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TM900K 3MOS HD Camcorder

Details
HDC-TM900K
Features
  • Advanced 3MOS System
  • 1080/60 Progressive Recording
  • 3D Lens Ready
  • 32GB Built-in Memory
  • Manual Features with Electronic View Finder

Features

The Best-Ever Panasonic Image Quality.
The 3MOS System Colorfully Renders 2D and 3D Images.*
Manual Ring, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator.**
Full 3D.***

*The optional VW-CLT1 3D Conversion Lens is required for shooting 3D images.
**Does not apply to SD800.
***Availability of models and colors may differ depending on the sales area.


High Quality Picture & Sound
Superb color expression from a high-sensitivity sensor
3MOS Sensor

The 900 Series and SD800 employ the 3MOS Sensor, with its three-sensor configuration. This provides a resolution of 7.59 million effective motion image pixels (2.53 million x 3). The 3MOS Sensor splits the light information captured by the lens into the three primary colors - red, green and blue - and processes each color with its own individual sensor. This reduces light loss compared to the 1MOS sensor, and renders colors, details and gradation all with intricate detail and natural beauty. This superb color reproduction maximizes the inherent quality of Full-HD progressive images.


A bright, high-performance lens.
Leica Dicomar Lens

The 900 Series and SD800 use Leica Dicomar lenses, which are renowned for their ability to render sharp images and excellent shading. They also suppress ghosting, flare, and distortion at the image edges. Even in strong sunlight, these superb lenses maintain high contrast and resolution. A bright new F1.5-F2.8 lens with a 46mm filter diameter has been created for the 900 Series and SD800. Efficient light collection allows the new lens to capture bright, clear images even in dim lighting or at high shutter speeds. This high-end lens brings out all the beauty of Full-HD images.
* Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystem IR GmbH, and Dicomar is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.


Intricate details from Intelligent Resolution Technology.
Crystal Engine PRO

The Crystal Engine PRO instantly processes the huge amount of data that goes into Full-HD images, and further enhances Full-HD quality. It produces smooth, high-resolution zoom shots even when the range exceeds the limit for optical zooming. Crystal Engine PRO clearly delineates even the tiniest details of your subject, with extremely natural beauty. In addition, its Noise Reduction (NR) technology has been completely redesigned. The low-frequency noise that occurs when recording in dim lighting has been further minimized. Compared to previous Panasonic models, noise has been reduced by approximately 45%.* And Intelligent Resolution Technology ensures sharp and crisp pictures, resulting in bright and beautifully colored motion images.
* Compared with the HDC-SD700, HDC-TM700, and HDC-HS700


Sharpens details and enhances smooth areas.
Intelligent Resolution Technology

The Intelligent Resolution Technology incorporated in the Crystal Engine PRO uses edge detection technology to confirm the edges of objects within the image, then emphasizes the edges for optimal clarity. For example, it brings crisp definition to patterns and the outlines of objects like flowers. Conversely, it reduces noise and enhances the natural smoothness of parts without edges, like the sky. The increased sharpness is especially effective for images with delicate details. This highly advanced technology maximizes the beauty of Full-HD images.


Beautiful zoom shots of distant subjects.
**New** Intelligent 20x Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)

The 900 Series and SD800 feature an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 20x. When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving the image resolution. You get sharp images of highly detailed objects without the blurry edges. Plus, the 900 Series and SD800 are equipped with HYBRID O.I.S, an image stabilization system that corrects hand-shake blurring by combining the action of its hybrid optical and electrical image stabilization systems. Even when zooming, where hand-shake often occurs, both optical and electrical hand-shake correction make it possible to record beautiful images with approximately 2 times* the hand-shake suppressing effect as conventional models.
* Compared with the HDC-SD700, HDC-TM700, and HDC-HS700.


Captures large groups, even when shooting from up close.
35mm Wide Angle Lens*

The 35mm wide-angle lens on the 900 Series and SD800 fit more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional lens. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room.
* 35mm camera equivalent


Capturing voices over a wide area for a more life-like sound.
5.1-Ch Surround Sound System (HS900/TM900) & Zoom Mic

The 900 Series is equipped with five electret condenser microphones. The center mic helps capture the sound source and distance accurately, so you get a more 3-dimensional effect. The Zoom Mic function improves noise-reducing performance and handles higher zooming power, allowing you to clearly capture target sounds. You get a realistic sound space that's a perfect match with the true-to-life HD images.
* Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. "Dolby" and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

Wide Mode 1x

Picks up audio from all directions to reproduce a natural, lifelike sound field.

Zoom Mode 12x

In Zoom mode the microphones are linked to the lens action. When you zoom in on a subject, the microphones focus on the sound in that same direction.


Shooting Functions
Easily save important scenes in 3D.
3D Image Recording*

When the 3D Conversion Lens is attached, the 900 Series and SD800 produce an effect called visual disparity. Right and left images are captured simultaneously by the two lenses, and recorded using the side-by-side method. To play back 3D videos, simply insert an SD Memory Card in the slot of a Panasonic VIERA 3DTV.** Or you can use an HDMI mini cable to connect the camcorder to a VIERA 3DTV or another 3D TV that is compatible with the side-by-side method.
* The optional VW-CLT1 3D Conversion Lens is required for shooting 3D images.
** Some models of VIERA 3DTV may require a firmware update to play 3D images from an SD card. For details, please visit http://panasonic.net/avc/viera/information_3dviv/


Makes optimal settings automatically for both motion and still images.
iA (Intelligent Auto)

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 does the bothersome settings for you and makes it easy to capture beautiful, well-focused images.
* The functions included in iA may not be applied when conditions do not call for them.


Blur-free zooming and shooting on the move.
**New** HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)

HYBRID O.I.S. corrects hand-shake blurring by combining the action of its hybrid optical and electrical image stabilization systems. Even when zooming, where hand-shake often occurs, both optical and electrical hand-shake correction make it possible to record beautiful images with approximately 2 times* the hand-shake suppressing effect as conventional models.
* Compared with the HDC-SD700, HDC-TM700, and HDC-HS700.

Active Mode
**New** HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)

Active mode comes in handy when shooting while walking or playing with your children. The wide correction area corrects even relatively large hand-shake motion. It's especially good for active video shooting.

Craft images with intuitive ease.
Manual Ring
HS900, TM900

The manual ring gives you easy, fingertip control over the focus, zoom and exposure settings. You'll find using the ring a much more intuitive, comfortable, user-friendly process than accessing a menu screen. With the manual ring and manual operation, the HD900 Series is a pleasure to use and gives you the freedom to craft unusually expressive images.

Zoom

Just rotate the ring to zoom in and out. You have full control of the zooming speed and can zoom in or out to the precise degree you want.

Focus

Just rotate the ring to focus. You can focus on the exact point you want, even if it's not in the center of the frame. You can also change the focus as you shoot, to get the kind of creative shots you sometimes see in movies.

White Balance

Select from Auto, Indoor, Outdoor and White Set according to the location, weather or type of lighting. You'll always get the best possible coloring even if the light source changes.

Shutter Speed

The shutter speed can be adjusted from 1/24 to 1/8,000 of a second.* Use a high shutter speed when shooting sports events or fast-moving subjects, and you can get clear, sharp, incredible action shots.
* In PAL areas, 1/25 to 1/8,000 of a second.

Iris

Use the ring to adjust the aperture to regulate the amount of light let in. You can also use this setting to attain a shallow depth of field, blur the background, or create frames that emphasize the foreground, for creating movie-like expressions.

SpecificationsExpand All

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    • Image Sensor (Total)
    • Total Pixels
    • F Value
    • Optical Zoom
    • Intelligent Zoom
    • Intelligent Zoom OFF
    • Digital Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • Filter Diameter
    • 35mm Film Camera Equivalent
    • Lens Type
    • Image Stabilizer
    • Still Picture Recording:4:3
    • Still Picture Recording:3:2
    • Still Picture Recording:16:9
    • Shutter Speed: Motion Image
    • Shutter Speed: Still Image
    • Minimum Illumination
    • Standard Illumination
    • Focus
    • White Balance
    • Iris
    • Backlight Compensation
    • LCD Monitor
    • Simultaneous Recording
    • Creating Still Picture from Motion Picture
    • Microphone
    • Speaker
    • On-Screen Display Language
    • Flash
    • Media Remaining Indication
    • Signal System
    • Recording Mode
    • Playback Mode
    • Image Sensor (Effective)-Motion Image
    • Image Sensor (Effective)-Still Image
    • Compression (Recording Format)
    • Audio Compression
    • DPOF
    • HDMI
    • USB
    • Microphone (stereo mini)
    • Headphone (Stereo mini)
    • Accessory Shoe
    • AC Adaptor
    • USB Cable
    • Stylus Pen
    • IR Remote
    • Lens Cap
    • Rechargeable Battery Pack
    • Included Software
    • Power Supply
    • Power Consumption
    • AV Multi
    • AV Multi Cable
    • Weight (w/o Battery)
    • Dimension (W x H x D)
    • EVF
    • AC Cable
    • DC Cable
    • Lens hood
    • Shoe adaptor
    • Weight (w/o Lens Cap)
    • Dimension (W x H x D) w/ Lens
    • F Value (with 3D Conversion Lens (VW-CLT1))
    • Focal Length (with 3D Conversion Lens (VW-CLT1))
    • 35mm Film camera Equivalent (with 3D Conversion Lens (VW-CLT1))
    • Minimum Illumination (with 3D Conversion Lens (VW-CLT1))
    • STANDARD ACCESSORIES (with 3D Conversion Lens (VW-CLT1))
    • Dimensions (H x W x D)
    • UPC
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Reviews

HDC-TM900K is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from
Date published: 2012-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Very good picture quality in good light conditions. Low picture quality in dark places (indoor) nice screen nice features...
Date published: 2012-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from After a year on backpacking trips I am still very happy with this camcorder.
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Jitter in each video clip I get jitter. Panasonic service center says that there is nothing wrong with it. I showed it to Fry's service center and they see that the camera is goofy.
Date published: 2012-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like It So Far The video quality is very impressive. I am a pro still photographer and appreciate strong photo quality. I have found that my best results are on a good tripod with image stabilization turned off. Completely satisfied.
Date published: 2012-05-14
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Support

Owner's Manuals
FAQs
  • What support content is available for my product?

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    • Service Request - If you need a product repaired and is NOT a TV, Microwave, Vacuum, or Massage Chair, you can use our Online Repair Request. There, you will be able to get a repair estimate, pay online, and track the repair status.
  • My lens cover won't open or close. What do I do?
    We suggest you remove the battery and after a short wait, replace it. If this does correct the issue the camera will need to be sent in for service. Please click here for assistance.Click Here.
  • My camera won't power on. What can I do?
    If you have a second battery, try it to see if you can power on the camera. If you don't have an extra battery and you're sure the battery you have is fully charged then the camera may need to be serviced. Click Here.
  • Is this model camcorder compatible with Mac OS X?
    Yes, the camcorder is compatible with the Mac OS. You will be required to use iMovie11 in order to import the videos, however any videos recorded in 1080/60p is not compatible with iMovie.
  • Is there any way to place a protective film on the touch screen?
    Yes, a protective film can be placed on the touch screen.
  • Is there any software for the Max that will work with the camcorder?
    Yes, you would be able to use iMovie for videos and iPhotos for pictures.
  • Is there a camcorder that records video that does not split into multiple videos when the file size exceeds 4GB?
    All of the Panasonic camcorders maximum file size is 4GB.
  • Is there a camcorder that is compatible with a 128GB SDXC SD Card?
    There are no camcorders compatible with a 128GB SDXC SD Card.
  • Is the camcorder compatible with Mac OSX?
    The camcorder is compatible with Mac OSX. To import the videos use iMovie software.
    Note: Videos recorded in 1080/60p is incompatible with iMovie.
  • I saw a notice on Panasonic's web site that a firmware update was available for my camera. What is a "firmware update" and is it important that I install it?
    Panasonic may occasionally add a new feature to the camera, or if we discover a minor problem after the camera started selling Panasonic may issue new firmware to make the necessary changes. Any new firmware release includes a description of the changes it makes. If you are having the problem it corrects, or if you want to add the new feature, follow the instructions and install the update. You should always begin the firmware update usong a fully charged battery.
  • I have used the wrong charger cable, now my camcorder doesn't turn on. How can I fix this?
    You will be required to send it to our Service Center to have the camcorder repaired. Click the below link and submit a new repair request. http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/RequestCenter?storeId=15001&catalogId=11017
  • How do I fix my LCD screen when it is freely swinging in and out while in use?
    You will be required to send it to our Service Center to have the camcorder repaired. Click the below link and submit a new repair request. Click Here
  • How do I combine two scenes, because when I pause the video when recording it creates a different scene?
    You are able to combine both of the scenes into one by using the HD Writer software that is provided with the camcorder. To use the software however, you will require an Operating System no earlier than Windows XP
  • How do I clean my camcorder?
    Before cleaning, detach the battery or pull out the AC adaptor from the AC outlet, and then wipe the product with a dry soft cloth.
  • How do I adjust the volume during playback?
    To adjust the volume during playback, you would be required to use the zoom lever. Turn the zoom lever to the right to increase the volume or to the left to decrease the volume
  • How can videos and pictures be transferred to my PC without using the supplied software?
    Connect the camcorder to the PC via USB cable. After camcorder and PC are connected, drag and drop the files to the specified folder.
    Note: The files that are drag and drop cannot be edited, burn or playback using the supplied software.
    It is recommended to use the supplied software to transfer the pictures and videos to the PC.
  • How can the error message "Check card" be resolved when inserting SD card.
    Confirm the SD card is not in "LOCK" position.
    Check if the SD works in the PC. If yes, format the SD card using the PC and reinsert the SD card.
    If the issue persists try to use a different SD card. If the issue remains on all of the SD cards the camcorder needs servicing. Click the link below and submit a new repair request: http://shop.panasonic.com/ecom/onlineRepair/login
  • How can I maximize my SD Card?
    The maximum amount of space will be achieved when all previous photos have been deleted. The actual number of photos your card can hold will vary depending on the size, resolution and content of the photos.
  • How can I fix the camcorder when it beeps twice and powers off even when fully charged?
    There appears to be a problem with the internal components of the unit. The camcorder needs to be serviced. Click the link below and submit a new repair request.

    http://shop.panasonic.com/ecom/onlineRepair/login

  • How can I fix LCD screen picture loss and vertical lines?
    There appears to be a problem with the internal components of the unit. The camcorder needs to be serviced. Click the link below and submit a new repair request.

    http://shop.panasonic.com/ecom/onlineRepair/login

  • How can I fix a loose LCD screen?
    The LCD screen is required to be serviced. The service center is where the camcorder needs to be sent. Click the link below and submit a new repair request.

    http://shop.panasonic.com/ecom/onlineRepair/login

  • How can I compare the features of the new camcorders?
    Go to the Shop site, select Cameras & Camcorders from the dropdown menu.Select Camcorders from the list. Place a check mark in the box above the camcorders you wish to compare (you can compare up to 4 items at once) Click on "Compare" at the top of the page.

    Click Here.

  • How am I able to correct the error message that my laptop does not find the new equipment whenever I connect my Camcorder to the laptop?
    Make sure that you are using the supplied USB that comes with the Camcorder. Then, attempt to connect the camcorder to a different USB port. Also, you may try to connect to a different PC to determine whether the issue is with the PC or camcorder.
  • Does the camcorder have an upgrade conversion kit or a trade in value?
    There are no upgrades kits or trade in values for the camcorder. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Does software come with this camcorder?
    HD Writer VE 2.0 You can copy the motion/still picture data to the HDD of PCs or write to media such as Blu-ray discs, DVD discs or SD cards using HD Writer VE 2.0, which is the software installed in the supplied CD-ROM. Refer to the operating instructions of HD Writer VE 2.0 (PDF file) for details on how to use it.
  • Can this camera be connected to a PC?
    Yes, to any PC capable of recognizing a mass storage device. Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP/Windows 2000/Windows Me. Mac, OS X v10.1 ~ v10.7.
  • Can the camera's menu be shown in any other language?
    Cameras sold for the US market generally support English and Spanish. Portugese is also now supported in some 2012 models.
  • Can I view my pictures on my TV screen?
    You can view pictures on a TV screen by connecting your camera to your TV with the AVcable.
  • Can I use this camcorder as a webcam?
    No, you cannot use this unit as Webcam.
  • Can I transfer videos without connecting the camcorder to the PC?
    The videos will need to be recorded on an SD card a placed into a SD Card reader to import the videos to the computer.
  • Can I record in PAL?
    No, NTSC only.
  • Can I leave the battery attached when I store the camera?
    Storing the unit with the battery attached may result in a discharged battery. This may result in you not being able to use the battery the next time you want to use the camcorder.
  • Can I increase the time that the camcorder pre-records up from 3 seconds?
    No. currently the pre-record feature is set to 3 seconds before you press the [record] button.
  • Can I go back and time stamp my photos after I have copied them to my PC?
    If the photo was not modified in any way (including renaming it) you should be able to copy it back to the original location on the SD card and use any feature the camera would offer. Once the photo was modified or altered, this would not be possible.
  • Can I get the time and date to show on my video when I import it to my computer?
    Yes, the date and time is displayed under every thumbnail title. The date and time is not displayed on the video playback.
  • Can additional languages be added to the camera?
    The camera is unable to add additional languages.
  • Am I able to use the Panasonic software with a different brand camcorder?
    The Panasonic software was meant to be only used with videos recorded by supporting Panasonic camcorders.
  • Am I able to transfer videos to the computer using the USB cable?
    Unfortunately, it is not possible to transfer videos to your computer using a USB cable. A video clip can be transferred directly to your PC (Personal Computer) via a DV Interface Cable (i.LINK) using products and software from a number of video editing software companies such as Windows Movie Maker. In order to transfer videos, your PC is required to have a DV terminal.
  • Am I able to record with this camcorder for a continuous 3 hours? Also, am I able to record with a LCD screen closed using a smartphone or tablet to operate?
    Yes, the camcorder is capable of continuous recording for 3hrs if the camcorder is connected to an AC adapter and there is sufficent recordable space available on the memory.
  • Why is my computer unable to detect the camcorder?
    Follow the steps below to correct the problem 1. After re-inserting the SD card into this unit, reconnect the supplied USB cable. 2. Select another USB terminal on the PC. 3. Connect the supplied USB cable again after restarting the PC and turning the unit on.
  • Why does the product not turn on after using the wrong charger?
    The Camcorder needs to be sent to the Service Center to be repaired. Click the link below and submit a new repair request:

    http://shop.panasonic.com/ecom/onlineRepair/login

    Note: Panasonic is not responsible for 3rd party failure

  • What type of lenses do Panasonic camcorders use?
    Panasonic camcorders use Leica lenses which are made out of high quality glass.
  • What size SD Card can I use in my Camera?
    Cameras with a manufacturing date of 2006 or before can use Standard Sd Cards ( 2GB Max ) only. Models manufactured from 2007 thru 2009 can use Standard SD Cards and SDHC Cards ( Max 32GB ) Cameras Manufactured 2010 and later can use all SD Cards up to and including SDXC cards (64GBMax ).There is no firmware update that willincrease the maximum size of the SD Card for allowable usage.
  • What size and type memory card can I use in my camcorder?
    Panasonic camcorders use a SD (Secure Digital) card. There is the Standard SD, and also the SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity), and SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) Card Formats that can be used.
    • In 2007, camcorders can use up to a maximum of 4GB SDHC Card.
    • In 2008, camcorders can use up to a maximum of 8GB SDHC Card.
    • In 2009, camcorders can use up to a maximum of 32GB SDHC Card.
    • In 2010 to current, camcorders use up to a maximum of 64GB SDXC Card.

    Depending on the specific model of your camcorder. Refer to the owner's manual for the type of card to be used. Recording video also requires a fast memory card and so Class 6 cards up to the newer Class 10 cards are recomended.

  • What should I do if my camera won't turn on?
    First, ensure that the batter is fully charged, keeping in mind that the charge indicator light turns off after charging is complete (approximately 90 minutes). A depleted battery will usually cause the camera to power on, and then quickly off. If your battery is more than a year old, it may need to be replaced.
  • What is O.I.S?
    O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer) helps to reduce the effects of shake during the recording while walking, or holding the unit and recording the subject while using zoom.
  • What is AVCHD?
    AVCHD stands for Advanced Video Coding High Definition. AVCHD is the format for recording and playback of High Definition Videos.
  • There are vertical/horizontal lines in my LCD screen. What do I do?
    We suggest you remove the battery and after a short wait, replace it. If this does correct the issue the camera will need to be sent in for service. Please click here for assistance.Click Here.
  • The LCD screen on my camera is blank. What do I do?
    We suggest you remove the battery and after a short wait, replace it. If this does correct the issue the camera will need to be sent in for service. Please click here for assistance.Click Here.
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