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Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV52

Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV52
alaScore 76

123 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 123 reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV52. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the zoom and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and price also get good feedback, but there are some mixed opinions 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 76/100 = 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 really like the price and image quality. The battery and usability also get good reviews, but many are less positive 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 Opinions about the durability and image quality are overall positive. The portability and price are also appreciated, whereas reviews 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: CNET (

Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV52


It lacks bells and whistles but offers better performance than you'd expect from a low-priced MiniDV camcorder.

Very good video quality; light and relatively compact; side-loading cassette; smooth zoom control; inexpensive

Awkward menu and manual focus control; noisy low-light images; weak built-in light


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: (

"Dont expect good service if it breaks!"


Good picture, had fun with it.

The loading mechanism broke and Panasonic never sent the parts for 3 months so I returned the camera.

Feb, 2004

Consumer review by: (



Nice, steady zoom with hardly any quality lost. You can zoom to the top of Vasquez Rocks, or you can zoom on a distant fox. You may zoom on a boat...or with a goat. I like-a the zoom. Good picture, good colors. Easy to use, and the buttons are funtas

When shooting a darkened sex scene, it fails to capture the sexiness of it all, and blurs frequently when there isn't much light. Also, the light that is built in is crap. Some of the options are a bit confusing, too.

Feb, 2004

Consumer review by: (

"I'm Impressed. Good low light and beats JVC for the Features and Price."


Picked up the PV-DV53, very similar to the PV-DV52. I looked at Sony, JVC, and Panasonic. Price range $400 or less. Compact, lots of features, good low light capability, excellant daylight recording. I bought this Digital Beauty New, with Warranty, plus

None at this time.

Oct, 2003

Consumer review by: (

"MiniDV for price of 8mm"


As for as quality its better than high end, belive me test beside some high end camera. I strongly recommend any one who is planning 8MM because MiniDV are costly. This is excellent value for money. People who want value for the money quality MINI DV...

Apr, 2003

Consumer review by: (

"Still can't put it down"


At a price like this for a DV camcorder sorry, DV "palmcorder" you can't go wrong. It weighs a mere 1.28 lbs. some of it's great features include good quality DV recordings, still photo snapshots, an (Firewire) port for fast camcorder to pc...

Mar, 2003

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

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