Summary: This was my first non-canon purchase and this product has a lot of quality issues and is prone to frequent failures. Enough said about the panasonic customer service. This product that I purchased from Amazon has failed a second time (within the first year of purchase) and Panasonic has refused the warranty citing that there is no international warranty. It has so far cost me more than $350 in repair charges. I am extremely disappointed with this purchase.
Unreliable camcorder and poor service from Panasonic
7 January 2011
Summary: I bought this camcorder to replace my ageing tape-based Sony HDR-HC3 and was drawn to the TM700 by great reviews all over the Internet and its awesome 1080p60 framerate. I wasn't really looking for manual controls - I just wanted the best possible quality video from the default auto setting (whether indoors or out) so anyone in the family can pick the thing up and record the kids. Therefore, all my comments are based on the default settings with iAuto on.
Summary: There has been a lot of talking since the release of the HDC-TM700, a lot of good and bad things has been said. The reality of this will vary from the intention of the user and his abilities to get the most out of it. Some of the important facts to take into consideration before buying this camcorder is the specs of your existing computer or the economic ability to buy a new one with BD (Blu-ray) burner, at least 6GB RAM & lot of Hard Drive since the files produced by...