Summary: The only problem that I had was that about a half a month after I bought it, the lens cover stopped working properly. Other than this, which is not an especially important part the camera, it was great and I got a good price for it too!
Summary: I use this camera to capture athletes sprinting or doing sports drills. I've focused on indoor and outdoor lighting plus fast motion. Overall, the quality of the video is fantastic. It does better with indoor lighting than my flip video camera. I will say that even with indoor lighting on basketball courts, it could do better. Give it a B on how it deals with indoor lighting. The video camera is easy to use. I like the smoothness of the zoom.
Summary: Panasonic finally released a 1920x1080p60 camcorder to the market (Sony still refuse to add Progressive and canon max out at 1920x1080p30 or p24) With the TM700 Panasonic did combine the smooth motion of 1080i60 with the crisp image of a progressive motion I can not praise the footage quality from this camcorder, it's basically the best camcorder i have ever used, it beats my HF100 and HF S100 when it comes to sharpness and motion by far (I still prefer Canon colors...
Summary: I have had the TM700 for only a day, so the jury is still out on the performance of this camera. Some of the initial footage has been terrific while other segments have been quite disappointing. I have been shooting in the 1080p mode and have played back the footage on an HDTV via the included component cable (I don't have an HDMI cable for it yet). The TM700 struggled with a long shot into our neighborhood.
What you think of this camcorder depends on what you will use it for
S. Vogt, Amazon
3 August 2010
Summary: Let's start with the universal positives about this camcorder. The 60p option is obviously phenominal and no other camcorder can touch it in terms of video quality. The image stabilization is top notch. The menu system is very easy to learn and use. It's excellent for night and low-light filming. The video colors are very good. And also factory-supplied battery has decent life (though I would reccomend upgrading to a larger battery pack).
Summary: This is an awesome camera. You can read all the other reviews about just how great it is. Instead of singing its praises like everyone else let me tell you what I don't like about this camera. I have owned it about three months now and use it about twice a week. First the audio gain is a pain. I'm not talking about this fan hum that other reviewers have mentioned.
Summary: We are very impressed with the Panasonic HDC-TM700 (MSRP $999), and the camcorder appears to be in prime position to capture our coveted year-end awards—although we do still have a lot of 2010 camcorders to test from other manufacturers. So far, however, the HDC-TM700 has blown everything else out of the water in terms of video performance, and the camcorder showed significant improvement over last year's exceptional HDC-TM300.
Summary: The cooling fan was the biggest issue for me. I took the courage to buy this despite the reviews warning of the fan noise. But as I had owned a mini-dv earlier, and was pretty ok with the tape noise, I went in for the TM700. But the moment I switched the camcorder on and the fan kicked in, I knew it was trouble. You can hear the fan even if you keep the camcorder a few feet away and there is no way that you can avoid the mic picking it up.
Excellent Camcorder. However HD Write Software needs work
Gadget Man "Phu Nguyen", Amazon
12 July 2010
Summary: The Camcorder is extremely good, very pleased to have bought this camcorder back in May 2010. Everything about the Camcorder is excellent and solid, very happy. I would have given 5 stars to this product, but the HD Writer software pulled back a couple of stars. I will explain below. The software that backs up the Video content is causing some grief right now. It's the HD Writer software that came with the camcorder.
Summary: I don't have much experience with video but the image quality, ease of use and portability are fantastic. The fan noise is, however, a real issue. It will appear as a faint background whine in any recording with low ambient noise, even with an external mic mounted on the camera (in fact the Rode Videomic I use is more sensitive and makes it worse).