Early 2009, Panasonic unveiled 3 current prosumer HD camcorders. They are specifically the flash-based Panasonic HDC-TM300 and hard drive-based HDC-HS300 and HDC-HS250K.
These new Panasonic models hold analogous 12x zoom f/1.8 – 2.8 lens, 3MOS sensors and 3-chip system. They also have the best video quality and are meant to record about 8 minutes of footage per gigabyte of storage space and approximately 4 hours of footage in the internal memory. These three new models also own the Optical Image Stabilization and Intelligent Automatic components of older Panasonic camcorders.
The Panasonic HDC-HS300 and TM300 give a manual focus ring, EVF, accessory shoe and mic inputs that the Panasonic HDC-HS250K does not have, considering its less massive design. These two camcorders are exactly the same besides that the Panasonic HDC-TM300 records to either SD cards or its 32GB internal memory. On the other hand, the two HDD-based models boast 120GB hard disks.
These camcorders render people good videos whereas the colors are usually just a little softer compared to its rivals. The Panasonic HDC-HS250K makes for a great buy without the frills as compared with its other counterparts.