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Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV

alaScore 75

11 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the color and size. The usability and portability also get good opinions, but opinions about the resolution and value for money are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV

 

Photograph: Chris Manners

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

Some manual controls are a little awkward to access ; Heavier and bulkier than other camcorders

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Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV

 

I'm going to return my PV-GS500 because it is almost impossible for me to work around the handstrap. I am a small woman with small fingers and this camcorder is just not for me. To push the record button seems almost impossible as the strap is just...

I'm going to return my PV-GS500 because it is almost impossible for me to work around the handstrap. I am a small woman with small fingers and this camcorder is just not for me. To push the record button seems almost impossible as the strap is just...

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Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV

 

I'm going to return my PV-GS500 because it is almost impossible for me to work around the handstrap. I am a small woman with small fingers and this camcorder is just not for me. To push the record button seems almost impossible as the strap is just...

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Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV

 

This is a great camcorder for those looking for the best picture quality with a wide screen display at a reasonable price. The only drawbacks that I can think of are the lack of a built in video light. I guess panasonic chose to omit this feature to...

WIDE SCREEN, GREAT PICTURE QUALITY, COMPACT AND LIGHT WEIGHT

NO BILT IN VIDEO LIGHT, NO 5.1 SOUND

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Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV

 

This is a great camcorder for those looking for the best picture quality with a wide screen display at a reasonable price. The only drawbacks that I can think of are the lack of a built in video light. I guess panasonic chose to omit this feature to...

WIDE SCREEN, GREAT PICTURE QUALITY, COMPACT AND LIGHT WEIGHT

NO BILT IN VIDEO LIGHT, NO 5.1 SOUND

This is a great camcorder for those looking for the best picture quality with a wide screen display at a reasonable price. The only drawbacks that I can think of are the lack of a built in video light. I guess panasonic chose to omit this feature to...

Consumer review by:

Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV

 

its perfect for family use. very nice indoor quality. Zoom works great. I am very happy with result. Software comes with it is nice also. It also seperates as chapters when the pictures are different. but you can remove those breaks.

very very handy. very nice

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its perfect for family use. very nice indoor quality. Zoom works great. I am very happy with result. Software comes with it is nice also. It also seperates as chapters when the pictures are different. but you can remove those breaks.

Consumer review by:

Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV

 

its perfect for family use. very nice indoor quality. Zoom works great. I am very happy with result. Software comes with it is nice also. It also seperates as chapters when the pictures are different. but you can remove those breaks.

very very handy. very nice

trying to find

Consumer review by:

Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV

 

I did a lot of research before I bought this excellent camcorder a couple of weeks ago. I decided not to get the Sony HDR-HC3 camcorder since it costs about twice as much. Also, I don't think HDV is quite ready for prime time.I have a somewhat limited...

Excellent color and resolution. Great low-light ability. Very smooth and precise zoom control

Low resolution/poor quality still shots. Uncomfortable grip position

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Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV

 

I did a lot of research before I bought this excellent camcorder a couple of weeks ago. I decided not to get the Sony HDR-HC3 camcorder since it costs about twice as much. Also, I don't think HDV is quite ready for prime time.I have a somewhat limited...

Excellent color and resolution. Great low-light ability. Very smooth and precise zoom control

Low resolution/poor quality still shots. Uncomfortable grip position

I did a lot of research before I bought this excellent camcorder a couple of weeks ago. I decided not to get the Sony HDR-HC3 camcorder since it costs about twice as much. Also, I don't think HDV is quite ready for prime time.I have a somewhat limited...

Consumer review by:

Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV

 

This is a tremendous camcorder. It is certainly a bit more pricey than an entry-level camcorder, but compared to other cameras with an equivalent picture quality, it is a great bargain. I was especially impressed with the sound capture and the...

3 CCD provides excellent picture quality* Small, lightweight and easy to use* Great sound capture, even without a remote mic* Joystick control is intuitive and simple

Low light situations do significantly impact picture quality* Hand strap is anchored to the camera in an awkward location

This is a tremendous camcorder. It is certainly a bit more pricey than an entry-level camcorder, but compared to other cameras with an equivalent picture quality, it is a great bargain. I was especially impressed with the sound capture and the...

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