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Panasonic HDC-TM900

HD camcorder with 32GB flash memory, 3D-ready

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Our take on the Panasonic HDC-TM900

by Kristen Schaub
Panasonic

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.

Superb, true-to-life videos that you'll want to watch again and again

When you want to preserve life's most important moments — like your wedding or your son's first birthday — then you can't go wrong with Panasonic's HDC-TM900 camcorder. It's packed with advanced imaging technology, from its three image sensors that help you capture more lifelike colors, all the way to its 3D-ready image processor, which lets you create your own 3D movies using an optional lens. With the 'TM900, it's easy to record smooth videos that are bursting with vivid details. Plus, you can save your video and photos straight to the cam's 32GB built-in memory, which can hold up to 13 hours of video, or to an optional SD memory card.


Three image sensors for vibrant home movies

Most cams use a single image sensor, but this Panasonic uses one for each of the three primary colors — reg, green, and blue. Your movies will glow with rich, vibrant tones, from the deep oranges and reds of a sunset, to the crystal-clear blues of Caribbean waters. A precise Leica Dicomar lens gives you detailed widescreen video and still photos that'll perfectly match the shape of your HDTV's screen without stretching or distorting the picture. And a built-in zoom microphone with Dolby® Digital surround sound recording adds even more realism to your videos.

Full high-definition recording for smoother video

Unlike some other HD cams, the 'TM900 records video in "Full HD" 1080 progressive resolution. This 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 wedding or honeymoon video will look simply gorgeous on your HDTV when you get home. Just add an optional HDMI cable and you'll be all set.

HDC-TM900

To 3D or not to 3D?

Are you thinking you may want to switch to a 3D camcorder in the future, but aren't sure about it now? The 'TM900 has you covered. Just add on the optional 3D video conversion lens (shown attached at right) and you can start shooting dramatic-looking 3D video. How is this possible? The additional lens actually contains two lenses that simultaneously record left and right images, which are then stored onto the 'TM900's memory thanks to the powerful internal processor. All you have to do is hook the cam up to your compatible 3D HDTV, put on your 3D glasses, and enjoy the show!


Dial in perfect shots with the manual control ring

HDC-TM900

The 'TM900 features a manual control ring on the barrel of the lens that lets you adjust the zoom, focus, and aperture, for creative, hands-on filming. This cam also 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. You can also easily tweak settings on the large, 3-1/2" touchpanel LCD. Or use the electronic viewfinder to get a better view of your images in direct sunlight. Plus, the accessory shoe on the side of the cam lets you add on an external microphone or video light to give your videos a more professional feel.

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 blowing out his birthday candles or your spouse singing karaoke that much easier.


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    Storage and Formats:
    • records high-definition video and photos onto 32GB built-in memory
      • built-in memory holds up to 13 hours of footage, depending on the video settings
    • also takes optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
    • maximum video resolution: 1920 x 1080
    • compatible with Panasonic's optional 3D video conversion lens
    Features:
    • 9.15-megapixel 3 MOS image sensor (7.59 effective pixels in 16:9) has separate image sensors for red, green, and blue
    • high-quality Leica Dicomar lens with 12X optical zoom (20X intelligent zoom; 700X digital zoom total)
    • take 14.2-megapixel photos (7.89-effective)
    • 3-1/2" widescreen touchpanel LCD, plus electronic viewfinder
    • manual control ring gives you easy control over the focus, zoom, and aperture
    • 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
    • 5.1-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)
    • mini accessory shoe lets you add an optional external mic or video light
    • microphone and headphone outputs
    • stylus pen and wireless remote included
    • comes with an AC adapter/charger and rechargeable lithium ion battery
    • 2-13/16"W x 2-13/16"H x 5-3/4"D
    • weight: 13.92 oz. without battery
    • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size (inches)
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    3.5
    Viewfinder
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    Yes
    Total Pixel Count
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    9,150,000
    Effective Pixel Count for Video
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    7,590,000
    High-Definition
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    Yes
    Aspect Ratio
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    16:9
    Manual Focusing
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    Yes
    Filter Diameter
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    46 mm
    Optical Zoom
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    12 x
    Digital Zoom
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    58.3 x
    Night Imaging
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    Yes
    Image Stabilization
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    Optical + Digital
    Built-in Video Light
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    No
    Built-in Memory
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    32 GB Flash
    Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery
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    105 min
    Digital Still Camera Features
    Effective Pixel Count for Stills
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    7,890,000
    Built-in Photo Flash
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    Yes
    Still Image Aspect Ratios
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    4:3, 3:2, 16:9
    Inputs and Outputs
    USB Port
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    USB 2.0 High Speed
    HDMI Output
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    Mini
    Mic Input
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    3.5mm
    Dimensions
    Weight With Battery (ounces)
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    16.16
    Width (inches)
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    2-13/16
    Height (inches)
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    2-13/16
    Depth (inches)
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    5-3/4
    Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    90 Days
    Image Sensor Warranty
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    1 Year
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    What's in the box?

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    • Digital camcorder (black)
    • Wireless Remote Control (N2QAEC000024) with CR2025 battery installed
    • VW-VBN130 Lithium-ion battery (7.2 V/1250 mAh)
    • VSK0732 AC adapter with attached 76" DC output cable (DC output: 9.3V/1.2A)
    • 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
    • Shoe adapter (VYC0996)
    • 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)
    • Lens Hood (VDW2053)
    • HD Writer AE 3.0 CD-ROM software
    • Owner's Manual (Eng w/Spanish Quick Use Guide)
    • Product Registration form
    • About 1080/60p recording sheet
    • Safety Precautions for the AC adapter

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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-TM900 allows you to record video and still images on the 32 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.

    3.5" LCD Touch Screen: The 3.5" (16:9) LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The 460,000-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.

    Viewfinder: In addition to the 3.5" LCD screen, the TM900 has a 0.24" electronic viewfinder (EVF) with approximately 263,000 dots. The viewfinder has an eyepiece corrector dial (diopter) to adjust the image to your personal eyesight.

    Recording Formats: This camera captures video in the following formats:

    • 1080/60p: The 1080/60p (1980 x 1080/60 progressive) recording mode is the highest quality recording mode for this camcorder. The scenes recorded in 1080/60p can be saved or played back by the camcorder or using the supplied HD Writer AE 3.0 software.
    • MPEG-4 AVC/H.264: This recording format, commonly known as AVCHD, can record high definition quality images. It is suitable for viewing on a large format TV or for saving to a disc.
    • iFrame: The iFrame format is suitable for playing back or edition on a Mac (Movie'11). Using Movie'11, iFrame motion pictures can be imported faster than AVCHD, and the imported file size is smaller than that of AVCHD.

    Image Sensor: The TM900 uses the 3MOS sensor, consisting of three separate 1/4.1" sensors of 3.05 megapixels each. The 3MOS sensor splits the light information captured by the lens into the three primary colors (red, green, and blue), and processes each with its own individual sensor. This reduces light loss compared to the 1MOS sensor, and renders the images with superb color and detail. The TM900 has a total pixel count of 9,150,000, with 7,590,000 effective pixels for recording 16:9 high definition video and 16:9 still images, 6,960,000 pixels for 4:3 aspect ratio still images, and 7,890,000 pixels for 3:2 still images.

    Lens: This camera features a bright Leica Dicomar F1.5-F2.8 lens with a 12x optical zoom and Auto Iris. The lens' 35mm film camera equivalent focal length is as follows:

    • Motion Pictures: 35mm to 420 mm (16:9)
    • Still Images: 38.8 mm to 466 mm (4:3), 35.7mm to 428 mm (3:2), 35 mm to 420 mm (16:9)

    Intelligent Zoom: The camcorder has an Intelligent Zoom (i.Zoom) function that goes up to 20x while maintaining high definition picture quality. Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving image sharpness.

    Extra Optical Zoom: In Still Picture Recording Mode, you can achieve a zoom ratio of up to 50x without degrading the picture quality. When the picture size is set to less than 5M, the camcorder uses the entire 5M area and crops the picture to the center to gain the additional zoom capability. The Extra Optical Zoom is as follows:

    Picture Size Aspect Ratio Extra Optical Zoom
    12.2M: 4032 x 3024 4:3 Not available
    7.7M: 3200 x 2400 13.2x
    4.9M: 2560 x 1920 16.5x
    0.3M: 640 x 480 25x
    14.2M: 4608 x 3072 3:2 Not available
    8.6M: 3600 x 2400 13.2x
    5.5M: 2880 x 1920 16.5x
    13.3M: 4864 x 2736 16:9 Not available
    8.3M: 3840 x 2160 13.2x
    5.3M: 3072 x 1728 16.5x

    Digital Zoom: In addition to the 12x optical zoom, the camcorder has a selectable 30x or 700x (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.

    Optional 3D Conversion Lens: With the optional VW-CLT1 3D Conversion Lens (item #133VWCLT1), you can record 3D video. The lens mounts to the camcorder's 46mm filter thread. The lens records side-by-side images, which when viewed on a 3D-capable TV, appears as a 3D image. You can insert the SD memory card containing the 3D images into the TV's SD card slot, or you can connect the camcorder to the TV via HDMI cable, for viewing the 3D images on your 3D-capable TV.

    Note: The 3D TV must be compatible with side-by-side-type 3D.

    Crystal Engine PRO: The TM900 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 TM900 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 1.6 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 F1.7 (0 dB to 18 dB).

    Multi Manual Ring: The TM900's Multi Manual Ring, located near the lens, gives you easy, fingertip control over several functions, when recording in the Manual mode. On the LCD touch screen, you can select Focus, White Balance, Manual Shutter Speed, or Iris Adjustment, then turn the Multi Manual Ring to make your adjustments. When not in the Manual Mode, you can use the ring for precise control as you zoom in and out. The ring is a much more intuitive, comfortable, and user-friendly process than using the menu screen.

    Focus Modes: The TM900 focuses automatically for most situations. When auto focus doesn't work, you can switch to Manual Focus and use the multi manual ring to manually focus on the subject.

    Audio Recording: The camcorder is equipped with a built-in 5.1-channel microphone. You can set the microphone to record in Surround (5.1-channel) or in stereo (using the two forward-facing microphones). You can also select Zoom Mic to interlock the directivity of the microphone with the zoom operation, or Focus Mic to enhance the audio near the front and center of the unit. If an external mic is used, the camcorder will record in stereo.

    Shoe Adaptor: The supplied Shoe Adaptor allows you to attach accessories, such as an optional video light or external microphone. The Shoe Adaptor slides into a slot on the side of the camcorder. It does not supply power or control signals to the attached accessory. It is simply a means to attach the accessory.

    Built-in Flash: The TM900 has a built-in flash to help illuminate your subject in low-light situations. It has a range of approximately 3.3' to 8.2'. The camcorder automatically determines if the flash is necessary. The intensity of the flash can also be set to one of three levels. Using the flash fixes the shutter speed to 1/500 or slower.

    Video Camera Features

    HD Video Recording: The TM900 records high definition motion images at a 1920 x 1080 resolution onto the built-in 32 GB memory or an inserted SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. The camera records audio in Dolby Digital 5.1-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 2-channel AAC audio (960 x 540 resolution).

    Digital Cinema Color: In any mode except in iFrame, you can record more realistic colors by switching to Digital Cinema Color. This mode uses x.v.Color technology with a wider color gamut than standard modes. Video recorded in Digital Cinema Color must be played back on a TV that is compatible with x.v.Color (xvYCC format) via an HDMI cable.

    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
    1080/60p
    28 Mbps
    HA
    17 Mbps
    HG
    13 Mbps
    HX
    9 Mbps
    HE
    5 Mbps
    iFrame
    28 Mbps
    4 GB SDHC Card 19 min 30 min 40 min 1 hr 1 hr 30 min 19 min
    16 GB SDHC Card 1 hr 20 min 2 hrs 2 hrs 40 min 4 hrs 10 min 6 hrs 40 min 1 hr 20 min
    32 GB Built-in Memory
    or SDHC Card
    2 hrs 40 min 4 hrs 10 min 5 hrs 30 min 8 hrs 20 min 13 hrs 40 min 2 hrs 40 min
    64 GB SDXC Card 5 hrs 20 min 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 or push in the viewfinder while the unit is powered on. When the LCD monitor is reopened or the viewfinder is extended, 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 TM900 can record still images in the following sizes and aspect ratios:

    Aspect Ratio
    4:3 3:2 16:9
    12.2M: 4032 x 3024
    7.7M: 3200 x 2400
    4.9M: 2560 x 1920
    0.3M: 640 x 480
    14.2M: 4608 x 3072
    8.6M: 3600 x 2400
    5.5M: 2880 x 1920
     
    13.3M: 4864 x 2736*
    8.3M: 3840 x 2160*
    5.3M: 3072 x 1728
    2.1M: 1920 x 1080*

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

    Hi-Speed Burst Shooting: You can record up to 180 still images continuously at the rate of 60 a second in the Hi-Speed Burst mode. Pictures are recorded at 2.1M (1920 x 1080) 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 32 GB memory and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards have the following capacity for recording still images:

    Memory Size/Type 4:3
    12.2M 7.7M 4.9M 0.3M
    4 GB SDHC 610 940 1500 30000
    16 GB SDHC Card 2500 3900 6200 122000
    32 GB Built-in Memory 5000 7900 12500 246000
    64 GB SDXC 10000 15800 25000 492000
    Memory Size/Type 3:2
    14.2M 8.6M 5.5M
    4 GB SDHC 500 850 1300
    16 GB SDHC Card 2100 3400 5500
    32 GB Built-in Memory 4200 7000 11000
    64 GB SDXC 8400 14000 22000
    Memory Size/Type 16:9
    13.3M 8.3M 5.3M 2.1M
    4 GB SDHC 550 850 1420 3600
    16 GB SDHC Card 2200 3400 5600 14000
    32 GB Built-in Memory 4500 7000 11500 29000
    64 GB SDXC 9000 14000 23000 59000

    Battery Information

    Battery: This unit comes with the VW-VBN130 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V/1250 mAh). Optional batteries for this camcorder include the VW-VBN130 and the VW-VBN260 (7.2V/2500mAh). The playback and charging times for each battery when using the viewfinder (times in parentheses are when using the LCD monitor) is as follows:

    Battery Model Charging Time Recording Mode Maximum Continuous Recording Time Actual Recording Time
    Supplied VW-VBN130 2 hrs 30 min 1080/60p 1 hr 30 min
    (1 hr 25 min)
    55 min
    (55 min)
    HA 1 hr 35 min
    (1 hr 30 min)
    1 hr
    (55 min)
    HG, HX, HE 1 hr 35 min
    (1 hr 35 min)
    1 hr
    (55 min)
    iFrame 1 hr 40 min
    (1 hr 35 min)
    1 hr
    (1 hr)
    Optional VW-VBN260 4 hrs 30 min 1080/60p 2 hrs 55 min
    (2 hrs 50 min)
    1 hr 45 min
    (1 hr 45 min)
    HA 3 hrs 5 min
    (3 hrs)
    1 hr 55 min
    (1 hr 50 min)
    HG, HX, HE 3 hrs 10 min
    (3 hrs)
    1 hr 55 min
    (1 hr 50 min)
    iFrame 3 hrs 15 min
    (3 hrs 10 min)
    2 hrs
    (1 hr 55 min)

    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 6 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 1080p and 5.1 or 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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    4 out of 5

    TM900 shortcomings

    Written By JoeG, Fort Pierce, FL on Friday, July 29, 2011
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    I bought this cam based on many reviews. Unfortunately, nobody explained the true faults of this cam. It is very annoying not to have an external battery charger-not thinking of customer. They placed the flash, for the camera function, in the lens barrel. Therefore, if you have any filters attached, they must be removed for dark conditions. No ring provided to attach a shoulder strap and a cheap looking gripper. The picture quality and menus are very good. However, if you have to zoom, and do not have a tripod-you are in trouble. It is extremely difficult to zoom from hand held positions-unlike my old PV GS500 cam. The light weight is no help here. Pressing the stop rec. button is shake producing. The remote works quite well, if conditions allow (indoors only) for the setup, including tripod. However, many shooting situations do not allow this luxury. Had I know this, I would have saved a little more and bought the Canon cam. Also, battery life is very short on their batteries and they want a lot of money for a long lasting one-what barbarity! All vendors are presently out of external battery chargers as of this date. Crutchfield is an excellent vendor and this review is no reflection of Crutchfield.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Camera

    Written By Garykool, Corona CA on Saturday, July 02, 2011
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    Great camera. READ THE MANUAL and you will have little trouble figuring everything out. A few buzz words but they are explained. The camera is very easy to use.
    1 out of 5 people found this helpful
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