Deluxe 3D Panasonic camcorder
Just like HDC-SDT750, the Panasonic HDC-TM900 comes with a great aspect, as well as a strong equipment under the “roof”. Basically, HDC-TM900 represents the deluxe 3D Panasonic camcorder editions, especially for 2011. Specially meant to be able to offer pro images without spending N thousands of dollars on it, this camera seems to be net superior in test to its little brother, SDT750.
Flash memory for data storage
What’s interesting to know about HDC-TM900 is the fact that it is the flash edition of 2 other 3MOS camcorders: HS900 and SD800. Basically, the only thing that is different is the memory saving mode. HS900 uses a HDD that can go up to 32GB, SD800 uses a SD card, while Panasonic HDC-TM900 uses flash memory. However, they all can be used with the 3D conversion cap, VW-CLT1.
3.5 inch touch screen
As well, as most of the Panasonic fans are probably already aware, this camcorder is the updated version of last’s year model, TM700. We was aware of this, but however, didn’t expect to see a 0.5 inch increase at the size of the touchscreen. Panasonic HDC-TM900 has now a screen of 3.5 inches, definitely bigger. An improvement? Well, yes, and quite a great one, mainly because the 468k pixel resolution looks great on the screen.
As well, the ergonomics have definitely been improved. In our tests it is easier to hold the camcorder in the hand, even if it has the conversion cap installed. The barrel from Panasonic HDC-SDT750 comes with is definitely a “+”, considering the older versions of Panasonic cameras, which were monstrously big and hard to use.
To be frank with you, we was extremely impressed by the 3D HD capability in the tests performed for our review. Even if it is not possible to zoom in or zoom out in this mode, the colors are so clear and powerful, that you will definitely fall in love with this camera. Basically, it is possible to record at 1080p at 60 frames per second, fact that definitely guarantees the quality aspect.
5.1 sound recording
As concerning to the recorded sound, Panasonic uses a 5.1 Surround Sound system. Even if it is not very powerful (when watching the recordings on the camera), once that the video is transferred on a PC, everything comes back to normal, and the sound gets clear and strong. More than that, a big plus comes from the “Wind Noise Canceler”, feature that automatically detects the presence of the wind and tries to suppress them, so the recording can take place properly.
However, we would have loved a 3D camera from Panasonic that doesn’t require a conversion cap in order to shoot 3D HD. Though, considering that it offers a very satisfying service at a low price (entry level cameramen might consider $1500 much too expensive), Panasonic HDC-TM900.