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models compared on this page: Panasonic HDC-TM350 and Sony HDR-SR12

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Model

Panasonic HDC-TM350Sony HDR-SR12
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Manufacturer Panasonic Information about Panasonic

Sony Information on Sony

Name HDC-TM350HDR-SR12
European name ?HDC-TM350HDR-SR11E
US name ?HDC-TM350HDR-SR12
lowest US price 1300 $1700 $
On the market since June 2009 March 2008
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?Good
Good
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? AVCHD
AVCHD
Recording Medium SDHC card
built-in flash memory
Built-in hard disk
Memory Stick PRO Duo
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
Max Bitrate ?17 Mbit/s16 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
MPEG2
MPEG4
on-board memory ?64 GB120 GB
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ? Leica
Carl Zeiss
Optical Zoom ?12 x12 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?45 mm40 mm
Filter diameter ?43 mm37 mm
Image Stabilization ?optical
optical
ND Filter ?No
No
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?31
Size of image sensor ?1/4, 1 inch
1/3, 1 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?2070000 Pixel 3810000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
auto
manual
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/8.0001/800
Maximum shutter time ?1/251/2
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Infrared recording ?No
Yes
Expanded Focus ?Yes
No
Peaking ?No
No
Signal Processing
Zebra ?100%70%
100%
Histogram ?Yes
No
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
No
Adjustable color ?Yes
No
Cinegamma ?Yes
No
Black Strech ?No
No
Knee ?No
No
Colorbars ?No
No
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
No
Custom Presets ?No
No
Set Time Code ?No
No
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
No
Out
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ?Out mini
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
- 
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Headphones ?3.5 mm mini-jack
Mini-jack
Lanc ?No
No
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ? Standard
AI
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 390 g570 g
Weight (with battery) 450 g650 g
Battery type Panasonic VW-VBG130-K
Sony NP-FH60
Battery capacity 1320 mAh1000 mAh
Charger ?internal
external
internal
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 70 mm76 mm
Width 72 mm83 mm
Depth 141 mm138 mm
Relative Size ?78
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?Color
Color
Viewfinder format ?16:916:9
Viewfinder pixels ? 123200 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 2,7 Inch3,2 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?230400 Pixel 921600 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
Yes
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Zoom ring multi-assigned
Rocker
Manual Focus ?Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Menu
Manual Aperture ?Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Menu
Focus switcher ?Yes
No
ND Filter ?No
No
Exp Lock ?No
No
Gain ?No
No
White balance ?No
No
Push AF ?No
No
Audio Levels ?No
No
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
No
No
Audio

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Audio Formats ?AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
Microphone ?Stereo internal
Mini-jack external
Mini-jack external
5.1 Internal
Audio Control ?auto
manual
auto
Audio levels ?Viewfinder
Screen
No
Still

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Recording Medium ?built-in flash memory
SDHC card
Memory Stick Duo
Medium included ?No
No
Effective pixels ?7530000 Pixel 5080000 Pixel
Resolutions ?3984 x 26563680 x 2760
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Test pictures
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luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
test picture 1200 Lux
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Manufacturers URL Website PanasonicWebsite Sony
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?SatisfactoryGood
Resolution ?Very goodGood
Color performance ?Very goodVery good
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ?PoorSufficient
Configuration / image ?Very goodGood
Configuration / sound ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Handling ?GoodGood
Portability ? Excellent Very good
Photo function ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
372366
Pros + Sharpness and colour at the upper AVCHD limit
+ Many manual controls
+ Good image stabilizer for moving camera
+ focus and exposure control via touchscreen works well
+ focus ring replacement is OK
+ Good image in terms of sharpness and color
+ Very sharp display
Cons - weak wide angle
- no manual shutter control
- the owner is put under tutelage
Conclusion The new image stabilizer is better and especially interesting for people who like cheap glide camsIn terms of low light the camera easily gets surpassed by the Sony XR520 and the wide angle is a sorry affair in this price range.But that is just about all we could find to complain about.Except maybe that you get almost the same technology without the internal memory and improved image stabilization in the notably cheaper HDC-SD300.In terms of picture quality the gap between the best Canon-cams in this class ist almost leveled, and the handling offers many unique features (camera control ring, focus and exposure via touchscreen, high-resolution LCD), which cant be found elsewhere (yet).If Sony would allow the user to manually set the shutter (and with meaningful numerical values), this camera would really rock
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
HDC-TM350 Review
HDR-SR12 Review
external reviews/tests   
Forum posts Panasonic TM350 - images generally too dark and colorless?
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Update of SonyHDR-SR11E to SonyHDR-XR500VE ... what do you think?
Lanc Adapter for SonyHDR-SR11E wanted!
SonyHDR-SR11E as a webcam? Is this possible?
>> Buy me a few days SonyHDR-SR11E .... and ask for Pro
Microphone for Sony HDR-SR11E sought <<--- purchase advice please!
How do I get light and microphone s.die SonyHDR-SR11E
How do I get light and microphone s.die SonyHDR-SR11E
Questions s.die HDR-SR11E owners
SonyHDR-SR11E - multi-user capable?
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