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Panasonic NV-GS80

alaTest has collected and analyzed 226 reviews of Panasonic NV-GS80. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the zoom and image quality are generally positive. The portability and price are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability. The connectivity and battery get negative comments.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom

battery, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic NV-GS80 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic NV-GS80

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS80 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the price and usability are on the whole positive. The image quality and zoom are also appreciated.

zoom, image quality, usability, price

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic NV-GS80EB-S Mini DV CamcorderPanasonic NV-GS80EB-S Mini DV Camcorder

Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic NV-GS80

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 134 user reviews of Panasonic NV-GS80 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the zoom and image quality. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability, and some have doubts about the battery.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom

battery

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS80 MiniDV Camcorder with 32x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic PV-GS80 MiniDV Camcorder with 32x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (cnet.com)

Panasonic PV GS80 review: Panasonic PV GS80

 

Decent video quality; native 16:9 wide-screen video

Useless night mode; still photo function is pointless

The Panasonic PV-GS80 is a serviceable budget camcorder, but better choices are out there.

Apr, 2007
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Expert review by: Consumer Guide (howstuffworks.com)

Panasonic PV-GS80 Review and Prices

 

The entry-level unit in Panasonic's latest range of MiniDV camcorders, the PV-GS80 is a no-frills device that delivers quality video at an affordable price. If you're looking for a feature-rich bargain, though, you'll need to either invest a little...

Good video performance in well-lit situations, inexpensive, 32x optical zoom and excellent optical image stabilization system

Useless stills function, awful low-light performance, limited feature set

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Panasonic Pv-gs80 PVGS80

 

Expert review by: TechRadar (techradar.com)

Panasonic NV-GS80 review

 

Mini DV camcorders are going the way of the dodo, this makes an great farewell

Great usability ; Competitive price

Quite bulky ; Limited features

The GS80 isn’t cutting-edge technology, nor is it anywhere near being an example of the finest of current technology. It is, however, inexpensive, effective and easy to use. Budding moviemakers should steer well clear, but family users on a budget will...

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Which? (which.co.uk)

Expert Review

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: (camuser.co.uk)

Panasonic NV-GS80

 

We were hoping for a big finale to the kit of 2007, but we didn't expect one quite so, well, large. In the age of miniaturisation, there's just no getting around the fact that the Panasonic NV-GS80 is rotund.

Funky, unique deisgn, Good price, Good timbre-matching, Distinctive looks, Overclocking headroom, Half the price of the cheapest Ultra, Vibrant image quality, Strong build, Comfortable to use, Generous array of features, Exceptional hi-def performance,...

Poor connectivity, Picture is underwhelming, Lack of lower mid-range and bass punch limits its movie-performance, No triple SLI, Stopgap measure until the 9 series?, Controls can feel awkward, Image noise, Relatively expensive, Some noise in larger...

The GS80 isn't cutting-edge technology, nor is it anywhere near being an example of the finest of current technology. It is, however, inexpensive, effective and easy to use. Budding moviemakers should steer well clear, but family users on a budget will...

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: rp1226 (newegg.com)

Good Camcorder

 

An easy to use camcorder. Mini DV's are great. Good quality transfer to computer and then good quality dvds and mini dv tapes. Price is reasonable and I think its ok for this product. Battery life is nice and long enough for recording but you can get a...

It takes still pictures to the mini dv tapes but quality is poor and it takes 7 secs of the tape. So far no other cons

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: bfrandse (pricegrabber.com)

Great Mini DV camcorder with large optical zoom

 

This is the best "advanced entry level" camcorder you can find for the price. You can pay a bit less and get poor quality, low feature option, or you can pay a fair amount more and not get much better. That's what makes this one of the better ones...

Firewire capable, Optical image stabilization, Large LCD, 32x OPTICAL zoom, Large lens for specialty filters, Lots of features for low price

No built in light, Bulkier than others with similar features, Battery blocks firewire connector, Can't tilt viewfinder (just previewer), Poor low light performance, No USB connections

May, 2008

Consumer review by: dj_white_rice (epinions.com)

A worthwhile camcorder - worth its price.

 

I recently used this camcorder during a video shoot in Kansas since it was cheaper than taking along one of my expensive pro-sumer video camcorders. It performed like a charm. Of course there are many camcorders on the market to choose from, but for ...

Digital ; Low light ; Stable Video Shooting ; Price ; Fire-wire ; Mini-DV ; Clean Video

Does not have USB or LANC option ; not 3CCD

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: lazychen (pricegrabber.com)

PV-GS80

 

PV-GS80 is my first personally owned camcorder. The price is very cheap and the product even equiped with 32x optical zoom and Optical image stabilization. But in low-light condition the quality of the video isn't satisfying. Also since it's a low-end...

cheap price, optical image stablization

night mode, pc connection

Mar, 2008

Product Specifications

Suppress camera shake with the Mini DV camcorder Panasonic PV-GS80. Imagine taking video shots on a moving boat and then viewing them on a large-screen TV. They're likely to appear blurry from the boat's movement and from your unsteady hands. Panasonic solves this problem with O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which minimizes hand-shake in situations where it is most often a problem, such as with zoom shots - or on a moving boat. The system is optical, so there is no quality loss, and images look clear and beautiful on a big-screen TV. You'll rarely need to move in to get a close shot with the Panasonic PV-GS80. You can fill the screen with even a distant subject, thanks to a powerful 32x zoom. And because it's optical, there's no loss of clarity or quality. Whether you zoom in or pull back, images always retain their natural beauty.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.4in
Height:3.1in
Weight:15.9oz
Width:2.9in

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:GS80
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic PV

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.7
Max Focal Length:73.6mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:32
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:460Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:1000
Media Type:Mini DV
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD