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Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV53

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV53. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and usability. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the reliability and memory.

price, portability, image quality, usability, battery

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV53 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV53

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV53 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the battery and usability are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably.

price, portability, image quality, usability, battery

77% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PVDV53 MiniDV Palmcorder Multicam Camcorder with 2.5" LCDPanasonic PVDV53 MiniDV Palmcorder Multicam Camcorder with 2.5" LCD

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Mark Bassett (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic PV-DV53 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders

 

The Panasonic PV-DV53 is a low-priced entry level camcorder with good video and fair low-light performance. With an average PriceGrabber price of $350, and top ranking in the 2003 B & H CamcorderInfo.com Shoot-Off, for the $300-$399 price category, the...

Dec, 2004

Consumer review by: smidgen21 (shopzilla.com)

Panasonic sucks

 
Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: Jogger (shopzilla.com)

Good Features/Good Image Quality/GREAT PRICE

 

Built in light, easy to use

Images grainy in low light conditions

Sep, 2003

Consumer review by: redkronos (pricegrabber.com)

Lasted me 3 years

 

I've been generally pleased with this camera the three or so years that it lasted me.

Takes a decent picture, has some nice effects, and good manual control

Will eventually break

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: edkoren (shopping.com)

Do your research first

 

When I purchased my camera (PV-DV53) one year ago, I was very pleased with its performance and ease of use, especially when compared to its budget price. However, potential buyers should beware... My camera stopped functioning properly; switches to...

Film quality, ease of use, price

Build quality, bad customer service

Dec, 2004

Consumer review by: filmbug (shopping.com)

great camera!

 

Very nice camera , easy to use, small compact design. Excellent quality video. Great manual override features. Good bang for the buck.

Excellent quality, manual control

Battery life, sensitive LCD pull out screen

Jul, 2004

Consumer review by: lady_logic (shopping.com)

Good camera and affordable price

 

The Panasonic PV-DV53 is middle size camcorder. The main advantage is 1 / 4 inch CCD. Most of the modern mini DV camcorders have 1 / 6 inch CCDs. Size of CCD is the main factor for low light performance. Video quality is good even in low light...

CCD size 1/4 " important for good low light performance

COM port instead of USB for still images transfer, weight, size

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: HawkSV98 (pricegrabber.com)

Panasonic PV-DV53 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

 

I recieved a VHS-C camcorder for Christmas and was not happy with the picture quality or the length of recording time per tape (30 min).

Least expensive miniDV camcorder I could find, good picture, light weight, east to use, tape eject on the side instead of on the bottom so you don't have to take it off the tripod to change tapes

NO PC CONNECTION CABLES INCLUDED, no memory card for digital still pictures

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: Pete Frey (pcphotoreview.com)

Panasonic PV-DV53

 
Nov, 2003

Product Specifications

Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of its business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use its products every day. The company shares their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:7.2in
Height:3.5in
Weight:1.3lbs
Width:2.9in

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:Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:PV-DV53
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

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
Special Effects:Black & White / Gain-up / Mirror / Mix / Monotone / Mosaic / Picture-in-Picture / Sepia / Slim / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic