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Panasonic PV-GS83 MiniDV Camcorder

Panasonic PV-GS83 MiniDV Camcorder
alaScore 75

21 reviews

Mar, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 reviews of Panasonic PV-GS83 MiniDV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the color and design are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback.

price, portability, image quality, design, color

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 19 user reviews of Panasonic PV-GS83 MiniDV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the color and image quality. The design and portability also get good feedback.

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

This summary is based on the products: PV-GS83 Mini DV Palmcorder® Camcorder with Optical Image Stabilizer (PANPV-GS83) Category: CamcordersPanasonic PVGS83 Mini DV Palmcorder CamcorderPanasonic PV-GS83 MiniDV Camcorder with 32x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Mar, 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

Consumer review by: coryhagelstein (

Very nice camcorder


the panasonic pv-gs83 is a very nice camera, i use it for filming skateboarding and snowboarding and it never lets me down, it can film in widescreen which looks very nice but it can also can film in standard 4:3 which i use. it has a 37mm filter on it...

image stabilizer, mini dv, widescreen

not HD, no 3ccd

Oct, 2010

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