Without a doubt, the future of video recording, whether we're talking about professional or consumer-grade home movies, is related to the concept of HD (or high definition). After all, even some of the most important video sharing web services, such as YouTube, Metacafe or Viddler, just to give a few examples, are starting to get HD video support, so the need for camcorders that are able to provide such a level of functionality is also becoming direr.
Also, the fact that HD is becoming the norm even in the consumer world is leading to the appearance of a large number of entry-level/mid-range products providing HD-recording capabilities at a very affordable price point. And while that's NOT the case with the subject of our review, namely Panasonic's HDC-TM300 high-definition camcorder (since this thing is not very cheap, nor entry-level), the truth of the matter is that this device is able to deliver a very complex array of features, as well as a very good price-per-feature ratio.
Released back in March 2009, the HDC-TM300 camcorder has managed so snag some official awards since then, but also proved to be fairly popular with consumers, due to its level of portability, high level of versatility and, last but certainly not least, the high quality of the videos it's able to record.
Of course, you'll have to go through our entire review in order to learn exactly why this thing is worth your money and what you get for the roughly $1,300 you'll have to pay for it, but we hope to have provided enough info for you to have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this thing. Plus, we've also included some footage taken in various lighting conditions with Panasonic's HDC-TM300, as well as some sample photos, so that you'll also be able to see for yourselves exactly what this tiny and light, yet quite serious camcorder is able to do.