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Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS59

Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS59
alaScore 75

21 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and size. The value for money and usability are also mentioned favorably.

portability, usability, value for money, size, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS59 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Panasonic PV-GS59 Camcorder Review


The Panasonic PV-GS59 seems a promising camcorder at first glance. It hails from a good family - the much-loved Panasonic MiniDVs, with their fine manual control suite and excellent table manners. And it manages to distinguish itself from the PV-GS39,...

The PV-GS59's greatest strength is what makes all the Panasonic camcorder great: outstanding manual controls and handling. How then, can one choose among them? "Very carefully," we reply. The PV-GS39, PV-GS59, and PV-GS180 - all in a row in the product...

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Panasonic PV-GS59


The Panasonic PV-GS59 offers a single 1/6" CCD, with 800K gross pixels (290K effective pixels in 4:3 aspect ratio, 380K effective pixels in 16:9 aspect ratio). This camcorder is the top of the line one-chip MiniDV model from the company. The CCD is...

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Great little camera!!


I did my homework before buying two of these cameras. I didn't want to submit an opinion too soon. I bought two pv gs59's for both sons last Christmas. It's almost Christmas 07. Considering a TEENAGER has been using this for a year, I think it has...

Very easy to use. Very compact

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS59


alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Panasonic Palmcorder Multicam PV-GS59 from The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

portability, usability, zoom, battery, resolution

value for money

57% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic PV-GS59 MiniDV Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom

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The One and Only


Overall its a good camera, but has some odd outdated features. **4/5**

Has great up to date video capturing features, but lacks in some Image Capturing features (0.8 MegaPixels)

Says that it works with remote but in manual it says its optional and I have yet to find a store where I can buy it from

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great for your family


I did not buy this here but newegg has a great price always buy extended warranty that is all!

widescreen! intuitive menus, easily selectable and changable features, usb and firewire! lightweight, side input dv tape so it can be done while cam is on tripod

No remote, lack luster software, would like to see higher res still camera come on 0.2 mp

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Great camcorder for the price


I just got this camera and am very impressed with the features found on this low cost camcorder. A firewire cable is nessecary to transfer from the camera to the computer. It has a USB port as well but I have really found no use for this as of yet. ...

Great value for a budget price. Very easy to learn and navigate

Owners manual long and not very informative

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Panasonic PV-GS59 Great Starter Camcorder for Teens


I bought this for my 14-year old son as his first camcorder and he loves it. It is very lightweight and small, but seems to be somewhat durable. My son quickly learned learned how to use it. The control placement and joystick make it easy to use with...

Excellent value - lightweight and easy to use - lots of features including 30x zoom and nice 2.7" widescreen LCD

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Panasonic PV-GS59 Great Starter Camcorder for Teens


I bought this for my 14-year old son as his first camcorder and he loves it.

Excellent value - lightweight and easy to use - lots of features including 30x zoom and nice 2.7" widescreen LCD

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Good camcorder. Not great


The GS59 is a nice little camcorder, considering its $359 price point. It works very well in bright light, but it seems rather grainy in low light. One thing I liked is that it takes the same battery as most of Panasonic's other camcorders. It was...

battery type size

zoom control slow lighting adjustment


Product Specifications

Panasonic PV-GS59 is a Digital Palmcorder MultiCam Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom, 1000x Digital Zoom and USB 2.0 Interface.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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


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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic