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Panasonic PV-GS320

alaTest has collected and analyzed 201 reviews of Panasonic PV-GS320. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good views. Some have doubts about the control panel and connectivity, and the viewfinder and durability get mixed opinions.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

battery, connectivity, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV-GS320 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 152 user reviews of Panasonic PV-GS320 from 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 Reviews about the design and image quality are overall positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably, but opinions are divided on the size. There are some critical comments about the durability and zoom.

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic PV-GS320 3.1MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic PV-GS320 3.1MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic VDR-D230 DVD Camcorder with 32x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: James Galbraith (

Panasonic PV-GS320


The PV-GS320 ($500 as of May 11, 2007) is Panasonic's top-of-the-line MiniDV camcorder. It comes with three CCDs (charge-coupled devices), for handling primary colors individually; most competing models use just one CCD. And the extra hardware works:...

Records sharp, clear video ; Modestly priced for a three-CCD camcorder

No microphone input ; Inconvenient placement of ports and card slot

May, 2007

Expert review by: Phil Ryan (

Panasonic PV-GS320 review: Panasonic PV-GS320


As Panasonic's top MiniDV camcorder, and the company's only tape-based standard-definition 3CCD model, you'd be right to expect a lot from the PV-GS320. You'd also most likely be happy with this camcorder, as long as you're not expecting prosumer-level...

Impressive video quality; decent low-light performance; very effective optical image stabilization.

No built-in flash or video light; no manual focus ring; no mic input or headphone output; all controls are menu-based.

Delivering high-quality MiniDV footage and decent still images, the Panasonic PV-GS320 should appeal to advanced amateurs searching for a tape-based camcorder.

Apr, 2007

Expert review by: David Kender (

Panasonic PV-GS320 Camcorder Review


We're pretty sure our 2004 review of the PV-GS400 read something like this: "My name as Ozymandias, king of kings: / Look on my works ye mighty and despair!" (At least it seems that way in retrospect.) Panasonic's top-end consumer DV camcorder knew no...

The fact that the PV-GS320 is Panasonic's top-end MiniDV camcorder is the most fitting testament to how far tape has fallen in a few short years. (Note: Panasonic is still shipping last year's PV-GS500 in limited quantities.) The video quality remains,...

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: Guy Bruner (

Panasonic PV-GS320 First Impressions Camcorder Review


The top-of-the line MiniDV camcorder from Panasonic this year is the PV-GS320. In keeping with its trend over the last several years, Panasonic took its highly regarded PV-GS300 from last year, added some features, removed some features, lowered the...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: Consumer Guide (

Panasonic PV-GS320 Review and Prices


The PV-GS320 certainly delivers top quality video for an affordable price, but considering it is Panasonic's top of the range MiniDV camcorder we expected more in the way of features and manual controls. The PV-GS320 is an updated version of last...

3 CCD imager, excellent video performance, reasonable price

Disappointing feature set for a top of the line model, no manual focus ring, microphone input, hot shoe, headphone jack or analog-to-digital passthrough

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (

Panasonic PV-GS320


The PV-GS320 is a champion performer in adequate lighting, offering a beautiful color performance. This is due in part to the camcorder's three 1/6-inch CCDs, each with 800,000 pixels. Three-chips mean incoming light is broken up by a prism, and each...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: David Kender (

Panasonic PV-GS320


The Panasonic PV-GS320 has the same three 1/6" CCDs as last year's PV-GS300, which is hardly a detriment. The gross pixel count of each is 800,000 (540,000 in 16:9 and 640,000 in 4:3). All the Panasonic three-chippers of the last few years have...

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: James Galbraith (

Panasonic PV-GS320 camcorder


Compared with other 3-CCD MiniDV camcorders, the Panasonic PV-GS320 is a bargain. Despite some design quirks, the video performance and high-quality video and still shots make this camcorder a good choice.

Records sharp, clear video; modestly priced for a 3-CCD camcorder

No external microphone input; no headphone jack; inconvenient placement of computer interface ports and SD Card slot

The PV-GS320 is also missing a headphone jack and external microphone input—this can be a deal breaker for serious video jockeys. The camcorder has an accessory shoe for self-powered lights and other accessories

May, 2007


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Panasonic PV-GS320


This Panasonic model features superior optical image stabilization

There is no input for a microphone

For the price and the features offered, it is hard to beat this MiniDV camcorder.

Expert review by: James Galbraith (

Panasonic PV-GS320 camcorder


The Panasonic PV-GS320 camcorder represents Panasonic's top of the MiniDV line. It uses three CCD (charge-coupled device) sensors to capture video; most use just one.

Compared with other 3-CCD MiniDV camcorders - including the Sony DCR-HC96 and the model it replaces - the Panasonic PV-GS320 is a bargain. Despite some design quirks, the video performance and high-quality video and still shots make the Panasonic...

May, 2007

Product Specifications

Imagine taking video shots on a moving boat and then viewing them on a large-screen TV. They're likely to appear blurry from the boat's movement and from your unsteady hands. Panasonic solves this problem with O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which minimizes hand-shake in situations where it is most often a problem, such as with zoom shots - or on a moving boat. The system is optical, so there is no quality loss, and images look clear and beautiful on a big-screen TV. Enjoy vivid color, crisp detail, and subtle gradation with 3CCD, the system used by most professional broadcast cameras. PRODUCT FEATURES: 3CCD camera system; O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer); Leica Dicomar lens; Advanced pure color engine; Still picture recording; 10x optical zoom; Tele-macro; Simultaneous motion video and 1.2-megapixel still picture recording; High-picture-quality wide 2.7" LCD.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
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 PV

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:30mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.62Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.4Mpix
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 Zoom:700
Media Type:Mini DV
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic