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Panasonic NV-GS80

Panasonic NV-GS80
alaScore 80

232 reviews

Aug, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 232 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. Reviewers really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and price also get good views, but some have doubts about the connectivity and battery.

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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

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

Expert review by : Consumer Guide (

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 : TechRadar (

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? (

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Aug, 2008

Expert review by (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (



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

Consumer review (

Good value for a starter camcorder


The recording quality is very good. Recording and playback work great. The LCD is big, sharp and very clear. Recorded very good picture even in room light. Using white balance makes a lot of difference to the picture. It is a good starter camcorder....

Good picture, big clear LCD screen and light weight

IEEE port hidden by battery. Odd shaped. Feels bulky.

Feb, 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.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


Color of product:Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.7
Display Resolution:127000

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


Built-in flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic PV

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Total megapixels:2.4

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.73 - 55.4
Digital Zoom:1000
Filter size:1.46
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.73 - 55.4
Focal length range (f-f):0.0906 - 2.9
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.7
Max Focal Length:73.6mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:32
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

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Manual focus: Yes
Noise reduction: Yes
Sports: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
S-Video in:No / Yes
S-Video out:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/8000


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder screen size:0.33
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions