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alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 reviews of Panasonic DV PROLINE AG-DVC30. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the durability and zoom are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the memory.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic DV PROLINE AG-DVC30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of Panasonic DV PROLINE AG-DVC30 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the durability and portability. The zoom and image quality are also mentioned favorably.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic Pro AG-DVC30 3-CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/16x Optical ZoomPanasonic Pro AG-DVC30 3-CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/16x Optical Zoom

Aug, 2018

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Ben Wolf (

Panasonic AG-DVC30 review


Intro Panasonic's AG-DVC30 represents the company's entry into what you could call the prosumer-lite camcorder category. These cameras are a step down from higher-priced, entry-level pro cameras with 1/3-inch CCDs, notable examples of which include...

A surprising number of professional features for the price; solid, compact design; responsive performance; Infrared mode; excellent video quality.

Controls are more consumer-oriented than the feature set; Movie-Like mode inferior to true progressive imaging; no built-in XLR ports.

A compact model with a wealth of features for its price, the Panasonic AG-DVC30 offers one of the best values in a three-chip MiniDV camera.

Aug, 2004

Expert review by : Tony Fonseca (

Panasonic AG-DVC30 Camcorder Review


Panasonic's new $2,595 (MSRP) AG-DVC30 is really many cameras in one. This model jumps into the arena with other ? inch prosumer cameras such as the popular GL-2 and the PDX10. Panasonic has not competed in this arena for a while and judging from the...

Mar, 2004

Expert review by : anyone 13th-repeat (

Panasonic AG-DVC30 camcorder

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Diana Weynand (

Panasonic AG-DVC30


Image quality and flexible features make this a compact camera worthy of its the Panasonic PROLINE heritage.

Quality imaging, Flexible customization, controls

Audio gain controls on a menu, No button access to iris, focus and zoom simultaneously

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Brian Peterson (

Camcorder Review: Panasonic AG-DVC30 Mini DV


If you enjoy shooting a variety of subjects that require the features of several camcorders, then you'll want to look closely at the new 1/4-inch 3-CCD Panasonic AG-DVC30. Most camcorders have particular design features made for a particular type of...

Quality imaging ; Flexible customization, controls

Audio gain controls on a menu ; No button access to iris, focus and zoom simultaneously

Image quality and flexible features make this a compact camera worthy of its the Panasonic PROLINE heritage.

Sep, 2004

Expert review by : Digital Arts (

Panasonic DVC-30 review


With the DVC-30, Panasonic has done a good job of cramming the DVX100's main features into a smaller case – and adding a few of its own. However, it hasn't achieved scaling the body size down to that of a consumer-camcorder – a feat achieved by Sony...

Mar, 2004

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wonder boy!


This camera is a versatile, productive tool. I have been blessed to have shot with GL1s, GL2s, all flavors of XL1s, and most of Panasonics "prosumer" cameras, and even the wonderful VX1000. The AG-DVC30P holds a special place anywhere among these ...

Nice feature set, good price point. 3.5" LCD

Not for shooting 16x9. Separate rings for zoom and focus would be nice

Mar, 2006

Consumer review (

wonder boy!


Nice feature set, good price point. 3.5" LCD.

Not for shooting 16x9. Separate rings for zoom and focus would be nice.

Mar, 2006

Consumer review (

I love this little camera! Highly recommended.


I have used this camera on three shoots so far and it continues to surprise and impress me.

1. Great price. 2. Very good picture quality. 3. Excellent low light capabilities. 4. Excellent auto-focus. 5. Excellent zoom range and control. 6. Small and light. 7. Small and compact.

1. Ok, internal mic. Low audio output. 2. No true 16x9 mode. 16x9 squeeze mode reduces quality.

Feb, 2006

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I really like the dvc30.

The size and great look of this camera makes it a good choice. I paid about $1,400 for mine. Excellent video, good audio. The super night mode really works to shoot B/W in near absolute dark.

None really for the money.

Feb, 2006

Product Specifications

Total mobility? Easy carrying? Or advanced audio specs? With the multi-style handle, the choice is yours. Designed with the professional in mind, the AG-DVC30 introduces a new detachable handle that adds versatility by letting you use this compact DV camera three different ways. With handle detached, this super-compact 3CCD camera fits easily into a bag or pack for highest mobility. With handle in place, the AG-DVC30 is easy to carry and easy to use, even when shooting at difficult angles. With the optional XLR adapter mounted on the handle, the AG-DVC30 has outstanding audio specs, plus the ability to add two external phantom mics or line inputs with "glow in the dark" level controls. With features like time/date superimposition and the Zero Lux IR mode - the world's first infrared nighttime shooting mode (B&W) in a 3CCD camera-recorder - the AG-DVC30 is ideal for professional monitoring and surveillance use. Add a slow shutter mode for high-sensitivity color recording, Cine-Like gamma curve, and 30-fps frame recording that gives images a film-like appearance, and you've got ultra-flexible performance to meet a host of professional needs. The AG-DVC30 also features the newly developed Leica Dicomar 16x optical zoom lens, which provides superb image rendering in shots ranging from wide angle all the way to telephoto. The motorized zoom is silky smooth and can go from wide to tele in as fast as 1 second (for Sports applications) or as slow as 100 seconds (for dramatic work).

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic AG/Panasonic DV PROLINE

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6/F1.6
Max Focal Length:48mm/65.6mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm/4mm
Optical Zoom:12/16
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:380Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:410Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Zoom:10/120/160
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Gain-up / Mix / Still / Strobe / Wipe


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD