 60 out of 100. The expert review sites don't rate this small sensor size camcorder very highly.

Not Full HD

The HDC-TM80 is not Full HD, unlike most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDC-TM80 which are Full HD.

If you want a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Panasonic HC-V110 ($220.39) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDC-TM80 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think the Sony HVR-Z7 ($5,775.99) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 1.3 megapixels, the HDC-TM80 has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. The megapixel counts of comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDC-TM80 range from 1.1MP to 10MP, and the average megapixel count is 2.5MP.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

With a movie megapixel count of only 1.3 megapixels, the HDC-TM80 has a quite low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDC-TM80. Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have movie megapixel counts of between 0.41MP and 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 1.9MP.

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Only 2304 X 1296 Still Image Resolution

The HDC-TM80 supports a maximum still image resolution of 2304 x 1296. That's 64% less still image resolution than a 3840 x 2160 video camera, which is the most common still image resolution supported by camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. In addition, this video camera support still image resolutions of 640 x 480, 1856 x 1392 and 1920 x 1080 and 2064 x 1376. Across all camcorders of a similar age and type to the HDC-TM80 the best still image resolution is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-TM80 do not have a night mode. The Panasonic HDC-TM80 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have a night mode which you might also want to consider including the Legria FS406, or the Legria HF R36 both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30 which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Panasonic HDC-TM80 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-X909, or the Canon XF105 ($2,268.99).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDC-TM80 does not have a built-in projector, although keep in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDC-TM80 also do not have a built-in projector.

Alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might also want to look at include the DCR-PJ5 ($379.85), the HDR-PJ220, or the HDR-PJ320 all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The HDC-TM80 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HDC-TM80 are also not waterproof.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

With a minimum illumination of 7 lux, the HDC-TM80's minimum illumination is one of the biggest amongst camcorders that were released more than two years ago. Comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HDC-TM80 have minimum illumination of between 0.1lx and 7lx.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-TM80

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Panasonic released the HDC-TM80.

Average Optical Zoom

At 34 times zoom factor, the HDC-TM80 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We compared this video camera to all the other 34x (optical) video cameras and we think the Panasonic HDC-HS80 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the HC-V110 ($220.39) (38x), or the HC-V130 (38x) both from Panasonic or the JVC GZ-EX515 (38x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Screen Size

The HDC-TM80 has a fairly typical screen size (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 2.7" screen size camcorders and we think the SDR-S70, and the SDR-T70 both from Panasonic or the Canon Legria FS406 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this video camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF M56 (3"), the Sony HDR-PJ320 (3"), or the JVC GZ-RX110 (3") which also has a higher rating.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Networking
Battery
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(1)
31 August 2011

La videocámara es aquellas personas que están en busca de portabilidad y grabar video en Full HD. Es ideal para capturar momentos vacacionales o videos caseros...

Can be controlled through VIERA Link televisions
Has relay recording
Can record to internal or external memory
Still pictures can be taken while recording video
The Panasonic HDCT 80
Uneven overall video quality
Low storage capacity
Lack of HD cable accessories
The subHD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video
El sensor de resolucin de subHD no alcanza a dar detalles destacados en video

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdctm80s, hdctm80r, HDC-TM80R, panasonic hdctm80, panasonic hdctm80r, panasonic hdctm80s
Barcodes 00033586881008, 00885170040298, 00885170040304, 00885170040311
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