After 2 years of owning the TM900 there are a few issues.....
25 July 2013
Summary: Generally, the video quality is superb in optimal lighting situations but otherwise the unit will ping pong between auto mode presets and change the picure hue substantially (specially indoors and in lower light conditions). In manual mode the auto focus is less responsive than in auto mode. User selectable audio gain settings are only available in manual mode and this camera has a BIG problem with fan noise. I use an external mic.
Summary: Camera is very good - with lots of manual control. But just remember - you cannot copy any material in 1080/60p into Blu-ray ( not Panasonic's fault - Blu-ray medium does not allow ). So every time you want to watch your 1080/60p footage, you have to connect the camera to the TV to watch it in 1080/60p. You cannot just pop a disc into your player and watch it in 1080/60p.
Summary: I bought this camera to replace my old Panasonic PV-GS70D, which at the time was about the same price of this one. This one has a cheap looking plastic, while the old Panasonic has a beautiful metal body. I don't understand at this price range, why Panasonic wants to cut corners. This give me an impression that Panasonic is not committed to the highest quality they could make for this camera.
Summary: Bought this on Amazon after BestBuy cancelled my order for a Canon M41 that I had been waiting for a month to be filled (thanks for nothin' Best Buy). Worked out great for me though since this camera was a great buy at a very competitive discount. Saved even more by using Amazon gift cards I bought at a grocery store and got a free tank full of gas worth in fuel points. It's my first HD camcorder and I am using it mainly for footage of my daughter's volleyball games.
Summary: I have never had a camcorder before this one. I really like this one and find it easy to use. I use it a lot and find it takes very good HD videos. The good thing about having this, is it keeps a lot of people from coming over to the house. I make everybody watch my home movies now! LOL!
Summary: Just opened this little camcorder yesterday. Way smaller than my old Panny PV-DV953 whose cassette mechanism gave in. I'm not that keen that the viewfinder does not rotate but is fixed. Love the time lapse feature, and of course all manual controls. I'd expect an mini hdmi to hdmi included rather than analogue cables. This is an HD 1080 camcorder not an SD one...
Summary: Bought the TM900 and the Sony CX560 for comparison. Looked and evaluated both of them, chose the Sony CX560. Hated the 35mm wide lens on the TM900, just too narrow compared to the Sony's 26mm wide lens. Figure it up, the Sony is 34% wider than the Panasonic, inside the home at Christmas, birthday parties and normal family stuff wider is better. I liked the feel of the Sony, its built like a tank.
Summary: This is just some random thoughts from my use of this camera I used this camera for about three months in various conditions, beach, inside a house.... I read a lot about fan noise, personally not even once i noticed fan noise in my videos. Video quality is very good, i can't compare it to other top cameras but I think its worth the money. you definitely cannot get similar video quality from using any dslr camera. Sound quality is also great, i was impressed.
very sharp but record botton is in a very awkward position
10 September 2011
Summary: very happy with the purchase i had made with the video cam, very sharp color, my only complain is the record botton which located in the awkward position. and also i trying to look for the accessory for the external mike, which i can't find it, even in the website of panasonic.