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Panasonic NV-GS500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 319 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the color and portability are overall positive. The image quality and value for money are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical views about the features and connectivity. Views are divided on the battery.

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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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic NV-GS500

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 6 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic NV-GS500 Mini DV Camcorder - Silver (3CCD, 4M.P. Stills, O.I.S)Panasonic NV-GS500 Mini DV Camcorder - Silver (3CCD, 4M.P. Stills, O.I.S)

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic NV-GS500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic PV-GS500 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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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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Panasonic NV-GS500

 

On top of great quality video the Panasonic NV-GS500 MiniDV video camera also produces still images of a respectable 4 megapixels, even allowing image...

Excellent quality video, easy to use PC transfer

Slightly short optical zoom

A MiniDV video camera that sits right at the top of the consumer camcorder ladder.

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Panasonic NV-GS500

 

As MiniDV enters its twilight years, can Panasonic give the format a last gasp of quality?

Aside from its image quality, the NV-GS400 gained its position of glory thanks to a comprehensive range of enthusiast features and manual controls. The NV-GS500 unfortunately doesn't quite live up to its predecessor, although it does still have plenty...

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Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S

 

The Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S is an extremely good camcorder that offers a host of controls, shoots extremely realistic video and is very flexible.

The Panasonic NV-GS500EB-S 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 and is very well priced, considering the range of features.

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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