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Panasonic HDC-TM and Canon Vixia HF Review

Compare Panasonic HDC-TM series with Canon Vixia HF series

Part one:Panasonic HDC-TM series and Canon Vixia HF series

Panasonic HDC-TM series including HDC-TM10, HDC-TM15, HDC-TM20, HDC-TM30, HDC-TM35, HDC-TM55, HDC-TM60, HDC-TM70, HDC-TM200, HDC-TM300, HDC-TM350, HDC-TM700

Canon Vixia HF series including HF10, HFS10, HFS11, HF11, HF20, HF21, HF100, HFS100, HF200, HF M31, HF R10, HF M30, HF M300, HF R100, HF R11, HF S20, HF S21, HF S200

Part two:Panasonic HDC-TM video converter and Canon Vixia HF video converter

AVCHD video converter for Mac is mainly designed for Panasonic HDC-TM series and Canon Vixia HF series camcorder user who like to import their canon and panasonic avchd files to Mac.

Mac avchd converter supports convert avchd files to mp4, mov, dv, mpeg-2, avi, wmv, flv, mpg, mpeg-4, swf, 3gp, mkv, rm, rmvb, hd mov, hd avi, hd mpg, hd mp4, hd wmv etc and import avchd video to iMovie, FCE, FCP, Adobe Premiere, iTunes, iDVD, Quicktime, Mobile Phone, Blackberry, iPad, iPod, iPhone etc on Mac os, more just click avchd converter for mac.

Tips: For windows user, just using avchd converter for windows 7, vista, xp, 2000, other camcorder user, like flip, just use camcorder video converter to import panasonic and canon video freely

Part three: Compare Panasonic HDC-TM with Canon Vixia HF camcorder

We take HDC-TM 700 and HF S200 as examples:


  Panasonic HDC-TM 700 Canon Vixia HF S200
Price $759.00 - $999.99 $684.95 - $999.99
Image Sensor 1/4.1" MOS x 3 1/2.6-inch CMOS/RGB Primary
Color Filter
Total Pixels 9.15 Megapixels Approx. 8.59 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Motion Image: 7.59 megapixels Motion Image:Approx. 6.01 Megapixels
Still Image: 7.89 megapixels [3:2] / 7.59 megapixels[16:9] / 6.96 megapixels [4:3] Still Image: 16:9: 6.01 Megapixels (3264 x 1840); 4:3 : 8.02 Megapixels (3264 x 2456)
Lens Optical Zoom /Intelligent
Zoom :12x/18x
Focal Length:3.45-41.4mm
Filter Diameter:46mm
F Value:F1.5(WIDE)/2.8(TELE)
Zoom Ratio:10x Optical/200x Digital
Focal Length; f-6.4-64mm
Filter Diameter58mm
Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-3.0
Frame Rate 60p, 60i, 24p (Digital Cinema) 60i, Native 24p, 24p Progressive, 30p
Dolby Digital (5.1ch / 2ch) Dolby Digital 2 channel (AC-3)
Smoothness Extremely smooth video, particularly when using 60p mode. Motion video was very smooth, although not as good as the HDC-TM700's 60p
AVCHD standard compliant) ,MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (original format)
Dimension W x Hx D 66 x 69 x 138 mm 75 x 74 x 140mm
Media Built-in memory (32GB),
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
SD / SDHC memory cards (2 slots)
LCD Screen 3.0 Wide LCD ( 230,400 dots) 3.5-inch High Resolution Touch Panel Wide Color LCD (Approx. 922,000 dots)
Flash Build in
Optical (POWER O.I.S.) Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Weight 0.84 pounds 1 pounds
Battery 1250 mAh / Lithium-Ion Canon BP-808
Analog Video NTSC
Min /MAX
Shutter Speed
1/2 sec , 1/8,000 sec 1/2 sec , 1/2,000 sec
White Balance Auto, Indoor1, Indoor2, Sunny, Cloudy, White set Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
Connections 1 HDMI/1 USB
1 Composite video/audio output
1 Headphones
1 Microphone
1 Composite video/audio output
1 Headphones /1 Microphone
1 Control-L (LANC)

2: Review:
HDC-TM 700:
Pros:Compact, reolution at p60, Durable, Convenient, Easy to use, Exceeded expectations, Convenient, leica lens, pro quality, great software,Inexpensive, High definition in 1080/60p, colour fidelity and vibrance, steady shot, memory speed, light weight & small size convenient, touchscreen good, USB and HDMI really good, sound is amazingly good, great viewscreen quality, Very good low-light video quality; full set of manual features.

Cons: p60 is non standard, hard to convert to p30. Smallish, low-resolution LCD; coarse EVF; some edge artifacts in video; middling still photo quality, battery can be more bigger, screen easy to hurt, shooting in complete silence you will hear camera fan in the background, Price a little high yet, SDHC cards pricey, included software barely usable on a two year old laptop and not versatile, optical eyepiece viewfinder a little primitive.

Vixia HF S200:
Pros:Excellent set of manual features; dual SDHC slots; generally well-designed interface,easy to use, add a mic and extra lighting too, Easy Computer Connectivity, Great Sound/Audio,Accurate, Vivid Colors, Compact Design, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:Poorly designed touch-screen menu system; short battery life; defaults to low-quality video mode; doesn't support SDXC; relatively expensive.

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