Objects of Desire: Panasonic HDC-TM700
April 16, 2010
By Dan Havlik
The TM700 uses a 3MOS chip system that should perform great in low light with the red, green and blue colors processed separately for crisp, vibrant footage. The camcorder has 32 gb of built-in flash storage and card slots for SD/SDHC/SDX memory.
The TM700 can record HD at 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60 frames per second and can capture 14.2-megapixel still images (in still image mode) and 13.3-megapixel still images from recorded video.
The camcorder also has a nice 12x Leica-branded lens with an f/1.5 aperture for shooting in low light. Even nicer is that the lens can go as wide as 35mm-equivalent which may not compete with your wide-angle still lenses but is great for a camcorder this small. There's also a manual control ring for adding creative effects to your footage.
Other useful—but now standard—features include optical image stabilization which Panasonic says it's improved by five stops; 5.1-Channel Surround Sound System with a zoom microphone effect for isolating specific voices; and a wind noise canceller.
Yes, while these camcorders may not be as sexy as shooting HD with your new DSLR, they get the job done while offering a wider array of features at a fraction of the weight and size. Consider a camcorder and go "old school."
Cost: $1,300 (estimated)
Further information: www.panasonic.com