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Panasonic HDC-TM20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of Panasonic HDC-TM20. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and design are overall positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. The zoom and image quality get mixed reviews. There are some negative comments about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, price, portability, design, size

viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-TM20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-TM20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the size and design are on the whole positive. The price and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the viewfinder. The zoom and image quality get mixed reviews.

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This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-TM20 SD & HDD Camcorder (Silver)Panasonic HDC-TM20 SD & HDD Camcorder (Silver)

Oct, 2016

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Panasonic HDC-TM20 review


Overall most users will be impressed with the HDC-TM20's output despite the 1/6in MOS sensor.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Campbell Simpson (

Panasonic HDC-TM200 camcorder


This Panasonic video camera offers on-board flash memory, a touch-screen and good image stabilisation

Good 1080p video quality, 10.6-megapixel still shots, iA mode works well

Difficult touch-screen interface, expensive, not much flash memory

Panasonic’s HDC-TM200 camcorder sits in a difficult position, costing only a few hundred dollars less than the flagship KDC-HS200-K. It is still a capable camcorder, with great quality video when using automatic settings as well as surprisingly stills...

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: David (

Panasonic HDC-TM20


Easy to shoot on automatic no need to change settings. Menu quite easy to select and follow. |Very comrehensive online manual

Start stop button not very well positioned, causes shake when operating it, Needs to be larger and more sensitive. Don't like the 'spacial. 5 channel sound, prefer stereo

Aug, 2009

Product Specifications

The TM20 is a twin memory camcorder that records Full HD images either on its internal flash memory or an SD (or SDHC) Memory Card. It features a Relay Recording function. When the built-in memory being used to record images becomes full, this function automatically switches the recording media to the SDHC/SD Memory Card to provide uninterrupted recording. Inclusion of an SDHC/SD Memory Card varies by market. The iA function automatically activates several convenient shooting functions. These include Advanced O.I.S., which compensates for hand-shake to eliminate blurring; Face Detection, which adjusts the exposure so faces are captured perfectly; and Intelligent Contrast Control, which helps ensure proper contrast. Also included is the Intelligent Scene Selector, which determines the shooting conditions and automatically selects the scene setting that will provide optimal results.And AF Tracking keeps the subject in focus even if it moves around to ensure continuously beautiful image quality. With the developed Leica Dicomar lens, which enabled the optical 16x zoom, HDC-TM20 gives users dynamic zooming in full HD image quality.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


3D: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.86

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Low light / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:16GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:MOS
Total MegaPixels:1.47

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1000
Filter Size:4.3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):44.1 - 706
Focal length range (f-f):2.95 - 47.2
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.3
Max Focal Length:47.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.95mm
Optical Zoom:16
Optical Zoom:16
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.17Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.17Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.47Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Advanced O.I.S.)

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Internal Memory:16000
Lens system:Leica Dicomar
Manual Focus: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):5.7
Power requirements:DC7.2V / 9.3V
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:HD Writer 1.0 AE

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
PictBridge: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000

Still image

Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Disc types supported: No

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / H.264
Digital Zoom:1000
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.7

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes