Thanks for the suggestions, but I've tried them before on the TM900, and also on my formerly owned SD90 and yet I still can't get those camcorders to produce bright images with bright colors like I can with still cameras that shoot video such as the Canon T3i and Olympus OM-D. Also, on Vimeo and Youtube, all the 2011 model Panasonic camcorder video samples I have seen look comparatively dull as compared to still camera video.
Example: here are screen shots of two Olympus OM-D videos vs two Panasonic TM90 videos:http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/u...w/omd_tm90.jpg
Until the OM-D arrived, there were no still cameras that had camcorder like image stabilization so it was very awkward to shoot hand held video with them. And few had silent focusing and zoom capability or auto focus tracking combined with auto exposure compensation. The OM-D has all that, plus image stabilization that's substantially better than the TM90 and TM900 stabilization. Here's another hand held example of OM-D video I shot today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX4dlB0xVRA
I mention all this not to put down the camcorders, but only to inform others that even though the 1080p video that's commonly available on camcorders may technically be superior (twice as much data in their files), in other ways the 1080i video of many still cameras can sometimes produce video that more closely mimics the brightness and colors of what the human eye sees. And one still camera (Olympus OM-D) offers cutting edge image stabilization.