HDC TM 800 is the 2011 best value for money camcorder. 3 MOS are necessary!
21 August 2011
Summary: Very good camcorder because 3 MOS CCD and Panasonic technology. If you have a lot fo money HDC TM900 is better in term of sound quality (5.1 instead of 2.1) and other things but TM900 has strictly the same image quality at a higher price !! My choice is done after a week test : HDC-S800 has for me the best value for money !!
Summary: Wanted a camcorder for my son who is into making movies. Found this 3MOS camera for an excellent price. Picture quality is excellent to say the least. This was the only camera of its kind which had wide angle, SD card facility, reasonable photo resolution, on screen playback with touchscreen facility, reasonable zoom, HD recording, face recognition. Reasonably light weight and good battery life. I did not buy a spare battery and I did not miss it during our recent trip.
Summary: I spent some time comparing the spec and reading reviews before purchasing this HD camcorder, Must say it is exelent value for money, A brilliant camcorder in every way, Stunning quality video, Usual wind noise if used outdoors as with all built in mic's, I use Sony vegas to edit and can get rid of the wind noise during the edit. Played back on 40ins plasma tv beats the quality of most tv programes on freeview. Delivery was spot on.
Summary: I bought a Panasonic SD800 camcorder + 16GB SD memory card. The camera is excellent the only weak point is the battery. The recordable time of the supplied battery (VW-VBN130) is only 1h 20min...but I can forget the short recordable time when I watch my recording. Professional quality for acceptable price. It was a good choice!
Summary: Very pleased with this HD camcorder. My main concern was to ensure good quality footage in low light environment when shooting outdoor; my previous JVC Everio GZ-MS110 SD camcorder was struggling with this (video became grainy quite rapidly when it became a bit darker outdoor). The HDC-SD800 did meet my expectations in this regards, probably thanks to its 3 sensors. The navigation is also very intuitive and I'm blown away with the HD quality.
Summary: UPDATED REVIEW as of 2013 I used this camcorder to record my daughter dancing at a Festival, indoors amateur theatre setting, stage lighting, handheld, and noisy audience. The SD800 captured picture and sound perfectly, my wife was delighted with the quality as she couldn't attend. the zoom was so smooth, my hamfisted filming looked very watchable. Money well spent. OLD REVIEW Having upgraded from mini-DV tapes, this is a revelation.
Summary: Great HD camera with an super-easy ai-mode and very easy to use. Amazing daylight video quality and the ability to record nice smooth video in low light. Cons: No mike and headphone socket.........
Summary: I made a conscious choice after reading various reviews and comparisons. Most comparisons favor the next model SD900 which is more expensive. However the core part of the 2 cameras is the same, and the quality of produced video is the same. The only differences between SD800 and SD900 is that SD900 has a hotshoe mount, and plugs for external microphone and headphones. And the screen of SD900 is slightly larger.