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Low light with video light

Low-light video quality

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The TM80 delivers its best results in bright sunlight, zoomed in on the subject. When playing, the video looks pretty clean, though somewhat soft with edge artifacts. (frame grab)
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In this wide shot you can see that the lower-resolution sensor can't resolve enough detail to produce HD video. It's particularly noticeable when displayed on a big-screen TV. (frame grab)
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This type of highly detailed shot isn't as bad as I've seen in other low-resolution models--I don't see any pixel blocks--but you can see the color noise on the dark surfaces. (frame grab)
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While the colors aren't that accurate, they're certainly pleasing and saturated under bright conditions. (Frame grabs)
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Unlike its low-cost competitors, the TM80 and company have an on-board LED video light. While it can help in scenes like this, you really don't want to point it toward people; they'll be seeing spots for a very long time. It also results in a not-very-attractive white balance, and you still lose a lot of detail in the scene. (Frame grab)
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The camcorder's low-light quality isn't very good; there's quite a bit of color noise and it's very soft. (Frame grab)
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There's a bit of distortion on the left side of the scene, more than I like given how narrow the lens is at its widest. (Frame grab)
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There's quite a bit of aliasing (jaggies) on edges. (Frame grab)
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You generally don't want to use this camcorder as a still camera; the photo quality doesn't even match that of a camera phone unless it's scaled down. (Still photo)
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