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Panasonic PV-GS300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 145 reviews of Panasonic PV-GS300. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The price and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the memory and connectivity, and there are some mixed comments about the durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV-GS300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic PV-GS300

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 user reviews of Panasonic PV-GS300 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The price and image quality also get good feedback, but there are some critical views about the connectivity.

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96% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS300 3.1MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic PV-GS300 3.1MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

PV-GS300 Minidv Camcorder

 

Panasonic's PV-GS300 is less expensive than two other camcorders we recently tested that have three CCD sensors. The PV-GS300 (priced at $700 as of 5/2/06) delivered impressive video quality in our tests. It's a little bulkier than some other models,...

The Panasonic PV-GS300 has a lot of features and is a great choice for shooters who don't mind spending a little extra money for quality, but who don't want to lay down a lot of cash for a higher-end camera such as the PV-GS500

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

Panasonic PV-GS300 MiniDV

 

Photograph: Chris Manners

Shoots high-quality video ; Superior optical image stabilization ; Good selection of controls for both automatic and manual shooting

Some manual controls are a little awkward to access ; Low-light video appears pale

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

Panasonic PV-GS300 review:

 

Excellent video quality; impressive low-light performance; effective image stabilization.

Relatively few manual settings; awkward joystick control.

Offering superb video quality under a wide variety of lighting conditions, the Panasonic PV-GS300 is an excellent choice if you typically shoot in automatic mode. Prosumers may find the limited choice and the awkward accessibility of the manual...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The PV-GS300 is Panasonic's penultimate MiniDV camcorder for this year, just under the PV-GS500. It replaces the GS250, and with a price drop of three hundred dollars, the $699 MSRP makes it an excellent value. It carries over the fine tradition of...

Lower price than predecessor, -Better video performance, -Widescreen LCD, -Smaller camcorder body than last year

Loss of Headphone Jack, -No analog-to-digital pass-through, -Loss of Focal Ring

Apr, 2006

Expert review by: David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

Panasonic PV-GS300 Camcorder Review

 

The PV-GS300 is Panasonic's follow up to the GS250, a highly praised camcorder of 2005. Second-to-the-top in their MiniDV line, the GS300 has undergone a number of changes, not all for the better. The focus ring, headphone jack, and analog-to-digital...

Overall, Panasonic is the better choice of the two. Canon has not yet announced updates to the Optura series, so we're waiting to see what they can come up with for the ever-dwindling world of MiniDV camcorders.

Feb, 2006

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (macworld.com)

Panasonic PV-GS300 MiniDV camcorder

 

The Panasonic PV-GS300 MiniDV is a great choice for shooters who don't mind spending a little extra for quality, but who don't want to lay out a lot of cash for a high-end camera.

Shoots high-quality video; good selection of controls for both automatic and manual shooting; superior optical image stabilization

Some manual controls are a little awkward to access; low-light video appears pale

Although the Record and Zoom buttons are comfortable, the mode dial and joystick are a little awkward; you have to use your other hand to brace the camcorder before you can comfortably reach them

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: Ryan McLaughlin (justechn.com)

Review: Panasonic PV-GS300 Camcorder

 

Camcorders are always advancing, and with new revisions come new features. Panasonic just recently released a new revision of its 3CCD digital camcorders. Today I am going to be reviewing the PV-GS300. While it seems logical that this camcorder would...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: David Kender (reviewed.com)

Panasonic PV-GS300

 

The PV-GS300 packs three 1/6" CCDs with a gross pixel count of 800K. This translates to an effective pixel count on 640K in 4:3 mode and 540K in 16:9 mode. The reduced effective pixel count is an early indicator that this camcorder does not produce...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Panasonic Pv-gs300 PVGS300 Review

 

Consumer review by: alhazarad (newegg.com)

Ups go away

 

I called ups(ooops) to complain about this and they said they'd talk to the driver. Not enough to console me. Also emailed newegg about this situation and have yet to hear back from them. GO BACK TO FED-EX PLEASE!!

First dvc camcorder, love it so far. User friendly. No firewire necessary to get data off of tapes. Thats nice. 3 ccds makes crystal clear pictures. Made some dvds with the video from this and wow, impressive. Low light could be better, but

UPS. I paid for overnight delivery by UPS. Regrettable. This should have required a signature and should have come to MY house. UPS driver deliverd to a house 4 blocks away and left it on their doorstep!!! Thank goodness for honest people

Dec, 2006

Product Specifications

Panasonic PV-GS300 is a 3CCD Ultra-Compact Digital Palmcorder MultiCam Camcorder with 3.1 Megapixel Still Picture Recording.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:PV-GS300
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Lens System

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

Video Input

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