Panasonic HDC-TM700 High Definition Camcorder

Panasonic HDC-TM700 High Definition Camcorder

Panasonic HDC-TM700 High Definition Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 1920 x 1080p HD
  • 32GB Internal Flash Memory
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • 9.15MP 3 MOS Sensor
  • 3" LCD
  • Leica Dicomar Lens
  • 18x Intelligent Zoom
  • Power O.I.S.
  • 14.2MP Still Image Capture
  • Headphone and Microphone Connections
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Panasonic HDC-TM700 overview

  • 1Description

The Panasonic HDC-TM700 High Definition Camcorder provides true 1920 x 1080p HD recording to a built-in 32GB flash memory. The TM700K also offers up 14.2MP still image capture and the option to record to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

The core of the camera, Panasonic's 3 MOS image sensor, is a 9.15MP (3 x 3.05MP) CMOS sensor which works together with the Lecia Dicomar lens, 3" touch screen LCD, and 18x Intelligent Zoom to record stunning images. Other features like Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) and microphone and headphone connections help enhance your video with stable images and high quality audio capture. In addition, the TM700 also comes equipped with a cold shoe mount, remote control, stylus, and a mini HDMI connection.

High-Density 1080/60p Recording
The HDC-TM700 uses the progressive method to record twice as much image data as the interlace method. Interlacing requires two images to produce a complete picture, while the progressive method records a single image as a complete picture. And, the 60 Progressive Recording of the HDC-TM700 produces 60 images per second. This extremely dense image information creates intricate detail and silky smooth motion. Even when subjects move quickly, afterimages are minimized to create more natural footage. The progressive method is most effective when shooting detailed designs where moire patterns tend to occur, or when capturing scenes during sports events where the subjects are in constant motion. Also, the recorded images are displayed clearly even when they are made into still images, so it is possible to preserve stunning photos when clipping them from videos
32GB Flash Memory and Memory Card Recording
The HDC-TM700 records to its built-in 32GB flash memory and to optional SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards for even more storage
3 MOS Image Sensor
Panasonic's 3 MOS image sensor has a total of 9.15MP (3 x 3.05MP) for capturing stunning 1920 x 1080p high definition video and up to 14.2MP still images
Leica Dicomar Lens
Panasonic HD camcorders use Leica Dicomar lenses, which are renowned for their ability to render sharp images and excellent shading. They also suppress ghosting, flare, and distortion at the image edges. Even in strong sunlight, these superb lenses maintain high contrast and resolution. A bright new F1.5-F2.8 lens with a 46mm filter diameter has been created for the HDC-TM700. Efficient light collection allows the new lens to capture bright, clear images even in dim lighting or at high shutter speeds. This high-end lens brings out all the beauty of Full-HD images
35mm Wide-Angle Capture
The 35mm wide-angle lens on the HDC-TM700 fits more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional 44.9mm lens. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room
3" LCD Display
Record and review your footage with the generous 3" LCD display, an included stylus helps you navigate the touch screen menu options with ease
18x Intelligent Zoom
The HDC-TM700 features a 12x optical zoom and an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 18x. When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution Technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving image sharpness. You get crisp images of highly detailed objects - without the blurry edges
Up to 14.2MP Still Image Capture
Capture brilliant still images up to 14.2MP in size when shooting in the 3:2 aspect ratio. When shooting in 16:9, otherwise known as wide angle, the HDC-TM700 is capable of taking up to 13.3MP photos. And in 4:3, the standard imaging size, the camera can capture up to 12.2MP photos
In the Box
Panasonic HDC-TM700 High Definition Camcorder
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Stylus Pen
  • Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • Remote
  • A/V Multi Cable
  • DC Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Lens Hood
  • Shoe Adapter
  • HD Writer AE 2.1
  • 90-Days Labor and 1-Year Parts Limited Warranty
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    Panasonic HDC-TM700 specs

    Sensor 3-Chip 1/4.1" CMOS
    Zoom Optical: 12x
    Intelligent (Optical): 18x
    Digital: 700x
    Filter Size 46 mm
    System NTSC
    Recording Media x Internal Flash Memory (32 GB Maximum)
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 14.2 Megapixel
    JPEG: 13.3 Megapixel
    JPEG: 12.2 Megapixel

    14.2MP=3:2, 13.3MP=16:9, 12.2MP=4:3

    Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo

    Also records in Dolby Digital 5.1ch

    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 3"
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Lux 1400 (Standard Illumination)
    1.6 (1/25 low light scene mode)
    1 (Color Night View)
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Built-In Light/Flash Light - No
    Flash - Yes
    Accessory Shoe Cold
    Tripod Mount 1/4"
    Input/Output Connectorsaqrwvaywcd
    Inputs 1 x Microphone In
    Outputs 1 x Mini-HDMI (Type C)
    1 x USB 2.0
    1 x Headphone Out
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.6 x 2.7 x 5.4" / 66.0 x 68.6 x 137.2 mm
    Weight 0.84 lb / 381.02 g

    without battery

    Panasonic HDC-TM700 reviews

    HDC-TM700 High Definition Camcorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 311.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from High quality video I bought this camcorder based on its sensor configuration. The 3-chip system for video works really well to generate an excellent picture. Colors are vivid and it has terrific HD. The 1080 60p mode is somewhat gimmicky, as it is not compatible with any common editing software. You have to use the camcorder to play back the video. The built-in flash drive is great to have, and with the addition of the SD card drive, you can record almost unlimited amounts of video. Image stabilization is out of this world! The still camera is good, but does not have the features of many high end point and shoot cameras. Picture quality is very good though.
    Date published: 2010-09-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent HD recording for a good price Excellent HD camcorder that films at 1080P/60. Also will record at 1080i/60 in AVCHD format. Picture is very clear and files are easy to record to internal SD memory or SDHC memory cards. The only real negative thing is that the camera has a fan on the left side. The fan noise is easily picked up by the microphones on the camera resulting in a high pitched whine between 800-1000 Hz. This can be removed with video editing software though. The noise is only noticeable if you are in a real quiet environment. Be aware that SDHC cards are formatted to use FAT file tables. Thus, the camera will split your files once they become more than 4GB in size (which is around 22 minutes in 1080P/60). The way to get around this is to use an SDXC card that uses EX-FAT.
    Date published: 2010-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Camcorder in its Price Range I needed a camcorder for professional use for under $1000. After much research this is the model I decided on. It has amazing picture quality, full audio capability and is tiny in size. I shoot videos for business use on the Internet. This camcorder will do it. Warning though, you must have a powerful computer if you want to edit at higher resolution. The AVCHD format demands powerful editing capability. However, if 720p is OK, you can edit with most Macs or PCs. There are many choices of formats with this model. As for bang for the buck, this camcorder is the best available right now under $1000.
    Date published: 2011-02-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clarity! Simplicity! Size! I was looking for a camera to replace a six-year old camera that had been through a lot! I needed something within 48 hours that I could look through the Quick Review part of the manual and get it up and running for a shoot. Afraid to make the commitment myself, I called the full-price, consultant-level DPs I work with--when I have the time & budget. They recommended exclusively the HDC-TM700. I ordered it immediately. It did not dissapoint. The clarity of picture was amazing. The screen rivaled everything we had grown accustomed to looking at. And all the features from a touch screen to the internal menu features were incredibly impressive for something so tiny. We are completely pleased.
    Date published: 2010-11-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from HD At Its Best Have had the HDC-TM700 for only a little while,but what a jump up from ordinary video recording.The 1080/60p mode is amazing.Only drawback is editing 1080/60p!Seems to down-convert ok(I have made standard DVD's)but this seems to be a waste of good technology for the time being.Videos will play on compatible TV's directly from the camcorder,but unless u have a line on flashcards cheap this won't help ordinary users at this time.Great technology just a little ahead of the curve for now.But for the price you can be overwhelmingly satisfied and probably future proofed at the same time......
    Date published: 2010-11-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Well w/ my MAC I'm a beginner and this is my first videocam, so I'm not qualified to write a detailed technical review. But, as a beginner, I can tell you that the camera is easy to learn to use. I like the size and feature set. I'll have to put lotsa time in studying the manual to begin to get the most out of it ... but just in the intelligent auto mode at medium resolution, I'm getting decent results. Also, I've never used any video editing software before ... but using iMovie on my iMac is pretty straightforward. I've already made a movie of my neighbors' kid and showed it to them to general amusement. My neighbor immediately wanted to buy the same cam.
    Date published: 2010-07-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lot of Bang for the Buck I bought the TM700 for my 3-week family trip to Australia and New Zealand. I wanted a quality, compact HD camcorder under $1,000. I searched for hours comparing with Sony and Canon. I have always had Sony. This time I decided on the Panasonic TM700 and made the best decision. The HD quality (1080/60P) quality is incredible. We watched it on our HD big screen in our hotel and my family was blown-away by the quality. Cons: Finding an advanced editing 3rd party software for editing the 1080/60p (Panasonic's original format). It comes with HD Writer AE 2.1, but I like a more robust editing program. It is ahead of the times...advanced NLE programs will eventually handle this CODEC.
    Date published: 2011-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, nearly perfect. I have posted a feature demonstration on youtube showing most of the video modes that are available.@While 60P is mostly useless right now (youtube will not even process it correctly) it works well for slow-motion, and you can easily convert to 30P in-camera so long as you have a SD card installed. Only Vegas and Adobe can save 60P, though PowerDirector 8 can import it properly if you don't mind 30P output. I'm not sure why aperture priority wasn't an option, you can set full manual so long as you set exposure first. I have had no problem with the fan being picked up on mic. Hopefully it never goes out! Fan speed increases if you close the panel.
    Date published: 2010-09-21
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