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Panasonic HDC-TM80 photos

Panasonic's HDC-SD80, TM80 and HS80 incorporate a well-designed touch-screen interface and manual exposure controls--unusual for their price class.

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Compact

The TM80 and SD80 are pretty tiny but still comfortable to grip and use. All the models have a manual lens cover switch--the Sony CX130 and siblings' are electronic--but they can also open automatically when you power on the unit. They also have an LED video light over the lens.
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Buttons

Though it operates mostly via the touch screen, there are buttons for select operations, including an optical image stabilization and auto/manual toggle and a power override.
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Modes

The camcorder has a physical switch for still, video and playback, and the bezel for the small LCD is empty. Oddly, I was unable to tighten the grip strap enough.
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Top controls

The zoom switch is a little loose but still pretty good for getting a consistent zoom speed.

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