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Panasonic PV-DV953 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

Panasonic PV-DV953 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
alaScore 71

40 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 reviews of Panasonic PV-DV953 Mini DV Digital Camcorder. 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. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the zoom.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV-DV953 Mini DV Digital Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic PV-DV953 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Panasonic PV-DV953 Mini DV Digital Camcorder from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Reviews about the design and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and portability also get good feedback. There are some critical comments about the durability.

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87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic PVDV953 MiniDV Camcorder with 3.5" LCD, 3CCD, and 16MB SD

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

Panasonic PV-DV953

 

The only three-CCD camcorder in the roundup, the Panasonic PV-DV953 ($1,499 direct) offers a strong range of features and is ideal for tripod use. It produced very good video and still-image quality under optimal lighting conditions, but quality...

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV953

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Apr, 2004
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Expert review by: Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

Panasonic PV-DV953

 

Bristling with features, the PV-DV953 offers great-looking video and plenty of controls for the serious videographer.

Although it is on the expensive side, the PV-DV953 is a great choice for the serious videographer.

Apr, 2004

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic PV-DV953 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders

 

The PV-DV953 is a revolutionary quality camcorder, breaking the barrier on price for entry level three chip camcorders (the camcorders which produce the best quality image), carrying a low MSRP of $1,499. Panasonic announced the PV-DV953 at the 2003...

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: DrPhilro (shopzilla.com)

From a Semi-Pro: Every bit as good as a GL2

 

Crisp Picture, Great colors, Easily comparable to the GL1/2

Haven't figured out how to dump from computer to camera yet.

Jul, 2004

Consumer review by: tiggiler (shopzilla.com)

If you can find one, I definately recommend you buy it.

 

Ease of Use - Menu and buttons laid out very well

Low Light Recording - Can be a little dark - Minor Con

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: jjobie (shopzilla.com)

FANTASTIC camera for the price

 

External mike DOES work and so does USB for SD stills!

Bad in low light, 16:9 squeeze mode isn't quite perfect

May, 2004

Consumer review by: moses (shopzilla.com)

know respons

 

i like the pro

i don't mined

May, 2004

Consumer review by: joats (shopzilla.com)

I love this Camera.

 

Stunning Quality, Great still picture quality

Image quality suffers in low light situations.

Mar, 2004

Consumer review by: Daniko (shopzilla.com)

Great camera, unbelieavable price, Mic input works normal

 

This camera is packed with features even a pro can use

compared to 3 and 4k cameras, it's a little less forgiving

Jan, 2004

Product Specifications

New from Panasonic is the latest 3-mega pixel, 3CCD Palmcorder Multicam digital camcorder/digital still camera, model PV-DV953, which features Panasonic's most advanced video technologies with a new smaller, slimmer design, SD Memory Card capability and the much-acclaimed Leica Dicomar lens. Continuing the technological advances of the highly prized PV-DV951 and PV-DV952, the PV-DV953 represents Panasonic's most advanced consumer camcorder. Like its predecessors, this new model is intended for those who appreciate the ease-of-use of a consumer model but demand high-end features found on Panasonic's professional models. The PV-DV953 continues to incorporate the sophisticated Leica Dicomar lens, which has become known for its ability to capture and finely render the most delicate nuances of light and shade. Boasting an imaging system backed by broadcast technology, this year's model features the same type of 3CCD system used in Panasonic's celebrated professional camcorders. Individual CCDs are used to reproduce the red, blue and green colors that compose an image for vivid, true-to-life pictures with remarkable depth and presence. PV-DV953 features a unique MagicWire wired remote with buttons for record start/stop, zoom in/out, and Photoshot (still picture), which makes it easy to hold the camcorder in one hand and activate major features via the remote in the other hand. As with all 2003 Panasonic Digital Palmcorder Camcorders, the 3 mega pixel PV-DV953 features a 10x telescopic optical zoom lens and a 700x digital zoom1 that allows for amazing 700: 1 clear, close-ups from wide angle to full telephoto zoom. The top of the line camcorder also adds a Tele-Jump Zoom for instant 1.5x zoom with no picture deterioration. The PV-DV953 includes a zoom microphone to capture accompanying audio, even when recording from a distance, as well as an SD voice recorder2 that allows recording of important voice messages directly onto an SD memory card. Thanks to Panasonic's Progressive PhotoShot mode, this high-end model also doubles as a digital still camera with the ability to record still pictures with higher resolution, finer details, and smoother image contours than the normal PhotoShot function. Capturing the image data and temporarily storing it in two separate field memories and then combining them with no time lag, this advanced feature achieves 1.5 times the resolution of standard-recorded stills for a crisp, clear image. Resulting images can then be downloaded to a PC3 from an SD memory card or from a mini DV tape. A MagicPix feature helps users shoot full color video and still images in extremely low-light situations. And, MPEG 4 Internet Movie, which records MPEG 4 moving images onto an SD memory card, lets you easily transfer video clips with audio to a PC. To help take the jitter out of hand-held video taping and compensate for unintentional hand and camcorder movement the PV-DV953 goes beyond the normal digital image stabilization and employs an Optical Image Stabilizer system that uses two movable lenses and two fixed lenses to detect even the slight shaking. This results in clear, sharp images that are free of picture degradation.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:7in
Height:3.6in
Weight:1.8lbs
Width:3in

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:PV-DV953
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6
Max Focal Length:28.5mm
Min Focal Length:2.85mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

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:Black & White / Gain-up / Mirror / Mix / Mosaic / Multi-image screen / Negative / Picture-in-Picture / Sepia / Solarization / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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