Released January, 2011
The Pros:Large built-in memory capacity, don't need a separate memory card for a long time. Good stabilization for handheld recording, does a good job fighting jitter. Can run a long time between recharges.
The Panasonic HDC-TM80 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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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 lower cost HDC-TM40 model in that it 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 than the HDC-TM40's 16.8x optical zoom), and a 33.7mm wide-angle lens (which is ideal for shooting in tight spaces). This model lacks the higher cost HDC-TM90's 3D shooting capability (though you must purchase the CLT1 conversion lens). The Panasonic HDC-TM80 camcorder is equipped with an Eco Mode, which automatically shuts down the camcorder when it has not been used for more than five minutes.
- Color options
- 1MOS sensor
- HD video at 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Record to SDXC/SDHC/SD memory cards
- 42x optical zoom
- 16GB built-in memory
- HYBRID OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
- iA (Intelligent Auto) w/ Face Recognition
- Eco Mode
- 33.7 wide-angle lens
- 1400 lx standard illumination
- Auto/manual focus
- Dolby Digital (2 ch) audio recording
- USB 2.0
- LED video light
- AC adapter
User Reviews (1)
large built-in memory capacity, don't need a separate memory card for a long time
good stabilization for handheld recording, does a good job fighting jitter
can run a long time between recharges
video comes out sharp, clear and at full HD
great compatibility with a wide range of memory card formats
auto-focus finds the subject right away
automatic settings are almost always exactly what is required in the scene
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