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The Panasonic HDC-TM20 is a high-definition camcorder recommended for new or intermediate users.

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Pros

Simple to use flash memory storage, no more worrying about hard drive failing, the memory can be easily removed and connected to most computers today

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Compact, portable design, it is light and fits into a users hand well, but at the cost of a view finder

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Good image quality when the lighting conditions is good, sharp and good colours

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Auto focus and auto face tracking, bringing technology from point and shoot cameras

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Cons

Below average battery life, possibly due to the image processor which also contribute to the heat issue

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Camera runs hot, makes users question its long term reliability

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No manual control lens ring, cannot manually adjust focus without using the less accurate zoom

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No viewfinder, whilst it does reduce weight and saves space, it is disappointing to see a $650 camera to not have it

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The Panasonic HDC-TM20 is a high-definition camcorder recommended for new or intermediate users who desire an easy-to-use camcorder that can still produce top-notch, vivid video worthy of sharing with friends and family. The second of six Panasonic HDC-HS models, the Panasonic HDC-TM20 is a slight downgrade from the Panasonic HDC-HS20 in that it trades in its predecessor’s 80GB integrated HDD in favor of 16GB of internal flash memory. In all other ways, however, the HDC-TM20 is practically a duplicate of its peer. For instance, the HDC-TM20 is also equipped with a 5.1 channel surround sound system with a 5 microphones and a zoom microphone feature, not to mention an SDHC/SD memory card so that users can record and store 1920 x 1080 HD video content on either the HDD or an SD card. In addition, the HDC-TM20 offers full support for Apple Macintosh computers, and in fact allows easy file transferring so that files may be edited in iMovie. Furthermore, the HDC-TM20 features touch-screen controls with icon-based menus, an auto power LCD, and a quick 1.9 second power-up so that users can more easily catch spontaneous moments on video. The HDC-TM20 also boasts a Leica Dicomar lens with a 16x optical zoom, a 40x digital zoom, auto focus tracking, a 2.7” wide LCD, and automatic LCD brightness adjustments. The HDC-TM20 retails for a more affordable $649.95 (versus $799.95) and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.

Features
  • 5.1 Channel Surround Sound System
  • 5 Microphones
  • Zoom Microphone Feature
  • 16GB Internal Flash Memory
  • SDHC/SD Memory Card
  • 1920 x 1080 HD Video Recording
  • Macintosh Support
  • Touch-Screen Controls
  • Icon-Based Menus
  • Auto Power LCD
  • 1.9 Second Power-Up
  • Leica Dicomar Lens
  • 2.7” wide LCD (230,400 pixels)
  • 16x Optical Zoom
  • 40x Digital Zoom
  • Auto Focus Tracking
  • Automatic LCD Brightness Adjustments
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 64 x 69 x 128 mm
  • Weight: 360g
  • Available in Black, Silver, or Red
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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