Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Panasonic PV-GS250 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 142 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the value for money and color. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. The zoom and features get critical comments.

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

features, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV-GS250 Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

See all Panasonic Camcorders

Review analysis

(Based on 142 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 97 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews
Showing 1 - 64 of 97 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (45)

Consumer review by:

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic PV-GS250 Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Panasonic PV-GS250 Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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

features

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS250 3.1MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomPanasonic PV-GS250 3.1MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Expert review by:

Panasonic PV-GS250

 

CCDType: Three CCD, Video Recording Format: DV Tape

Very good color. Easy to use. Nice extras, like a manual focus ring.

Big and bulky. Expensive.

The Panasonic PV-GS250 performs adequately, but not quite well enough to justify its large size and price tag.

Expert review by:

Panasonic PV-GS250

 

Camcorder offers strong image quality, with numerous manual controls that should appeal to picky consumers.

The PV-GS250 takes good-looking video and offers manual controls that give users plenty of flexibility in shooting.

ADVERTISEMENT

Expert review by:

Panasonic Panasonic PV-GS250 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by:

Panasonic PV-GS250

 

Great three-chip color; strong ergonomics and navigation system; solid optical image stabilizer; decent stills.

Only average in low light; difficult to control manually; limited zoom range; mediocre LCD.

A bargain for a three-chip camera, the Panasonic PV-GS250 is a great choice for an amateur with serious aspirations or just a discerning eye.

Expert review by:

Panasonic PV-GS250 Camcorder Review - Panasonic MiniDV Camcorders

 

For just under a grand (recommended), the PV-GS250 is available in stores now. Immediately below the PV-GS400 as far as specifications, options, features, and price goes, the 3 CCD PV-GS250 makes many highly desirable features available for a cheaper...

Expert review by:

Panasonic PV-GS250

 

The PV-GS250 is armed with three CCDs, each 1/6 inch (with 800K pixels total, 640K effective for video and 710 effective for still). This how the camcorder can support such a wide array of still image resolution measurements. While the PV-GS250 has...

Expert review by:

Panasonic PV GS250

 

Canon Elura 60 MiniDV Camcorder w/14x 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...

Expert review by:

Panasonic NV-GS250

 

The Panasonic NV-GS250 is ideal for the more experienced videomakers and for video camera owners purchasing their second or third camcorder. At just o...

Superb colour quality, true 3.1 megapixel digital still images, optical image stabiliser

Only 10X optical zoom

If you want a great lens, vibrant colours and the ability to simply and easily send your video out to the Web--and don't need a large optical zoom--the Panasonic NV-GS250 should be near the top of your list.

Expert review by:

Stuff magazine

 

This Panny is a weighty 570g but makes up for it with a 3CCD sensor system and optical image stabiliser for wobbly arms

Despite pricey running costs and battery quibbles, the NVGs250B has a top 3CCD sensor system to make your moving pictures a visual feast

Expert review by:

Panasonic NVGS250B review

 

A bargain for a three-chip camera, the Panasonic PV-GS250 is a great choice for an amateur with serious aspirations or just a discerning eye

Great three-chip colour ; Strong ergonomics and navigation system ; Solid optical image stabilizer ; Decent stills

Only average in low light ; Difficult to control manually ; Limited zoom range ; Mediocre LCD

Image quality There is a discernable advantage to the Panasonic NVGS250B's three chips, at least in well-lit situations. For example, daylight exteriors are recorded with a vibrancy and subtlety throughout the spectrum and are noticeably superior to...

Product Specifications

The PV-GS250, 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-GS250 captures still images with incredible detail at up to 3.1 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. The Optical Image Stabilizer helps you obtain clear, beautiful pictures by compensating for any hand movement that occurs as you shoot video. Gyrosensors detect the amount and direction of movement, while a linear motor adjusts the lenses as needed to compensate. You get clear, sharp images in situations where hand-shake is typically a problem, like wide-angle shots or high magnification levels of the zoom. 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
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Depth:5.7in
Height:2.9in
Weight:1.1lbs
Width:3.2in

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-GS250
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:28.5mm
Min Focal Length:2.85mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:640Kpix
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT