For me, picture quality is the critical factor when judging any camcorder and that is why the Panasonic HDC-TM900 (or TM900K as it is referred to by some retailers) is my number 1 choice in the best camcorders under $600category. This Panasonic offers stunning picture quality for this price range and also outstanding low light performance. Another standout feature is that the HDC-TM900 camcorder takes amazing still photos for a camcorder at 14 megapixels.
The HDC-TM900 (or TM900K) has the ability to shoot at 1080p, 60 frames per second. The p in 1080p refers to progressive mode, which records approximately twice the image data of the more commonly used interlaced method. Shooting at 1080p, 60 frames per second, creates brilliant video with sharper details and outstanding color reproduction, it is also very good for action shots such as sporting events. You will need a fast computer to edit and play back video at 1080p, 60 frames per second.
The HDC-TM900 is 3D capable, it is necessary to purchase a separate 3D lens to shoot in 3D.
Check Out the excellent Image Stabilization on the TM900
The HDC-TM900 has 3 image sensors (most camcorders have only one), each sensor processes just one primary color, leading to accurate and outstanding color reproduction.
Storage is handled by 32GB of internal flash memory and a SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot
High Quality Leica Dicomar Lens
The TM900K has an upgraded, faster (F1.5-F2.8) Leica Dicomar lens from the previous model, the TM700K. This faster lens takes in more light, improving low light performance. This lens is also outstanding in bright sunlight, still able to produce high contrast and resolution.
Wide Angle and Zoom
Wide angle is at 35mm, zoom lens goes to 20x with the Intelligent Zoom function, the excellent image stabilization of this model helps to make for a very effective zoom.
The HDC-Tm900K has excellent audio capabilities except for the the most talked about flaw of this camcorder, it’s fan noise. Most users do not hear any fan noise on playback but some users are bothered by fan noise that can be heard on video taken in very quiet environments. For those who are bothered by the fan noise, you can change the mic from 5:1 channel record to 3:1 channel record and this should resolve any noise issues.
Five Electret Condenser Microphones
The TM900 has a Dolby Digital 5.1 creator engine and five electret condenser microphones capturing sounds from different directions for a noticeable 3D effect. The zoom mic helps to more clearly capture target sounds.