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Panasonic PV-GS83 MiniDV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of Panasonic PV-GS83 MiniDV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and zoom. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical views about the usability.

portability, price, image quality, zoom, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic PV-GS83 MiniDV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Panasonic PV-GS83 MiniDV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the design and zoom. The image quality and price are also appreciated, but many are negative about the usability.

portability, price, image quality, zoom, design


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic PVGS83 Mini DV Palmcorder Camcorder

Nov, 2015

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Panasonic PV-GS83 Review and Prices


There's a good reason why so many people have trouble discerning between the Panasonic PV-GS83 and the PV-GS85 MiniDV camcorders: they're nearly identical. Both units offer minimal step-up features over the entry-level PV-GS80. The PV-GS83 lacks the...

Good video performance in well-lit situations, inexpensive, excellent optical image stabilization system, USB 2.0 port

Poor stills function, awful low light performance, no manual focus

Jun, 2008

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. You'll rarely need to move in to get a close shot with this camcorder. You can fill the screen with even a distant subject, thanks to a powerful 32x zoom. And because it's optical, there's no loss of clarity or quality. Whether you zoom in or pull back, images always retain their natural beauty.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type: None

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 Palmcorder

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.7
Max Focal Length:73.6mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:32
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.46Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:460Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
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

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:1000
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD