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I like gadgets that are touch and go in the good sense

Tags: Panasonic Corporation
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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 11, 2009

I like gadgets that are touch and go in the good sense. People shouldn’t have to read the manual for basic functionality unless the device interface displays everything in Chinese and you need to refer to docs to figure out how to make it speak English. So it was a relief to find that Panasonic TM200 high-definition camcorder was easy to operate from the moment it was powered on.

It’s quite light and comfortable to grip which is exactly what you need when you’re trying to keep a steady hand. The camcorder comes with 12x optical zoom and does a good job of the keeping images stable even when your hand trembles slightly, and taking still images on the 10.6 megapixel device threw up crisp bright photos worthy of any family album.

The main letdown however was its 2.7” LCD touchscreen. Playing with the menu options and selecting images or videos on it involved angling your finger just right and multiple frustrating pokes. Not brilliant if you’re rushing to get things done and move on to the next shot. Aside from that, the 16 GB of built in memory seems a bit low but not a big deal if you’ve got extra SD cards to keep you going.

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