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Panasonic NV-GS180

alaTest has collected and analyzed 135 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the color and portability are overall positive. The image quality and value for money also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the features. Reviews are divided on the battery.

usability, value for money, image quality, portability, color


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV-GS180 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic PV-GS180 Camcorder Review


Panasonic's three-CCD camcorders have a storied past for video performance, which leaves a good deal of expectations for the PV-GS180, which replaces the PV-GS150. So how does this bottom-end three-chipper actually rate? Well, the performance was...

Panasonic has not made it easy this year. Their entire 3-CCD line was revamped and scaled down, making them more affordable, but at the loss of a lot of features. The PV-GS180 replaces the PV-GS150, which sold for $699, one hundred dollars more than...

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Panasonic PV-GS180


The Panasonic PV-GS180 comes equipped with three 1/6" CCDs, each with 800K gross pixels and 440K effective pixels in 4:3 aspect ratio and 380K effective pixels in 16:9 aspect ratio. A three-chip configuration means that each of the primary colors of...

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A good consumer camcorder that packs some pro features!


I've had this camcorder twice and it's has done a great job for me. It's light and compact and supplies plenty of control.

3 CCD, Video quality, Low-light performance, Audio options, Headphone jack, Manual Controls

Fake widescreen option, no focus ring


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Rating 6 out of 10. Good video quality, not easy to capture to PC


I went through a few available description of this camcorder as well as asking at the store before purchasing and no mention for need of Firewire connection. Panasonic Customer Service (Canada) also informed, after I have trouble, that I need Firewire...

Easy control and reasonably good still photo quality

Hard to capture to PC for editing

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PV- GS 180 Overall - Great!


This is a very neat little camera (and when I say little, I mean little, the dimensions are small). It has Image stabilization, 3ccds (which is awesome for the price), and one feature I find useful is that it opens (for the tape)on the top right side,...

3ccd, tape input @ top, EIS, manual focus, 16:9 format, accessory shoe, mic jack

stationary VF, small handstrap, no EIS in 16:9

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It is a nicely decigned product which stands out while comparing with other brands


I recently bought this product for prepartion of my presentations. It was really hard to decide which one to buy.

Small sie, 3CCDs, joy stick, SC card support

needs firewire to download edited movie from computer

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Panasonic PV-GS180


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Amazon review summary for Panasonic NV-GS180


alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS180 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS180 2.3MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomPanasonic PV-GS180 2.3MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

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Audio Guy


I recomend this camera to anyone who is looking for a cheep 3ccd camera that has amazing quality

This Camera is very small. A 3 CCD chip on such a small camera is very nice, and the price is excilent

The focus option is not waht i would like. I like having the focus on the lense

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Good Investment


I work as a coordinator in television and film production and I always wanted to get a decent camera without breaking the bank.

You can't beat the price for a 3 chip camera, headphone output, microphone input, jacks for dv and s video, and size

troggle wears out your thumb after a while

Product Specifications

The Panasonic PV-GS180 is an ultra compact Digital Palmcorder MultiCam Camcorder with 2.3 Megapixel Still Picture Recording. PRODUCT FEATURES: Mini DV; 3CCD; 2.3 Megapixel Still Picture Recording; SD Memory Card Slot; 10x Optical Zoom, Digital Zoom; Power LCD; PictBridge compatible.

Audio Input


Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Lens System

Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:440Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Mini DV
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic