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Panasonic PV-GS150 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 134 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the color and image quality. The usability and value for money are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the build quality. Some have doubts about the features.

portability, value for money, usability, image quality, color


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV-GS150 Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic PV-GS150


Review: Quick Take: A feature-stripped version of the more expensive ...

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Panasonic PV-GS150 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders


Panasonic's PV-GS150 is the manufacturer's middle-line 3 CCD camcorder this year. It comes between the PV-GS65 and the PV-GS250 and fits between the two in terms of imager specs as well as features. While the PV-GS150 lacks some of the features of the...

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Panasonic PV GS150


Panasonic PV-GS150 2.3 MP 3-CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom.

These models are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but aren't short on innovative features. Equipped with a 3CCD imaging system, high-powered digital still capability and ease of use, these new digital video cameras will deliver...


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great pictures but maintenance prone.


The camera is easy to use and does a great job on movies. However, my experience is having to replace a fuse and a board in the camera when it quits powering up. This cost $261.50 to repair. I have posted on other opinion webb sites and have had...

takes great movies and pictures

my camera blows fuse and has to be returned for maintenance

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below average video for the price


Background: I sold an old sony tvr22 handycam model for this three chip wonder (at the time). Dissapointments from the very beginning. I am a pretty well rounded video user so I know my way around a camcorder. I at least know what i want, and this...

Outstanding daytime video, 16:9 video recording mode, good color reproduction, really neat lens cap idea

firewire port in terrible spot, no image stabilizer in 16:9 mode, no video pass through conversion. loud motor noise. terrible low light video

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Great video camera!


Great picture quality, reliable, small, easy to carry, built-in lens protector, and large flip-out screen make this camera an awesome value! One major flaw (common to most if not all video cameras) is that the still picture quality is fairly poor, so...

Sharp, clear pictures; good optical zoom; good sound pickup; stabilization

Mediocre still picture quality

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(Excellent) in every way


I've had this camcorder for 1.5 years and it is incredible. It's color, quality is excellent and works very well in even low light. Also, it's built-in digital camera outperforms all my other ditial cameras for zoom, low-light performance, color and...

Excellent color, dim light performance, quality camera, screen size, battery life, quality design, zoom, clarity, everything excellent

I only wish it was High Definition

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Best product for the $


Price! I got mine at Best Buy for $447, Great Color, Easy to use, Size allows for rather good manuverability

Eye piece does not move making it rather difficult to use there for you have to use the lcd screen, giving up battery time

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Will be my last Panasonic product


Let me start with the PROs. The picture quality is great (except in low light). The user interface is easy to use. CONs. Warranty I purchased this produt 10 months ago. The play back will not function. Panasonic warranties PARTS for 1 year. However,...

Picture quality, user interface

Warranty, low light video, steady cam

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Price / Performance: Top of the heap


I replaced my Canon GL1 with an Optura 600 hoping for reasonable performance in camera easier to carry around. Sent that 600 back after 10 days (reviewed here -- really bad in my opinion) and ended up with the Panasonic GS-150. About $300.00 less than...

Outstanding video clarity and low light performance; single shot mode is surprisingly good

A bit bulkier than some of the competition

Product Specifications

The PV-GS150, with its 3CCD Camera System, reproduces color in great fidelity by using a separate CCD for reds, greens and blues. It's the same 3CCD technology used in Panasonic professional broadcast equipment, resulting in 540 lines of breathtaking resolution. You can count on Panasonic 3CCD Digital Camcorders to give you colors that are as rich and vibrant as your life. World-renowned lens-maker LEICA has developed an exquisite, multi-coated lens that helps add a high-level of detail and subtlety to your creations. With refinements like a 2-stage neutral density filter for aperture independent adjustment, you'll appreciate the remarkably crisp, true-to-life color that is a hallmark of Leica Dicomar optics. The PV-GS150 captures still images with incredible detail at up to 2.3-megapixels. The Quad-Density Pixel Distribution Technology, a technology used in Panasonic professional broadcast equipment, makes it possible to capture still pictures with amazing quality. Digital EIS compensates for unintentional hand and camcorder movement to help stabilize your recordings - even while you're recording as a passenger from a moving vehicle. With Digital EIS, you won't have to worry about shaky soccer games or family outings. An optical zoom this powerful works like a telescope to produce close-up shots with extraordinary clarity. And with the different zoom speeds, you can control how quick you go from a wide angle to telephoto zoom. Through the use of digital technology, the zoom ratio on the can be increased digitally, producing an incredibly close shot. You won't miss a single detail! The joystick makes the camera much easier to use, letting you control all basic operations with one hand. As you shoot, just watch the image in the monitor and follow the instruction guide. You can handle a number of operations quickly and easily, without even taking your eye off the subject.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Panasonic CGA-DU12

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight


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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic NV/Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:24.5mm
Min Focal Length:2.45mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:440Kpix
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

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader/Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MJPEG
Digital Zoom:500/700
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic