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Panasonic HDC-TM10 High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder With 8GB Internal Memory, SD Card Slot & 16x Optical Zoom - Silver

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  • Full HD 1920x1080 recording
  • 8GB internal memory and SD card slot
  • Leica Dicomar lens with 16x optical zoom
  • Intelligent auto mode and AF tracking
  • Touchscreen operation

Product details

  • Item Weight: 227 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Item model number: HDC-TM10EB-S
  • ASIN: B0029LHGA0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,128 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Sometimes a scene is backlit or too dark, or it's difficult to get a good focus on the subject. Adjusting the settings every time is not only a hassle, it can be very tricky. That's where iA comes in.

af tracking

This powerful function senses the shooting conditions and automatically makes the settings and activates functions that will deliver optimal results. With both motion and still images, iA lets you forget about bothersome settings and makes it easy to capture beautiful, well-focused images.

AF/AE Tracking
Locks on a subject and tracks it. Touch the LCD screen to indicate the subject, such as a person or an animal, that you want to focus on, and let AF/AE Tracking do the rest.

The camera locks on the subject and follows it around, keeping it in sharp focus and properly exposed. It keeps tracking even if the subject turns to the side. This advanced function makes it easy to get a continually clear, beautiful shot of the subject in the scene you care most about.

Face Detection
Face Detection Captures faces beautifully - even in dim or backlit scenes. it automatically senses the ambient lighting and adjusts the exposure accordingly, so faces are bright and easy to see.

The focus also prioritizes the faces, and skin tones are smoothed.

Faces in the center of the frame serve as the reference for adjustments, but the function can detect up to 15 faces in all.

Intelligent Scene Selector
The Intelligent Scene Selector function analyzes the shooting situation and automatically switches the camcorder to the Scene mode that will give you optimal results.

This mode is ideal for shooting wide landscapes and sweeping vistas, such as at the ocean or in the mountains. It balances the exposure over the entire frame to prevent brighter parts of the image, such as the sky, from being washed out or having blown highlights.

This mode captures faces beautifully. With Soft Skin mode, complexions are automatically enhanced to make faces attractive.

The camcorder automatically uses this mode for scenes with particularly strong contrast, such as when you're shooting a spotlit area on a darkened stage. It captures the well-lit subject perfectly and prevents washed-out areas.

In dim lighting, the camcorder automatically switches to a slower shutter speed so that images across the entire frame are bright and easy to see.

Intelligent Contrast ControlIntelligent Contrast Control
By detecting the intensity of the ambient light and adjusting the exposure accordingly, Intelligent Contrast Control prevents blown highlights and blocked shadows.

This helps render natural-looking, highly nuanced images with proper contrast.

Touch Screen Operation
Control settings are made by simply touching the LCD screen. Operation is intuitive and easy, and the large letters are easy to read. Shooting and viewing are simple and stress-free – even for beginners.

advanced oisAdvanced Optical Image Stabiliser
Advanced O.I.S. ensures beautiful shots even with high-power zooming.

Using the Advanced O.I.S technology, gyrosensors detect hand-shake and the lens unit shifts to continuously adjust the optical axis, so that videos are perfectly sharp and blur-free.

Just lean back and enjoy capturing videos in their full natural beauty for the most clear and amazingly beautiful videos - even when shooting long-distance zoom shots.

The known typical hand-shake effect is no longer a concern.

16x optical zoom16x Optical Zoom
The TM10 features a 16x optical zoom. You can zoom close to catch dynamic shots of distant objects. And because the zoom is optical, there's limited image degradation.

Also, Panasonic's Advanced O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) helps prevent blurring – typically a big concern when shooting with a zoom.

This combination of optical zoom and Advanced O.I.S. gives you the ability to take fantastic zoom shots.

Highlight Playback
Select the days of the recordings you want to see, and this innovative function automatically selects the most exciting scenes, arranges them, and plays them, backed by music. It decides how exciting a scene is based on zooming, panning, and scene changes, and whether there are faces and cheers. This gives you a quick, easy way to view the most exciting scenes all together. It's a great way to look back over exciting memories that you have recorded.


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103 of 104 people found the following review helpful By R. A. S. Brown on 27 July 2009
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I'm new to camcorders but also a gadget fan and so went for a future proof high definition one. The small size and light weight of the TM10 attracted me. But unlike those cheap Toshiba Camelios and Flip things, this is a full spec HD camcorder. The TM10 is better than the SD10 as it has 8 Gb of built-in memory, which is good for over one and half hours worth of footage. Internal memory is great for when you unexpectedly run out of memory card space. Considering the small price difference I wouldn't bother with the SD10. Panasonic HDC-SD10 High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder with 16x Optical Zoom - Black

So what's it like? In short it's great! It's very light and can be easily held in one hand. I don't have big hands so most women should be fine too. It's very easy to use. Open up the LCD screen. Press the `on' button. Point it at what you want to film. Press the record button below the screen and you're away filming. Press record again and you stop (although the firm press that's need can cause a jerk or two!). It's that easy. You can then move the switch at the back of the camcorder from movie mode to playback mode and watch your footage. HD video playback is stunning on the LCD screen. And what's more the screen is touch sensitive so you can instinctively select menus, open files and move them around. I'm an iPhone user and found the touchscreen great to use, unlike a lot of phones I could mention!

The camcorder has a ton of clever default settings such as image stabiliser and intelligent auto which are designed to help even the greenest cameraman/woman get the most out of the camcorder with the minimum of fuss.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Hickman on 17 July 2009
Over the past few days I've been trying out my new TM10 for the first time on a weekend break in France. It's a fantastic piece of kit. It's tiny and easy to use 'out of the box' after a quick flick through the 'basics' section of the manual. The HD quality is superb and on-camera editing is easy. The image stabilisation and face recognition are outstandingly effective. The screen is bright enough even in full sunlight and you can easily do without a viewfinder. It's easy to hold steady as there are buttons (start/stop, menu etc) along the bottom of the frame of the screen, so you can use your left thumb for starting and stopping while holding the screen between your thumb and forefinger, supporting the camera itself with your right hand. The screen tilts in pretty well every direction you need.

The software that goes with it allows very easy editing and creation of DVDs or output to HD media or PC. The 'high quality' output mode for DVDs is excellent. It beats the Ulead software I used with my previous DV tape camcorder hands down. After reading about HD editing problems in reviews on other HD camcorders, the results I've got from using the software are a great relief. Transfer to DVD takes quite a long time - it took me two hours to make a DVD in high quality (sub-HD but stunning anyway) out of 1.7GB of footage. The wait is worth it - you just have to be patient. I can recommend this amazing machine without reservation.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Parr on 11 Oct 2009
I bought this camera to take on a European holiday. It arrived in plenty of time so that I could try it out before leaving. Once I had read the instructions it was very simple to operate. The one problem I had though was to purchase an additional battery (VW-VBG130) because the one supplied does not last long when filming. I tried to purchase the more powerful battery but nobody seemed to have them in stock. Eventually having an abortive attempt at ordering from one supplier, I found one and it arrived just before we left. This allowed me a total recording time of nearly three hours which was much better. I also bought a 12 GB SDGC card which again increased the total recording time to two and a half hours on its highest quality setting when combined with the 8 GB internal memory. So we went and I used the lowest full HD setting throughout. When we got back I loaded the material on to my PC using the supplied software which was easy. I also played the camera on my Panasonic Full HD TV using a purchased HDMI cable and the results have been superb. No other word for it. The pictures exceed my expectations every time especially a recent trip to a falconry centre and it is so easy and light to handle. A great purchase.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By John Frum on 30 Aug 2009
I couldn't get over how small this is. And it;s packed with features, all of which actually work well. The anti-shake processing makes a huge difference - you don't have to be riding a penny-farthing along a cobbled street to get the benefit. In bright light the quality is excellent, but I found it to be great in low light too. AVCHD is the HD-quality format of the future, and connecting the TM10 to an HD TV via HDMI gives stunning images.

Each Gb of memory gives 15 mins of recording time, so carry a couple of 16Gb SD cards and you could record all day. And there's the 8Gb onboard which, as it equates to about 2 hours of footage, is more than just a reserve memory.

The .MTS files which AVCHD creates are finicky swines which won't work unless they've got the right metadata files and folders with them. This means you can't just drag/copy them about like mp4s or movs, especially if, like me, you're uploading your films to a Mac. The only way iMovie will allow you to do it is by connecting to the camcorder via USB and importing directly. And that's iMovie from iLife 09 and with Snow Leopard. This is one thing Apple haven't made easy. I had the fond notion that I could just plug the SD card into a reader and do it that way, but, although you apparently can, or you can buy third party software, it's fiddly and expensive to the point of not worth the bother.

There's only one thing the TM10 doesn't do brilliantly - sound. It's not bad, but the single mic is on the top which means that the wind seems to rush across it when you're outdoors (and it's windy) and also if you're holding the thing in front and below you, your voice will be loud, but others sometimes not quite loud enough.
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