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Panasonic PV DV 800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and viewfinder. The usability and value for money are also appreciated, whereas reviews about the portability and build quality are different. The resolution and image quality get critical opinions.

value for money, usability, viewfinder, battery

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV DV 800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

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Panasonic PV-DV800 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders

 

The PV-DV800 is a higher end model in Panasonic's Digital line. It has an MSRP of $1,399. The camcorder has the standard IEEE1394 FireWire editing protocol that transfers your footage to a computer for digital editing. The camcorder includes an 8mb...

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Excellent DV camcorder for the professional-novice

 

I have had this camcorder for approximately 4 months now. I use it quite frequently (more than I anticipated). When I was doing my homework in regards to which camera I would buy, I found that this model had all of the features that were important to...

3.5" LCD, 18x optical zoom,color view finder, very easy to use, good price

Poor light design, remote does not come with

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Excellent DV camcorder for the professional-novice

 

I have had this camcorder for approximately 4 months now. I use it quite frequently (more than I anticipated). When I was doing my homework in regards to which camera I would buy, I found that this model had all of the features that were important to...

3.5" LCD, 18x optical zoom,color view finder, very easy to use, good price

Poor light design, remote does not come with

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Great camcorder, but still room for improvement

 

I bought this camcorder mainly because of the price. I got it for $692 and there is a $100 mail-in rebate to be redeemed.

Good price for the quality

A lot of useful accessaries not included

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Great camcorder, but still room for improvement

 

I bought this camcorder mainly because of the price. I got it for $692 and there is a $100 mail-in rebate to be redeemed.

Good price for the quality

A lot of useful accessaries not included

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Do not buy this Camera.

 

I had a JVC GR-DVL805U, I used to complain about the motor noise and no microphone input, the battery life and how fragile this camera is, and then I decided to go to a better camera, Panasonic PV-DV800, I sold my JVC and bought this camera, the camera...

Extra large battery, excellent image stabilizer, DV recording, audio input, 8 MB still

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Do not buy this Camera.

 

I had a JVC GR-DVL805U, I used to complain about the motor noise and no microphone input, the battery life and how fragile this camera is, and then I decided to go to a better camera, Panasonic PV-DV800, I sold my JVC and bought this camera, the camera...

Extra large battery, excellent image stabilizer, DV recording, audio input, 8 MB still image card

Picture quality

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Panasonic PV-DV800 Digital Palmcorder: The No-Frills Camcorder

 

Consider it the base model of digital camcorders, like a Chevy Cavalier or Honda Civic. It's fun, sturdy, dependable and relatively inexpensive, but don't hurt yourself looking for the extras; they aren't there.

Light, easy to use, intuitive design, good price

Large, lower resolution still shots, no remote

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Panasonic PV-DV800 Digital Palmcorder: The No-Frills Camcorder

 

Consider it the base model of digital camcorders, like a Chevy Cavalier or Honda Civic. It's fun, sturdy, dependable and relatively inexpensive, but don?t hurt yourself looking for the extras; they aren?t there.

Light, easy to use, intuitive design, good price

Large, lower resolution still shots, no remote

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Panasonic's Best: PV-DV800

 

The Panasonic PV DV-800 camcorder model is the top Panasonic digital mini-DV year-2000 model. There are parts of the design which I do NOT like, and I will start with those. These are likely applicable to the PV-DV100, 200, 400 and 600, as well.

18x optical zoom for movies & pics

Poor low light movies, poor designs

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Product Specifications

PV-DV800 is a new Digital Palmcorder Camcorder from Panasonic designed to appeal to everyone from novices to accomplished videographers. PV-DV800 produces video recordings with highly accurate color and crisp, clear resolution - far better than the resolution offered by a live television broadcast. Video footage is recorded on a mini DV cassette, providing clean, detailed video images and CD-quality audio on a tape that is 1/12th the size of a standard VHS tape. A mini DV cassette boasts a storage capacity equivalent to 8, 700 floppy disks. An 80-minute DV tape, when used in the LP mode, can hold up to two hours of recorded material. Captured digital still photos can be viewed in advance on the camcorders' LCD monitors, and deleted if desired to free up memory for new shots. A WideSight 3.5-inch (diagonal) color LCD monitor allows for easy viewing from any angle. An 8MB MultiMediaCard lets users save captured digital still images - up to 240 photos in the Normal mode - to view on a television or to download to a compatible personal computer. Once downloaded, images can be manipulated in a variety of ways. An i.LINK IEEE 1394 digital interface allows full digital input/output capability for easy connection to compatible PCs or digital video editing equipment. When connected to another similarly equipped digital camcorder, this interface allows you to make faithful copies of your home videos without the signal degeneration found in analog dubs. PV-DV800 offers digital PCM stereo audio recording, 18x High Definition optical zoom and telescopic 300x digital zoom, Digital Electronic Image Stabilization in both record and playback, high-speed shutter, and a variety of built-in digital video special effects for adding creative flair to video recordings. PV-DV800 also offers an IR Filter feature that allows the user to easily take video and pictures in very low lighting settings. The IR Filter, when set to the "ON" position, allows the camcorder to emit an infrared light into the dark area enabling the camcorder to "see" the object or subject that is being recorded. This digital camcorder is designed to be fun, versatile and easy to use.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:7.5in
Height:4.3in
Weight:1.5lbs
Width:3.4in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:PV-DV800
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder

Lens System

Max Focal Length:72mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:18
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

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:300
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Gain-up / Mirror / Mix / Mosaic / Slim / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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