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Panasonic PV DV 950

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Panasonic PV DV 950. 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. People really like the durability and battery. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the price. Many are critical about the connectivity and reliability.

usability, image quality, portability, battery, durability

reliability, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV DV 950 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Panasonic PV DV 950 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 really like the durability and battery. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive comments about the reliability.

price, portability, usability, battery, durability


89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-DV950 Digital PalmCorderPanasonic PV-DV950 Digital PalmCorder

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Panasonic PV-DV950 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders


The PV-DV950 is a higher end model in Panasonic's DV line. It has an MSRP of $2,699. It differs from the features in the 800, 600, 400, 200 and 100 models and is a pro-sumer's camcorder. It has 3 CCDs, which will allow you to capture quality clear...

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Don Collins (

Benchmark: Panasonic PV-DV950 Mini DV Camcorder


Panasonic PV-DV950 Mini DV Camcorder

Stills only 1 megapixel

May, 2000

Consumer review by: djdjohnson (

A good camera, if you shoot in well-lit areas


There are things I like about the PV-DV950, and things I don't like so much about this camera.

Overall very good picture quality

Low-light performance is poor

Apr, 2003

Consumer review by: mfogarty (



I've had my PV-DV950 for one year (since late-2000) and have thoroughly enjoyed using it. The image and audio quality is great. Easy to use. 5 AE settings and also very flexible in manual mode.

3-CCD. Great quality videos.

Electronic Image Stabilization (Optical is better). Expensive.

Oct, 2001

Consumer review by: dkozin (

Panasonic PV-DV950 MiniDV Digital Camcorder


Excellent picture quality due in part to 3CCD, compact, convenient, easy to use

Not cheap

Oct, 2000

Consumer review by: gormly (

Shoot Videos that will make you jump out of your chair


Ahh, Finally my choice is clear. A better DV in the palm of my hands.

3 CCD's Ease of Use

Headphone Jack location

Apr, 2000

Consumer review by: dkozin (

Panasonic PV-DV950 Mini DV Camcorder


Excellent picture quality due in part to 3CCD, compact, convenient, easy to use

Not cheap

Consumer review by: mad@panasonic (

Panasonic PV-DV950: Panasonic DOESN'T Care


On August 13, 2002 I purchase a PVDV952. On it's first day of use on October 3, 2002, after only one hour of recording, it completely died. After sending the camcorder on October 4, 2002 to the required Panasonic repair center, five states away and...


unreliable, died within one hour

Dec, 2002

Product Specifications

Panasonic offers a complete line-up of Palmcorder products to suit many different needs and applications. From VHS-C format camcorders to the latest in DVC digital technology Panasonic Palmcorders incorporate features designed to be both sophisticated yet simple and easy to use. For example, there is Digital EIS, an image stabilizer that minimizes the unwanted jitter and shake from the recorded picture. Panasonic Palmsight Palmcorders incorporate an extra large LCD monitor for easier recording that doubles as a TV screen plus, with the built-in speaker, you can check recordings "in the field" to ensure perfect results. For 2000, it gets even better. Your memories can now be transferred to a computer and e-mailed around the world! And along with every product that carries name "Panasonic", you'll also benefit from its more than 70 years of experience in building products that provide high reliability and value. Whether you want to capture your baby's first steps or create full-motion multimedia presentations, Panasonic has designed a Palmcorder with both your needs and budget in mind.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Run Time (Up To):85min

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 (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder

Lens System

Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:270Kpix
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:DV
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Mix / Monotone / Still / Strobe / Wipe


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD