Panasonic Camcorders

Panasonic HDC-TM900
REVIEW

Panasonic HDC-TM900

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 9, 2011
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Panasonic HDC-SD40
REVIEW

Panasonic HDC-SD40

Panasonic's HDC-TM40, TM41 and SD40 are some of the cheapest camcorders you can buy with a zoom lens and manual controls. If you care about video quality, spend a little more money on another model; if you don't, buy the cheapest one of these you can find, adjusting for the cost of memory for the SD40.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 16, 2011
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Panasonic HDC-TM80
REVIEW

Panasonic HDC-TM80 ( Silver)

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on May 19, 2011
Panasonic HM-TA1
REVIEW

Panasonic HM-TA1 ( Grey)

The Panasonic HM-TA1 minicamcorder offers above-average HD video recording in a small package, but is otherwise pretty lame.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 12, 2010
Panasonic HDC-HS60Kdupe
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Panasonic HDC-HS60Kdupe

Panasonic's quartet of entry-level HD camcorders--the HDC-HS60, TM60, TM55, and SD60--delivers a nice manual feature set and good performance, as well as solid video quality for their class. As long as you don't pay list price, the SD60 is a great value, and if possible, avoid paying the unnecessary price premium for the hard drive in the HS60.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 22, 2010
Panasonic SDR-S50
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Panasonic SDR-S50 ( Gold)

The Panasonic SDR-S50 standard-definition camcorder is worth considering for its manual controls and powerful zoom lens in a very compact body--not video quality.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 22, 2010
Panasonic SDR-S50
REVIEW

Panasonic SDR-S50 ( Blue)

The Panasonic SDR-S50 standard-definition camcorder is worth considering for its manual controls and powerful zoom lens in a very compact body--not video quality.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 22, 2010
Panasonic PV-GS85
REVIEW

Panasonic PV-GS85

The Panasonic PV-GS85 is a serviceable budget camcorder, but better choices are out there.

3 stars Editors' rating on September 3, 2007
Panasonic SDR-S100
REVIEW

Panasonic SDR-S100

The smallest three-chip camcorder yet, the MPEG-2-recording Panasonic SDR-S100 is at the forefront of solid-state consumer video camera technology, but that doesn't mean its video quality is above average.

3 stars Editors' rating on September 7, 2005

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Panasonic AG-DVX100
REVIEW

Panasonic AG-DVX100

This professional 24P camera in compact dress raises the bar for its semipro price class.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 11, 2002

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