The black Panasonic HDC-TM300 is the only flash based HD camcorder in the line if HDC cameras released by the Panasonic brand. It has far superseded it’s older models and sky rotted in features and consumer need. The HDC-TM3000 has improved vastly in its video and image quality and  its performance capabilities.

The black HDC-TM3000 is 2.8 inches high by 2.8 inches wide. It weighs less than a pound which makes it very light to carry around in your hand or in your pocket. It is larger than its competitors but still comfortable. It’s style is unique with an upward curve near the back that fits like a glove and makes its buttons more accessible. The black model is the most popular model. This dark shade gives the HDC-TM3000 a sleek and fashionable look.

Image Quality and Features:
The Panasonic HDC-TM300 has the same 12x zoom and fl.8-2.8 lens that most other Panasonic models retain. It also has the same 3MOS sensors and a resolution of 2.07 megapixels. The camcorder can record up to 8 hours using memory from its internal drive and an additional 8 minutes per gigabyte. This camcorder has borrowed many of its top features from earlier models like the manual focus ring, the placement of the microphone and similar inputs. It also includes Optical Image Stabilization and an intelligent automatic feature which adjusts itself to changing light.

The HDC-TM3000 has easy accessible buttons. There is a dial that rests right below your left thumb and can be used to switch between on and off, video, still recording and even has a playback option for quick viewing. Above the LCD touch screen are a few other buttons allocated to zooming and record controls like play, stop and rewind. There is a delete button for quick mistakes and a Menu button for display settings. The layout of these buttons on the camcorder makes it very easy to access and is one of the best features of Panasonic’s HDC-TM3000.

The touch-screen once accessed is visually welcoming, the menu flies out of a small icon on the lower left and further menus are just a touch away. There is also a back light function, night mode and a manual mode. The video quality is also very good, clean and sharp.

Although having a 2.7 inch LCD screen all around it is rather impractical as a touch screen camera. The artificial intelligence powering the touch screen is faulty and takes more than one tap to open a folder or option. It easily frustrates users as their actions do not register to the camera. It takes a while to get familiar with the layout, setting and touch screen as they are not typical of other camcorders like it. You are also unable to manually change any settings while the camera is in use, which may be its most troublesome feature.

The Panasonic HDC-TM3000 although having its faults does has a more positive impact on its users.  The audio and microphone capabilities have improved since its older models and its night feature shows promising results. It’s smooth and slick outer casing and lightweight body makes it a carry along accessory on long trips. Some persons may find the touch screen its major drawback since it is temperamental and faulty but sometimes it works like a charm. It has improved on many of its aspects and its still rated higher than its competitors and older models. Between its higher storage capacity sibling, the HS300, the HDC-TM3000 is a better choice for someone who wants to pay a little less for just as much value. All in all the HDC-TM3000 is a great buy at a reasonable price.

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