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Bad: very low reliability compared to its high selling price
Comment: the camera went dead 5 months after the end of the warranty period.
it cost me a leg and an arm to fix it.
one advise : just keep away from TM700 Panasonic camcorder and look for other brands.
Good: Light, easy to use and sand proof.
Bad: Camera Function button is 'hidden' behind viewscreen hinge when open.
Comment: Can't see what the fuss is about for edting raw 1080/50p footage. I use Corel Videostudio X3, cost under Â£100 and does the job of capture and editing really well, along with the DVD Factory built in, outputs to most formats as well as DVD/Bluray disks.
View finder is a good addition, no point using a view screen in bright sunlight, also witha viewfinder, the camera is more stable as itis held to the eye with arms in a tripod postioon and with a max zoom of x700. This is needed !!
Not had any of the issues others have indicated of over colour and having working in video for just too many years I do know a thing or two about the subject..
Good: Image quaility and ability to operate it manually
Bad: The position of the button to manually make the adjustments
Comment: I now used the camera (TM700) for one month and I'm impressed by the picture quality; although there is some lens flare when making pictures from the sun at dawn.
I do make a lot of use of the ablity to manually operate the camera. It provides me a little bit better picture quality since the IA in some case causes a little bit over exposure.
I made a lot of film in the 108050p mode and I do not recognize comments made on other forums abouth to bright colours.
Another thing about the 1080p50 is that it does not make a lot of sense if you want to play it back in BD format; since BD is either 1080i or 25p but no possibility to export it to double PAL. And..... it is difficult to find software that edit your pictures in native format.
If you want to play your movies in raw format without any menu's or things like that, than it make sense to record in 50p mode. In that case you have to use to HD writer software that came along with the camera.
My verdict is ;) It is a camera that without any limits apeals to your creativety and you will for sure enjoy the quality of the recordings.
Last-but-not-least: I do not see any neccesity to buy aditional memory card. When I go for holiday, I always bring my laptop with me, so in any case of running out of memory I will copy the movies to my hard-disk.....
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