Panasonic HC-V500M Camcorder Review
The HC-V500M is a bit larger and heavier than its predecessor (the HDC-TM40), but the new model does feel better in the hand. Its larger body means less clutter with buttons and controls, as well as more space for a larger LCD (3-inch instead of 2.7-inches on the TM40). Panasonic eliminated the d-pad that appeared on the TM40 last year and replaced it with a touchscreen interface, which contributes to the V500M's stylish, streamlined looks. Panasonic also rearranged some of the button and connector layouts on the V500M (primarily moving the SD card slot to the bottom of the camcorder).