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Panasonic PV DV 201

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 reviews of Panasonic PV DV 201. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the battery and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the size and durability.

usability, portability, price, image quality, battery

durability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV DV 201 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of Panasonic PV DV 201 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the battery and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas the size and durability get less positive views.

usability, portability, price, image quality, battery

durability, size

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PVDV201 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still ModePanasonic PVDV201 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still Mode

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Panasonic PV-DV201 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders


The PV-DV201 is another lower-end Panasonic MiniDV model. It is a newer version of the PV-DV200, which itself was basically just a DV100 with a few additional features. For more extensive details on the earlier models, check out the PV-DV100, PV-DV101,...

Feb, 2002

Consumer review (

Panasonic PV-DV201: Great value


I wanted a mini-DV camcorder this Christmas, but I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg to get one. After searching several web sites and Consumer Reports, I decided that the Panasonic PV-DV201 was the best value in the under $600 range. It was the...

Small, 20x optical zoom, takes digital photos, USB file transfer

No light included, no AV inputs or microphone jack

Dec, 2001

Product Specifications

Panasonic's PV-DV201 Palmcoder is the perfect choice for great home videos without a lot of fuss. 2.5-inch LCD Viewscreen makes recording a snap by allowing you to see your recordings as you make them. It also makes recording events from difficult angles much simpler. Plus, you can watch your masterpiece after you've recorded it. The 3-Way PC LINK gives you three convenient ways to transfer still images to your computer: i.LINK (IEEE 1394 PC Interface) lets you use the industry standard IEEE1394 interface and PHOTOVU LINK with Driver Software lets you transfer still images on the Mini DV tape via a USB Cable, while.CARD LINK lets you transfer still images captured on the included 8MB removable MultiMediaCard or optional SD Memory card. The PhotoShot Built-in Digital Still Camera lets you use the camcorder as a digital still camera. The 20x Hi-Definition Zoom / 300x Digital Zoom allows for amazing close-ups. So is you can't get closer to action, let the action get closer to you. 680, 000 pixel CCD captures images with amazing detail to produce an incredibly high resolution picture. Movie Messenger allows you to easily transfer your motion or still image files with audio from your digital Palmcorder camcorder to your PC and then attaches the file to an email via the USB cable or the IEEE 1394 interface. And best of all, the Movie Messenger software application attaches itself to the file, so the recipient has everything they need to open it. DUAL Digital Electronic Image Stabilization (Record and Playback) helps to stabilize your recordings during recording or playback.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder

Lens System

Max Focal Length:72mm
Min Focal Length:3.6mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic gray

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
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

Digital Zoom:300
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Gain-up / Mirror / Monotone / Mosaic / Sepia / Slim / Stretch / Trail


Viewfinder Type:LCD