In my limited experience with this camcorder the Panasonic TM300 provides many high end features in an affordable package including fine performance in low light, very fine detail in good light, fine audio with my MKE300 mounted on the camcorder's standard hotshoe, fast autofocus, etc etc
However I have also found a few limitations that make a difference to my intended use of it as a semiprofessional tool:
1) while filming headshot interviews autofocus occassionaly has difficulty focussing on dark skin and sometimes (not often) jumps to focus on the background instead that may be because the background has more contrast and moves less than the face of the person.
2) manual white balance using a white object does not always give satisfactory results; for example when I do a manual white balance using an A4 sheet of white paper held about 50cm from the lens with nothing else in the frame apart from the paper the color balance is sometimes too blue that of course may be caused by the paper. Is white paper really yellow?
3) The "10" MP stills captured with the TM300 are ok for small prints but nothing to get excited about
I would like to know if you figure these 3 concerns are due to operater error or normal issues in the current generation of prosumer AVCHD camcorders and/or if could I overcome them by upgrading to a different camcorder?
To be more specific could the autofocus issue be remedied by moving up to a progressive scan camcorder that would autofocus more often or one that has a more accurate type of autofocus system, such as...
Do higher end camcorders such as ..... have better auto and manual white balance than the TM300 and its brethren?
Could I get to keep all the good features pointed out above yet better stills by moving to a combocam or would I lose as much in terms of flexibility and smooth hassle-free shooting as I would gain by moving from the TM300 to a new generation DSLR-type camcorder with a larger chip?
Maybe what really needs to be upgraded is the person behind the camera???