Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and features advanced users want. But you have to be willing to baby the white balance a bit. The TM900 is my top pick of the three for its EVF, but if you're on a tight budget the SD800 should suit just fine.
Simple and satisfying, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FH27 is an excellent point-and-shoot value.
A functional trio of camcorders, the Panasonic HDC-SD80, TM80, and HS80 are notable for their manual exposure controls (unusual for their price class) and well-designed touch-screen interface, but otherwise you can find better options. Of the three, the SD80 is the best choice simply on price.
The Panasonic PV-GS85 is a serviceable budget camcorder, but better choices are out there.
Delivering high-quality MiniDV footage and decent still images, the Panasonic PV-GS320 should appeal to advanced amateurs searching for a tape-based camcorder.
The Panasonic PV-GS80 is a serviceable budget camcorder, but better choices are out there.
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With its extreme zoom range and its low price, the Panasonic PV-GS39 is a good choice for shooting distant subjects.
While its predecessor had prosumer aspirations, the Panasonic PV-GS500 is strictly for casual videographers who want top-notch video on autopilot.
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The Panasonic PV-GS400 offers outstanding value in a camcorder for the discriminating consumer.
This product has been discontinued and replaced by the PV-GS500.