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The Panasonic HDC-TM300 is a high-definition camcorder recommended for new or intermediate users.

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Pros

Manual gain controls can greatly improve low-light performance

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Stock battery has very long life for this type of camera

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Pull-out viewfinder is not often included on cameras of this price range

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Better menu navigation controls than other models

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Great quality recordings in AVCHD format

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Cons

Can be difficult to edit and find compatible software for AVCHD format

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Audio quality of recordings is not up to speed with other models at this price

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Many fine-tuning controls are not laid out as well as competing models in terms of ergonomics

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The Panasonic HDC-TM300 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 fourth of six Panasonic HDC-HS models, the Panasonic HDC-TM300 is an upgrade from the Panasonic HDC-TM20 in that it features 32GB (versus 16GB) of built-in-flash memory, Optical Image Stabilization, an Intelligent Auto (iA) mode that allows shooters to either select a specific Scene mode or allow the camcorder to automatically choose one, and Panasonic’s revolutionary 3MOS chip system that utilizes three separate full-HD MOS sensors to provide up to 9,150,000 pixels when capturing video. In addition to these bevy of features, the HDC-TM300 sports a 43mm Leica Dicomar lens with a 12X optical zoom, 30X digital zoom, and 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. The HDC-TM300 also 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-TM300 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-TM300 also boasts a 2.7” wide LCD, auto focus tracking, and a manual ring that can control zoom, focus, aperture, shutter speed and white balance. The HDC-TM300 retails for a much more expensive $1299.95 (versus $649.95) and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.

Features
  • 3MOS Chip System
  • 5.1 Channel Surround Sound System
  • 5 Microphones
  • Zoom Microphone Feature
  • 32GB 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
  • 43m Leica Dicomar Lens
  • Manual Ring
  • 2.7” wide LCD (230,400 pixels)
  • 12x Optical Zoom
  • 30x Digital Zoom
  • Auto Focus Tracking
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode
  • 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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