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Panasonic announces six mid-range HD camcorders
by Jamison Cush -  1/5/2011

Panasonic is looking to make a splash in Vegas at CES 2011, as the imaging company has announced six new high-definition camcorders. The entry-level to mid-range models all feature the Panasonic 1MOS sensor, a wide-angle lens, and 1920 x 1080 shooting resolution.

Starting things off for Panasonic are the compact HDC-TM90 and HDC-SD90. These 2D HD camcorders are compatible with the Panasonic 3D Conversion Lens for 3D content, and both feature a 28mm lens with a 40x intelligent zoom, which is Panasonic's enhanced digital zoom technology that renders footage at optical-zoom quality.

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The HDC-TM80 and HDC-HS80 extend the Intelligent Zoom to 42x, and they both include a 33.7mm wide-angle lens.

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Finally, the HDC-TM40 and HDC-SD40 are the lightweights of the bunch, coming in at less than 0.4lbs. Panasonic claims these HD camcorders can record continuously for 135 minutes on a single charge.

Panasonic HDC-TM40

The TM90, SD90, TM80, and HS80 have touchscreen operations, including Touch Zoom to quickly zoom in and out with the swipe of a finger, and Touch Shutter to quickly snap stills with a finger tap.

Other new features include a new hybrid OIS, intelligent auto with face recognition, and power-saving mode.

All six camcorders are SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card compatible. The TM90 and TM80 have 16 GB of internal memory, while the HS80 has a 120 GB hard disk drive. All of the camcorders will be available in black, while the TM80 and SD80 will be available in red and silver also.

Panasonic will announce pricing and availability a month before launch.