The Panasonic HDC-TM700, released in 2010 by Panasonic, The Panasonic HTC TM-700 is the heir to the Panasonic HDC-TM300 and Panasonic HTC TM-350, our pick for 2009 camcorder of the year and it improves on them in some key areas, stand out for their low-light video quality and broad set of manual controls. The Panasonic HDC-TM700 ($999 list) compact digital camcorder sports a 9.15 megapixel 3MOS sensor and a 35 millimeter, 18x zoom Leica Dicomar lens. In addition to recording at 1080p HD, this camera packs 32GB of built-in memory and features optical image stabilization.
Panasonic's camcorder comes in an all-black tube shape that doesn't extend far beyond the size of its lens. Its left side features a 3-inch LCD screen on a swivel, meaning it can turn and pivot in nearly every direction. Users can control the zoom from underneath the screen as well as record and browse through files. In the back is an optical viewfinder as well as room underneath for the rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. The HDC-TM700 includes standard inputs and outputs like MIDI jacks, a USB 2.0 port, and a mini HDMI output.
His camcorder's 9.15 megapixel 3MOS sensor, developed by Panasonic, is self-explanatory: It's literally the combined power of three, 3.05 megapixel MOS chips. This powers the camcorder's progressive recording, which records a single image as opposed to the standard two through interlacing. This way, the HDC-TM700 captures 60 images a second.
The 18x zoom within the included 35 millimeter lens is achieved by a combination of optical and digital zoom. First, its optical zoom can extend 12x, while its Intelligent Zoom function can extend that 6x more for a 18x total zoom. While the HDC-TM700 houses 32GB of integrated memory, it can be expanded upon by SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.
The good: Very good low-light video quality; full set of manual features; 1080/60p recording option.
The bad: Smallish, low-resolution LCD; coarse EVF; some edge artifacts in video; middling still photo quality.
The bottom line: The flash-based Panasonic HDC-TM700 and its hard-disk sibling, the HDC-HS700, stand out for their low-light video quality and broad set of manual controls. However, while the TM700 is very attractively priced for its class, the HS700 is not, and not worth the price premium unless you absolutely need the hard disk.
Tips: For occasional low light shoots or B-roll, the Panasonic HTC TM-700 produces acceptable results.1080/60p, AVCHD, and Macintosh Editing Issues. AVCHD spec footage (HA, HG, HX, HE) presented no transcode issues using an Intel Mac, and FCP 6.0.x or later. However, 1080/60p and HA, HG, HX, or HE footage recorded to the same card or to internal memory cannot be log and transferred into Final Cut Pro. Final Cut does not see a valid AVCHD hierarchy to log and transfer, here, Use a third party utility like Panasonic HTC TM-700 to FCP converter, provides the best solution for you, which can help you to convert Panasonic HTC TM-700 AVCHD video to FCP with best output quality and HD quality, then have Final Cut Pro set the sequence.