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Panasonic NV-GS180

alaTest has collected and analyzed 143 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the color and image quality. The portability and value for money also get good feedback, but there are some mixed opinions about the battery. Many are critical about the reliability and features.

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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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 3 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 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on

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

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic NV-GS180B Digital Camcorder 3 x CCD ( 10 x Optical , 2.3MP Stills , 2.5" LCD )

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS180 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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89% 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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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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Panasonic NV-GS180


Panasonic's use of three-CCD (charge-coupled device) technology in consumer-grade camcorders has clearly been a success. The number of models availabl...

Mic and headphone jacks, top loading tape mechanism, Image quality

No built in lens cap, no built in flash

It’s not a huge step forward, but at this price, it's exceptional value for money for such good image quality.

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Panasonic NV-GS180 review


At £281, this model isn't much more expensive than the budget MiniDV models. Its grey plastic finish certainly looks more workmanlike than the stylish Canon and Sony models, though, and it has a fiddly manual lens cap.

Panasonic's NV-GS150 performed excellently in our Labs test in Shopper April 2006. Its successor, the NV-GS180, has a few differences but is £150 cheaper.


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Panasonic NV-GS180


The NV-GS180 is the successor to the mid-range NV-GS150, and its specifications are remarkably similar. It's based around a trio of 1/6in 0.8Mp CCDs, offering true 2.3Mp still images at 1,760x1,320.

The Panasonic NV-GS180 doesn't seem like a huge step forward from its NV-GS150 predecessor; it's a touch shorter and lighter, and misses the flash and integrated lens cap, but otherwise offers very similar features. Nonetheless, assuming street prices...

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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


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