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Panasonic HDC-TM900
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Panasonic HDC-TM900 Camcorder

3.05MP 1/4.1 395g Nov 2012
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16 Reasons For

Good Product Quality

Several Panasonic HDC-TM900 reviewers reckoned that this camcorder was good quality. Expert review site Etechreviews.com mentioned five years ago “Its straightforward, unglamorous interface and generally impressive video quality” in their review of the Panasonic HDC-TM900. Etechreviews.com also mentioned “Generally excellent video quality and a straightforward, if somewhat unglamorous, interface highlight the Panasonic HDC-H 900”. Etechreviews.com also mentioned “Great image quality in most conditions”.

Panasonic Has Good Camcorder Reviews

On average Panasonic small sensor size camcorders have good reviews compared to other brands as do all video cameras produced by Panasonic.

Easy to Use

Some Panasonic HDC-TM900 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good interface.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 has a very large screen size (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDC-TM900. Across all the comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-TM900 the screen sizes range from 1.4" to 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9".

We compared all the other 3.5" screen size camcorders to this camcorder and we think the Legria HF G10, the XA10 ($1,299.00), and the Legria HF G30 ($999.00) all from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the Panasonic HDC-TM900 has an HDMI port.

We compared all the other camcorders with an HDMI port to this video camera and we think the Legria HF R406, and the Legria HF M52 both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HDC-TM900 is Full HD. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also are Full HD.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406 is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HDC-TM900 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDC-TM900.

Other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDC-TM900 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most camcorders of this age and type support an SD memory card. This Panasonic video camera also 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 in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDC-TM900.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder is MicroSD (Transflash).

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 typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDC-TM900 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung SMX-C10, and the Panasonic HC-V500 is also worth considering.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The HDC-TM900 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDC-TM900. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight" and "Manual" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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Has Two Cables Included

The HDC-TM900 has a greater number of included cables than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. This camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDC-TM900. The cable included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

The HDC-TM900 has one of the higher movie megapixel counts (2.53 megapixels) amongst camcorders of this age. The average movie megapixel count of camcorders of this age and spec is 1.9MP, and the movie megapixel counts range from 0.41MP to 3MP.

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3840 X 2160 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HDC-TM900 is 3840 x 2160. That's over four times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by camcorders that have been around for more than two years. This Panasonic camcorder also support still image resolutions of 640 x 480, 2560 x 1920, 2880 x 1920, 3072 x 1728, 3200 x 2400, 3600 x 2400, 4032 x 3024 and 4608 x 3072 and 4864 x 2736. Across all camcorders of this age and type the worst still image resolution is 640 x 480 and the best is 4224 x 2376.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDC-TM900 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDC-TM900 range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. The HDC-TM900 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 12 times zoom factor) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R406 (32x) which is also higher rated.

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Heavy

At 395 grams, the HDC-TM900 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years. The lightest video camera that has been around for more than two years is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDC-TM900 does not have a night mode. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HDC-TM900 also do not have a night mode.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a night mode that you might want to consider including the Legria HF M52, or the Legria HF M56 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V500 which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDC-TM900 are not 3D compatible. The HDC-TM900 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Canon XF105 ($2,499.00) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDC-TM900 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDC-TM900 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The HDC-TM900 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of this type and age are also not waterproof.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HDC-TM900

Released Over Four Years Ago

This video camera was released over four years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 700 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HDC-TM900 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDC-TM900.

If this camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R406 (1,060x and higher rated), or the Samsung SMX-C10 (1,200x and higher rated).

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1/4.1" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HDC-TM900 is 1/4.1". That's 30% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/2.88".

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Battery
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features

Expert Reviews

23 December 2011

Panasonic HDC-TM900 is a successor to lauded HDC-TM700 and offers same fantastic video performance like its predecessor, especially with its widely praised 1080/60p mode. Its straightforward,... Read more…

Generally excellent video quality and a straightforward, if somewhat unglamorous, interface highlight the Panasonic HDC-H 900
T 900, and S 800's capabilities
3D compatibility
Multitude of manual controls
Decent price
Wonky white balance and lack of a built-in neutral density filter are the two biggest drawbacks of an otherwise very good series of prosumer camcorders
Not a massive update to the T 700
3D needs additional lens, which is added cost
No 24Mbitssec AVCHD mode
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User Reviews

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Reviewed 7 May 2015 by Alan V.
(Verified Purchase)

Good Product . Good Value...

Works with no issues on Windows 7
Cheep
This adapter is easy to install with either Windows XP or Windows 7. It gets good reception on my home network. It was inexpensive. It uses a Realtek RT 8187 chip. It does what you would want it to do
I'm really broke at the moment and couldn't afford the 25 model locally so I ordered this. Then someone actually gave me one of the "regular" brand name but to my surprise this works WAY BETTER. No pr
Works with Linux
Loses connection if computer idle for too long
It is wide and long, like a thumb drive. I put a USB extension on it to keep it from covering other ports on the back of the PC
Gets very warm
The casing doesn't allow the prong to seat completely into the USB port on the back of my case because of a bolt that is in close proximity but it seats far enough to work
The wireless LAN adapter won't install on its own, you have to find the Realtek drivers online, search under RT 8187L (the chipset to search for is printed on a small sticker attached to the back of t

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdctm900epk
Barcodes 04260253145361, 05025232613120
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