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HD camcorder with 16GB flash memory (Black)

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by Kristen Schaub
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Shoot videos for posterity — or posting online

From birthday parties to YouTube™ antics, camcorders let you capture moments you can share with friends and family, or the world at large. Most newer camcorders save your videos to built-in digital memory or a removable memory card. Some models come with a built-in hard disk drive that gives you much more storage. For maximum portability, check out our smaller cams that fit into a pocket or purse. For high-def videos that look awesome on your HDTV, go for a slightly larger model with a better lens and image sensor.

Your vacation bags are packed. Your plane tickets are ready. What are you forgetting? Oh yeah: Panasonic's HDC-TM80 camcorder. With this compact cam by your side, you're sure to capture stunning videos and photos of the beach with its turquoise sea and sparkling sand. You can record your video to the cam's 16GB built-in memory, which can hold up to 6 hours of video, or pop in an optional SD memory card.

"Full" high-definition recording for smoother video
Unlike some other HD camcorders, the 'TM80 records video in "full" HD 1080 progressive resolution. It means the video you record with this cam will look smooth and have lots of details with no traces of flicker or jagged edges. It also means your videos of that zip line over the rainforest will look simply gorgeous on your HDTV when you get home. Just add an optional HDMI cable and you'll be all set.

Beautiful zoomed-in shots of distant subjects
The 'TM80 also features an intelligent zoom that'll get you up to 42X closer to the tropical birds and lizards. It does this using the cam's 34X optical zoom, plus a little bit of digital zoom to get you closer without blurry edges. Plus, the 'TM80 uses a hybrid optical image stabilization that corrects for a wider range of hand-shake using both optical and digital stabilization. It makes it possible to record more professional-looking close-ups that won't induce nausea when you show your video off to friends and family at home.

Easy shooting in any situation
This cam's powerful Intelligent Auto sensor accurately assesses your shooting conditions and automatically chooses the settings that'll help you get the best video possible. You won't have to bother with the focus or contrast — the cam will do it for you. It'll even automatically detect any faces in your scene, and follow them wherever they move throughout your frame. It makes capturing video of your child playing on the beach or your spouse learning how to samba that much easier.

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    Storage and Formats:
    • records high-definition video and photos onto 16GB built-in memory
      • built-in memory holds up to 6 hours of footage, depending on the video settings
    • also takes optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
    • maximum video resolution: 1920 x 1080
    Features:
    • 1.5-megapixel CMOS image sensor (1.3 effective pixels in 16:9)
    • 34X optical zoom lens (42X intelligent zoom; 2000X digital zoom total)
    • 2-11/16" touchscreen LCD
    • Intelligent Resolution Technology uses edge detection to produce crisper images
    • hybrid optical image stabilization covers a wide range of camera shake to keep images steady
    • LED video light and photo flash for shooting video in low light conditions
    • 2-channel zoom microphone with wind noise canceler
    • Pre-Record shoots up to 3 seconds of video before you press the record button so you don't miss the action
    • Quick Start lets you begin shooting as soon as you open the LCD
    • face detection adjusts focus and exposure for better portraits
    • AF Tracking "locks" on and follows a moving subject to ensure optimal focusing and exposure
    • Intelligent Auto (iA) control adjusts settings for you, including face detection and intelligent contrast control
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • high-speed USB interface (cable included)
    • mini HDMI output for connection to an HDTV (cable not included)
    • comes with an AC adapter/charger and rechargeable lithium ion battery
    • 2-3/16"W x 2-3/8"H x 4-11/16"D
    • weight: 6.4 oz. without battery
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size (inches) 2.7
    Viewfinder None
    Total Pixel Count 1,500,000
    Effective Pixel Count for Video 1,300,000
    High-Definition Yes
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Manual Focusing Yes
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Optical Zoom 34 x
    Digital Zoom 59 x
    Night Imaging Yes
    Image Stabilization Optical + Digital
    Built-in Video Light Yes
    Built-in Memory 16 GB Flash
    Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery 115 min
    Digital Still Camera Features
    Effective Pixel Count for Stills 1,300,000
    Built-in Photo Flash Yes
    Still Image Aspect Ratios 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
    Inputs and Outputs
    USB Port USB 2.0 High Speed
    HDMI Output Mini
    Mic Input No
    Dimensions
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 8.32
    Width (inches) 2-3/16
    Height (inches) 2-3/8
    Depth (inches) 4-11/16
    Warranty
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 90 Days
    Image Sensor Warranty 1 Year
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    • Digital camcorder (black)
    • VW-VBK180 Lithium-ion battery (3.6 V/1790 mAh)
    • VSK0711 AC adapter with attached 74" DC output cable (DC output: 5V/1.6A)
    • 63" AC power cable
    • 40" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini B 2.0 USB on the other end)
    • Stylus pen
    • 5' AV multi-cable (has proprietary plug on one end and 6 RCA plugs on the other end for component video/composite video/stereo audio)
    • HD Writer AE 3.0 CD-ROM software
    • Owner's Manual (Eng w/Spanish Quick Use Guide)
    • Product Registration form

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    General Features
    Video Camera Features
    Digital Still Camera Features
    Battery Information
    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Software And Computer Information

    General Features

    Recording Media: The Panasonic HDR-TM80 allows you to record video and still images on the 16 GB built-in memory, or on optional SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. The unit is compatible with SD Memory cards from 512MB to 2GB, SDHC Memory cards from 4GB to 32GB, and SDXC Memory cards from 48GB to 64GB. SD cards with a Speed Class Rating of 4 or higher are recommended.

    2.7" LCD Touch Screen: The 2.7" (16:9) LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The 230,000-dot LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp and detailed images for monitoring or playback. Mirror mode allows you to view a mirror-image of the subject you are shooting in the LCD screen when the screen is rotated 180 degrees, but the image will be normal when recorded. In addition, the touch screen LCD allows you to navigate through the menu system. There is no separate viewfinder on this camcorder.

    Recording Formats: This camera captures video in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD compliant) format with Dolby Digital 2-channel audio. iFrame recording uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.MP4) format with AAC audio compression. (iFrame is a format suitable for Mac (iMovie'11).) Still images are recorded in JPEG compression.

    Image Sensor: The TM80 has a 1/5.8" MOS image sensor with 1,500,000 pixels. The camera features 1,300,000 to 1,120,000 effective pixels for recording 16:9 high definition video and 16:9 still images. It has 1,100,000 pixels for 3:2 aspect ratio still images, and 970,000 pixels for 4:3 still images.

    Lens: This camera features an F1.5-F4.0 lens with a 34x optical zoom and Auto Iris. The lens' 35mm film camera equivalent is as follows:

    • Motion Pictures: 33.7-1240 mm (16:9)
    • Still Images: 41.3-1405 mm (4:3), 38.1-1298 mm (3:2), 33.7-1240 mm (16:9)

    Intelligent Zoom: The camcorder has an Intelligent Zoom function that goes up to 42x while maintaining high definition picture quality. Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving image sharpness.

    Digital Zoom: In addition to the 34x optical zoom, the camcorder has a selectable 90x or 2000x (total) digital zoom. Because the picture is processed digitally, the picture quality deteriorates the more you zoom in. The power zoom lever can be moved slightly for a slow zoom, or moved further for a faster zoom.

    Crystal Engine PRO: The TM80 features Crystal Engine PRO processing to turn the huge amount of data into full HD images. It produces smooth, high-resolution zoom shots even beyond the optical zooming range.

    Intelligent Auto Mode: The Intelligent Auto (iA) mode automatically sets the shooting mode that is appropriate for the condition when you simply point the unit to what you want to record. Intelligent Auto Modes include:

    • Portrait: Faces are detected and focused automatically, and brightness is adjusted to make people stand out against the background
    • Scenery: the whole landscape will be recorded vividly without whiting out the background sky, which may be very bright
    • Spotlight: improved quality when subject is brightly illuminated (motion picture recording only)
    • Low Light: for dark scenes, such as at dusk (motion picture recording only)
    • Night Portrait: subject and background are recorded with near real-life brightness (still picture recording only)
    • Night Scenery: record night scenery vividly by slowing the shutter speed (still picture recording only)
    • Macro: recording at very close proximity to the object of recording (still picture recording only)
    • Normal: contrast adjusted automatically for clear images

    Hybrid O.I.S.: Panasonic's Hybrid O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) helps suppress the effects of hand-shake as you shoot movies and still images. Hybrid O.I.S. is a combination of optical and electronic image stabilization systems. The Hybrid O.I.S. feature can be turned on or off for motion picture recording. You can select from two levels of stabilization (or off) for still picture recording.

    Face Framing: When Face Framing is activated, the camcorder will recognize up to 15 human faces, and a "frame" appears around each face in the LCD screen. The camcorder sets the focus and brightness on the faces in the scene. Larger faces and faces nearer to the center of the screen take preference over the others. You can register the faces of particular persons, giving them priority focusing and displaying their names when they are recognized by the camcorder.

    AF/AE Tracking: The TM80 allows you to set the focus and exposure to the subject by touching the subject on the touch screen. The focus and exposure will keep following the subject automatically, even if it moves (Dynamic Tracking).

    Illumination Requirements: The camera records video and photos in normal mode at a standard illumination of 1400 lx. You can record at 7 lx in the Low Light mode and approximately 1 lx in the Color Night Record mode.

    White Balance Adjustment: You can set the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment using the following methods:

    • Auto: The white balance is adjusted automatically
    • Sunny Mode: for recording outdoors under a clear sky
    • Cloudy Mode: for recording outdoors under a cloudy sky
    • Indoor Mode 1: for recording indoors under incandescent lights and halogen lamps
    • Indoor Mode 2: for recording indoors under color fluorescent lamps or sodium lamps
    • Manual: You can manually set the white balance using a white card or paper.

    Manual Exposure: When automatic exposure settings fail to give you the images you desire, you can manually set the shutter speed and the iris/gain values. When recording movies, the Shutter Speed can be set between 1/60 and 1/8000 (1/30-1/8000 in Auto Slow Shutter mode). For still images, the shutter speed is set between 1/2 and 1/2000. The Iris/Gain value can be set between F16 and F2.0 (0 dB to 18 dB).

    Focus Modes: The TM80 focuses automatically for most situations. When auto focus doesn't work, you can switch to Manual Focus and use the touchscreen to manually focus on the subject.

    Audio Recording: The camcorder is equipped with a built-in stereo microphone. In the setup menu, you can activate a Wind Noise Canceller to cut down on the amount of noise caused by wind blowing on the built-in mic. The Zoom Mic feature lets you synchronize the directivity of the microphone with the zoom operation.

    Built-in Video/Photo Light: An LED on the front of the camcorder can help illuminate dark places when recording. The Video Light function can be set to On or Automatic while recording video. The Photo Light function can be set to flash the LED automatically or always flash when taking a picture in a dark place. The intensity of the Photo Light can be adjusted as well.

    Video Camera Features

    HD Video Recording: The TM80 records high definition motion images at a 1920 x 1080 resolution onto the built-in 16 GB memory or an inserted SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. The camera records audio in Dolby Digital 2-channel audio using the built-in microphone. If the video is going to be uploaded to a Mac, it is recommended that it be recorded in the iFrame format with AAC audio.

    Recording Capacity: The built-in memory and SD/SDHC/SDXC cards have the following capacity at each recording mode:

    Memory Size/Type 1920 x 1080 960 x 540
    HA
    17 Mbps
    HG
    13 Mbps
    HX
    9 Mbps
    HE
    5 Mbps
    iFrame
    28 Mbps
    4 GB SDHC Card 30 min 40 min 1 hr 1 hr 30 min 19 min
    16 GB Built-in Memory
    or SDHC Card
    2 hrs 2 hrs 40 min 4 hrs 10 min 6 hrs 40 min 1 hr 20 min
    64 GB SDXC Card 8 hrs 30 min 11 hrs 16 hrs 50 min 27 hrs 30 min 5 hrs 20 min

    Quick Start: The camera will go into standby mode if you close the LCD monitor while the unit is powered on. When the LCD monitor is reopened, the unit resumes recording mode/pause in approximately 0.6 seconds, allowing you to start recording almost immediately.

    Pre-Rec: The Pre-Rec mode allows recording of pictures and sound to start approximately 3 seconds before the start/stop button is pressed. This helps prevent you from missing a shot.

    Fader: When you start recording, the image and audio will gradually appear, and when you pause or stop recording, the image/audio gradually disappear. You can select a black or white fader, or turn off the fade mode altogether.

    Relay Recording: When relay recording is activated, the camcorder will automatically begin recording video to an inserted SD card when the built-in memory is full. When finished recording, the relay-recorded scenes can be combined into one scene on the SD card.

    Playback Modes: During playback, you can choose the following operations: Play/pause, rewind, fast forward, stop, skip forward, skip backward, slow-motion, and frame-by-frame. Audio will only be heard during normal playback.

    Digital Still Camera Features

    Still Image Recording: The TM80 can record still images in the following sizes and aspect ratios:

    Aspect Ratio
    4:3 3:2 16:9
    2.6M: 1856 x 1392
    0.3M: 640 x 480
    2.8M: 2064 x 1376 3M: 2304 x 1296*
    2.1M: 1920 x 1080*

    *Still image sizes are also available when in Motion Picture Recording Mode.

    Hi-Speed Burst Shooting: You can record still images continuously at the rate of 30 or 60 a second in the Hi-Speed Burst mode. When set to 30 frames per second, the maximum number of pictures that can be recorded is 90, and the picture size is 2.1M (1920 x 1080). At 60 fps, up to 180 pictures can be recorded, with a 0.9M (1280 x 720) image size. After shooting, you can choose to save all of the pictures taken, or those within a range selected.

    Self Timer: This feature lets you record a still image after a short delay, allowing you to get into the picture or for a steady recording from a tripod. You can select a 10 second or 2 second delay.

    Slide Show: You can automatically play back images stored in the built-in memory or on the inserted SD/SDHC/SDXC card. The interval can be set to short (1 second), normal (5 seconds), or long (15 seconds). You can also select photos from a specific date to play back, as well as pre-recorded music to be played during playback.

    Recording Capacity: The built-in 16 GB memory and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards have the following capacity for recording still images:

    Memory Size/Type 4:3 3:2 16:9
    2.6M 0.3M 2.8M 3M 2.1M
    4 GB SDHC 2600 30000 2500 2400 3600
    16 GB Built-in Memory
     or SDHC Card
    10000 122000 10000 10000 14000
    64 GB SDXC 43000 492000 42000 40000 59000

    Battery Information

    Battery: This unit comes with the VW-VBK180 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V/1790 mAh). Optional batteries for this camcorder include the VW-VBK180 and the VW-VBK360 (3.6V/3580mAHh):

    Battery Model Charging Time Recording Mode Maximum Continuous Recording Time Actual Recording Time
    Supplied VW-VBK180 2 hrs 25 min HA, HG 1 hr 50 min 55 min
    HX, HE 1 hr 55 min
    iFrame 2 hrs 1 hr
    Optional VW-VBK360 4 hrs 20 min HA, HG, HX, HE 3 hrs 45 min 1 hr 55 min
    iFrame 3 hrs 55 min 2 hrs

    AC Adapter: The camcorder comes with an AC adapter that allows you to operate the unit on standard household current. The battery can be charged in the camcorder when it is connected to the AC adapter.

    Backup Battery: The camera has a built-in Lithium battery that will maintain the time and date for approximately 4 months. If the time display is blank (--), you can connect the camera to the AC adapter to charge the internal backup battery for approximately 24 hours.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    A/V Multi Output: This camcorder features a proprietary AV multi connector output for use with the supplied A/V multi cable (component video/composite video/stereo audio) for displaying the camera's contents on your television. You can use either the component video plugs (red, green, blue RCAs) or composite video plug (yellow) along with the stereo audio plugs (red, white RCAs) to connect the camcorder to your TV. High definition images up to 1080i are output using the component video plugs, and 480i standard images are output using the component or composite plugs.

    HDMI: You can output high definition video up to 1080i and 2-channel audio through the camcorder's HDMI output. A mini-HDMI to HDMI cable is required to connect the camcorder to your HDTV. When connecting to a Panasonic VIERA Link (HDAVI control) compatible TV via HDMI, you can control the camcorder's playback using the TV's remote control. The camcorder is compatible with VIERA Link Ver.5 or earlier.

    USB Port: The camera has a mini-USB version 2.0 jack for connecting to a PC via the supplied USB cable. Connecting the camcorder to a PC via USB allows the computer to access the information on the built-in memory or an inserted SD/SDHC/SDXC card. You will be able to download still images and video files to your computer. You can edit and save your video files onto your computer, then make DVDs of them using the software that is supplied with the camera. The camera can also be used as an external storage device, convenient for archiving, storing and transporting your videos and still images.

    Software And Computer Information

    Included Software: The camera includes HD Writer AE 3.0, which is compatible with Windows operating system only. With HD Writer AE 3.0, you can:

    • copy data to a PC
    • copy in BD/AVCHD format (except iFrame scenes) or DVD-Video format
    • edit movies
    • share movies online
    • play back movies on a PC
    • format discs

    Computer Requirements: HD Writer AE 3.0 requires the following environment:

    PC

    IBM PC/AT compatible PC

    Operating System Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit): Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate
    Windows Vista (32-bit):
    Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business (SP1/SP2)
    Windows XP:
    (SP3)
    CPU Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz or higher (including compatible CPU)
    • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz or higher or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 5200+ or higher is recommended when using playback function or MPEG2 output function.
    • Intel Core 2 Quad 2.6 GHz or higher is recommended when using editing or Continuous Photo Playback function.
    RAM Windows 7: 1 GB or more (32-bit)/2 GB or more (64-bit)
    Windows Vista:
    1 GB or more
    Windows XP:
    512 MB or more (1 GB or more recommended)
    Display --High Color (16 bit) or more (32 bit or more recommended)
    --Desktop resolution of 1024 x 768 or more (1920 x 1080 pixels or more recommended)
    --Video card supporting DirectX 9.0c (DirectX 10 recommended for Windows Vista or Windows 7)
    --Compatible with DirectDraw overlay
    --PCI Express x16 compatible recommended
    --Video memory of 256 MB or more recommended

    Free Hard Disk Drive Space

    Ultra DMA--100 or more
    450 MB or more (for installing the application)
    --When writing to a DVD/BD/SD, more than double the amount of free space as the disc being created is necessary.
    Sound DirectSound support
    Interface USB port [Hi-speed USB (USB 2.0)]
    Other Requirements Mouse or equivalent pointing device
    Internet connection

    Operating Environment for the Card Reader Function (mass storage):

      Windows
    PC

    IBM PC/AT compatible PC

    OS Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
    Windows Vista
    (32-bit)(SP1/SP2)
    Windows XP
    (32-bit (SP3)
    CPU Windows 7/Windows Vista: 1.0 GHz or higher processor
    Windows XP: Intel Pentium III 450 MHz or higher or Intel Celeron 400 MHz or higher
    RAM Windows 7: 1 GB or higher (32-bit)/2 GB or more (64-bit)
    Windows Vista Home Basic: 512 MB or more
    Windows Vista Home Premium / Ultimate / Business / Enterprise: 1 GB or more
    Windows XP: 128 MB or more (256 MB or more recommended)
    Interface USB port
    Other Mouse or equivalent pointing device
     
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