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: 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: 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: 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.
Summary: Just got my TM900. So far very pleased. Will update review as I get a chance to use it more fully. For now: 1) Fan noise is there, not sure how noticeable it will be except perhaps in the most silent of situations. Since I will be using this camera out of doors in "working" situations it was not a deciding factor for my purchase. 2) No separate charger, another known issue, but it really bugs me for a $1000+/- item.
Summary: I wanted to get a $950 range HD digital camcorder and decided on this one compared to similar models made by Sony and Canon. I am still learning about the camera and there are lots of features I will probably never use (photography, automatic settings, etc) but the picture is SHARP and looks amazing. The fan noise is there if you are looking for it - if you are shooting in SILENCE you probably will notice it, but otherwise it's not a problem.
Good so far, but not all featured accessories match/fit this camera
8 June 2011
Summary: Camcorder so far seems to work well, to include taping a dance recital in low light conditions. Size of the camera is larger than I was expecting. I have an older Panasonic mini-DV camcorder, and the HDC-TM900 is not as wide but is longer than the mini-DV camcorder. I was expecting something smaller. Nonetheless, it feels good in the hand and has a very nice, large lcd screen that doubles as the touchscreen menu and viewing screen.
Summary: The Panasonic HDC-TM900K camcorder delivers about as good a picture as is possible from a camcorder. I've used Sony, Canon, and Panasonic before, and all three make fine products. I've always been partial to Canon as I have many lenses for my still cameras, but my last DVD camcorder was a three chip Panasonic and that video of 7 years ago is still head and shoulders above the rest. A chip for each primary color makes a clear difference.
Summary: I just got the tm 900 last week. Picture quality of this unit is simply unbelievable. Very natural colours and extremely sharp picture. So on the picture side, could not be more pleased. However, there is of course the fan issue which, i'm sorry to say, is still an issue. I don't have any experience with the previous 700 series so i can't really compare the two, but the fan on the 900 is very much audible. I would go so far as to say, that had it not been for the ext.
Summary: I just unpacked this today, so here's a couple of notes. The camera is very light and small compared to my last panasonic camera, which was a PVGS400 that I got several years ago. That old camera is very sturdy, and I was hoping panasonic had continued in that tradition with their high-end consumer models, but this one I'll have to worry about.