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Panasonic PV-GS19 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the color and image quality. The portability and price are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical opinions about the resolution and features. There are some mixed opinions about the battery.

usability, price, portability, image quality, color

viewfinder, features, resolution

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV-GS19 Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic PV-GS19 Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Panasonic PV-GS19 Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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64% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic PV-GS19 MiniDV Camcorder w/24x Optical Zoom

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Expert Review

 

Don't let the price fool you. The PV-GS19, available for under $300 on the street, is a marvel of manual control, a trait we value quite highly. So should you. Manual control is what can make the difference between a good home production and a great...

Affordability, -Manual controls, -Handling, -Navigational system, -Still features

Low light

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Panasonic PV-GS19 First Impressions Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders

 

The Panasonic PV-GS19 leads the way in Panasonic's one-chip MiniDV line is the PV-GS19, a small periwinkle camcorder, replacing last year's similar PV-GS9 and PV-GS2. This little daddy includes the SD card capability that the PV-GS9 lacked, a whopping,...

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A great camcorder for the price

 

Its not bad for a light weight camcorder, its has most of the features a beginner would need, and is easy to use. If its family gatherings, or a video blog its an entry level Pick. Thats my two cents

good optics, battery life is good, easy to use

does not ship with some cables needed

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Nice camera but i wouldnt buy another one.

 

The camera is great as far as ease of use, but the doumentation, including the specs on the box, and the owners manual are in-accurate, hard to understand and just plain terrible. The manual includes web links to download sofware, where the web link...

Really nice and easy to use camera

Really terrible customer service and owners manual

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Average camera with some features

 

I like the camera for what I use it for. I would recommend it, but know what you're looking for in extras. I do all the editing digitally on my computer so I don't need much fluff. But it still has some cool things about it, compact size, joy stick...

Mini DV, average quality digital video without heavy cost, very compact

Lacks a microphone jack, or a light, not great in low light ($349 price tag explains this)

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Great little 3in1 camera, easy to use,great video

 

Perfect size for hands, easy button controls, extremly easy to use, carry and store away. Nice that lens cap is attached and that other input devices are covered. Have had this camera for 3 years, worked great , yesterday the flex wire broke on LCD ...

Good video in all light,512 card holds 450 pictures,easy to use

Still shots grainy especially in zoom mode,image stabilizer does not work in zoom mode

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Great little 3in1 camera, easy to use,great video

 

Perfect size for hands, easy button controls, extremly easy to use, carry and store away. Nice that lens cap is attached and that other input devices are covered. Have had this camera for 3 years, worked great , yesterday the flex wire broke on LCD...

Good video in all light,512 card holds 450 pictures,easy to use

Still shots grainy especially in zoom mode,image stabilizer does not work in zoom mode

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Keep Looking-poor picture

 

Disappointing is the word that comes to mind. I'm already trying to decide what my next camcorder will be, and I paid $400 for this about a year ago.

Small and light

Poor picture, stupid menus

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Keep Looking-poor picture

 

Small and light

Poor picture, stupid menus

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Keep Looking-poor picture

 

Disappointing is the word that comes to mind. I'm already trying to decide what my next camcorder will be, and I paid $400 for this about a year ago. The main issue is picture quality; I'd call it blurry, or grainy, or low-resolution, but it's also ...

Small and light

Poor picture, stupid menus

Product Specifications

The optical zoom feature acts like a telescope to produce close-up shots with extraordinary clarity so you won't miss a single detail. It also offers variable zoom speeds, so you can adjust your zoom speed from wide angle to full telephoto. In addition, the digital zoom ratio can be increased up to an extraordinary 800x. Now that's close up! Now you can snap off a still shot (VGA) while recording video without having to change recording modes. The video is recorded onto the Mini DV tape and the still image is recorded onto the SD Memory Card. This 2-in-1 capability means you can catch sudden photo opportunities without interrupting a great moving picture scene. The Soft Skin Mode feature detects skin tones and softens the focus in that area of the picture. It helps make blemishes and lines appear less noticeable, while preserving resolution in areas of the picture outside the skin. 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. The Quick Start button helps shoot video on the spur of the moment. While saving battery power, this function lets you capture these moments in a mere 1.3 seconds after pressing the button.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.5in
Height:3.2in
Weight:0.9lbs
Width:2.5in

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-GS19
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:800
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinema
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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