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Panasonic PV-GS400 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 reviews of Panasonic PV-GS400 Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and color. The usability and price also get good reviews, whereas the features and battery get critical opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV-GS400 Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Panasonic PV-GS400 Camcorder from 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 Reviewers really like the design and color. The price and usability also get good views, but there are some negative reviews about the features.

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67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic PV-GS400 4MP 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: (

Panasonic PV-GS400


Smart design and excellent manual controls; great three-chip imagery and 16:9 performance; solid optical zoom and stabilizer; big LCD.

Not the smallest camera; mediocre low-light and still-image performance; not great as a point-and-shoot.

The Panasonic PV-GS400 offers outstanding value in a camcorder for the discriminating consumer.

Jan, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The Panasonic PV-GS400 is a dominant player this year. It is a three CCD camcorder that was originally made available for about 1,500 bones, and is now available for around a grand. This is a super deal, considering what the camcorder has to offer. It...

Low light performance, - Still capabilities, - Manual control options, - Combo function ring

Ease of use

Dec, 2004

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Panasonic PV-GS400 Camcorder Review


The PV-GS400 is a great camcorder and, in my opinion, offers the best value of any camcorder I've ever reviewed. Panasonic has taken last year's PV-DV953, which delivered three CCDs and unprecedented manual control options for an unbelievable price,...

Jul, 2004

Expert review by: Joe McCleskey (

Camcorder Comparison: Panasonic PV-GS400 vs. Sony DCR-HC1000 Mini DV Camcorders


A great choice for in-camera editors and demanding high-end hobbyists.

Superb image quality ; Many innovative features ; In-camera editing tools

Cheap membrane-style controls under LCD, Stills only 1 megapixel

A great choice for in-camera editors and demanding high-end hobbyists.

Feb, 2005

Expert review by: (

Panasonic PV GS400


Panasonic PV GS400 4MP 3CCD is a Mini DV Camcorder with a 12x Optical Zoom.

Get true, crisp color images with our 3CCD Camera System

Expert review by: Ben Wolf (

Panasonic PV-GS400 review


The Panasonic PV-GS400 offers outstanding value in a camcorder for the discriminating consumer

Smart design and excellent manual controls ; Great three-chip imagery and 16:9 performance ; Solid optical zoom and stabiliser ; Big 89mm LCD

Not the smallest camera ; Mediocre low-light and still-image performance ; Not brilliant as a point-and-shoot

Still-image quality is also middling: good for a video camera, but competitive, with the quality of only the lowest tier of dedicated still cameras

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: frankofthenorth (

"Great lil camera!"


This camera is small - in fact it is easy to tote around, especially for a 3-CCD camcorder. Good features include:

Audio good, still photos decent, video quality great!

wimpy little battery, no webcam mode, discontinued so i can't get a second one.

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: Alexander tech (

"Good product"


Is a good camera and it's have a good dain

Good canon cancorder

it is pretty big but the quality justify the size

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: shishir_p (

"THis is ery good camcorder with rich features"


I think this is the best camcorder for the price

3 CCD produces very good colors and good stills

It is rather bulky but thats all

May, 2006

Consumer review by: cnet_1973 (

"pvgs500 just as good"


could not find pvgs400 so I purchased pvgs500 I am very happy with it. also saved lots of $

very easy to use

did not find any

Mar, 2006

Product Specifications

The PV-GS400, 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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Ultra-Compact Digital Palmcorder MultiCam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:39.6mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:4Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:700Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" )
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
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Gain-up / Mirror / Mix / Mosaic / Negative / Picture-in-Picture / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic