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Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV52

Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV52
alaScore 81

117 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 117 reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV52. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and price are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed views about the color.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV52 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV52


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV52 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The battery and usability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the design.

portability, usability, battery, image quality, price


67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic HDC-MDH1 Professional Camcorder

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV52


alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 user reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV52 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the durability and image quality. The portability and price also get good comments, whereas views are divided on the color.

usability, price, portability, image quality, durability

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic V100M 42x Intelligent Zoom HD Camcorder with 16GB Built in Memory (Black)Panasonic PVDV52 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/ 2.5" Color LCDPanasonic AG-AC7PJHD/SD AVCHD CAMCORDERVideo Camera with 23x Optical Zoom with 3.46-Inch LCD(Black)

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Panasonic PV-DV52 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders


The Panasonic PV-DV52 is Panasonic's low end MiniDV camcorder, with limited still support. The camcorder has a MSRP of $599.95 and a street price around $500.

Jun, 2002

Expert review by: (

Panasonic PV DV52


Panasonic PVDV52 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/ 2.5" Color LCD.

Although its 10x optical zoom is lower than other camcorders, it still provides a close-up image for average recording, and a hefty 700x digital zoom capability as well. The image stabilization feature of the PV-DV52 worked well, keeping our frame...

Consumer review by: Smiley1956 (

Very happy camper


Got this for my daughter so she can take videos of my grandsons and she has done a lot now if she would just get them all onto DVD and give me copies of them after all I gave her a 50 pack of 4.7GB and a 25 pack of 8.5GB blank discs as well as a 75...

none that she can find

Jul, 2013

Consumer review by: j-Rod (

Great Deal


DO your research! i did days of research on cameras before i decided on this one. I knew of the cameras short comings before i bought it. However most of the video examples online were shot by joe somebody and dont really show off what the camera is...

Cheap! Great features that are normally found on much more expensive cameras. the Image stabilization is amazing! lightweight and easy to use. very versatile. built in sound recording is pretty good

picture quality, while the resolution of the video is 1920 x 1080 the image is actually up-converted to meet that. this is especially noticeable when zoomed in near 50X. The battery life is pretty weak when recording. The manual controls are very...

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: Ronnie d (

Excellent Product


Works perfectly.I had no problems with it at all

No Con's

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: N/A (



Lightweight and small

Picture quality is not great. My pocket camera takes movies that are just as good. The quality of the still pictures is terrible

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: NYCGirl (

Awesome Camera For The Price


This camera is very easy to use for those who don't wanna bother, yet gives you a lot of manual control to those who like that. The included battery films for about 2 hours if you don't zoom in and out too much or stop and restart recordings. It would...

Very high optical zoom ; Cheap (got this on holiday sale for $200), cheaper than my camera, lol ; The image quality is decent ; Seems to filter out wind noises relatively well

The battery has a firmware in it, and you cannot just use any spare battery ; For those who care, this is not "TRUE HD" in that the true HD should have about 2.1 megapixels (1920x1080 pixels) in the image sensor. This one has only a half of that....

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: N/A (

Good Camera


Great Zoom, Excellent quality and extremely cheap for the quality of the camera itself


Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: N/A (

Disappointed for low image quality


Took a shot at the low price of $199 hoping for a much bettter camcorder than my Panasonic SD9 which I bought for $299 in 2008.j

Compact. Light. Touch Screen. Panasonic Brand

New MOS sensor is inferior to my much older generation 3CCD Panasonic SD9 camcorder in over all image quality for day light usage. Not happy with this camcorder and will return it. Image quality looks terrible on large 1080P Panasonic HD Plasma TV

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: Meteor|WAR (

No issues to report, very happy


This is my first HD camcorder so I am inexperienced, but am completely satisfied. I chose this Panasonic over the competitors because it advertised having important features like 16GB built in memory and a good zoom which was better than other...

Works as advertised ; 16GB built-in memory (I believe its 5 minutes per GB at highest quality setting) ; Great zoom and focusing ; Impressed with full HD video quality at default settings ; Comfortable to hold and easy to setup and use even for newbie...

Only thing I can think of is I wish it also came with a mini HDMI cable to connect directly to my HDTV

Jun, 2012

Product Specifications

Offering high-resolution digital video, high-quality digital still images and PC interoperability, the new Panasonic Palmcorder MultiCam digital camcorders combine fun and function for beginners and accomplished videographers alike. More than just a camcorder, every new model features the built-in PhotoShot digital still camera feature, letting consumers enjoy two ways to capture their memories in a single, compact package: digital video and digital still photos. With more PC-friendly features than ever, the new digital camcorders are ready for a variety of multimedia applications, and can also easily serve as web cameras for home videoconferencing. All models feature an i.LINK IEEE 1394 PC interface, making it easy to download digital recordings (still images and moving pictures) to computers where they can be edited, included in e-mail messages or used in the creation of web sites. The PV-DV52 features a high-quality 680K CCD and 2.5" color LCD monitor. The PV-DV52 can record still pictures on DV tape. It includes PhotoVu Link with an RS-232 serial connection.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3.6mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Mirror / Monotone / Mosaic / Picture-in-Picture / Sepia / Slim / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD