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Panasonic PV-GS300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 118 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the battery and color are generally positive. The value for money and usability also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the features and memory. Views are divided on the build quality.

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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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Panasonic PV-GS300


Features and Design

3 CCDs; OIS; 10x Leica lens; good price

Uses Mini DV tape; menu system needs help

Think of this review as a farewell gift to the SD Mini DV shoppers out there.

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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

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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


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Panasonic PV-GS300


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...

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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.

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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

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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...

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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...

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Panasonic Pv-gs300 PVGS300


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"Fantastic color reproduction! Very good quality video."


I may be a little to happy with my purchase as I bought the VDR-D230 first. The 3 ccd's really make a big difference in the color saturation of the video. I mean the colors just pop off the screen! The image quality is very good (not HD, but very...

Great quality video in this price range. Easy to use.

Intentionally left blank.

Product Specifications

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

Audio Input


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


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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic