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Panasonic PV-GS15

alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 reviews of Panasonic PV-GS15. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and zoom. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. Comments about the color and durability are different, and many are less positive about the reliability and image quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV-GS15 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic PV-GS15

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of Panasonic PV-GS15 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the size and zoom are overall positive. The price and portability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed reviews about the image quality.

usability, portability, price, zoom, size

58% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PVGS15 MiniDV Compact Digital Camcorder w/24x Optical ZoomPanasonic PVGS15 MiniDV Compact Digital Camcorder w/24x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

With an MSRP of $499.99, Panasonic's PV-GS15 hits a bit under the midpoint the manufacturer's PV-GS line as far as price and quality go. It's a very decent camcorder for the money, but you have to be the right user. For your hard-earned dollar,...

Tons of Manual Control, -24x Optical Zoom, -Nice ports, Nice audio, -Gain Control

Mediocre low light performance, - Low ease of use, - Just average video performance

Sep, 2004

Expert review by: Nathaniel Hansen (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic PV-GS15 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders

 

With the MSRP of $499.95 the PV-GS15 is stocked with many features and options other manufactures tend to leave out. With lots of control over manual features, lots of zoom, and with an overall steady performance, the PV-GS15 just might give the...

Apr, 2004

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Panasonic PV GS15

 

Panasonic PV GS15 is a MiniDV Compact Digital Camcorder with a 24x Optical Zoom.

Blending innovative technologies with new, simple-to-operate controls, the Panasonic PV GS15 camcorder is an affordable and powerful entry into digital video. Panasonic continues to innovate, adding more optical zoom capability while reducing the...

Consumer review by: amarano (epinions.com)

Not worth the money

 

Many good features

Broke down in less than two years, reset button in play too many times.

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: smulaw96 (pricegrabber.com)

Panasonic Handycam PV-GS15 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

After going for several years with only a digital camera to record the "important moments of life", we decided it was time to break down and purchase a digital camcorder. We spent weeks researching reviews, news articles, and going to the local...

Lightweight and easy to use. Excellent zoom and autofocus. Performs well in interior shoots, even at moderate light levels.

Image stabilization not quite as good as some others. Poor digital photo quality

Jul, 2005

Consumer review by: pleasespamme (epinions.com)

an excellent choice for the money

 

24X Optical zoom, small(fits right into the palm, included LED light, Very low price

Slighly noisey video in low light.

May, 2005

Consumer review by: pleasespamme (epinions.com)

an excellent choice for the money

 

I lucked out with the PVGS-15 about a year ago when I got a really good deal on it to replace my other MiniDV handy cam that broke after about 12 times for no known reason. Let me be very clear, the very low light performance of this camera is no ...

24X Optical zoom, small(fits right into the palm, included LED light, Very low price

Slighly noisey video in low light

May, 2005

Consumer review by: Shortie2x4 (pricegrabber.com)

Panasonic Handycam PV-GS15 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

I love this camera. With the remote, i can play the video in slow motion and get pictures off of it that way. I have horses, so i love taking videos of them and this camera was great. It zooms in/out at my speed and even at far distances, the video...

Photosnap, remote control (slow motion), light enough to control with one hand...practically has everything you would ever need in a camera

Firewire cable is not included...battery release on charger is kind of small

Mar, 2005

Consumer review by: cwchang17 (pricegrabber.com)

Panasonic Handycam PV-GS15 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

I bought to take video of my firstborn and overall I am happy with the purchase. This is my first video cam ever, and the video quality is quite good in daylight conditions. Low light perf is poor but then that's how most camcorders with 1 ccd are. The...

Digital effects mode ; side loading tape mechanism ; 24x optical zoom ; great in day conditions ; battery life ; good for novice ; enough manual controls

Poor lowlight capabilities ; Image stabilization ; Menu system and buttons ; Can't transfer video to computer

Mar, 2005

Consumer review by: Stormi0211 (pricegrabber.com)

Panasonic Handycam PV-GS15 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

For the novice it is probably a fairly decent value. I wish I had paid more and tried the mini-dvd. I think it would be easier for editing on the computer.

Light weight and easy to carry. Good zoom ability although zooms very quickly and takes some practice for smooth performance.

Definitely not good indoors with minimum lighting. The built-in light helps. No software for downloading into computer. Had trouble with the review mechanism.

Feb, 2005

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. MultiCam camcorders feature digital camcorder and digital still camera capabilities, all in one easy-to-use camcorder.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):3hour(s)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:3.4in
Weight:0.9lbs
Width:2.7in

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:PV-GS15
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.6
Max Focal Length:50.4mm
Min Focal Length:2.1mm
Optical Zoom:24
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
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 Video Format:MJPEG
Digital Zoom:800
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Mirror / Mix / Mosaic / Multi-image screen / Negative / Picture-in-Picture / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD