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Panasonic NV-GS500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 277 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the color and portability. The image quality and usability also get good comments. There are some mixed reviews about the battery. The features and connectivity get less positive reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV-GS500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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PV-GS500

 

The Panasonic PV-GS500 ($1000 as of 5/2/06) earned our Best Buy because it offers more controls, shot the best-looking video, and is the most flexible. And though it offers a lot of features, it's moderately priced for what it offers.

The Panasonic PV-GS500 is a great pick for serious shooters who want the benefit of automatic control and the flexibility of manual control. It takes great-looking video and stills

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Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV Camcorder Review - PCWorld

 

Superior optical image stabilization

Some manual controls are a little awkward to access

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Panasonic PV-GS500

 

Great video and decent stills; nice zoom lens with effective optical stabilizer.

A bit large; limited manual controls with poor accessibility; sluggish performance on auto; no headphone jack.

While its predecessor had prosumer aspirations, the Panasonic PV-GS500 is strictly for casual videographers who want top-notch video on autopilot.

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Panasonic PV-GS500 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders

 

Easily one of the most anticipated camcorders in the last few years, Panasonic's PV-GS500 arrived this year to replace the hugely successful PV-GS400. The GS400 offered great video quality with a bundle of pro-level features that made it a hit with the...

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Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV camcorder

 

The Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV is a great pick for shooters who want the benefit of automatic control and the flexibility of manual control. And it takes great-looking video and stills.

Outstanding video quality; good selection of controls for both automatic and manual shooting; superior optical image stabilization

Heavier and bulkier than other camcorders; some manual controls are a little awkward to access

The highlight of this camcorder is its video quality: it got top marks in tests, in both normal and low-light conditions. The video has bright, accurate color and plenty of fine detail. The 16:9 wide-screen video looks equally impressive, and the...

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Panasonic PV-GS500

 

The PV-GS500 has retained the GS400's three 1/4.7" CCDs. Each chip has a 1070K gross pixel count and 700K effective pixel count. A 3-chip configuration is preferable to 1 chip for several reasons. The most basic is that incoming light is split by a...

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Panasonic PV-GS500

 

The widescreen performance on this camcorder is superb

This Panasonic model is a bit heavier than most MiniDV camcorders

If you have time to learn how to work the features on this camcorder, it will provide high-quality to the user.

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"Perfection"

 

I fell in love with this camcorder. It does nothing but provide top notch quality. I make short films, and will be going to college for cinema. This camera has better quality than my high school's cameras. I have received numerous compliments on the...

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Firewire behind flip LCD screen

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Panasonic PV-GS500

 

I fell in love with this camcorder. It does nothing but provide top notch quality. I make short films, and will be going to college for cinema. This camera has better quality than my high school's cameras. I have received numerous compliments on the...

Everything

Firewire behind flip LCD screen

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Great camera

 

I am a point and shoot type of person and really find this camera easy to use. I am totally satisfied with my purchase.

great video and easy to use

The zoom control is a little awkward and sensitive

Product Specifications

Panasonic PV-GS500 is a 3CCD Ultra-Compact Digital Palmcorder MultiCam Camcorder with 4.0 Megapixel Still Picture Recording.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:6in
Height:2.9in
Width:3.6in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:PV-GS500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Lens System

Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:4Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:730Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

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

Video Input

Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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