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Panasonic HDC-TM90 and HDC-SD90 Camcorders Unveiled

Panasonic's powerful 1MOS HD camcorders have been put on the map. Read about the new Panasonic HDC-TM90 and HDC-SD90 here.


If the recently announced Panasonic HDC-HS900, HDC-TM900, or HDC-SD800 are too expensive for your budget, the Panasonic HDC-TM90 or Panasonic HDC-SD90 might be the answer for all of your HD needs. Announced at CES in Las Vegas today, the Panasonic HDC-TM90 and Panasonic HDC-SD90 are equipped with the more conventional 1 MOS sensor system, yet are still capable of recording 1920 x 1080/60p video, in addition to 3D video. Specializing in ease of use, the Panasonic HDC-TM90 and HDC-SD90 will feature Panasonic's iA Intelligent Auto mode with Face Recognition, HYBRID OIS, and touch-screens LCD displays, and Eco-Mode.


"Panasonic's new line of HD camcorders offers something for everyone, from the ultra-lightweight and affordable SD40 and TM40, to the wide-angle lens and telephoto zoom of the HS80 and TM80, all the way up to the to the 3D recording capabilities of the TM90 and SD90," said Chris Rice, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "These six HD camcorders shoot exceptionally-well in low-light and, with Panasonic's image stabilization, allow even novice shooters to capture stunning video."



While the SD40, TM40, HS80, and TM80 camcorders are more beginner-oriented, the Panasonic HDC-TM90 and HDC-SD90 offer the most, featuring lightweight, compact bodies and the ability to record 3D HD video via Panasonic's HD conversion lens, just like their bigger brothers, the HDC-HS900, HDC-TM900, and HDC-SD800. The Panasonic HDC-TM90 and HDC-SD90 cn play back 3D footage a VIERA 3DTV, compatible 3D TV (with side-by-side method 3D playback, 3D Eyewear, and an HDMI cable), or an AVCHD-compatible player/recorder.


Of course, the Panasonic HDC-TM90 and HDC-SD90 both record Full HD 2D video and both feature 28mm wide-angle lenses. It's nice to see wide-angle lenses finally hitting the camcorder market, as telephoto-type lenses are one of the major drawbacks while shooting in tight places. Speaking of telephoto shooting, the Panasonic HDC-TM90 and HDC-SD90 are equipped with an ultra-telephoto 40x Intelligent Zoom, fired by Panasonic's Crystal Engine PRO processor, which is designed to produce exceedingly high resolution image quality in bright and low light with minimal noise.


The Panasonic HDC-TM90 and HDC-SD90 differ only by storage, as the TM90 has 16GB of internal storage space. Both camcorders have the ability to record to SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, and the Panasonic HDC-SD90 relies solely on SD card storage. Both camcorders will offer new touch-screen controls, including a Touch Zoom, which operates via a swipe of the finger. There's also Touch Shutter, which enables shooters to take a still image by merely touching the subject on the LCD display. Unfortunately, Touch Shutter cannot be used in Video mode.


A new Hybrid OIS will help minimize blur during hand/arm shake, and this is accomplished with an optical system merged with a sensor in the electrical system. Panasonic has one of the best Image Stabilization systems on the market, and the new Hybrid OIS is going to be nothing short of awesome. With Intelligent Auto, both camcorders will be able to recognize up to 6 faces and track subjects, adjusting the focus and exposures based on the scene or the selected subject. The new Eco-Mode automatically turns the camera off when it is not being used, saving power on the batteries.


The Panasonic HDC-TM90 and HDC-SD90 will be available in black, and pricing and availability will be announced a month before ship date.


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