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Panasonic NV-GS80

alaTest has collected and analyzed 204 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the color and portability. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the size, and there are some negative views about the viewfinder and resolution.

value for money, usability, image quality, portability, color

battery, memory, features, resolution, viewfinder

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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic PV GS80

 

Budget camcorders might not seem flashy, but they play an important part of every camcorder line. They're designed to be no-frills, affordable products that anyone can pick up for only a few hundred dollars. Since their price is their main selling...

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.

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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

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Panasonic Pv-gs80 PVGS80

 
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Not As Bad As They Make It Sound

 

For normal people recording normal events that you want to keep a record of, this is a great camera. Zoom is very good. Captures excellent video of night soccer and football games. Microphone is very good but you can't disable it so you'll pick up...

Captures great video. Very clear. Wide angle video capture makes it great for sporting events. Editor's poor review for night video capture is misleading. I capture high school events and get excellent quality videos of football and soccer

Battery is a bit weak. I don't record entire games straight through, pausing when necessary, and the battery lasts about an hour and a half. Can't mute microphone - or, at least, they hide that control very well

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"Not As Bad As They Make It Sound"

 

For normal people recording normal events that you want to keep a record of, this is a great camera. Zoom is very good. Captures excellent video of night soccer and football games. Microphone is very good but you can't disable it so you'll pick up...

Captures great video. Very clear. Wide angle video capture makes it great for sporting events. Editor's poor review for night video capture is misleading. I capture high school events and get excellent quality videos of football and soccer.

Battery is a bit weak. I don't record entire games straight through, pausing when necessary, and the battery lasts about an hour and a half. Can't mute microphone - or, at least, they hide that control very well.

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"i need help"

 

i want to know how to connect this to my pc

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"Nice Budget Camera"

 

My wife got this cam as a gift a few months back from her office. Just like the reviews from the video, it's a low budget cam. It does what you need it to but there are way better higher quality cams out there. Since we got it, I have not been able to...

Light and easy to use

no memory, no a lot of functions

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Nice Budget Camera

 

My wife got this cam as a gift a few months back from her office. Just like the reviews from the video, it's a low budget cam. It does what you need it to but there are way better higher quality cams out there. Since we got it, I have not been able to...

Light and easy to use

no memory, no a lot of functions

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"Good inexpensive camcorder"

 

We bought one of these at Best Buy on sale for $200.00. Despite the less than favorable Cnet review, I believe it's a good camcorder for the money. It has a good picture and it's not complicated. I'd recommend it for anyone looking for a decent...

Easy to use

no PC cable included

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Good inexpensive camcorder

 

We bought one of these at Best Buy on sale for $200.00. Despite the less than favorable Cnet review, I believe it's a good camcorder for the money. It has a good picture and it's not complicated. I'd recommend it for anyone looking for a decent...

Easy to use

no PC cable included

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