Panasonic HDC-TM80 Full HD Twin Memory Camcorder Reviews 2011

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Panasonic HDC-TM80 Review
The new Panasonic HDC-TM80 is one of 3 new Panasonic camcorders in the “80” series. This TM80 is the middle of the range, with 16GB built-in flash memory as well as SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording, a great 33.7mm Wide Angle Lens, Intelligent 42x Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization, a Zoom Mic and Wind Noise Canceller.

Recording Full HD 1920 x 1080 MPEG4-AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant), the Panasonic HDC-TM80 has an LED Video Light and Flash Photo Light for low light situations.

The Panasonic HDC-HS80K HDD video camera has a 120GB hard drive as well as SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording, and the Panasonic HDC-SD80 camcorder has neither the hard drive nor built-in flash memory , recording only to an SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card, otherwise, all 3 camcorders are identical in features.

Panasonic HDC-TM80 42x POWER O.I.S. HYBRID Zoom
The Panasonic HD 80 Series features an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 42x. When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving the image resolution. You get sharp images of highly detailed objects – without the blurry edges. Plus, the HD 80 Series is equipped with HYBRID O.I.S., an image stabilizer system that corrects hand-shake blurring by combining the action of its hybrid optical and electrical image stabilization systems.

Even when zooming, where hand-shake often occurs, both optical and electrical hand-shake correction make it possible to record beautiful images with approximately 2 times* the hand-shake suppressing effect as conventional models. * Compared with the HDC-SD60, HDC-TM60, and HDC-HS60.

Panasonic TM80 O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Lock
The image-stabilizing effect is increased by pressing and holding the O.I.S. Lock indication on the LCD screen, which maximizes the blur detection sensitivity. This is great for when you want to zoom at a fixed angle, like for bird watching. * Considerable blurring is generated by the shifting of the corrective lens when the camera is panned or tilted.

Panasonic HDC-TM80 33.7mm Wide Angle*
The 33.7mm wide-angle* on the HD 80 Series fits more people and more of the background into the frame than conventional models. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room. *35mm camera equivalent.

Panasonic TM80 Crystal Engine PRO
The Crystal Engine PRO instantly processes the huge amount of data that goes into Full HD images, and further enhances Full HD quality. It produces smooth, high-resolution zoom shots even when the range exceeds the limit for optical zooming. Crystal Engine PRO clearly delineates even the tiniest details of your subject, with extremely natural beauty.

In addition, its Noise Reduction (NR) technology has been completely redesigned. The low-frequency noise that occurs when recording in dim lighting has been further minimized. And Intelligent Resolution Technology ensures sharp and crisp pictures, resulting in bright and beautifully colored motion images.

Panasonic TM80 Intelligent Resolution Technology
Intelligent Resolution Technology incorporated in the new Crystal Engine PRO uses edge detection technology to confirm the edges of objects within the image, then emphasizes the edges for optimal clarity. For example, it brings crisp definition to patterns and the outlines of objects like flowers.

Conversely, it reduces noise and enhances the natural smoothness of parts without edges, like the sky. The increased sharpness is especially effective for images with delicate details. This highly advanced technology maximizes the beauty of
Full HD images.

Panasonic HDC-TM80 New Zoom Mic and Wind Noise Canceller
The Zoom Mic function that links with the TM80 video camera zoom action has evolved even further. Compared to previous models, the noise-reducing performance is improved by 1/3 (-10dB).* It lets you clearly record the sound of your target subject.* Compared with the HDC-SD60, HDC-TM60, and HDC-HS60.

Panasonic HDC-TM80 Wind Noise Canceller
The TM80 Wind Noise Canceller automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise. It lets you capture natural sounds with lifelike ambience even when shooting in windy conditions outdoors or by the sea.

Still Picture Recording at 3.0 Megapixels with Intelligent Resolution Technology
In Still Picture Recording mode, Intelligent Resolution Technology lets you record clear still images with resolution up to 3.0 megapixels.* Also, when playing back the moving pictures you shot, you can capture 3.0-megapixel* still images of any scene you want. The HD 80 Series lets you enjoy high quality in both motion and still images. * For images recorded with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Panasonic HDC-TM80 Scene Mode
Automatically selects the most suitable shutter speed and aperture for the shooting location and situation.  11 Scene modes are available.

Panasonic TM80 Soft Skin Mode
When this function detects skin tones, it softens the focus in that area. This has a skin beautifying effect, which makes wrinkles and lines appear less noticeable. When turned on, this function makes blemishes and moles look less conspicuous, while preserving resolution in areas of the picture outside of the skin.

Panasonic HDC-TM80 Tele-Macro
You can shoot macro close-ups with the Panasonic TM80 video camera while maintaining a distance of 70cm from your subject. In addition, using the zoom at full magnification makes it much easier to capture extreme close-ups without your body or camera casting a shadow on the subject and while keeping the background in soft focus.

Panasonic HDC-TM80 Technical Details
Intelligent 42x Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S.
33.7mm Wide Angle Lens
Zoom Mic and Wind Noise Canceller
Full HD 1920 x 1080 Recording Mode + 16GB built-in memory
SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording
MPEG4-AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant),
LED Video Light with Flash Photo Light

5.0 out of 5 stars I love this recorder, May 5, 2011 By S. T. Kondrotas

The quality of video is superb and the amount of manual controls is more than adequate, at least for my purposes (I use it for jewelry videos in a studio environment, with an enclosed AC adapter). The fully automatic mode is very good, too. The lens is sharp, right contrast, right color rendering. I got exactly what I wanted to get. Very happy… Read the full review and latest discount price of the Panasonic HDC-TM80 here.



So which of the Panasonic HD 80 Series is best for you, the Panasonic HDC-SD80 camcorder with neither the hard drive nor built-in flash memory , recording only to an SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card, this model as reviewed here, the Panasonic HDC-TM80 with 16GB built-in flash memory as well as SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording or the Panasonic HDC-HS80K HDD video camera has a 120GB hard drive as well as SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording?

Let me tell you as a Panasonic TM owner, (the TM700) my choice would be the camcorder in this review, the Panasonic HDC-TM80.

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Product Specifications

Brand:Panasonic
Model : HDC-TM80K
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Intelligent 42x Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S.

33.7mm Wide Angle Lens

Zoom Mic and Wind Noise Canceller

Full HD 1920 x 1080 Recording Mode + 16GB built-in memory

SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Recording

MPEG4-AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant)

LED Video Light with Flash Photo Light

Reviews

>Panasonic HDC-TM80 Full HD Twin Memory Camcorder at Amazon.com
Average Rating: 3.0
R. Rivera Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

Recent Customer Camcorder Reviews


Average Rating: 3.0
R. Rivera Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

4.0 out of 5 stars Portable, simple to use nice video quality I like this camera. For the price it's video quality is great. I only use alkaline batteries so can't comment on the rechargable battery that came with it. Published 21 minutes ago by Bruce V. Backlund.


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