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Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS39

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the battery and image quality are on the whole positive. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the resolution and features get critical comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS39 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS39

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS39 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic PV-GS39 MiniDV Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom

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Panasonic PV-GS39

 

With its extreme zoom range and its low price, the Panasonic PV-GS39 is a good choice for shooting distant subjects.

Superb zoom reach; excellent battery life; simple controls; true wide-screen recording

Poor still quality; nonintuitive icons for manual settings; grainy footage

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Panasonic PV-GS39

 

Capture crisp video for your widescreen TV without breaking the bank.

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With an MSRP of $349, the Panasonic PV-GS39 provides an immense number of manual controls without breaking the bank. This 1 chip camcorder allows control over focus, exposure, white balance, gain, and aperture – the gamut of controls Panasonic always...

Joystick navigation of the linear and well structured menu, -Native 16:9 chip for true widescreen, -Manual controls and the extensive number of settings available in each option, -Side loading tape compartment will allow users to switch tapes without...

Manual controls are hard to navigate due to the need to press the joystick each time a new step was engaged within a manual control setting, -Zoom slider snaps too quickly and doesn't provide smooth transitions or slower speeds, -No Microphone Port,...

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Panasonic PV-GS39 Camcorder Review

 

The new Panasonic PV-GS39 (MSRP $349), which was unveiled at CES less than a month ago, aims to uphold the high standards that Panasonic set forth in their 2005 PV-GS series. As a 1 chip camcorder standing smack in the middle between the new GS19 and...

As our first full review of 2006, we're glad to see that the feature-heavy traditions of lower-end MiniDV Panasonics have not been lost. Of course, we always like to see improvements, but the PV-GS35 was a big favorite of ours last year, as was the...

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Panasonic PV-GS39

 

The PV-GS39 offers a native 16:9 1/6" CCD with a 800K gross pixel count (290K effective pixels in 4:3 and 380K effective pixels in 16:9). The F values for the iris are the same as the PV-GS31, which this is replacing– f/1.8 to 3.9 – but the focal...

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Panasonic PV-GS39

 

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"Very good so far."

 

I recommend this camcorder for anyone who wants good quality at a small price.

I like the quality of the video. It also has a very good reach (30x)

No problems!!

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Very good so far.

 

I recommend this camcorder for anyone who wants good quality at a small price.

I like the quality of the video. It also has a very good reach (30x)

No problems

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"Very good video . . . easy to use"

 

I purchased this camera because of its price, and was amazed at the ease of use as well as the camera's capability to take still shots while filming. Another plus ( I think ) is the ability to take a still shot directly from a video. The stills tend to...

Fits easily in hand - Bright pictures - "Snapshot" capability

No Editing Software - Requires a firewire card - Short battery life.

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Very good video . . . easy to use

 

I purchased this camera because of its price, and was amazed at the ease of use as well as the camera's capability to take still shots while filming. Another plus ( I think ) is the ability to take a still shot directly from a video. The stills tend to...

Fits easily in hand - Bright pictures - "Snapshot" capability

No Editing Software - Requires a firewire card - Short battery life

Product Specifications

The PV-GS39 is a Digital Palmcorder MultiCam Camcorder featuring 30x Optical Zoom, 1000x Digital Zoom & 2.7" diagonal LCD.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.7in
Height:2.7in
Weight:14.5oz
Width:3.2in

Display (Projector)

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

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:PV-GS39
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.9
Max Focal Length:57mm
Min Focal Length:1.9mm
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:380Kpix
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:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:1000
Media Type:Mini DV
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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