Panasonic HC-X900 Camcorder Review$1,199.00
Ever since the launch of the HDC-TM300 a few years ago, Panasonic has appeared to have fallen in love with the design of its flagship camcorders. The new HC-X900M looks nearly identical to its predecessors, and the camcorder continues to include Panasonic's patented manual lens ring, as well as its (still fairly unique) 5.1-channel surround sound microphone.
The camcorder doesn't look all that stylish or flashy. No, this is a model that looks like it is caught in the middle between consumer and professional—and that's really what it is. It has a utilitarian design that is a bit heavier and tougher than last year's TM900, and the body has a matte finish that doesn't collect fingerprints easily. The extra size of the X900M does make the camcorder a bit more uncomfortable to hold than previous Panasonic models, but it is still one of the better flagship camcorders in terms of handling and comfort.