Released January, 2011
The Pros:Small, compact design will fit in a jacket pocket or purse comfortably. Light and easy to handle, can't really feel the weight of it. Reasonable battery life between charges.
The Cons:Can't charge the batteries in a standalone unit, need to charge them in the camera. Zoom range is very limited, not useful for much.
The Panasonic HDC-TM40 is a mid-cost camcorder. With its low 2.5 watt power consumption, you can record for 135 minutes on a single charge of this camcorder. The HDC-TM40 features a 1MOS sensor that can capture HD video at 1920 x 1080 resolution.
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The 16.8x optical zoom helps to ensure a detailed subject, even if they are far away. With the HDC-TM40, you can record to SDXC/SDHC/SD memory cards. This camcorder's (Intelligent Auto) feature selects the most suitable shooting mode at the press of a button. This feature includes Face Recognition, which finds the faces of registered people (up to six faces can be registered) and optimizes the focus and exposure for them. This model differs from the higher cost HDC-TM80 model in that the HDC-TM80 offers color options (black, silver and red, rather than just black), has Touch Zoom (which allows you to zoom with the swipe of a finger), Touch Shutter (which allows you to take a digital photo by touching the subject on the screen), has a 42x Intelligent Zoom (for more detailed images), and a 33.7mm wide-angle lens (which is ideal for shooting in tight spaces). At 0.39 pounds, the HDC-TM40 is one of Panasonic's lightest HD camcorders (along with the HDC-SD40, which has the same weight).
- Color: Black
- 1MOS sensor
- HD video at 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Weight: 0.39lbs.
- Record to SDXC/SDHC/SD memory cards
- 2.5 watt power consumption
- 40x optical zoom
- HYBRID OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
- iA (Intelligent Auto) w/ Face Recognition
- Eco Mode
- F1.8 (WIDE) / 2.6 (TELE) lens
- 2.9 - 48.7 mm focal length
- 1400 lx standard illumination
- Auto/manual focus
- Dolby Digital (2 ch) audio recording
- USB 2.0
- LED video light
- AC adapter
User Reviews (1)
small, compact design will fit in a jacket pocket or purse comfortably
light and easy to handle, can't really feel the weight of it
reasonable battery life between charges
don't need the manual for it, very easy to work with
image stabilization accounts for incidental handshake really well
gathers enough audio that you can clearly hear your subject
LCD is large and clear, easy to read and track your subject
can't charge the batteries in a standalone unit, need to charge them in the camera
zoom range is very limited, not useful for much
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